Famed for its legendary surf breaks, Siargao is a tear-drop-shaped tropical island in the Philippines’ south-east. It takes its name from a species of mangrove that grows on the island and is surrounded by colourful coral reefs, offshore sandbars and uninhabited islands.
Things to do in Siargao Island
If you’re an experienced surfer, you can ride the fast, hollow tubes of “Cloud 9”, which is considered one of the top surf breaks in Asia. Non-surfers can watch the pros in action from the multi-floor pier that stretches into the Philippine Sea or take their first surfing steps at nearby “Quiksilver”. Closer to the town of General Luna are the left and right-hand breaks of “Cemetery”.
On the east coast of Siargao Island is Magpopongko, a natural rock pool best visited at low tide for swimming and cliff jumping. Alongside is a white sandy beach where you can relax for the day, as well as a handful of eateries serving locally-inspired dishes, snacks and drinks. Don’t miss the large boulder resting on a flat stone, which has become a popular local photo op.
From General Luna, jump aboard a cruise to explore the uninhabited islands of Naked and Guyam or visit the small fishing community on Daku Island. Alternatively, you can rent a kayak to slowly paddle through Siargao Island’s mangrove forests, which are home to the rare ironwood tree. If you’re lucky, you may even catch sight of sea turtles and dugongs.
Getting around Siargao Island
Regular flights connect from Cebu and Manila to Siargao Airport while ferries travel from Surigao City to Siargao’s main port of Dapa. Tricycles, vans and moto-taxis are readily available for getting around the island or you can rent a scooter to explore at your leisure.