Want to have an amazing vacation in the laid-back island of Siargao? In this post we will explain more information about our Siargao itinerary, the beauty and activities the Island has to offer.
Best time to visit Siargao Island
Swimming, surfing and diving will be the reason why you want to visit the Island of Siargao. As a responsible traveler you must check every little detail while visiting certain places. The Philippines has only two season and this is the wet and dry season.
The best time to visit Siargao is during the dry season which falls on the months of February-April. This is the best time for you. You’ll be able to enjoy all you itinerary without worrying if it would be raining. All the activities in the Island involves swimming, surfing, diving and trekking.
How to get to Siargao Island
Siargao, is a small island in the coast in Surigao del Norte, it is one of Mindanao’s famous destinations. The island has a total of nine municipalities. The Island is famous for its waves to surfer. There are a lot of adventure and eco-tourism destination in the Island.
Read here for full information how to get to Siargao Island!
HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO BY PLANE
There is an Airport in Siargao named Sayak Airport but only Skyjet and Cebu Pacific can fly direct from Manila. And the travel time from Manila would be 2 hours. There are flights from Clark to Siargao with Philippine Airlines.
We took this flight to go direct home in Angeles City, Pampanga. Sayak Airport is located in Barangay Del Carmen, where most tourist attraction are located.
When you arrived at Sayak airport there are available rented van to take you to your destination/accommodation, fixed rate of those rented van is 300 PHP ($6) per person. We paid 400 PHP going there by tricycle from General Luna. The ride from the airport is around 30 minutes to General Luna.
Read here how to get from Cebu to Siargao!
HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO BY FERRY
There are available ferry rides daily from Surigao City to Siargao Island. There are two choices for ferry the fast boats and the slower boats. Fast Boats is either a multi-level steel vessels of single level large bancas. Duration time would be four hours, fare would be around 350 PHP ($6).
Most of the ferries leave around 10 am to 1 pm from Surigao to Siargao and getting to Dapa port around 20 kilometers far from General Luna. We were lucky and we could travel for 100 PHP each since RO-RO was making a peso fare. It means ultra discount ticket.
TRANSPORTATION AROUND SIARGAO
There are a lot of transportation in the island available for your disposal. At the Airport you can rent vans going to your hotel. You can rent motorcycles and habal-habal.
If you want to experience all about the nature of the Island it is a must to ride the Habal-Habal. To move around Sairgao the most convenient is renting a motorbike for 400 PHP per day.
The roads are fine to ride around the island. If you prefer going by tricycle there are shared tricycle in Dapa and General Luna terminal. Prices are 40 PHP per person.
If you are renting a tricycle for a day tour prices can go to 1200-1500 PHP. If you are planning to rent a multicab prices are around 3000 PHP per day and you can accommodate a few people.
ACCOMMODATION DAILY BUDGET IN SIARGAO
For accommodation a budget room would cost 1000 PHP ($20 USD). There are dorms starting from 600-800 PHP. You can also rent Airbnb for 1000 PHP in Siargao Island. For more luxury places check Nay Palad Hideaway one of the best resort in the Philippines.
FOOD TRAVEL BUDGET IN SIARGAO
For food if you eat in local carinderias during your staying in Siargao for 80-100 PHP you will have a good meal already. If you go to foreigner food will cost you 150-300 PHP and you can find pizzas, burguers, pasta and more foreigner food.
ISLAND HOPING ENTRANCE FEES IN SIARGAO
Island hoping can go around 1000 PHP and you can go even cheaper if you do on your own. From General Luna to Guyam, Daku and Naked Island you can going for 1000 PHP in an organized tour.
You can also rent a boat for 1500 PHP for 6 people maximum. You will have to pay entrance fees and they will not include lunch.
For Sugba Lagoon you can rent a boat for 1600 PHP for 6 people maximum from Del Carmen. Optional adding more places to visit around the area like Kawhagan Sand Bar and Pamomoan Beach for 2000-2300 PHP per boat for maximum 6 people. You will have to add docking and entrance fees.
The tour to Sohoton Natural Park from General Luna can cost 2000 PHP in an organized tour included lunch and entrance fees. You can go cheaper if you rent a boat joining with a few people or going to Dapa and doing the adventure by yourself.
INTERNET AND WIFI IN SIARGAO ISLAND
Internet in Siargao was very weak signal. Internet signal in hotels and restaurants wasn’t the best. Our favorite places to check internet was Kermit Siargao and Kitya’s.
As Digital nomads we have to stay always connected and we recommend you to get data from both companies Globe and Smart. If you have to work online in Siargao as we did in Siargao Island.
Read here our full blog post the best Filipino sim for tourists.
CURRENCY AND ATM’S IN SIARGAO
The Island is located in the land of the Philippines so the currency is the Philippines Peso (Php). $1 is equivalent to $54.09. There is are available ATM Machine in the Island but I would recommend the Atm Machine located in Dapa. Some resorts in the Islands accepts credit card.
In General Luna there is only one ATM and it was disabled for a few days during our staying. We found out that Ronaldo’s allowed you to withdraw money charging 2% for local cards and 6.5% for foreigner cards. Most of the places will not accept credit cards and you will have to manage bringing cash most of the time in Siargao island.
When people ask me how long I should be staying in my Siargao itinerary. I always tell them minimum of 4 days. Since the first day if you get by ferry from Surigao in Dapa or by plane to El Carmen. You have to transfer to General Luna and your accommodation.
So the first day can be use for surfing or visiting beaches around. If you are in a hurry you can also do the island hopping from General Luna Naked Island. Daku and finishing for sunset in Guyam Island. Anyway we will write our Siargao itinerary below!
Day 1 Siargao Itinerary: Island Hopping Daku, Guyam and Naked Island
The first day the island hopping from General Luna. It’s easy to rent a boat for the whole day in the tourist office. It costs 1500 PHP good enough for 6 people. So if you join 6 people would be 250 PHP plus entrance fees or if you rent a cottage for your lunch in Daku Island.
It can be done in just half of the day since Naked Island is empty will be hard staying longer than an hour but it’s so beautiful there. You will take 20 minutes to get each of the island in this island hopping.
We did first Naked Island, second lunch and Daku where we spent most of the time and finally Guyam where we left at sunset time to go back to General Luna.
Daku Island is an island in General Luna which is one of the most famous for island hopping. Daku is actually a Visayan term “daku” which means big. Covered with white sand shore and turquoise-colored water; the island is a haven for nature lover.
When you do your island hopping from General Luna Daku island is the second stop after naked beach and you have lunch in this island. Prices for cottages are 250 PHP and 150 PHP for renting a table. You can get fresh coconuts from locals for 50 PHP.
Guyam Island is a tear-drop shaped island is around 2 kilometers south-southeast of General Luna municipality. It is a popular stop for tourists doing island-hopping trips. Guyam Island is a tiny oasis. Although it is tiny in size, the island offers variety of marine life that makes it also popular for snorkeling.
It’s usually last stop in your island hopping in Siargao Island after Naked and Daku Island. It’s great to visit in the sunset and having a beer before going back to General Luna. Guyam Island entrance fee is 30 PHP.
Naked Island is an island of beauty and simplicity. The white sandbar will want to make you stay there, relax and enjoy being away from the city once in a while. It’s called ‘Naked’ because it has only the sandbar and no shade or trees at all.
Perfect to take pictures, bring your sunblock and your underwater camera to take nice shots. Naked Beach will be your first stop in your island hopping in Siargao from General Luna as sooner you can go you will find the island less crowded.
Day 2 Itinerary in Siargao
For this day you have two options. You can rent a motorbike in General Luna prices are around 500-700 PHP for the whole day. And going to the North part of the island watching all these Siargao tourist spots mentioned below. We rented a tricycle since we were three of us for the whole day prices are 1200-1500 PHP.
You have to leave early morning and get the sunrise at the Palm trees. After here to Maasin Bridge and you have to check when is the low tide to visit Magpupungko Beach. Later you have to ride 30 minutes more to find the Pacifico Beaches, Alegria Beach our favorite for swimming and relaxing. Santa Monica Pier and Tak Tak Falls the only waterfalls in Siargao.
There is time enough if you wake up early to visit all the places even taking your time to take pictures and flying the drone like us. There are a few places on the way where you can have lunch and get a juice to refresh yourself!
TOP VIEW OF THE PALM TREES
There is an amazing view point of the palm trees with the mountains at the bottom. It’s perfect going for the sunrise and it takes 30 minutes driving from General Luna. It was our first stop in our day trip in Siargao to the Northern part on the way to Alegria Beach in Siargao.
On the way to the North you will find Maasin Bridge with the bent palm tree which is archi-popular in Instagram with the swing. You will find people swimming, swinging unless you go first thing in the morning.
You can see the bridge from the road and it’s 40 minutes driving from General Luna before going to Magpupunko Rock pools.
Magpupungko Beach is a cream-colored beach with a great view of sunrise. In the Northern end part of the beach you’ll be able to see rock formation and tidal pools.
Magpupungko Beach entrance fee to the beach is 50 PHP ($1) per person. Make sure you check when is the low tide. Otherwise you will not be able to see Magpupungko rock pools.
An island stretching with white sand. Located in the town of San Isidro, it also home for awesome waves which can be an alternative beach for surfing to stray from the crowd in Cloud9 surfing spots.
We found this beach on our way to Alegria Beach in North Siargao. There were no people and we loved it the landscape with the palm trees around! From General Luna to Pacifico beaches you have 1 hour 30 minutes ride by motorbike.
Located at the Northern part of the Island. It is a perfect stop, with its cool fresh water runs down a high cliff into a Filipino style pool. Many local would hang out and jump from the cliffs or trees.
It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Taktak Falls from General Luna and there is an entrance fee 25 PHP. It’s great to visit around the area with Santa Monica Pier, Alegria Beach and Pacifico beaches too.
One of our favorite beaches in the island. It’s located in Northen part of Siargao and it will take you almost 2 hours to get there from General Luna. Once there enjoy the life!
We came by tricycle and our driver removed his clothes and started swimming in this paradise beach. It’s not crowded and you can rest in the cottages with no charge at that time.
The water is so blue and so calm perfect for swimming. If you are bringing lunch is a perfect stop in your day!
SANTA MONICA PORT
It’s located in Northern part of the island very close to Taktak Waterfalls and Alegria Beach. The port is so beautiful with clear water and it’s great visiting in the morning when the fisherman are leaving. We enjoyed flying our drone! It’s so quiet the town around the port.
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Day 3 SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK
For this day if you are staying in General Luna will take the whole day visiting Sohoton National Park. The boat trip lasts 2 hours each way.
Make sure you leave early morning and you can have the possibility of doing the island hopping of Naked Island, Daku and Guyam if you are so tight in your schedule visiting Siargao Island.
A mysterious National Park in Bucas Grande well protected and well preserved area. Islets that are all covered with healthy green trees.
You can reach the Islets for about 10-15 minutes. The coves are only accessible when the tide is low. You can go dive, go snorkeling and find beautiful rock formation in the cove.
To get Sohoton Natural Park from General Luna you have to join to a tour 2000 PHP lunch and entrance fees included or rent a boat 4500 PHP maximum 6 people. Apart from this you have to pay entrance fee 200 PHP for Sohoton Natural Park.
Day 4 Island Hopping: Sugba Lagoon
ISLAND HOPPING IN SUGBA LAGOON
It was one of our favorite island hopping in Siargao Island. To get Sugba Lagoon from General Luna you have to get to Del Carmen port which is 45 minutes motorbike ride.
There are a few isalnd hopping to choose all of them similar. Our choice was Sugba Lagoon, Kawgahan Sanbar and Pamomoan Beach. It was amazing!
Once you are in Sugba Lagoon you have to rent a boat which costs 1500 PHP maximum 6 people. There are extra options to the itinerary like Kawhagan Sand Bar and Pamomoan Beach that will cost you 2000 PHP for the boat.
Apart from this you have to add 100 PHP for Sugba Lagoon entrance fee and docking fees. If you go 4-5 people the island hopping to Sugba Lagoon will cost you 500-600 PHP with the extra destinations mentioned above.
Read here how to get to Sugba Lagoon in Siargao!
KAWHAGAN SAND BAR
Kawhagan might be famous as a side trip for tourists who are visiting the Sugba Lagoon, but this island is definitely a worthy visit. It is located in Brgy. Caub, Del Carmen in Siargao. Its other side is a wide sandbar while the other is where you can enjoy chilling under the trees.
It’s included in the island hopping going to Sugba Lagoon and we totally recommend you to visit for taking pictures, playing voleyball or just swimming around!
Pamomoan Beach is located in Kangbangyo Island, Del Carmen, Siargao. Good for swimming and the beach offers good food at the restaurant. It’s located in front of Kawgahan Sand Bar and is also included in the island hopping of Sugba Lagoon from Del Carmen port.
Day 5 Relax in Malinao Beach
After so much island hopping it would be great to relax for a day. Our favorite beach close to General Luna was Malinao Beach. So beautiful and empty. It was nice to walk around.
It can be great also for your first day Siargao itinerary if you get at noon to your accommodation. You can spend a few hours in Malinao Beach and going to the mangroves for the sunset.
Just 5 kilometers distance from General Luna. Malinao Beach was one of our favorite beaches in Siargao. The favorite part was around Sandy Feet Resort and you can go walking until Nay Palad which in front of Naked Island. There aren’t many people around just a few resorts and people swimming are mostly locals.
SUNSET IN THE MANGROVE
It is a magic spot in Siargao. The wharf extends towards the mangroves, and the focal piece of the view is the water perfectly still. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset because of the calming view it provides.
Day 6 Surfing in Siargao
If you like surfing you have to try in Siargao Island. Since is one of the most popular spots in the Philippines. The first thing to do when you arrived at the island is to serve, since it is the surfing capital of the Philippines. You have to experience surfing in the island because the island has the best waves for surfing.
There are a lot of resort available in the island the you can go surfing. The most famous one is Cloud 9 surfing spot. We will mention the main places for surfing in Siargao.
CLOUD 9 SURF SPOT
If you want to experience and learn how to surf. Cloud 9 surf spot is the best for you. The wave on the island is beautiful, that is why many surfers around the globe visit this Island. It’s close to General Luna only 3 kilometers far.
STIMPY’S (SURFING SPOT)
Stimpy’s is a world-class left-hander located in the middle of the ocean next to a rocky island, exploding on a shallow reef. Stimpy’s produces the best barrels at low tide with the tide coming back in, but it also works great at high tide if the swell is big enough.
It can hold pretty much every swell height and if you dare to get the wave at the first peak, you can easily get a 15-25 second ride and look at the reef through the crystal clear water.
ROCK ISLAND (SURFING SPOT)
Just like Stimpy’s it works best at low to medium tide and holds double overhead swells. When the conditions are right, this spot is epic and a lot of fun. Make sure you only surf as far as you want to paddle back, because the inside is a pain to get back out again.
Also accessible only by boat and only a minute away from the world-class left – Stimpy’s. You can ask your captain to take you to both breaks for the same price.
Day 7 Siargao Itinerary: Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island located in Bucas Grande you can get there from Dapa renting a boat for 1000 PHP or you can include in your island hopping from General Luna.
Once you are in Corregidor Island you can hike to the top of the island or relax in the beaches. The town is nice place to walk around to meet locals and have your local taste.
You can stay overnight in Corregidor Island since is long distance. There is a town where you will find food and cheap accommodation in the island.
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
NAY PALAD RESORT
Located in General Luna in the Siargao Island Region, Nay Palad Resort offers luxurious accommodations equipped with an outdoor pool and a children’s playground. Rooms has terrace with either sea or garden views, the accommodations feature seating areas and an iPad in each room for guests’ convenience.
The private bathrooms in each unit offers high-pressure shower facilities, bathrobes and toiletries. With access to the private beach area, guests can enjoy complimentary sports and activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, island hopping and cycling.
There is an on-site restaurant which offers a special diet menu, and guests can also enjoy meals in the comfort of their rooms with room service. Alternatively, there is also a bar where guests can relax. Price can reach up to 150000 PHP for two night stay.
SIARGAO INN BEACH RESORT
This property is a 18-minute walk from the beach. Siargao Inn Beach Resort offers accommodations in General Luna. The resort has a private beach area and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Certain units include views of the sea or garden.
The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. You will find babysitting service at the property. Professional surf lessons can also be arranged. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including golfing, snorkeling and fishing. Rooms/units rate starts at $98 a night.
Alpas Siargao is offering accommodations in General Luna. With a garden, the property also features a bar. This pet-friendly hostel also has free WiFi. All rooms have a shared bathroom with a shower.
There are also terraces and you can enjoy hanging out in the common area. Bed in mixed dormitory room rate starts at $12 or less!
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Denaville Resort is located in Santa Monica and has a private beach area and an outdoor swimming pool. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared lounge and room service, along with free WiFi.
The property has airport transportation while a car rental service is also available. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while some rooms also feature a seating area. The resort has a terrace. Their double deluxe room rate starts at $80 a night!
Hope it’s useful our 7 Days Siargao itinerary. Let us know if you are missing something or you have questions in the comments below.
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