Corregidor Island Siargao: What to Expect and Do

One of the highlights of our Siargao trip together with the Jeepsetters Team is when we had our Tri-Island tour, Naked, Daku, and Guyam Island with Corregidor Island tour. I wasn’t able to ask why it was named as Corregidor Island but I’m very sure it’s totally different from the one in Luzon. Corregidor Island could also be known as the Batanes-feels of Siargao.

We were actually picking if we’re to go to Sohoton Cove + Bucas Grande or Corregidor Island, but since it’s not much the season for jellyfish (where Bucas Grande is well-known for), we opted for Corregidor Island courtesy of GotMarked Tours, managed by a good friend, Mark Roa.

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Corregidor Island: Start of Island Tour

The quaint island of Corregidor is located around one (1) hour from the Boulevard, where all island tours start.

We started our day going to Boulevard at around 7:00 AM. Had our quick coffee and breakfast which only cost us around Php 50 each. After a while, Karl, our tour guide, went over and greeted us, and waited for us to finish so we could start with the tour as time easily slips by. When everyone is finished with their meals, we head off to the registration and then the boat. Corregidor Island Siargao

The boulevard itself has stunning crystal clear waters and white sand already, if it’s not beside the wet market, we think we would want to swim and stay there for a while. When we were all hopped in on the boat, our tour guide made some points about what we will do for today and where we will be.

Our first stop would be Corregidor Island, then Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island by the afternoon.

Corregidor Beach in Corregidor Island

After a mere one (1) hour of boat travel, we arrived at Corregidor Island at SEArenity Shore Beach Resort. We occupied a cottage, which is also a part of what we paid for and will be there up until noontime for lunch.

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We took our time to quite enjoy the beach, the fine white sand we are in, and the turquoise blue waters in front of us. Islands in this part of the Philippines truly are a piece of gem, and the Philippines is the biggest gem in itself. We took our time to take photos, of us, and our friends. After a short while, Karl told us if we would want to go hike, just let him know.

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In Google Maps, the island is named as Casolian Island, but locals and tour operators refer to it as Corregidor Island.

The Hike to the Batanes Feels of Siargao

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Karl asked one local to be our guide in this hike, the Batanes Feels of Siargao needed a short hike in order to get to the highest part of the island where there’s a 360-degree view of the area. Corregidor Island Siargao

When we started hiking, I’m actually surprised there was a huge community on the island. We passed by houses that were built in concrete, and an Iglesia ni Cristo church at the middle of the grassy road. The grassy road is like a peaceful part of the community, totally different from the sandy roads of other islands. This one is with bermudagrass growing everywhere. It’s actually like more magical if there were butterflies flying around.

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A few minutes more, we started ascending to the summit, but it won’t be noted as a mountain climb, but rather a trek. The hills in this land are like landscaped, having the highest hill the views of the island. It was a trek with scorching heat, and so if one had not worn any sun protection, that one is doomed, or rather getting more melanin that what one is supposed to.

At the middle of the island where this hill lies, a great view is hovering in the field, and each angle is like picture-perfect. It’s a photographer’s delight to see such land. Not vast but from the horizon, you’d see the sun and the sea.

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The most notable tree you can find on this island are the coconut trees displaying at the start of the horizon. Our guide told us one of the most photographed areas in the land, that one where Instagrammers are climbing up to get a shot. A coconut tree that is inclined and displayed at a perfect spot, like it was grown and designed to be the most photographed tree of all.

The Inclined Coconut Tree

Not far from the inclined coconut tree spot is another hill with coconut trees displayed like a painting in the background. One of the many areas where Instagrammers are gathering to take a good photo. Corregidor Island Siargao

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Our guide said there is another spot to go but our group, and most of our friends are hungry and thirsty as we weren’t informed the trek will be long and we did not also expect that the sun will rise this high and mighty. That spot was where the stairs are located.

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So we all went back after a group decision. We were then divided into two groups but the other one with no guide to go back from where we came from. The guide was walking with the girls on the first group and the second group didn’t know they were already left behind because they kept on talking more pictures while walking. So Franco and I decided to stay in the middle and waited for a little while so we could keep the left-behind group in check.

Feeling so irritated from the heat and turn of events and our guide not being a ‘guide’, my friend who’s with me became a little pissed at him. But while he was taking his time cursing the guide, I became a look-out for the second group so they won’t get lost. They found us waving at them and finally, we got a hold of them, not knowing anything from what happened there for a second. Anyway, both groups were then gathered again and we started walking back altogether to the shore.

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When we got back, a perfect treat was waiting in front of us. Karl was waving and our food was already served at the table. A boodle setup with rice put into words “SIARGAO” surrounded by seafood, chicken, and fruits. A few ice-cold Coca-cola and Royal soft drinks were also waiting for us. It was an after hike delight!

We felt so refreshed and regenerated after a great meal. Oh, by the way, this type of meal served is only available when you opt for the Corregidor Island tour with Tri-Island tours.

GotMarked Tours

Our Siargao trip wouldn’t be complete without going into the islands so we give our big thanks to Mark and his team at GotMarked Tours for a remarkable and memorable island trip.

To avail of the tour: Corregidor Island Siargao

Facebook Page: GotMarked Tours
Email: gotmarkedtours@gmail.com
Messenger Link: https://m.me/gotmarkedtours

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According to Mark, the Corregidor Island tour is open to joiners on a Saturday schedule only and private tours (any day) will be priced depending on how many pax there will be in the group.

Php 1700/head (Joiners tour, Saturday only schedule, Corregidor with Tri-Island)
Private Tours will be available any day and will be priced according to how many pax will there be in the group.

Php 2000/head (Sohoton + Tri-Island Tours (Naked, Guyam, Daku)

Here are their tours for Siargao.

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Where to Stay in General Luna, Siargao

General Luna is the home base of most tourists as life here is everywhere. Here are a few of our recommended hotels in the area.

  1. Siargao Diver’s Club
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  2. Barrel Spot Surfhouse
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  3. Calypso Surf and Dive
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  4. Tres Islas Hostel
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  5. Yay Lodge
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  6. Villa Solaria Resort
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  7. Balay Hayahay
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  8. Yolly’s Tourist Inn
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  9. Yayay Villa
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  10. The Courtyard Siargao
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  11. I Love Siargao Hostel
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  12. La Luna Island Resort
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING
  13. Mad Monkey Hostel Siargao
    – check rates via AGODA | via BOOKING

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Travel Tips and Tipid Tips for Siargao

  1. For flights, to get a cheaper one, always check SkyScanner. Download their app now so you can check for deals every day. Corregidor Island Siargao
  2. For food, if you don’t want to spend a lot of cash on food, you can check out local eateries or carinderias. A decent meal could only cost you around Php 30 to Php 50, unlike well-known restaurants where a single meal could go from Php 80 to Php 500.
  3. Always care for your safety. Check highways left and right before crossing to avoid accidents.
  4. Wear sunblock or sun protection. We recommend Dermplus SPF 130 for sunblock and a rash guard for total sun protection of your skin.
  5. Accommodation with pool tends to charge from Php 2000 to Php 10000 a night. If you are not on a honeymoon or are backpackers, you can always opt for a hostel type or dorm accommodation and or homestays.
  6. Always wear a smile so everything will feel so light and nice.
  7. Rent a motorbike only if you know that you will be able to use them a lot. Motorbike rental costs Php 500 per day or Php 350 per day if you are renting for three consecutive days or more. Corregidor Island Siargao
  8. Make sure to bring a power bank because you definitely will be taking a lot of photos.

 

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