The Sugba Lagoon is located in a remote area between the mangroves and rock formations of Del Carmen, Siargao. From General Luna – the surfing capital of the Philippines – it will take approximately 90-120 min. by van and boat to get there.
How do I get to Sugba Lagoon
Option 1: The easy way
You can book a tour with one of the many tour-guides in Siargao. Most resorts offer tours or you can inquire at any shop along the main road of General Luna that offers day trips and tours.
You won’t have to worry or spend a single thought on how to get to the lagoon, how much money to bring, what to eat etc. An organized tour to the the Sugba Lagoon usually includes complete transportation from General Luna to the Lagoon, a sumptuous lunch buffet, unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks and rental for stand-up paddle boards and snorkeling gears.
Option 2: For the adventurous
If you are a bit on a budget or simply love to organize day trips yourself you can do so. It takes a little bit of planning but it’s not impossible.
From General Luna to Del Carmen you can either rent a van, take a Habal habal (motorbike with a driver)or if you already have a rental bike you can drive there yourself.
From Del Carmen you will have to rent a pump boat which will take you directly to the Lagoon.
A guided tour costs around 2000P. BRAVO and Kermit Surf Resort are regularly offering trips to the Lagoon.
For those who are planning to go on their own – here is a detailed overview of the costs:
– Motorbike rental: 350-400P/day + gas
– Van: 3000P/day (good for 12people)
– Habal Habal:
– Pump boat: 1650/whole day (Keep in mind that the boat is good for up to 8 people. So it’s best to go as a group or simply share the it with people you will meet at the pier in Del Carmen)
– SUP rental: 200P/hour
– Entrance Fee: 100P
– Table at the house: 100P
– You can’t buy anything at the lagoon so you will have to prepare your own food. You also have the option to bring your own meat or seafood and for a fee of 100P
How much time do you need at Sugba Lagoon:
Going to the Sugba Lagoon will take one whole day. There are plenty of things to do there so you definitely won’t get bored. It’s best to leave in the morning around 9am. You will be back at General Luna around 5pm.
What to do there:
Once you reach the Sugba Lagoon you will dock at a hut which is built in the middle of the lagoon. This will be your starting point to explore the Lagoon. You can take the SUP and tour around or grab your snorkeling gear and look for some jellyfish. If you have a waterproof camera you can take some nice sefies with them. They also have a springboard from where you can jump right into the cold water of the Lagoon.
If you get tired you can rest at the hut and enjoy the astonishing view of the Lagoon from there.
Tips about Sugba Lagoon
If you’re going on your own don’t forget to bring your own food and drinks, as you can’t buy anything at the Lagoon. Also, don’t forget to bring enough money with you to pay for the fees for the boat, rental equipment etc. If you’re going with a group of people it will be easy to do the tour on your own as you won’t have to look for other people to share the boat with.
Personally, I always prefer to organize tours on my own. Most of the time you can save a lot of money and be more independent. In this case though I would recommend to book a tour with a guide, as you won’t have to worry about any of those things then. Your guides will take care of everything. We had enough free time and the lunch buffet, which was freshly prepared local food, was amazing!
Why should Sugba Lagoon be on my bucket list?
The nature and surroundings of the Sugba Lagoon are incredible! There aren’t too many tourists yet so the place is still in its natural shape. It’s still a secret place and one of the top things to do in Siargao. With a little bit luck and if you go there early enough you might have the whole lagoon for yourselves and enjoy paradise!