Sugba Lagoon Tour

Sugba Lagoon Tour Guide 2024: Your Guide to Sugba Lagoon, Pamomoan Beach, and Kawhagan Island

This guide highlights the Sugba Lagoon Tour rates, getting there, which tours to take, and more.
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Looking forward to doing the Sugba Lagoon Tour? This guide highlights the island hopping rates, how to get to Sugba Lagoon, which tours to take, and everything you need to know.

The Sugba Lagoon Tour is the second most popular island-hopping tour in Siargao, next to the Tri-Island Tour.

The Sugba Lagoon Tour has many options, but Sugba Lagoon is the star of the tour.

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An aerial view of Sugba Lagoon

Later, you will find out which attractions you can include on your tour.

Sugba Lagoon is located in Del Carmen, the same town as the Sayak or Siargao Airport.

Itโ€™s in the westernmost part of Del Carmen called Caob Island, where Pamomoan Beach is, too.

Meanwhile, Kawhagan Island is remotely located across Pamomoan Beach.

Del Carmen is popular for its emerald green waters surrounding a series of mangrove forests, which, from the top, look like a world of its own.

The journey to Sugba Lagoon is an adventure of its own.

And when you get there, you can do all sorts of water adventures, such as springboard diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

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How to Go to Sugba Lagoon from General Luna

The best way to get to Sugba Lagoon is to rent a scooter and drive to Sugba Lagoon Port.

Scooter for rent in Siargao ranges from 300 to 800 PHP (~5-14 USD) per day.

If you donโ€™t drive, you may charter a habal-habal or motorcycle taxi (good for 2 people) or tricycle (good for 5 people) to take you to Sugba Lagoon Port.

There are many of them on the streets of General Luna, the town where you are most likely to stay.

This would cost anywhere between 500 and 700 PHP (~9-12 USD) one way.

If you are a bigger group, the best mode of transportation is to charter a tourist van. Ask your hotel attendant about it.

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Best Time to Do Sugba Lagoon Tours

Sugba Lagoon opens from 7 AM to 5 PM daily. There are no overnight stays.

If you want to avoid the crowds, come to Sugba Lagoon Port as early as 6 AM.

The travel time from General Luna to Sugba Lagoon is about 45-60 minutes.

If you are looking for joiners (each boat accommodates up to 6 people), you can just wait at the port for other tourists to arrive.

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Sugba Lagoon Tour Rates

There are many Sugba Lagoon Tours, and their rates vary depending on the number of attractions you visit. These rates are fixed.

The maximum number of tourists for each boat is 6.

If you are only 5, you need to divide the fixed rate, which means the more you are in a boat, the less you pay.

Sugba Lagoon Tours can be arranged through your hotel or online.

But you can also do a DIY tour.

Here are the rates for Sugba Lagoon Tours:

Sugba Lagoon Tour A

  • Attractions: Sugba Lagoon
  • Boat rental: 2,150 PHPย  (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

Sugba Lagoon Tour B

  • Attractions: Sugba Lagoon and Kawhagan Sandbar (Option 1) or Pamomoan Beach (Option 2)
  • Boat rental: 2,700 PHP (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

Sugba Lagoon Tour B+

  • Attractions: Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island, and Pamomoan Beach
  • Boat rental: 3,050 PHPย  (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

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Sugba Lagoon Tour C

  • Attractions: Sugba Lagoon, Mangrove View Deck, and Kawhagan Island (Option 1) or Pamomoan Beach (Option 2)
  • Boat rental: 3,050 PHPย  (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

Sugba Lagoon Tour D

  • Attractions: Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island, Pamomoan Beach, and Mangrove View Deck
  • Boat rental: 3,650 PHPย  (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

Sugba Lagoon Tour E

  • Attractions: Mangrove Forest Guided Tour
  • Guide fee: 300 PHP
  • Boat rental: 2,150 PHPย  (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

Sugba Lagoon Tour F

  • Attractions: Mangrove View Deck
  • Boat rental: 600 PHPย  (up to 6 people)
  • Admission: 50 PHP (local), 100 PHP (foreign)

Personally, I recommend doing the Sugba Lagoon Tour B+.

It has everything you need to see on this tourโ€”Pamomoan Beach, Kawhagan Island, and, most importantly, Sugba Lagoon.

According to the attendants, itโ€™s also the most popular of all Sugba Lagoon Tours.

If you want to see mangroves from the top as well, try the Sugba Lagoon Tour D.

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Our Sugba Lagoon Tour Itinerary

The last time (April 2023) I did the Sugba Lagoon Tour was a DIY.

Since I was essentially just accompanying a good church friend, I knew exactly what to do and what we were going to see.

We started traveling to Del Carmen on a rented scooter at 7 AM.

Halfway through the travel, the rain started.

We were already dripping wet when we got to Sugba Lagoon Port around 15 minutes before 8 AM.

Outside the port, we met two ladies who were also looking for tourists to share the boat cost with.

When we entered the port entrance, there was already a young married couple waiting for joiners.

Perfect!

There were 6 of us on the boat.

We chose Tour B+, so we divided 3,050 PHP for 6 people, plus our entrance fee.

Since there were already people ahead of us waiting for their tour boats, we waited for about 20 minutes before we finally boarded our assigned boat.

First Stop: Pamomoan Beach

Pamomoan Beach in Siargao
An aerial shot of Pamomoan Beach in Siargao

Pamomoan Beach was our first stop. It is located on the northernmost tip of Caob Island, where Sugba Lagoon can be found.

For me, itโ€™s one of the most stunning beaches in Siargao.

It took us about 30 minutes to get there.

Upon docking, you are welcomed by the powdery, soft white sand beach and towering coconut trees.

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The coconut trees at Pamomoan Beach (Photo by Mario Manlupig / CEBU INSIDER)
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The coconut trees at Pamomoan Beach (Photo by Mario Manlupig / CEBU INSIDER)
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Pamomoan Beach in Siargao (Photo by Mario Manlupig / CEBU INSIDER)

Of course, the first thing we did was take some photos while waiting for our fresh coconut (which we waited for about an hour, by the way, because someone had to climb up the tree to get it).

We decided to have our lunch at Pamomoan Beach as well since the restaurant here serves food.

We spent approximately 3 hours on Pamomoan Beach before we headed out to our next stop.

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Second Stop: Kawhagan Island

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The sandbar at Kawhagan Island in Del Carmen, Siargao

Right across Pamomoan Beach is Kawhagan Island, where we were brought to a white sandbar.

Kawhagan Island is located remotely off Caob Island.

Personally, I think itโ€™s one of the most stunning islands in Siargao.

Since we spent most of our time on Pamomoan Beach, our visit to Kawhagan Island was short.

But it was never short of fun.

It was an incredible time to bask in the sun on a white sandbar.

Thereโ€™s a resort on the island that also serves good food.

If you book your tour with a boodle fight-style buffet lunch through a travel agency, you are most likely having it here.

I recommend dropping by for a bit longer.

After 30 minutes, we made our way to Sugba Lagoon.

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Last Stop: Sugba Lagoon

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An aerial shot of Sugba Lagoon in Siargao

Our last top was Sugba Lagoon, the star of the tours.

Sugba Lagoon is known for its stunning clear, turquoise waters and serene limestones.

The famous 15-foot diving board you see in the photos is taken here.

Going to Sugba Lagoon from Kawhagan Island takes about 20 minutes.

Upon docking, you will be welcomed by friendly locals.

You can choose to rent a table where you can leave your things while you enjoy activities around the lagoon.

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An aerial shot of Sugba Lagoon in Siargao
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The diving board at Sugba Lagoon in Siargao
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The stairs to the diving board at Sugba Lagoon in Siargao

The first time I went here in 2017, there was a much taller diving board at the back part of the area.

According to the staff, they removed it due to an accident.

Tourists can no longer access that area too.

There is no longer a restaurant here, so be sure to bring some snacks or have your breakfast or lunch somewhere first.

Some of the activities you can enjoy include kayaking, paddleboarding, and board diving.

Here are the rates of rentals at Sugba Lagoon:

  • Standup paddleboard โ€“ 300 PHP per hour
  • Single kayak โ€“ 200ย  PHP per hour
  • Double kayak โ€“ 300 PHP per hour
  • Double kayak (clear) โ€“ 300 PHP per hour
  • Crystal clear kayak โ€“ 500 PHP per hour
  • Family kayak for 4 โ€“ 500 PHP per hour
  • Bamboo raft โ€“ 500 PHP per hour
  • Life vest โ€“ 50 PHP per day use
  • Snorkel โ€“ 200 PHP per day use
  • Table โ€“ 200 PHP per day use

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How to Get to Siargao

There are a couple of daily flights from Manila to Siargao or Cebu to Siargao and vice versa. Simply take those flights.ย 

Upon arrival at Siargao Airport (officially known as Sayak Airport), go outside the arrival gate and take a van to General Luna, the center of all tourism activities, where you are most likely to be staying.

These vans can take you to your hotel. The fare is 300 PHP (~6 USD), and the travel time is 30 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take an overnight ferry from Cebu City to Surigao City and then a ferry from Surigao Port to Dapa Port in Siargao.

This would cost about 2,500 PHP (~50 USD) in total. The total travel time from Cebu to Surigao to Siargao would come out to 13-14 hours.

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Here are a few guides that can help you plan your trip to Siargao:

When to Visit Siargao

One of the best things about Siargao is that you can visit it all year round.

You can certainly enjoy all the activities and the must-see spots on the island no matter what time of the year you come to visit.

Having said this, some activities are best experienced in specific โ€œseasonsโ€.

The dry months of March to May are the best time to hit the beach and have all sorts of outdoor fun. After all, this is the time when the island has the sunniest days.

November to December are also good times to visit.

If you want to hone your surfing skills, September to March is the best time to visit. This is when the swell is in perfect condition.

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Where to Stay in Siargao

If youโ€™re still looking for top-rated accommodations in Siargao, here are some of our top picks based on our experience:

For more options, check out our top picks for the Best Resorts in Siargao!

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Your Complete Siargao Travel Guide

Siargao is Southeast Asiaโ€™s up-and-coming destination. With its trajectory now, Iโ€™m expecting more and more tourists to arrive in the next few years.

If you are planning to visit the island for the first time, we highly recommend checking out our range of travel guides:

If you still have questions, drop them in the comments. I will get back to you ASAP!

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Mario Manlupig
Mario Manlupig

Mario is the Founder of CEBU INSIDER. In March 2018, he left his full-time job at the Philippines' biggest TV network and became a digital nomad, traveling all over the country until the pandemic happened. He now calls Cebu City his home.

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