Siargao Travel Guide: A look at another breath-taking island in the Philippines
There are numerous places to visit in the Philippines if a tropical destination is what you’re looking for. Take for example Boracay, Palawan and Cebu – all of which is famous for their white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and a taste of what an ideal tropical paradise is all about. Adding to the list is Siargao, an island that is 800 km southeast of Manila and a haven for surfers and non-surfers alike! Keep reading our Siargao travel guide and discover this ot-so-hidden gem in the Philippines.
An archipelago of around 100 islands which is part of Surigao Del Norte, Siargao is a quiet island with big, enormous waves, clear waters and powder-like sand. It was once a hidden gem until it grew famous as the surfing mecca of the Philippines thanks to the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup which started in September 1994.
But more than the waves, there are other Siargao attractions that capture the hearts of tourists and we’ve listed them below for your Siargao travel itinerary!
Del Carmen Mangrove
The Del Carmen Mangrove is a 4,000-hectare mangrove forest that maintains the ecological balance with the help of providing a healthy breeding ground for aquatic life. Within the interior limestone cliffs is the famous Sugba Lagoon where tourists can go kayaking, snorkelling, paddling and platform diving.
General Luna Islands
General Luna Islands are hotspots in Siargao and once you step into these islands, you’ll know what the fuss is all about. Thanks to the changing tide which shaped Naked Island, travellers can lounge around the sandbar and take pictures of the incredible view. Guyam and Daku Islands are islands dotted with coconut trees and native cottages where you can spend an afternoon of picnic with friends. The best way to explore the General Luna Islands is by requesting for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
San Benito Islands
San Benito Islands – Pagbasayan, Poneas and Caob are less crowded destinations but equally beautiful islands. Here you can spend the whole day frolicking at the beach, swimming or sunbathing. During low tide, it has a picturesque sandbar with a size of a football field.
Magpupungko Rock Formations
Get ready to be delighted by the stunning beauty of Magpupungko Rock Formations. This Siargao attraction creates a natural seawater pool ideal for guests who want to go rock diving and snorkelling. You can walk to appreciate more the rock formations and nearby you can find a stretch of sand perfect for a picnic by the beach.
What to do in Siargao
Cloud 9 is famous surfing spot in Siargao and the best place to experience this exciting water sports activity. If you want to witness a great competition of the world’s best surfers, schedule your Siargao travel adventure and visit the island in September where the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup takes place.
The colourful marine life of Siargao makes it an ideal place for scuba diving. Blue Cathedral which is Siargao’s top destination is 100 feet below the surface and be amazed by the underwater world.
Where to eat
Of course, a Siargao travel guide will never be complete without sharing with you places to try for an appetizing meal on the island.
Kermit Surf Resort and Restaurant
Photo Courtesy: Kermit Surf Resort and Restaurant Facebook Page
Aside from offering surfing lessons, Kermit Surf Resort and Restaurant also offers guests delicious choices to fill their tummies – from their sought-after pizzas, vegetarian dishes and most especially Filipino classics such as kinilaw.
Address: Purok 5, 8419 General Luna
Opening Hours:7 am to 11 pm
La Luna Bar and Restaurant
Photo Courtesy: La Luna Bar and Restaurant Facebook Page
From pancakes to veggie burgers, dessert crepes and pork chops, La Luna Bar and Restaurant prides itself on the variety of their menu to cater to all types of travellers that come to their restaurant.
Address: Barangay Catangnan, General Luna
Opening Hours:7 am to 10 pm
Where to stay
Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa
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Feel luxurious when you stay at Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa. Featuring garden rooms, floating cottages, a tropical-themed spa, 1,000 square metre swimming pool, a fitness gym, a seafood dining outlet and many more, Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa is your home away from home when you travel to Siargao island.
Rates start at P6,500+
Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast
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Right across the airport in Del Carmen is a pension house which was once a luxurious mansion. Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast’s convenient location makes it a lot easier to reach Siargao’s northern towns. You also won’t have to take the 45-minute car ride going to the airport.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BakhawHotel
Rates start at P1,500+
Club Tara Resort
Photo Courtesy: Club Tara Resort
Balinese-themed resort Club Tara is one of the favoured accommodations of tourists that come to the island thanks to its floating cottages and very own private lagoon for snorkelling, SUP paddling and kayaking.
Do you want to experience a holiday vacation in this paradise? We hope our Siargao travel guide will inspire you to book your tickets and plan your itinerary ASAP! If you want to check out other places to visit in the Philippines, let Travel141 guide you along the way.