Islands and Beaches

Siargao's Banday Beach: Not Bondi, But Better

, Siargao

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 10, 2013

As a beach comber and lover, long stretches of soft white sand and serenity appeal to me. Banday Beach Resort in Alegria, Sta. Monica, Siargao Island in Mindanao is one such beach I would love to go back to again and again and again.

Siargao is one big island that’s protected by a reef. This means that the waves are far from the beaches. All you get to experience -- if you’re not a surfer -- are gentle waves and a very calm sea.

Then there's Banday's long stretch of cream-colored sand -- a 5-kilometer stretch, to be exact!

The beach is very private and only those with reservations are allowed to swim its clear waters. The resort’s staff is warm and accommodating, adding plus points to the resort.

Room rates range from PhP600 for the non-aircon rooms good for 2 pax, to PhP1,200-1,500 for the aircon rooms good for 2 persons. Extra bed is Php100. For reservations, travelers may contact Roberto Pantoliano at 0916-4917288.

I’ll be definitely back for a good dip, soon! :)

How To Get There:

Major airlines fly daily to Surigao City.

Siargao Island can be reached by boat from Surigao City. A ride aboard a RORO vessel or M/V Fortune Angels to Dapa costs from Php180 (US$4.18) for Economy B, to PhP220 (US$5.12) for Economy A. The terminal fee is PhP10 (US$0.24). Dapa Express also plies the route at a cost of Php200 (US$4.65) from the Surigao City Port.

Van rental around the island is Php4,000 (US$93)/day. Sta. Monica is 45 kilometers or 2 hours away by land from Dapa, Siargao Island. Jeepneys and motorcycles are available to take you to the town proper at Php30 (US$0.70) per person, or PhP100 (US2.33) to charter the entire motorcycle. Jeepney fare is PhP70 (US$1.63) per person.

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