Siargao Island

If you’re looking for a fun, relaxing, and beautiful place to visit, you’ve found it!

Siargao Island is famous for its excellent surfing. However, besides surfing, there is something to do and see on the island. You will not be left indifferent by the picturesque circular road with thousands of the most beautiful palm trees in the world, mangroves in Del Carmen, and neighboring islands: Daco Island, the famous Sugba Lagoon on Kangbangyo Island, and the impressive sandy tongue of Kawhagan Island.

Siargao has an excellent surfing community, but it also has plenty of other activities to keep you busy—like snorkeling in the waters surrounding Kawhagan Island. You won’t be disappointed by either place!

THINGS TO DO ON SIARGAO

Surfing in Siargao

Siargao is an island where you can go for the best surfing in the Philippines. Prestigious surfing championships are held here every year. In addition to the most famous wave – Cloud 9 – there are many more places to practice, such as Quicksilver, Stimpy’s, Rock Island, Daku Reef, Cemetery, Pacifico, or Secret Spot. If you are a beginner, don’t worry. One of the best things to do in Siargao is to learn how to surf.

There are many surf schools on the island. The cost of training services in most of them is 500 pesos per hour, including board rental. You can just rent a surfboard; prices range from 200 pesos per hour. The rental cost will decrease significantly if you rent a board for a few days or weeks.

Surfing spots for beginners in Siargao: Jacking Horse, Tuason Point, Dako Island, or Secret Spot.

The best time to catch waves in Siargao is from September to November. On these dates, the best waves are in the Cloud 9, Pacifico, Burgos Bay, and Tuason Point zones. The best surfing spots in Stimpys and Pilar are from December to March. Although the waves are usually smaller from April to August, they can also surf at this time.

Travel on the roads of Siargao

You may love this island by driving along its coastal road, where palm groves, mangroves, rivers, beaches, natural pools (Magpupungko Rock Pools), and waterfalls await you. In Siargao, you can rent a motorcycle or motorbike for 350 pesos daily.

Magpupungko Rock Pools

One of the most popular excursions in Siargao is the natural pools of Magpupungko. They are visited at low tide. Therefore, do not forget to check the tide table to avoid arriving there at the wrong time. You will not be able to get to the pools if the water level is too high. There is a beach nearby, which is also worth a visit.

In Magpupungko, you will find several eateries, a restaurant, and coconut sellers. The pool entrance costs 50 pesos, plus you will have to pay an additional 50 pesos for parking a motorcycle.

Beaches in Siargao

Let’s face it, Siargao cannot boast of the best beaches in the Philippines, but some are very good, especially those you will have to get to by boat. However, in any case, you will be able to enjoy Alegria Beach, the beaches of the Pacifico area, as well as those in the Malinao area, not far from the Sandy Feet Hotel. Their palm trees by the sea are unforgettable.

Sugba Lagoon on Kangbangyo Island and Kawhagan Island

The turquoise waters of the Sugba lagoon, protected by colossal limestone stone walls, will amaze you. And when you get to Kawhagan Island, you will be delighted! A turquoise sea surrounds a massive tongue of white sand on this island. Here you can spend several hours swimming, playing volleyball and enjoying the shade of palm trees.

Сasulian Island

Most likely, you haven’t heard anything about Casolian Island yet, because this is one of the new additions to excursions around Siargao. The most impressive thing about it is the green slopes of the island, dotted with slender palm trees.

Don’t forget to sunbathe on the beautiful Corregidor Beach, which is also ideal for swimming and snorkeling!

Sohoton Cove on Socorro island

Sohoton Bay is a set of beautiful lagoons and caves surrounded by limestone cliffs that make up a landscape like El Nido or Del Carmen.

The tour to the island includes stops such as Tiktikan Lake, Blue Lagoon, Crystal and Bolitas Cave, Magkukuob Cave, and Granule Cave.

Tojoman Lagoon is home to the famous non-venomous jellyfish (Papuas Mastigas). Keep in mind that they are not always there. Jellyfish usually appear from March to June. Their population has significantly decreased, and therefore, in order not to cause them any harm, swimming with them is not allowed.

Taktak Falls

Take a tour that will take you to the east coast of Siargao Island to the Taktak Waterfall. Waterfalls are stunning and are an excellent place to communicate with nature.

Night atmosphere of Siargao

While most Filipino towns or villages shut down around 9 or 10 p.m., this doesn’t happen in Siargao! Almost every evening you will find a bar where you can drink and dance. So, include this island in your itinerary in the Philippines if you appreciate the nightlife.

HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO

Despite the distance from the capital, getting to the island is becoming easier. Here are a few ways:

You can get to Siargao by plane

Since 2017, there have been direct flights to Siargao (Siargao Airport, IAO) from Cebu (Mactan Cebu International Airport, CEB) and Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport, MNL), Davao (Davao International Airport, DVO), and Clark (Clark International Airport, CRK). One important thing to consider is that Siargao Airport is relatively small. It has a very short runway. The terminal is also a small building in which there is not even a luggage belt. Because of this, cancellations and delays of flights to Siargao in bad weather are common. Therefore, we advise you to consider this and lay additional days for the trip to the island. Booking is the key to finding cheap flights. If you already know your route, we recommend booking tickets as soon as possible – then you can find flights to Siargao from $76.

Flights from Manila
Daily direct flights from Manila to Siargao are by low-cost airlines Skyjet and Cebu Pacific Air. The duration of the flight is about 2 hours.

Booking tickets from Manila to Siargao

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Flights from Cebu
Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines offer several daily flights on the Cebu-Siargao route. The duration of such a flight is only 1 hour.

Booking flights from Cebu to Siargao

Flights from Davao
Philippines Airlines offers several flights per week on the Davao-Siargao route. This flight is an excellent option for getting to Siargao from the south of the Philippines or Malaysia.

Air Asia has direct flights to Davao from Malaysia.
The flight from Davao to Siargao is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Booking flights from Davao to Siargao

Flights from Clark (Luzon)
You can reach Siargao by plane from Clark, an airport 80 km from Manila. Philippines Airlines offers flights on the Clark-Siargao route almost every day.
Flights from Clark to Siargao take 2 hours and 20 minutes.

You can get to Siargao by ferry

Siargao

Ferries from Cebu to neighboring Surigao

You can get on one of three ferries from Cebu to the nearest large port to Siargao in Surigao on Davao Island. It’s a pretty comfortable and safe journey. Ferries depart from Cebu almost daily. On the way, you can even sleep because the ferries are equipped with sleeping places.

Starlite ferries have been heading from Cebu to Surigao daily at 21:00 and arrive at Siargao at 7:00 am. They have Reclining Seats with air conditioning and TV, $21. Economy Beds – without air conditioning, $23. Tourist Beds Bunks – with air conditioning and TV, $27. The price includes meals, a pillow, and bed linen. 

You can book a seat on the Starlite ferries here. We recommend booking tickets in advance on holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

In the opposite direction, from Surigao to Cebu, Starlite ferries depart every day at 9:00 am and arrive at Cebu at 19:00. 

How to get from Surigao to Siargao
There are different types of water transport plying between Surigao and Siargao. Their departure schedules change from time to time. 

Here you can book ferry tickets to Siargao.

The approximate departure time of ferries to Siargao: are 04:30, 05:00, 05:30, 06:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 13:00. But it is better to clarify in advance because the schedule often changes.

 

SIARGAO ISLAND HOTELS

Here you can choose the most conveniently located hotel and book your accommodation in advance.