UPDATED | One of the top travel destinations in the Philippines is this Pacific-facing island called Siargao. Siargao Island is known by backpackers and tourists alike. It is also known for its fine white sand beaches that stretches out till the eye can see, and its massive waves perfect for surfing. Here is a simple yet help Siargao Island travel guide to help you plan out your trip![sam_pro id=0_1 codes=”true”]

Siargao Island is a tear-drop shape island and is Filipinos and foreign surfers favourite places to surf at. Facing the Pacific Ocean, the winds and the current makes perfect curls, and barrels for surfers to play at, and tourists to enjoy watching.

Helpful Siargao Island Travel Guide

SIARGAO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE | How To Get There, Places To See, & More

How To Get To Siargao Island

Siargao island is off the northeastern side of Mindanao isolated along with the islets surrounding it. It is accessible via air and sea.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Sky Jet have regular commercial flights from Manila and Cebu to Sayak Airport at Siargao. The airport runway limits the aircrafts it can cater thus only small aircraft fly in and out of the airport and limited travellers every flight. The geographic location with strong Pacific winds makes it challenging as well.

It is also accessible via sea with a ferry from Surigao City in Mindanao to Siargao Island. You can fly in to Cagayan de Oro or Davao City and take a bus bound for Surigao City to take the ferry or an outrigger boat (bangka).

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How To Get To And Around

Going around the island is best done with habal-habal. Here is the regulated rates for habal-habal, or motorcycle, the main public transport around the island. The locals are fairly accommodating to travelers and tourist. If you find lacking information from this Siargao Island from your travel planning, I suggest that you ask your hotel/resort/host help you arrange transportation around the island. They will most likely have a list of trusted drivers, and locals they can recommend to their guest.

Places To See & Activities To Do

There are a lot of places to see at Siargao Island, and activities to do as well. It is a high traffic travel destination but it has not as tourist-centered as other islands, like Boracay Island, in the Philippines.

Places To See: Activities To Do:
  • Magpupungko Tidal Pool
  • TakTak Falls
  • Crocodile Sanctuary
  • Daku Island
  • Guyam Island
  • Naked Island
  • Cloud 9
  • Island Hopping
  • Day tour around the island
  • Learn how to surf
  • Enjoy the beach
  • Enjoy warm food, and cold drinks with fellow tourists and locals

Where to Stay in Siargao

There are a lot of accommodation to stay at Siargao Islands. Room rates can start off around 500 PHP for a backpackers accommodation or to fancier hotel resorts. We stayed at Buddha Surf Resort with an in-house restaurant that served really good curry meals. you can book online and look for accommodations and hotels online that fits your budget and preference.

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Cellular & Internet Connectivity + Banks

Siargao Island has fairly good internet speed. The best place to stay is at General Luna where you can find spots with 4G if you are lucky. Some resorts offer internet connection but do not expect top high speed connectivity. It will be just enough to check your emails and open social media apps.
There are but limited in number of local banks in the island. You can ask any local for the nearest ATM should you run out of cash. It is best however to bring just enough cash with you to  cover for your entire travel duration.

Best Time to Visit Siargao Island

The best time to travel is depending on the activities you want to do at Siargao Island. If you want to beach bum and enjoy the beach and the sun, it would be wise to visit Siargao during the summer season – during April to June.

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