Siargao, a teardrop-shaped small island located at the northeastern coast of Mindanao, is known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. In 2019, Siargao was named by Conde Nast Traveler readers as the Best Island in the World.
There are white sand beaches, picturesque islands, blue-green waters perfect for snorkeling and diving, waterfalls, lagoons, and caves.
The island also boasts delicious local and international cuisine for every discerning palate. Travelers usually stay in General Luna for the surf spots, but Del Carmen is also getting more popular because of the Sugba Lagoon.
Dry Season - March to September
Aside from great waves, Siargao also boasts beautiful beaches and islets that any beach lover can’t resist. If you prefer to go swimming or go on island-hopping trips in Siargao, March to September are the ideal months to go. These months receive the least rainfall, so you’ll be able to fully-enjoy any water activities.
Surfing Season - July to November
The swell and wind conditions during these months will give you the best waves to ride. The annual Siargao International Surfing Cup is also held every September. It's a good event to catch for those who want to see the best in the sport compete against each other.
Traveling by plane to Siargao is the most efficient way to reach the island. Siargao has its own airport, the Sayak Airport, located in the municipality of Del Carmen. Sayak Airport is only connected to domestic destinations. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Skyjet have regular direct flights to Siargao from Manila, Cebu, and Davao. It's best to book months in advance, as prices can skyrocket the closer you get to your departure date.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Airport in Luzon would be your jumpoff point if you're connecting flight is in Manila. NAIA is connected to several international destinations in North East and Southeast Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America, and Europe. From NAIA, you can fly directly to Sayak Airport in Siargao.
You also have the choice to fly to the Mactan-Cebu International airport in the Visayas. You can then catch a flight to Siargao Island from there. Cebu is closer to Siargao than Manila so travel time is shorter and plane fares are most likely lower. Mactan-Cebu airport is connected to 21 international destinations.
Plan your trip to Siargao and find out for yourself why travelers are falling in love with this surfing spot in the Philippines.
General Luna is where most of the excitement in Siargao happens. It is home to the island’s hottest surfing spot, Cloud 9, and boasts a lively night scene.
Del Carmen is seeing a surge of travelers, thanks to the rising popularity of Sugba Lagoon. Additionally, Siargao’s Sayak Airport is located in this municipality. Aside from Sugba Lagoon, the municipality is surrounded by many islets such as Kawhagan Island and is home to underrated attractions like their protected mangrove forest.
The municipality of Pilar is another rising Siargao tourist destination. Pilar is famous for the Magpupungko Lagoons and Rock Formations. The Magpupungko Pool which can only be seen during low tide offers travelers a unique swimming spot with a picturesque backdrop of limestone rock formations.
This island is small enough to walk around in just a few minutes. It’s covered in palm trees, and if the great blue ocean is a desert then Guyam is pretty enough to be an oasis. The beach is lined cozily with a few huts, so you can just chill out and enjoy your solitude.
A 200-meter long strip of sand in the middle of the Pacific. It’s completely bare (hence the name), except for a few shells ushered in by the waves. It may be scorching hot in the noonday sun, but you’re bound to enjoy the excellent contrast between the perfect white sand and blue sky.