Discovering Sinago Cove

TRAVEL GUIDE TO SINAGO COVE
Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines

Sinago Cove, fronting the Pacific Ocean, is waiting to be discovered. Views here are comparable to those in Halong Bay in Vietnam and the James Bond Island in Thailand. I can stay here in for weeks! Sinago Cove is such a perfect place for a digital detox. You can hop off the tourist trail and get lost for a while.



Wave goodbye to your internet connection and embrace the isolation for few days. Most of the beautiful places here are beyond the reach of a phone signal due to the vast size of Santa Ana, the north-easternmost part of the Philippines.





HOW TO GET TO SINAGO COVE
  • VIA PLANE
Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines has daily trips to Tuguegarao City. Air fare varies from time to time. From Tuguegarao City, ride a van/bus heading to Santa Ana, Cagayan. Travel time is around 4 hours. Fare starts at Php 180.
  • VIA BUS
Florida has daily trips to Santa Ana, Cagayan from España, Manila. Scheduled trips: 12 PM and 3 PM only. If you missed these trips, you can ride a bus heading to Tuguegarao City via Victory Liner in Kamias, Quezon City. Travel time is around 10-12 hours. Once you reached Tuguegarao City, ride a van/bus heading to Santa Ana, Cagayan.



As of this writing, there is no single tour operator in Cagayan, offering tour packages to Sinago Cove. Google shows nothing --so, I'm claiming it that this is the first travel guide to Sinago Cove. Awesome!

Getting to Sinago Cove isn't easy. Only motorcycles can reach Sinago as of the moment. You have to pass by the unpaved, hilly, rough roads; climb mountains for hours (and, sometimes being welcomed by snakes!); and walk under the scorching heat of the sun. Travel time from Santa Ana downtown to Sinago Cove is around 3-4 hours.




However, if you're up for the most convenient way to get to Sinago Cove, you can hire a boat in San Vicente Port. Fare may be pricey since no one's really heading to Sinago Cove. Travel time is around 4 hours.

WHERE TO STAY IN SINAGO COVE

As what I've mentioned earlier, Sinago Cove is still waiting to be discovered. There is no lodge or homestay in the area. You really need to be friendly and ask the locals to pitch your tents to their backyards. Please be reminded that there is no electricity in the area. Locals start calling the day as early as 6 PM.




TOP THINGS TO DO IN SINAGO COVE
  • sunrise viewing
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • trekking, hiking
  • bird watching
  • chasing the waterfalls
  • walking barefoot on the beach
  • camping


WHO TO CONTACT IN SINAGO COVE

Sinago Cove is beyond the reach of a phone signal. We're starting to introduce tourism in the area. For the meantime, you may contact the following tour guides from San Vicente. They're my friends so definitely, you're in good hands.

  • MOTORCYCLE SERVICE
Ronald Urdas Cabutin | 0916 158 2259

  • BOAT RENTALS
Danilo UrdasCabutin | 0935 894 4860
Nanding Cabutin | 0947 634 0986; 0935 996 6744

Coordinate with them especially on your itinerary, things to bring and so on. They're the right persons to talk to for your expectations vs reality questions.

For the tour guide fee, it's all up to you. Just be reminded that you're asking for favor -- they're driving you to the isolated Sinago Cove for hours; assisting you during mountain climbing and spending a night or two with you. Also, please make sure you shoulder the expenses for gas and so on.


Cagayan is now my favorite destination. People here are very accommodating especially the Cabutin family. Yes, I didn't use any filter for these photos. You don't need filters here! Swear.




TIPS & THINGS TO REMEMBER
  • there's no electricity in the area
  • buy food, water, etc in Santa Ana downtown before you start traveling to Sinago Cove
  • bring mosquito/insect repellent lotion
  • don't forget your sun screen, toiletries
  • bring your own tents
  • make sure your power banks are fully charged
  • bring head lamps/flash lights
  • bring umbrella, hats, jackets, rash guards
  • bring easy to open can goods; easy to cook food
  • no bringing of corals, rocks, etc from Sinago
  • daing na pating is a must-try
  • don't forget to bring your dry bags
  • plan ahead coz you'll be in isolation for few days
  • inform your friends or family where you're heading
  • respect the nature and the wildlife
  • be watchful; mindful during mountain climbing as we were welcomed by snakes
  • of course, have fun!

TRUE WANDERER

Make your time more precious by discovering places, learning the local's culture, experiencing the local cuisine and meeting new friends. Let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you somewhere on the road. Remember, we're only young once -- so, travel, inspire people and have fun!

Your feedback to my work is very much welcome. Happy travels!☺



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