Siargao is quickly becoming one of the most popular islands in the Philippines and for good reason! From the white sand beaches, hidden rock pools, delicious restaurants, and epic surf, Siargao is definitely one of the best and most beautiful islands in the Philippines. And Siargao is a surfers paradise with different beaches and surf breaks for every type of surfer. It actually hosts one of the biggest surf competitions in the world every year. The entire island is also covered in coconut palm trees and literally has more palm trees than anywhere else we’ve ever seen in our lives. Siargao is the perfect island to visit if you love laid-back, surfer, tropical island vibes.
A Complete Guide to Siargao:
What to Know Before You Go:
How to Get to Siargao:
Best Time of Year to Visit:
The best time to visit Siargao is from March to October during the dry season. The rainy season is from November to February, but even if you’re there during the dry season, it might still rain while you’re there. The annual surf competition happens every September, so it’ll likely be very crowded during that time, but also a really fun experience if you love surfing. Also, keep in mind, the dry season in Siargao is the opposite of a lot of the other popular islands in the Philippines (like El Nido and Coron).
Where to Stay:
How Long to Stay:
How to Get Around:
The best way to get around the island is by motorbike. You can rent a bike from General Luna for about 400-600 pesos (about $8-12 USD) per day. You’ll get a bit of a discount if you rent for multiple days. We rented a bike for three days and paid 350 pesos (about $6.50 USD) per day. A lot of bike rentals don’t have helmets, so make sure where you ask if they have helmets available for you before you rent. If you don’t want to rent a motorbike, you can also join tours or take tricycles around the island.
Wifi & SIM Cards:
Wifi on the island is very limited. There are a few hotels and restaurants that do have wifi, but it’s very weak and not super reliable. The best wifi we found on the island was at Kalinaw Resort where we stayed. If you want to stay connected while you’re on the island, we suggest getting a SIM card at the airport when you arrive in the Philippines.
wHAT TO DO:
Massin River Rope Swing Bent Palm:
Swing Fees: 10 pesos ($0.20 USD) entrance fee per person, 20 pesos ($0.40 USD) per person to swing, 20 pesos ($0.40 USD) per person to use the raft
Rent Bikes and Explore:
One of our favorite things to do while traveling is to just get lost and explore and Siargao is the perfect island to do that. Take a day to ride around the island and find all the hidden beaches, coconut palm forests, and secret natural swimming pools. Keep in mind, there aren’t a lot of gas stations on the island, but there are several stands on the side of the road that sell gas in old glass Coke bottles. One liter of gas costs about 60 pesos ($1.20 USD). If you’re running low on gas, fill up while you’re near a tourist spot, so you don’t run out.
Bike Rental Fee: About 400 pesos ($8 USD) per day
Famous Palm Tree Overlook:
If you rent a bike, you probably won’t miss this, but on your way from General Luna to the Maasin River Rope Swing, you’ll pass by this overlook with palm trees for literally as far as the eye can see. It’s so beautiful and seriously amazing to see that many palm trees all together in one place.
Surf at Cloud Nine:
Fees: You can rent a surfboard for an hour or the entire day. There are a lot of different stands that rent surfboards, so you can negotiate the price, but it should cost you about 200-300 pesos ($4-6 USD) for an hour or 500-600 pesos ($10-12 USD) for the day. You can also pay for an hour lesson for about 1000-1200 pesos ($22-24 USD). It costs 50 pesos ($1 USD) per person to go on the watch tower. But it’s free to visit and sit on the beach.
Boat Tour to Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island, and Pamomoan Beach:
Fees: 1800 pesos ($35 USD) per person
Boat Tour to Guyam, Daku, and Naked Islands:
Another popular boat tour is to the Guyam, Daku, and Naked Islands. They’re all pretty small with stunning white sand beaches and absolutely beautiful crystal clear blue water surrounding them. This is the perfect boat tour if you want to relax on beautiful beaches and swim in some of the prettiest waters you’ve ever seen.
Fee: 1200-1800 pesos ($28-35 USD) per person
If you’re up for a little adventure, head to Pacifico Beach. It’s about an hour bike ride from General Luna, but the beach is absolutely beautiful, and there’s hardly anyone there, except maybe a few surfers. Pack a picnic lunch, and it’s a great place to hang for a few hours and relax in the sun.
Magpupungko Rock Pools:
Fee: 5 pesos ($0.10 USD) road toll, 20 ($0.40 USD) pesos parking fee, and 50 pesos ($1 USD) per person entrance fee
where to eat:
One of the best parts of Siargao is all of the delicious food. Siargao is growing very quickly and, as a result, there are a lot of new restaurants popping up. It has a lot of trendy restaurants with all sorts of different options no matter what kind of diet you follow. We loved trying all the different restaurants! Here are some of our favorites:
If you love smoothie bowls, you have to go to Shaka Cafe. The fresh fruit can’t be beat, and they decorate their bowls in the most beautiful way. It’s a great place to grab breakfast or a snack while before you head to Cloud Nine.
This place is amazing. It’s a very small little shack on the side of the road, and it had just opened when we were there, but it was so busy every night that we stopped the final night and we were so glad we did. Get the fried noodles with veggies.
Buddha’s Thai Cuisine:
This Thai restaurant is absolutely delicious and has a great vibe. There’s plenty of seating, so it’s a great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal.
If you’re looking for unique and delicious sushi, Sushi Nori is the perfect place to go. Ryan loved the rolls and sushi wraps from here. It’s a little pricier than your standard restaurant in the Philippines, but if you want sushi, this is a great place to eat.
Halika Gelato has delicious gelato. They take pride in their gelato and even have an explanation of the difference between gelato and ice cream. Halika has so many delicious flavors and my only regret is only going once the whole time we were there.