Dinagat Islands is a group of islands neighboring Surigao and Siargao. It has plenty of natural wonders just waiting to be explored. As a tourist destination, I must say that it is still at its infancy stage. However, if you get the urge to explore unchartered, mysterious and rustic islands, then it is the place for you.
Exploring the whole Dinagat Islands needs time, but A and I only had the weekend. We would have wanted to rent a motorcycle once again and tour the whole island, but we realized we were going way ahead of ourselves. It would be close to impossible since the road badly needed an overhaul. However, what Dinagat lacks, it also makes up with its natural beauty. I don’t like to compare, but the islands of Dinagat look like a cross between El Nido, Palawan and Halong Bay of Vietnam.
For A and I, it would be our first trip of the year 2017 and probably last trip (for awhile) together. Since touring the whole island was a no go, we picked the town of Libjo since this is where you can find most of the beautiful islets.
My fraternity brother picked us up at the airport and informed me that there might be a chance that the boat would not be permitted to depart because of the typhoon. I, incredulously exclaimed, “There is a typhoon?”
Yes, there was a typhoon and a strong one. It was already windy and started to pour by the time we left Surigao. We arranged for a boat to pick us up early the next day so we can tour the neighboring islands before going back to Surigao. The rain was getting stronger at night time, and A exclaimed it might not stop. I commented, “Yeah, I wish it’ll be harder tonight because tomorrow, it’ll be sunny!” A replied (while looking at me weird) with a chuckled, “Is this a scientific theory or one of Lorena’s?”
Yes, I could be quite optimistic, but does it not make sense? If it rains, then eventually it’ll have to stop, right? Even a heretic like me knows about Noah. For the most part, my theory is correct.
In this case, though, I think I was borderline delusional. It did not stop at all, not for awhile at least. So we were stuck on a tiny island for days with no way out. So we did our best to explore it while finding a way out of our predicament. We did manage to get out from there, though. Read it here http://www.lorentropic.com/2017/01/18/stranded-in-dinagat-surigao-siargao-how-to-get-out/
Plaridel, Libjo, Dinagat
Where To Stay
We stayed in Punta Buena Suerte Resort. That’s the only resort available and is accessible only by boat. But the resort arranged for the pickup. Although, the place is more at home catering to a large group of people. The owners were quite accommodating although the place is quite pricey. But understandable considering that there is nowhere else to stay.
We overstayed due to the typhoon, and our money was running out. The resort was nice enough to give us a discount. The island is motor-powered so there is no electricity from early morning to 4 P.M. The island is charming by itself, but it’s hard to appreciate it due to the rain (not their fault). The resort will arrange the island tour for you. There is barely any signal in the island. So if you are the type who needs to be online all the time, then certainly this is not the place for you.
The resort did their best in helping us coordinate with the boats, the coast guard and ways to get out of there.
Where to Eat
If you want something fancy, then I’m afraid, there is nowhere else to eat. The resort will cook for you, but it’s mostly simple dishes.
Boredom set in after awhile, so we asked them if we could go with them to the town just to walk around a bit. But there was nothing much to see. We also explored the whole island despite the rain. Having A around, I felt safe. A made sure that I’m protected all the time: from the rain, the wind and possible drowning (I don’t know how to swim). This guy, indeed, is the best partner to travel with, his focus and my nonchalance have so far meshed together for us to solve things. His panic button during crisis propels him to take actions right away while my panic button or lack thereof would probably kill me. See? Teamwork.
A Glimpse of Surigao
There is nothing much to see or do in Surigao, but I was excited to go there for the food. I heard seafood is a bit cheaper. Plus this is the port of entry for Dinagat. So before our boat departure, we toured the city for a bit. We went to Mabua Pebble Beach and ate some kakanin and Sayungsong in Ipil.