In recent years, Siargao has gained popularity for its world class waves and scenic attractions. It has come to rival top Philippine destinations like Boracay, Palawan, and Cebu! But even if you’re not into surfing, there are a bunch of things to do in Siargao.
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You don’t have to be on a surfboard to enjoy what the island has to offer. As long as you like nature and good food, then you’re surely in for a good time. Scroll down to see our Siargao itinerary for non-surfers!
How to Get to Siargao
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The most convenient way to get to Siargao is via an airplane. You can fly directly from Manila or Cebu. Search for available flights here. Sayak Airport is located in Del Carmen so you’ll have to take a shared van for 300 PHP to arrive at General Luna.
Siargao is also accessible via ferry from Surigao City’s main pier. You’ll be arriving at Dapa Port on Siargao Island. Hire a tricycle or habal-habal to bring you to General Luna.
What to do in Siargao
Here are some Siargao tourist spots to look forward to on your trip!
Cliff Dive at Sugba Lagoon
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Sugba Lagoon is known for its wooden dive board hovering above jade waters, surrounded by lush greenery. Get your blood pumping by jumping off the plank! It’s around three meters high, and the water is deep enough so you won’t get hurt. Aside from cliff diving, you can also rent paddle boards and kayaks to glide along the still waters. If you see a jellyfish, don’t panic! The translucent ones won’t sting even if you come in contact with it.
Snorkel at Magpupungko Rocks & Tidal Pool
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The Magpupungko Rocks and Tidal Pool is one of the many captivating Siargao tourist spots. It’s not just eye candy though. After taking photos, it’s time to make the most out of this playground. You can go swimming, free diving, snorkeling, and cliff diving. Don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gear because you can spot some marine life. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can also rent from the nearby vendors. Make sure to visit during low tide! The tidal pool only reveals itself at that time.
Explore Siargao’s Food Scene
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Foodies, rejoice! Siargao has a myriad of restaurants to choose from. Some unique places to try would be: Ono Siargao for poke bowls, Mama’s Grill for barbeque, Shaka Siargao for smoothie bowls, and Kitya’s Place for all day breakfast. While in General Luna, make time for a food crawl in your things to do in Siargao. Don’t leave the island without trying at least one of these restaurants!
Try the Rope Swing at Maasin River
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Want to know where Siargao’s iconic bent palm tree is? It’s right in the middle of Maasin River! Drive north of General Luna for around 30 minutes to reach the red bridge next to the Maasin Village. Tip: On the way, you’ll pass by a view deck of coconut trees. Make a quick stopover on the side of the road for some pictures!
Once at the bridge, you can either walk or let the locals take you on their small boat to the bent tree. The rope will be set up and you can swing to your heart’s content! Always remember to tip the locals for the boat and swing as a means of supporting their livelihood.
Relax on the Beaches of Daku, Guyam, & Naked Island
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Beach bumming is a must when coming to an island. Apart from Cloud 9, there are other places where you can relax and catch a tan. Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island are popular Siargao beaches. For island hopping tours, you’ll have the opportunity to visit all neighboring islets. Daku is the largest of the three, with coconut trees and cottages to give you some coverage from the sun. On the other hand, Naked Island is a quaint sand bar with no shade at all, hence its name. Guyam is the tiniest island which is usually the last stop during tours.
Enjoy Siargao’s Night Life
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Whether you’re looking for drinks, music, or dancing, Siargao has all of that in store for you. However, not all resto bars operate till late at night. Establishments follow an assigned schedule for when to hold evening events. For example, Harana Surf Resort holds its Espresso Martini parties on Saturdays. The following night, Bravo Surf Resort has its After Surf Sundays.
Siargao’s nightlife is never dull because there’s always something new every night. Here’s a more comprehensive schedule to Siargao after dark. When in doubt, It’s always better to ask the locals about the festivities of a specific day.