Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Southeast part of the Philippines that will leave you breathless and lets you go home with a peaceful heart.
I am not sure if this is the right time to write about Siargao since there is currently an influx of tourists and travelers with an ongoing struggles on the waste management. However, I think I would miss the opportunity to share this treasure to the people who wanted to find peace amidst the hustles and bustles of life just like me. Hence, I am writing this.
I may not gone to many islands, and cities and countries, but I can say that Siargao has stolen my heart as soon as I set foot on the island. The quality of life – it’s simplicity and tranquility made me re-think about my life’s choices and of the things that actually matters. One of the locals I was able to talk to during my short stay in Siargao described the life in the island as “slow and peaceful, yet very satisfaying”, to which I couldn’t agree more.
Best Time to Go
Surfing season in Siargao is from August to November with the Annual International Surfing Competition being help in September. If you wish to experience the island without too much crowd, you can try booking from January to March. However, heavy rains come some days in between those months, so it is very important to be mindful of the weather when booking as flights are very likely to be cancelled when that happens.
Siargao is served by Sayak Airport, which is located in Surigao del Norte. One of the most elusive destinations in the Philippines before 2018, with limited airlines that fly directly to Siargao. Thanks to the airlines who are constantly stepping up to meet the demands, there are now daily direct flights to Siargao.
Airfare to Siargao is a bit expensive. On average, a round trip ticket from Manila to Siargao is estimated at PHP 3,000 and up. During peak season, a one way ticket can be higher. But this hefty price tag is worth it once you arrive.
An alternative and the cheapest option to Siargao is to take the overnight ferry from Cebu City to Surigao City and then take a fastcraft to Siargao. Here is the complete Cebu-Surigao-Siargao-Cebu boat schedule.
Accommodation – There are several budget accommodations in Siargao that are less than PHP 1,000 but are more than Instagram-worthy and offer quality spaces. You can also find very cheap hostels that cost around PHP 250. For a five-star resort, an exclusive villa is priced at around PHP 7,000 and up.
I was able to book a fan room for a 3 nights stay at Point 303 Resort, which is just a minute walk from Cloud 9, for only PHP 1,550!
Food – Enjoy good food for as low as PHP 100 when in Siargao. From home cooked-style meals sold in local eateries to Western cuisines and more fancy dishes (I didn’t go for fancy ones 😉 ), foodies will have a hearty meal all throughout their stay.
I’m sure there are a lot more places to visit and things to do in Siargao. but here are the places I was able to go during the trip:
Magpupungko Tidal Pool and Tayang Ban Cave
From General Luna, we took a ‘habal-habal’ going to Magpupungko Tidal Pool and Tayang Ban Cave and back to Point 303 for PHP 800 for 2 persons. Magpupungko is about an hour travel time from General Luna, and Tayang Ban Cave is just a few minutes away from Magpupungko Tidal Pool. We paid PHP 50 each for the environmental fee at Magpupungko and a donation at Tayang Ban Cave.
Hop Daku, Guyam, and Naked Islands
The jump-off point is from General Luna. Boat rates range from PHP 1000.00 and up depending on the number of persons joining the tour. Lunch is not included in the tour so you have an option to bring raw food from General Luna for lunch and have it cooked by the locals at Daku Island, or you can just buy food from Daku Island if you don’t want to hassle going to the wet market early in the morning.
A Siargao trip is not complete without the view of Cloud 9. Besides surfing, the sound of the waves and the majestic view of the sunrise and the sunset in Cloud 9 is something you would not want to miss. Surfing rate is at PHP 500/hr including surfboard rent and an instructor.
There are still a lot of places in Siargao that I haven’t ticked off my list, that’s why I am coming back!
-You can rent a motorbike so you can explore more of the island.
– Bring water during island hopping.
-Bring enough cash since most establishments do not accept credit cards and there are very few ATM machines around the island.
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