Siargao Island is located at Surigao Del Norte, Philippines. Known as the ultimate surfing destination of the country, this island lures tourists with its beautiful beaches, surfing waves, and local Pinoy vibes. A must-visit for beach-goers!
How to get to Siargao
There are many ways to get to Siargao. If you’re coming from Manila or Cebu, you can buy plane tickets via Cebu Pacific Airlines directly to Siargao Island.
Via Bus (From Butuan City-Surigao City)
If you are flying to Butuan City, al you have to do is go to Surigao City, where the port for Siargao boats are located. Niks and I came from Butuan City (when we still both worked at Agusan), and then rode a bus to Surigao City. The bus ride took approximately 2 hours at PHP 120 fare each. The port is at the center of the small city of Surigao, at the boulevard behind the Tavern Hotel. You can always tell a tricycle driver to take you there at PHP7 each. We rode the first boat trip to Dapa Pier, Siargao Island at 6AM. Boat ride is approximately 2 hours at PHP150 each.
Via Bus (From Davao City-Surigao City)
If you will be coming from Davao City, a long bus ride to Surigao City is available. It’ll take approximately 10-11hrs. Upon arrival at Surigao City, just follow the same drill as mentioned earlier.
Upong arrival at Dapa Port in Siargao Island, we hired a habal-habal (motorcycle) for PHP150 to General Luna, which was about 17 kilometers away. There will be a lot of habal-habla drivers waiting a the gates of the port so be sure to go with a sturdy looking habal-habal. General Luna is where you will want to be, if you want to explore the famous Cloud 9.
Habal-habal is the most common means of transportation in Siargao. With this, always be ready to haggle when commissioning habal-habal. Better yet, commission one habal-habal driver for your whole trip so you can get a “loyalty” discount. Just get their contact number and they’ll be just one call away. Don’t worry, the habal-habal drivers are friendly and trustworthy!
La Luna Island Resort
We stayed at La Luna Island Resort, about 5-kilometers from Cloud 9 (the most popular surfing spot in Siargao). La Luna is a very beautiful resort, with spacious rooms and accommodating staff. Located near the main road, this haven is the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing stay. They also have a restaurant which served Filipino and Western food. Two thumbs up!
At PHP 1,200 per night (off-season rate), this accommodation is worth all the money. The rooms are very spacious! We especially loved the wooden structure of the resort, it just felt so island-y. Our room didn’t have a TV, which never bothered us. There is also a ceiling fan for those who would prefer the fresh air, and AC for those who would opt it. With its very island-y feels and yummy restaurant, I would gladly stay here again on my next visit!
Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools
After settling down our things at around 10AM, we commissioned a habal-habal (PHP 300 round trip) to bring us to and from Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools, located at the town of Pilar. It was a very long and hot habal-habal ride from General Luna but i swear, it was all worth it.
After paying a small entrance fee, we immediately proceeded to the natural pool.
The whole area was very rocky, we had to wear slippers all the time. But the pool was really magnificent. With its greenish color, it was very enticing to swim!
After one hour of swimming under the hot sun, we went back to the resort for lunch. We orders shrimps and grilled fish, good for two. At no more than PHP300, the yummy lunch filled our tummies to the brim!
By 12NN, we were on our way back to General Luna for the island hopping!
With the help of Manong Lito, our contact in Siargao (contact number is +639073103333), a boat was made available for us even though it was already noon (normally, island hopping is done early in the morning). The boat rental was at PHP 1,200 only, with 2 friendly boat operators! Don’t worry, life vests are available! Snorkels are also for rent at PHP100.
There will be three islands to be visited: Naked Island, Guyam, and Daku.
The islands were soooo beautiful I could live there forever! Pure white sand with clear blue water and fresh ocean air! There are huts for rent at PHP100-200 for you to relax in. By 5PM, we were already done with island hopping. Yes to sunburns!
Please note that there are no overnight stays for these islands.
Surfing at Cloud 9
The next day, we woke up at 6AM for the must-try surfing at Cloud 9. We arranged our trainers with the resort. The surfing experience was at P500 each, inclusive of surf boards.
It wasn’t our first time to surf (we both tried surfing at Baler), so we were pretty much confident we’d manage to stand up the surf board this time. My trainer was very patient with me throughout which I really appreciated! I had difficulty pushing my body up against the board! Niks, on the other hand, was almost like a pro!
Lazy afternoon by the Beach
After surfing (we got really fried), we had a heavy brunch at the resort’s restaurant and then went back to Cloud 9 to chill.
That was where we discovered Cafe Loca, which had a really good view of the beach. We ordered sandwiches and fresh juices, determined to spend the afternoon to chill and read a book by the beach.
It was a very relaxing afternoon, sipping juice, reading a book, and watching surfers at the beach.
General Luna Boulevard
By 4PM, we went to the market place and strolled down the boulevard.
General Luna Nightlife
After having dinner at a local barbeque shop by the boulevard, we went to Nine Bar to have drinks!
We ordered Rhum Coke which was buy-one-take-one at that time. Basically, we were just paying PHP20 for every glass! By 9PM, with red faces and dizzy heads, we walked out of the bar with full smiles, having paid only PHP200! The bar had a good ambiance and was filled with tourists! I would definitely recommend this bar.
By 9AM the next day, we were already at Dapa. Since we were too early for our 11AM boat ride back to Surigao City, we decided to tour the town.
Siargao is a very beautful island. What I loved the most was the simplicity of the island. There were no cars and malls, only the beaches and other natural destinations. I would really want to go back to this magical place.
- Habal-habal will be very expensive since the towns are far away from each other. Try to haggle!
- If you want to visit Siargao but on a tight budget, try visiting during the off-season. Everything is cheaper.
- Do not forget your sunblock!
- Laze around the beach!
- Bring enough money with you. The ATMs at Dapa will be unreliable as mostly it is offline.
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