Last updated on February 9th, 2019 at 10:48 am
Siargao island, located in the South of the Philippines, is known as the surfing capital of the country. In fact, recently it has been named as one of the best surfing spots in the world. While this beautiful island has always been a mecca for surfers and backpackers, recently mainstream tourists have found their way there as well.
This has happened for two major reasons. First, the movie Siargao has made this place a household name in the Philippines and it is now every Filipino’s dream to go there. This has created a buzz which in turn meant more foreigners starting hearing about Siargao as well, and considered adding it to their vacation plan. The real turning point, however, was when Boracay was closed for its rehabilitation project. With the most popular tourist island closed for at least 6 months, Siargao was quick to fill the void and has since marked itself as the next big tourist spot in the Philippines.
The people who reach Siargao quickly realize there’s a lot more to the place than just surfing. In fact, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the whole country – with perfect beaches and unique attractions. The island is still very much undeveloped and raw, which means you still get to enjoy a sense of adventure and see the full splendor of nature. That said, since tourism there is still in its early stages, it might be better to book a tour package to Siargao Island – So you can be sure you have the peace of mind to enjoy everything it has to offer.
How to get to Siargao Island
It is easy to reach Siargao Island, and one can always fly there directly from Manila. Siargao’s Sayak Airport is well connected commercially, and from Cebu, the flight takes about 45 minutes. One can also take an overnight ferry from Cebu or a boat ride from Surigao. Once you are on the island, you can you can use Habal-habal and tricycle to move across the island. The roads here are unbelievably smooth, and you can even rent a bike and explore the island.
There is plenty to do and explore at the famous surfing capital of the Philippines. Here is an ultimate bucket list of what to do in Siargao!
Take a refreshing dip in Mapupungko Pool
Mapupungko is a tidal pool filled with calm and clear waters. It is shielded from the Pacific Ocean by a reef barrier. Get ready for a calm and mellow experience in one of the most popular attractions in the island. The cool, calm and blue waters invite you to take a dip right away!
However, one should be aware that Magpupungko rock pools are tidal pools and thus it is essential to remember that the tides can change each day dramatically. Magpupungko Beach is no usual beach and offers an excellent view of sunrise.
Explore Bucas Grande National Park, the caves, and the beaches
Bucas Grande, also known as Sohoton Cove, lies towards the west of Siargao. If you travel with a bangka, the trip takes roughly 3 hours. Private speedboat tours are also available, but they need to be booked a long time in advance.
Explore the vast network of limestone islands and virgin mangrove forests. Relax on the white sandy beaches with clear blue waters or explore the limestone caves. Watch the stingless jellyfish swimming around the water.
Bucas Grande is really the most beautiful part of Surigao. The area is blessed with numerous white sand beaches, caves, vast fishing grounds, waterfalls, mangroves and inland lakes. This place is often compared to Palawan in terms of raw beauty of nature, and is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
Take surfing lessons to hone your skills
Surfing is a must if you are in Siargao. Be here in September to witness the Cloud 9 Surfing Cup for 2018. Siargao boasts of a surf break for all levels, and there are beginner waves as well as challenging waves for seasoned surfers.
Cloud 9 spot is the most famous surf break and is well known for its big waves. Jacking Horse is perfect for the beginner waves and the right spot for learning how to catch a wave. Here you are sure to find surfing a lot easier than what you have experienced in the past, thanks to the great waves and expert lessons that are just perfect for a newbie.
Go for island hopping
You can escape to Sugba Lagoon known for its calm turquoise sea on a shared boat. It is a good idea to pack your lunch with you or enjoy freshly made vegetables and rice from a local food stall. After making some splashes in Sugba Lagoon, you can head towards the Kawhagan Island.
There are many other similar-looking islands like Naked, Guyam, and Daku that are as beautiful and touristy. Enjoy the postcard-perfect atmosphere while you are here in Siargao and this is indeed a private tropical paradise as you get from one island to the other.
A full day adventure at Tak Tak Waterfall
Head towards the north part of the island to reach TakTak waterfall in Santa Monica. The waterfalls are just a short drive away. Get ready for some cliff jumping and tree jumping. The highlight of the adventure is when you explore the top of the falls that happen to be the only waterfall on Siargao. It is a beautiful waterfall, and it is fun jumping from the rocks.
What adds to the adventurous experience is tree jumping and exploration to the top of the falls. Later you can head towards Alegria beach to enjoy some freshly harvested coconuts!