2020 SIARGAO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | Resorts, Tourist Spots, Things To Do

 

 SIARGAO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE + TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Siargao Island Travel | Hotels, Resorts, Tourist Spots, Things to do, Weather

SIARGAO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE + HOTELS, RESORTS, TOURIST SPOTS, THINGS TO DO, WEATHER  

WHY VISIT THE ISLAND

“If you will be stranded on an island, where would you want it to be?”

Getting stranded in a place for days can be really frustrating but if a beauty queen will be asked this question, they will surely answer a paradise they dreamed of going. This scenario wasn’t just asked to the Miss Universe beauties Lauren Howe of Canada, Rachel Peters of Philippines, and Samantha James of Malaysia; but they indeed experience it recently as typhoon Urduja struck Eastern Samar, Philippines.

“…reasons to smile here in the Philippines,” “…minutes of calm,” and “So happy to be stranded…” are the actual words these three beauties used to describe their experience. But where exactly in the Philippines is this place? It’s none other than, Siargao Island.

So what’s with Siargao that these three girls still had some fun while being stranded?

WHERE IS SIARGAO

Siargao Island is located in the Mindanao, specifically in the province of Surigao del Norte. This island should definitely be on the list of those who love to travel; not only it attracts surfers due to its intact waves and winds but typical beach bum who know nothing about surfing can still be awe while staying in this island.

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SIARGAO ISLAND: THE SURFING CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES   

Finding the best surfing to go to if you are in the Philippines? You can never go wrong if you are to visit the country’s highly-touted surfing capital, Siargao Island, in Surigao Del Norte.

But when you think that it’s only true to the locals who hailed it as the best across the country, international institutions such as the CNN recognized the island—specifically it’s “Cloud 9” region—as among the top 10 best surfing spots all over the world, bested only by 8 others.

Able to consistently provide decent waves year-round which makes it a hub for surfing enthusiasts and professionals alike, Siargao Island’s surrounding beaches are at their peak in producing high waves averaging 7 feet in height during the months of September/October up to March of the following year.

The place was so popular among surfers especially Cloud 9 during peak season, locals often label the same area as “Crowd 9,” hinting how crowded the area can be at times with thrill-seeking surfers. With little to no competition in neighboring areas apart from their equally beautiful beaches, the idea that Cloud 9 getting overcrowded is perhaps expected rather than surprising.

Popular to both foreigners and locals from other parts of the country like in Manila, getting to Siargao Island is a trip by plane or by boat, in addition to a further land transfer, depending on where you are coming from.

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BUSINESS FOR SURFERS IN SIARGAO ISLAND

Thriving with businesses centered towards surfers, there are establishments within the region that offer rentals of surfboards. The selection may not be at par with the greatest surfboards elsewhere but places like the Fat Lips Surf Shop offer decent choices to choose from.

While you can choose to carry with you your rented stuff and walk a rather long way to your intended destination, renting a ride for $8 a day is a more convenient option especially if you are already too excited to check out the famed waves.

To get to the offshore waves, however, a boat transfer is required via the so-called “bangka,” a local outrigger boat, which costs $5 per person. This is a 2-way trip, however. Meaning, the “captain” of the boat will be there to stay until such time his passengers are done surfing in the area.

When you think that this so-called “captains” of their own bangka are seasoned sailors of the seas as reflected by their age, you would be surprised to see that they can also be as young as a teen, yet are experienced enough to be in their trade.

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HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO ISLAND  

Whether you are coming from the country’s capital region or that closer to the region of Cebu, getting to this tropical island in the further south-eastern region of the country is only possible in one of two ways: direct flight by plane or via a ferry boat.

The easiest and most comfortable way of getting to Siargao island is to fly direct from Manila or Cebu International Airport.

Another route to reach the place is to fly from Manila to Surigao after which you will take a boat to reach the island. This route might be a bit cheaper but might consume most of your time.

Landing into the island by plane or dropping off by boat, it takes another 40 minutes of land travel to actually get to the town of General Luna, a gateway to the surfing beaches of Siargao Island.

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SIARGAO TOURIST SPOTS | THINGS TO DO  

Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon is located at Del Carmen, about 90 to 120 minutes from General Luna via van and boat. In the middle of mangroves and splendid rock formation, this place offers a calmer atmosphere as there are fewer visitors on the spot; if you are lucky enough, you can have the whole place by your own.

Notes:
Entrance fee is 100php while table fee is 50php / table.
A menu of freshly caught fish are available but expect that it is very costly.
For a cheaper food budget, you can bring your own lunch or buy raw foods at the market near the Tourism Office and grill it at the lagoon. A fee of 100php is required for grilling.
If you want to skip the hassle of DIY travel guide mentioned above, just book a tour on hotels.
Activities: swimming, SUP, personal encounter with Stingless Jellyfish (if lucky enough), water bike, bamboo raft, and diving at the springboard

 

Kawhagan Island

After having numerous fun water activities at the Sugba Lagoon, head to Kawhagan Island to be relaxed and just chill under the sun while having fresh coconuts. This island is just around 20 minutes from Sugba.

Daku, Naked, and Guyam Island

Never underestimate the beauty of similar islands. These three islets located near General Luna are similar in kind but experiences will always be different from one another, so visit all.

Magpupungko Rock Pool

A wonderful gem in the Municipality of Pillar, this place offers sophisticated rock formation and inviting turquoise blue water. The area is already commercialized as food stalls and restaurants warmly welcome every guest. On the other hand, guests can also bring their own food. You can choose on two different ways on how to reach the Rock Pool: from the back passing rock steps, or passing through the beach. One thing to remember: visit during low tides to witness a calmer atmosphere. Entrance fee to this place is just 50php.

Alegria Beach

If you want to skip the busy coastline of General Luna, opt to go to Alegria Beach instead. The crystal clear water, white sand, and coconut palms make the beach perfect for a great photo opportunity and even postcards photos. Having a number of coconut palms, enjoying fresh big coconuts is expected. What makes it more enjoyable is that there are less (or none at all) tourists in the area, which means that it is still unspoiled and has preserved beauty.

Pacifico Beach

Another tourist spot to visit in Siargao island especially if you prefer a less touristy area is Pacifico Beach. The white sand and clear blue-green water make a perfect view if you decided to have a stroll and swim early in the morning. The radiant colors of the sunrise, on the other hand, are best enjoyed during summer; it gives a dramatic picture which is perfect if you just want to have that me-time kind of moment. Surfing lesson is also offered as the beach has really good surfing site but not that consistent compare to those in General Luna’s; however, some still prefer surfing here as there is not much queue. There are about six resorts and backpackers can put up a tent as well.

Taktak Falls 

Enough of saltwater and freshwater this time. Taktak Falls is the only waterfalls in Siargao Island so make the most of it; have fun dipping!

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a beautiful view of the Siargao Island from Ocean 101 Cloud 9  Beach Resort

THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO ISLAND  

Hill climbing

Enjoy admiring sunsets and landscapes with this activity; there’s a hill in Del Carmen if you want to.

Having fresh coconuts

It has already been mentioned in this post that some beaches make this possible but we’re saying it again, don’t forget to eat fresh coconuts.
Sleep under the stars, get that tent ready! – How an adventure it will be to sleep with Mother Nature?

Sunrise and sunsets

You can enjoy sunrise and sunsets in most part of the country, but having this in Siargao Island might give you a new experience and nostalgic feeling.

Eat Pizza at Kermit’s and Mexican foods at Kokai’s

What’s with traveling if you will not try eating at their most famous restaurants? This is one place recommended by people who have visited the island.

Coffee time at Café Loca

Coffee lover, anyone? This place is a good place to sip coffee while you are on Siargao Island.

Overall, Siargao is one place you shouldn’t miss. Skip the over-rated summer destinations and enjoy the serene atmosphere the island has to offer.

 Club Tara Beach Resort

Club Tara Beach Resort

LIST OF SIARGAO RESORTS, HOTELS  

You can book a room in your next visit to the island by clicking on the link (name of resorts) listed below. This list includes budget resorts and homestays. Almost all of these resorts offer discounts.

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Bravo Beach Resort
Tourism Road

Ocean 101 Cloud 9 Beach Resort
Cloud 9, Catangnan Gen. Luna, Surigao Del Norte

Cherinicole Beach Resort
Tourist Road, Purok 3 Brgy. Poblacion

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Club Tara Resort
Bucas Grande Island, Dona Helen, Socorro, Surigao Del Norte

Jadestar Lodge
Barangay 1, Poblacion

Kokai Resort
Purok 5, Tourist Road

Malinao View Beach Resort
Malinao Road Brgy Malinao

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Maria Tavern Island
Poblacion 5, General Luna

Moonlight Homestay
Tourism Road, Purok 5, Caraga,   Surigao Del Norte

Orange Villa
Tourism Road, General Luna

Point 303 Resort
Cloud 9, Catangnan

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Reef Beach Resort
Catangnan, General Luna

Romantic Beach Villas Siargao Island
Cloud 9, Siargao Island

Sailfish Bay Surf & Big Game Fishing Lodge
Pacifico, San Isidro, San Isidro

Siargao Bleu Resort And Spa
Tourism Road, General Luna

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Serenity Oceanside 
Barangay Taruc, Socorro

Tarzans Beach Resort
Siargao Islands, Dagohoy, East Bucas Grande Island, Dapa

Viento Del Mar
Purok 5, Tourism Road, General Luna

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11 Comments

  1. I really want to travel Siargao and experience surfing too

  2. If there will be no internet and travell bloggers like you. I would not be able to see how beautiful Siargao is and other beautiful places here in the Philippines.

  3. I really want to visit Siargao! It’s a surfing heaven for me! Nice tips too!

  4. I’ve never even heard of this place before but wow, it looks amazing!!

  5. It looks very relaxing being in those nipa hut looking cafe loca place.

  6. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Siargao is so beautiful! Looking at your photos made me realize why my sons are so eager to plan for a vacation there. Hopefully next summer we can do that.

  7. MARLE A MAGTORTOR

    yes we own a van sir we can cater your need….can i have your name i will send it thru facebook/pm the details

  8. Ann F. Snook-Moreau

    I’ve never tried surfing but this place looks so beautiful! I would love to lay on the beach with a fresh coconut like you said . . . sounds so relaxing!

    • MARLE A MAGTORTOR

      If you are planning to visit Siargao please free to contact we can help. we have van rental,motor rentals and we have tourist guide to guide your vacation/trip.

  9. Ryan Delos Reyes

    Great article will surely try your recommendations, I do have one question tho, Are there any Car rentals in Siargao?, I am bringing my family with me and we are
    looking at possibly 5-6 people, would you suggest renting a van with a local driver as our tour guide? if yes do you have any suggestions or idea how much it will cost?.

    Appreciate any info. Safe Travels and Mabuhay

  10. Looks amazing, Mate!

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