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18 Mar 2020 - 5 min read

Ultimate Siargao Island Checklist for First-Time Visitors

The tear-shaped island has made its name as 2019's Best Island in the World and continues to impress and inspire many tourists in and out of the Philippines. With its world-class waves, picture-perfect sights, and great local eats, there’s no doubt that Siargao is a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you’re looking out for new adventures, Siargao Island has several activities that will definitely satisfy your craving. Ready to go? We have you covered on the things you should know and shouldn’t miss on your first visit to the island.

Getting To Siargao Airport

If you’re coming from Manila, the best way to go is by plane. There are several airlines that fly direct to Siargao Island, as well as some that make a stop in Cebu City. The average flight time from Manila to Siargao Airport—also known as Sayak Airport (IAO)—is two hours and twenty-one minutes.The airport is approximately 45 minutes away from General Luna where the famed Cloud 9 pier is located. You can take a van transfer or alternately, a tricycle or habal-habal (motorcycle taxi).On a budget? Find cheap flights from Manila to Siargao on Traveloka.

Enjoying the Siargao Tourist Spots

Here are the top Siargao activities that you shouldn't miss out on:

1. Ride the waves at Cloud 9 surfing spot

If there’s one thing you need to do in Siargao, it’s surfing. Known for killer waves that is every surfer’s dream, Siargao Island has been named the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and hosts several international surfing competitions on its famed waves, Cloud 9.Don’t know how to surf? No problem. There are ways to get you out there on the water, like taking surfing lessons available on the beach. You can also enjoy other water activities like swimming, paddle-boarding, and even going on a sunset cruise if you’re craving a more laid-back activity.

2. Go island-hopping

Siargao is surrounded by several smaller islands that are all worth a visit and features unique sights that should be on your list!

Naked, Daku, and Guyam Islands: This idyllic beachscape trio is part of an island-hopping tour and are the best places to get some sun, sand, and swimming fun. With cerulean waters and fine white sand, you can enjoy an afternoon beach-bumming or just getting to know the friendly locals.
Explore the caves on a spelunking adventure: Apart from surfing and swimming, it’s also a great idea to explore the island’s mystical caves. One of the popular ones is Sohoton Cove, which is located in Bucas Grande Island. The cove has been compared to El Nido for its otherworldly landscape, blue lagoon, and collection of impressive caves. It’s also a great cliff-diving spot and is one for your IG feed.

3. Bask in the island’s natural beauty

Another thing Siargao is famous for is its natural wonders. From blue lagoons to palm tree-lined rivers and roads, it looks too good to be true! Many tourists flock to Sugba Lagoon to go wood rafting on its gorgeous cerulean waters or diving from its iconic diving board. The view is equally stunning and will definitely require a photo snap—perfect for your Instagram!Other famous tourist spots where you can experience and witness Siargao Island’s beauty are the Magpupungko Rock Pools, the Maasin River palm tree swing, and the palm tree-lined roads.

4. Go on a food trip!

No getaway in the Philippines is complete without an exciting food trip session. Siargao’s food scene is a mix of local and international cuisines that are best served and eaten while lounging on the sands or along the beach. When in Siargao, beach grub for the win!For restaurants, we recommend Kermit Siargao, which serves delicious Filipino and Italian food.

5. See the island on a jeepney road trip

A fun way to see the island is through a jeepney road tour. Enjoy the ride with your barkada or with other adventurers as you journey through Siargao’s tourist spots and off-the-beaten tracks.Tip: Booking a Jeepney Day Tour on Traveloka includes a boat ride and special refreshments during the whole trip!

6. Enjoy the island’s nightlife

With great food, good music, and a whole lot of fun, Siargao boasts a thrilling nightlife scene you wouldn’t want to miss! After you watch a stunning sunset on the pier, enjoy the many bars and restaurants along the beach and prepare to have an exciting night!

Important Siargao Island Travel Tips

Bring some cash: Although there is an ATM on the island, it’s possible that it may run out easily or be out of service. Bring some pocket money to avoid any cash-related hassle. On a budget? Check this Siargao budget itinerary.
Pack necessities: Siargao is the ultimate beachscape, which means you should pack things that you will need on a tropical getaway such as sunblock, slippers, and swimsuits.
Be early: Want those uncrowded or even crowd-free snapshots of the attractions? Head over the place early in the morning to maximize your time and score amazing photos!
Wear a helmet: Bike rentals are popular in Siargao and is a great way to explore the island. But good fun comes with responsibility. Note that wearing a helmet is strictly advised on the island. Don't forget to bring your license, too!
Ride tricycles: Different areas on the island can easily be reached by tricycle. You can easily find a ride on the main road.

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