Siargao Island Travel Guide

Siargao Island

Known as the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island is a tropical paradise with white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and an inviting laid-back atmosphere. This travel guide provides everything you need to know to make the most of your Siargao adventure, from the world-class surf breaks at Cloud 9 to the serene beauty of the Sugba Lagoon.

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Aerial view of Siargao Island, Philippines

Once an exclusive gem known mainly among surfing enthusiasts, Siargao Island has evolved into one of the most sought-after destinations in the Philippines.

Spanning a mere 437 sq km (168.763 sq mi), Siargao Island can be easily explored within a single day. Renowned surf breaks, pristine white-sand beaches, mesmerizing turquoise pools, and lush palm-fringed lagoons are all conveniently nestled just a stone’s throw away from each other.

What’s more, a plethora of newly established resorts and dining spots, serving up both local delicacies and international fare, dot the island’s landscape, ensuring visitors a seamless blend of comfort and adventure.

What to See in Siargao:

Island Hopping Guyam Island, Siargao Island, Philippines

If you’re planning a trip to Siargao Island, don’t miss these must-visit places:
Here’s a brief description of each of those places:

Dako Island

Accessible by a short 15-minute boat ride from General Luna, Daku Island is the largest among the three islands featured in standard island-hopping tours. Daku boasts a wide and tranquil shoreline adorned with picture-perfect coconut palm trees set against white sand.

Naked Island

Spanning a modest 200-meter (0.124-mile) stretch of pristine white sand surrounded by crystal-clear waters, this idyllic sandbar lives up to its name, devoid of any vegetation but abundant in tranquility. Naked Island is part of the island-hopping tour.

Magpupungko Rock Pools

Accessible by a 45-minute drive from both General Luna, these natural tidal pools are a marvel to behold.
During low tide pools are fully exposed, providing a breathtaking view of the crystal-clear swimming pools nestled among the rock formations. The area is rich in marine life, making it ideal for snorkeling.

Guyam Island

Located just a short distance from General Luna, Guyam Island is a must-visit destination on island-hopping tours. Guyam Island, the smallest of the three, can be traversed from one side to the other in just 5 minutes. With crystal-clear waters and pristine white beaches, it is an excellent spot for picture taking.

Sugba Lagoon

Encircled by majestic mountains, the lagoon’s emerald waters reflect the pristine surroundings of virgin forests and towering peaks. To reach this tranquil haven, one must pass through an expansive Mangrove Forest inhabited by the world’s largest saltwater crocodile, though sightings are rare during the day. Snorkeling enthusiasts can marvel at stingless jellyfish and discover starfish amidst the tranquil waters. Other activities available at the lagoon include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and cliff jumping.

Cloud9

Cloud 9 is a premier surf spot, caressed by the swell and winds of the mighty Pacific Ocean. This vibrant beach boasts pristine white sands and swaying palm trees. Despite being the surf hub of the Philippines, a tranquil part of the beach offers laid-back bars with panoramic ocean views. Whether seeking adrenaline-fueled surfing adventures or serene beachside moments, Cloud 9 promises an unforgettable experience for all who venture to its shores.

When to go to Siargao:

You can visit Siargao all year round, but the ideal time depends on your planned activities.

For exploring the island’s pristine beaches, hidden lagoons, and other breathtaking spots, the best time is during the summer months from mid-February to the beginning of June. During this period, days are hot and sunny, with minimal rainfall.

If you’re eager to hit the waves, the best months are between September and November during the southwest monsoon, locally known as Habagat. This season brings consistent swells, creating incredible waves that can reach up to 12 feet high. It’s the perfect time to experience the legendary Cloud 9, renowned as one of the best surf breaks globally, offering surfers the ride of their lives through fantastic tubes.

For beginner surfers, the best time is from March to May. During these months, the waters are generally calmer, and the waves gentler, providing an ideal learning environment.
The Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, an international surf competition, is held around the end of October or beginning of November. During this tournament, the island hosts large crowds and lively parties, so if you’re not keen on surfing and prefer to avoid crowds, this might not be the best time to visit Siargao.

Getting to Siargao Island:

The easiest way to reach Siargao Island is by air through the major entry ports of Manila or Cebu.

From either of these hubs, you’ll find numerous direct flights operated by Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and Cebu Pacific to Sayak Airport.

Getting around the island is easy, and you can do so by private van, tricycle, or by renting a motorbike.

Recommended Tours

We recommend staying on Siargao Island for at least 4 days and 3 nights.

Allocate one day for island hopping to visit popular destinations like Naked Island, Dako Island, and Guyam Island.

On another day, consider a full-day island tour to explore the highlands and interior areas, including Magpupungko Rock Pools, Sugba Lagoon, and Cloud 9.

For adventure enthusiasts, surf lessons can also be arranged.

Where to stay:

Aerial View Isla Cabana Resort Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao Island offers a variety of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Here are a few suggestions:

General Luna: This area is popular among travelers for its vibrant atmosphere, proximity to surfing spots like Cloud 9, and a wide range of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury resorts.

Cloud 9: If you’re a surfing enthusiast, staying near Cloud 9 can be a great option as it puts you within walking distance of the famous surf break. You’ll find beachfront resorts and cozy guesthouses in this area.

Pacifico: For those seeking a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere, Pacifico offers beautiful beaches and a more secluded setting. Accommodation options here tend to be more rustic and eco-friendly.

Malinao: Located away from the bustling tourist areas, Malinao provides a peaceful retreat surrounded by nature. You’ll find boutique resorts and eco-lodges nestled among coconut palms and lush vegetation.

Burgos: This area is ideal for travelers looking to explore Siargao’s rugged landscapes and pristine beaches. Accommodation options range from beachfront cottages to budget-friendly guesthouses.

Nestled along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Isla Cabanas Resort is a distinguished 4-star retreat boasting a private beach area that offers breathtaking views of the azure waters.

The resort features spacious villas and cottages, each thoughtfully designed to provide guests with comfort and luxury while enjoying the stunning ocean vistas.

Conveniently located just 1.9 miles from Cloud 9, renowned for its world-class surfing waves, Isla Cabanas Resort offers easy access to this iconic destination. Whether you’re an avid surfer or simply seeking relaxation by the sea, the resort provides an ideal base for exploring the beauty of Siargao Island.

Located in the heart of the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Cloud 9, Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa is a 4-star retreat that epitomizes luxury amidst the laid-back island atmosphere. Situated along the coastline, the resort offers unparalleled access to the best waves of Tuason Point, Pipeline, Matanjak, and Pesangan Surf, making it a haven for surf enthusiasts and beach lovers alike.

Boasting a prime beachfront location, Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the island while indulging in luxurious amenities and world-class hospitality. The resort features elegant villas and suites, each meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort and privacy, with stunning views of the sparkling ocean waters.

Nay Palad Hideaway is an exclusive 5-star resort nestled on the southeastern tip of the island where guests can experience a serene retreat surrounded by breathtaking marine ecosystems.
The resort is perfectly positioned between two distinct marine landscapes, with one end overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the other bordered by ancient mangrove forests and natural waterways.

Embracing the barefoot state of mind, Nay Palad Hideaway invites guests to unwind and reconnect with themselves amidst the tranquil island setting. Whether seeking absolute privacy or personalized attention, the dedicated staff is committed to fulfilling every guest’s desires, whether it’s organizing non-stop adventure or ensuring total relaxation.