How to plan a Siargao Island Trip

Siargao Island: Plan your trip

Embark on an unforgettable trip to Siargao Island. From must-visit attractions to insider recommendations, this guide is your roadmap to crafting the perfect itinerary and making the most of your time on this enchanting island paradise.

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When to Visit Siargao Island:

You can visit Siargao all year round.

Peak Season

The peak season on Siargao Island falls during the holiday season in December, Easter, and essentially the summer months from the beginning of March until May, when the days are typically hot and sunny, with minimal rainfall.

Surf Season

For expert surfers seeking optimal conditions with powerful waves breaking offshore, the best time to visit Siargao is from late September to late November. During this period, the southwest monsoon, locally referred to as Habagat, brings consistent swells, generating impressive waves reaching heights of up to 12 feet. It’s an ideal opportunity to tackle the renowned Cloud 9, celebrated as one of the world’s premier surf breaks, offering exhilarating tube rides.
The Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, an international surf competition, takes place towards the end of October or early November.
However, if you’re a novice surfer, it’s advisable to avoid the peak wave season from September to late November. Instead, consider planning your trip between March and May when the waves are gentler, and the weather is generally good.

Low Season

From June until October, there are fewer visitors in Siargao.

Bad Weather

December, January, and February typically experience the highest precipitation levels on Siargao Island.
However, it’s important to note that unless there is a tropical storm/ typhoon or a low-pressure area, the rain typically manifests as short, heavy showers.
The typhoon season spans from June to December, with August being the peak month for tropical storms in the Philippines. Activity tends to decrease by October.

During a tropical storm/ typhoon, all tours, island-hopping and other activities are canceled.

Attractions You Should Consider Visiting:

Classic Siargao Island Tour Options:

Island hopping tour, Siargao Island, Philippines

A comprehensive land tour of Siargao Island departing from General Luna, showcasing key highlights such as Magpupungko Rock Pool, Cloud 9, Coconut Mountain View, Maasin River, and Tayangban Cave. As you explore these scenic spots, you will immerse yourself in the natural beauty and wonders of Siargao.

Siargao Island Hopping tour is a must-do activity when visiting the island. You will spend the entire day exploring three tropical paradises: Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island. These stunning destinations are just a short boat ride away from General Luna in Siargao.

Discovering Siargao Island in 4 days:

Day 1: Arrive Siargao Island
Upon your arrival at Siargao Airport, you’ll be greeted by the warm tropical breeze and the welcoming ambiance of this beautiful island. Your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your chosen accommodation, where you can settle in and unwind after your journey. Whether you choose a beachfront villa or a charming boutique hotel, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the serene beauty of Siargao.

Day 2: Siargao Land Tour
Get ready to explore the stunning landscapes and cultural treasures of Siargao on a comprehensive land tour. Your adventure begins with visits to iconic landmarks such as Magpupungko Rock Pools, where you can marvel at the natural rock formations and take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters. Next, journey to Cloud 9, renowned for its world-class surfing waves and panoramic ocean views. Your tour continues with stops at Coconut Mountain View, Maasin River, and Tayangban Cave, each offering unique insights into the island’s enchanting beauty.

Day 3: Siargao Island Hopping

Embark on a island-hopping adventure to discover the hidden gems scattered throughout the pristine waters of Siargao. Cruise along turquoise lagoons and explore secluded beaches, where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up the sun. Visit captivating destinations like Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, each offering its own slice of paradise and opportunities for unforgettable memories. Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life as you snorkel among colorful coral reefs and encounter exotic fish species in their natural habitat.

Day 4: Depart Siargao Island
As your unforgettable trip comes to an end, enjoy the turquoise waters and white beaches before your departure from Siargao Airport.

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.

What to bring along:

Are you planning a trip to Siargao? Don’t forget to pack these beach essentials to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable vacation.

Useful information:

Getting Around Bohol and Panglao island

There are many ways to get around the island of Bohol. All vehicles with a “rainbow plate” are accredited by the Department of Tourism. Public transportation options include tricycles, which are the most popular mode of transport in Bohol and can take you to most locations within Tagbilaran City and Panglao Island.

Tricycles are motorbikes with carriages on the side and a luggage compartment at the rear and can carry up to three passengers. Longer routes to neighboring towns are served by multicabs, buses, and jeepneys.

Dining

Bohol offers a range of dining options. Higher-end restaurants are located within beach resorts, while many restaurants in Tagbilaran City and Alona Beach offer inexpensive dishes that combine classic Filipino delicacies with western food.

For a unique dining experience, try a “dampa” in Alona Beach, where you can choose your own selection of fresh seafood and have it cooked by a local chef. The seafood can be grilled right off the hook for an authentic gourmet treat, and San Miguel Beer is a popular choice to wash down your meal. Most nightlife is found along Alona Beach, where the majority of tourists prefer to stay.

Shops, Markets, and Crafts

Bohol is known for its handicrafts, including mats, baskets, raffia woven cloth, fashion accessories, woodcraft, processed food, and ceramics. There are countless gift shops all over the island where you can buy native delicacies and souvenirs.

Special buys include Peanut Kisses (a famous Bohol delicacy shaped like the Chocolate Hills but made out of peanuts), purple yam (locally known as Kinampay or Ubi), and baskets from the town of Tubigon made from local fibers and buri leaves.

Diving

Bohol is a top destination for diving, with impressive coral gardens teeming with colorful marine life. The island’s unique dive sites were created by continental shifts during prehistoric times, resulting in deep, steep walls. Diving is close to most resorts, so you don’t have to travel far from the dive shop to the actual dive site. The majority of Bohol diving is concentrated around the southwestern end of the Bohol mainland.

The islands of Panglao, Balicasag, Pamilacan, and Cabilao are all synonymous with excellent diving year-round. Panglao is a great place to base yourself, but resorts are also available on the outlying islands. Whichever you choose, diving is close to shore and very accessible.