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What to do in Siargao Island: full guide

What to do in Siargao Island: full guide 1080 810 Marco Santoni

What to do in Siargao Island: full guide

Siargao, also known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” is a small island near the coast of Surigao del Norte, in the easternmost part of the Philippines, just 45 minutes by plane from Cebu.

It immediately presents itself as one of those islands where you would like to stay forever.

An intense blue sky that is the backdrop to the incredible tropical vegetation, surfboards on every corner of the street and that perfect relaxing atmosphere.

Siargao became world famous after the famous surfer photographer John Callahan mentioned this island in the 90s.

This led to an increase in tourists who fell in love with the fascinating atmosphere of this tropical island.

How to get there

The fastest way to get to Siargao is by air, taking a flight from Manila or Cebu, arriving directly in Siargao at the Sayak airport.

Alternatively, you can reach Siargao by sea from Cebu (12 hours of travel) or from Manila (30 hours of travel).

Ferries with frequent departures will take you to Surigao, from there you will have to take one of the many boats that will take you to Siargao.

What to see and what to do in Siargao Island

The most “visitable” part of the island is certainly the east coast, because this is where all the beaches and areas for surfing are concentrated.

On the west coast, however, there are only small villages and mangroves.

There is no beach and it is therefore more complicated to swim or to be comfortable sunbathing.

That said, here is a list of the must-see places in Siargao:

Cloud 9 and the surf

Cloud 9 is one of the favorite areas for surfers, one of the biggest waves develops here, perfect for professional surfers.

It is not a suitable area for first-time surfers, but there are other spots where beginners can practice.

The nearby Quicksilver point is indeed perfect for those who want to try surfing for the first time, as well as Jacking Horse or Cementary (however known mainly by the locals and more difficult to reach because it is necessary to take a boat).

You can choose to rent just the surfboard (the cost varies from 250 to 350 pesos for a day) or take part in a lesson with the instructor (the cost goes up a bit and varies from 400 to 500 pesos and usually you stay with the instructor for an hour or two).

The Cloud 9/Quicksilver area is quite crowded and you will find dozens of Filipino surfer boys who will propose you to take a surfing lesson with them.

However, it should be remembered that you cannot surf at all times of the day.

It all depends on the high or low tide: if there is low tide it is not easy because, first of all, there are no waves, and moreover, the water level is so low that you risk hitting rocks or corals if you fall off the board (and for a beginner this is easy to do), it all depends on the tide.

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Tayangban Cave Pool

It is a quarry that can be covered in about 20/30 minutes, but the interesting thing is that you go through it completely in the dark.

With a guide you enter the quarry and cross it with the help of torches and ropes.

Once out of the quarry, you will find yourself in front of a natural pool where you can swim and where you can dive from a rock 2/3 meters high.

The entrance fee is 100 pesos and this point is located near the Pilar area/village.

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Pacifico beach and Bay Bay beach

Going north you reach the beaches of Pacifico and Bay Bay.

They are areas where you can surf (there are areas suitable for experienced surfers and areas for beginners) and where you can enjoy a beautiful sunny day lying on the white sand.

The beaches are practically deserted and Filipino children and dogs will always keep you company, who seem to be the guardians of the beach, it is a very quiet place to spend a nice day.

For lunch, you can stop for a meal at one of the local restaurants along the way.

Tak Tak falls

To the north, not far from Alegria, are the Tak Tak Falls, a point of interest very popular with Filipinos and tourists.

You can also get there by motorbike and just walk 5 minutes from the parking lot to reach this natural swimming pool where you can dive near the main waterfall.

It is the perfect place to escape the explosive heat of the sun at midday and take a refreshing bath in the water of the waterfall.

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Siargao tours and excursions

The tours and excursions of Siargao can be booked in any tourist agency, there are many so you will not have difficulty finding them.

Here is a small guide to the main tours and excursions:

Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon is a small lagoon located on the island of Caob off the northwest side of Siargao.

The water of the lagoon is an incredible shade of blue-green and the surrounding hills make it a paradise for photography, it can be reached from General Luna by first taking a bus and then a boat to Caob Island.

There is a 2 storey restaurant where you can relax in the shade and have lunch, a small trampoline and facilities where you can rent a raft, kayak, paddleboard or a small boat.

You can also take part in a day trip with the help of a local agency, or you can rent a private boat.

The excursion also includes some stops in other small islands and beaches: Kawhagan Island, Pamomoan Beach and the Mangrove forest.

The lagoon can get crowded at times and the staff may stop allowing boats to leave, so if you can,arrive early! Be told the best order for making stops during the day to avoid crowds.

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Naked, Daku and Guyam Islands

Three paradisiacal islands where you can swim, sunbathe, and take snorkeling.

They can be reached by boat from General Luna (1500 php the private boat, if there are more people on board the cost is divided).

Naked Island is a tiny island where there is only sand and nothing else, it seems to be on the set of Lost.

Get off the boat, you can travel the whole island on foot in 10 minutes, take a dip in the crystal clear water and get back on the boat.

Daku and Guyam Island are larger, there are numerous palm trees where you can protect yourself from the scorching sun.

Here you can have lunch with fresh fish and excellent mango under one of the many famous cottages.

If you take the excursion by private boat, ask the guide to stop at the point called the Secret Garden, here you can jump off the boat, snorkel and see beautiful fish and coral.

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Where to sleep in Siargao Island

General Luna is the largest and most touristic town on the island, it is located in the southeastern tip of the island and is the one most frequented by tourists because right here is the most famous point of Siargao: Cloud 9, which is one of the favorite areas for surfers.

We recommend booking a hotel in the General Luna area, here you can choose between a beach resort or a quiet hotel in the town.

Here there is a list of the best accommodations you can find in Siargao Island acoording to Agoda users, thanks also to our experience. Click the images below and check the best rates and availanility

Eddie’s Beach Resort
The Village Siargaso
The Hillside Resort
Siargao Blu Resort and Spa
Retreat Siargao Resort Corp.
Romantic Beach Villas

Info and utility

Here are some important tips if you want to go on a trip to Siargao:

Currency exchange: we recommend that you exchange money at the various exchange offices located in the city so that you can compare them and choose the most convenient one.

Remember that changing them at the airport is always less convenient, so as soon as you arrive, change only the necessary ones for the first day.

Tourist visa: the tourist visa for the Philippines depends on where you come from, for example, for European citizens for the first 30 days of stay in the country, they do not need a visa.

For more information, visit the Philippine government’s official website HERE.

Medical insurance: medical insurance is absolutely recommended, since private healthcare in the Philippines is very expensive.

We are partners with World Nomads, leader for the international travel insurance, get a free quote by clicking HERE.

Telephone Card: it is possible to buy a telephone card (50 pesos only) as soon as you arrive at the airport, with these cards you have to check for the best internet promo between Globe or Smart.

Transport rental: we recommend renting a bicycle or a scooter in order to be able to move independently.

Let’s start here to discover our tours to Palawan and other amazing islands of the Philippines!

Boracay Island: Tips to know before going

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Boracay Island: Tips to know before going

Tips to know before going – Boracay is a small island located at the far end of Panay Island (the largest island), in the province of Aklan.

The island of Boracay extends for 7 kilometers with a white beach and crystal clear sea,
Listed by tripadvisor as the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

On this island you will find everything you need, wonderful resorts, corners of paradise, opportunities for water sports, activities and excursions, also with regard to nightlife, this island has many entertainment to offer.

We can define it as a destination suitable for everyone, groups of friends, couples and families.
To get around Boracay, tricycles or mini vans are used, obviously very cheap so travel is not a problem.

How to get there

The best way to get to Boracay is by flight from Manila or Cebu to Panay, the island near Boracay, landing at the nearest airport in Caticlan, about 1 hour from Boracay, or at the Kalibo airport about 2 hours away.

The fastest but also the most expensive way is to land at Catlican airport, in short, the choice is yours whether to save time or money and the cheapest way is via Kalibo airport, the most distant.

Once you have landed at one of the selected airports, you must purchase the transfer to Boracay (which can be purchased directly at the airport) which includes the passage by minivan + the crossing by boat.

Boats to Boracay depart continuously, ensuring the crossing at any time of day, there are also night rides but not so frequently.

What to see and what to do in Boracay Island

The main attractions of Boracay are obviously the beautiful beaches, as well as water sports of all kinds that can be done.

Starting with the most beautiful beaches, here is a list of Boracay’s attractions:

White Beach

It extends for 4 km of white beach, bathed by a crystalline sea.
Being the main beach it is also the most crowded one, but this it still remains a paradise.

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Diniwid Beach

At the end of the white beach you will find a small passage that will take you to this dream beach.
Here you can be more peacefully away from people and mass tourism.

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Manoc-Manoc Beach

Manoc-Manoc Beach is located on the southern coast of the island.
A beautiful beach perfect for relaxing in peace.

Puka Beach

Located at the end of Boracay is this wild and beautiful beach, isolated from everything else and perfect for enjoying the sea in peace.

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Bulabog Beach

Located on the opposite side of White beach, Bulabog beach being quite windy, it is the perfect place for kitesurfing.

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Yapak

It is not a beach but a perfect site for diving, in fact here you can still admire the coral of the Philippines, with bright colors, that cover a rock wall that goes down to 70 meters deep.

If you need to rent all the equipment, there are many specialized centers on the island, ask at the reception of your hotel, they will surely be able to point you to the nearest center.

Boracay tours and excursions

As for activities in Boracay it is possible to practice any type of water sport, diving,
organized tours of the island or surrounding islands, and it is even possible to book a helicopter tour of the island.

Here is a small guide to the main tours:

Tour of the island by tricycle

A complete tour of the island aboard the characteristic tricycles, with or without motor, which are the most popular means of transport in these parts, in fact, there are very few cars on the road.

For a negligible amount you can set out to discover Boracay and its suggestive landscapes, stopping at the most beautiful beaches, of course starting from the White beach.

Tour of the islands by boat

This is a tour of the island aboard a typical Filipino boat.

The tour includes a island hopping of Boracay and the surrounding islands such as Crocodile island, with stops at some of the most beautiful beaches and some areas perfect for snorkeling.

Mount Luho

It is the only relief in all of Boracay, actually only 100 meters high.

However, from the top of its viewpoint it is possible to enjoy a crazy view of the sea and the coasts of the island.

Bat Cave

Located in the western part of the island, Bat Cave is another unusual excursion you can do once you arrive in Boracay.

However, choose to visit it only if you are particularly adventurous as the conditions inside the cave are not the best, between slippery rocks and sharp profiles and the possibility of running into snakes, as well as bats, of course.

Crystal Cove

A highly recommended excursion is to visit the small island of Crystal Cove, famous for its caves to explore, and its fantastic landscapes.

This island can be visited by an organized tour, for a price of around 1600 peso per person.

Included in the price you will have an entrance ticket to the island with a tour guide,
free transportation from your resort to the port and round-trip boat transfer from Boracay to Crystal Cove island.

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Where to sleep in Boracay island: tips to know before going

The best area to stay is White Beach, in addition to being the most famous part of the island, it is also the most developed.

In fact, it is here that there are numerous hotels, restaurants and night clubs.

The same beach, however, is divided into three areas, called Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3, different from each other for costs, types of accommodation, atmosphere and nightlife.

As the beach stretches for 4 km, it is important to choose the right area in Boracay island and the best tips to know before going.

Station 1

It is the northernmost one and is the most exclusive part of White Beach, with many luxury resorts full of services, which however are more expensive than other areas.

Here is also one of the main attractions of Boracay, that is the rock formation namely the Willy’s Rock.

Station 1 is particularly recommended for couples and families for its tranquility.

Here, too, there is no shortage of sports activities to be practiced in the water and night clubs which, however, are concentrated in a small area and close to each other, so the rest of the beach is quite quiet.

The beach is also wider, so it offers more space and the shallow water is perfect for children.

Station 2

It is the heart of Boracay and White Beach, here there are many accommodations of various types, and with slightly lower rates than Station 1.

Being the most central area, Station 2 is the busiest part of Boracay, so it may not be suitable for those looking for a quiet solution.

Along the beach there are bars and restaurants; when you are tired of being on the beach, you can go shopping at D’mall, Boracay’s main shopping center or sample local specialties at the D’Talipapa fish market.

The nightlife in Station 2 is very lively, thanks to the high concentration of bars with live music and discos, which makes it perfect for young people and those who want to have fun in the evening.

Station 3

It is known as the backpacker’s mecca for the large number of low cost hotels and hostels.

It is absolutely the cheapest part to stay in, but it is probably not suitable for those traveling with children considering that the water in this point is immediately deep.

Despite the high percentage of young people, it still remains the quietest and most green area of White Beach, thanks to a not very lively nightlife there is only one nightclub and a few pubs.

Here there is a list of the best accommodations you can find in Boracay island according to Agoda users, thanks also to our experience. Click the images below and check the best rates and availability

Belmont Hotel
Boracay Backpackers
Sheridan Villas
The Lind Boracay
Frendz Hostel
The Orient Beach Resort

Info and utility

Here are some important tips if you want to go on a trip to Boracay:

Currency exchange: we recommend that you exchange money at the various exchange offices located in the city so that you can compare them and choose the most convenient one.

Remember that changing them at the airport is always less convenient, so as soon as you arrive, change only the necessary ones for the first day.

Tourist visa: the tourist visa for the Philippines depends on where you come from, for example, for European citizens for the first 30 days of stay in the country, they do not need a visa.

For more information, visit the Philippine government’s official website HERE.

Medical insurance: medical insurance is absolutely recommended, since private healthcare in the Philippines is very expensive.

We are partners with World Nomads, leader for the international travel insurance, get a free quote by clicking HERE.

Telephone Card: it is possible to buy a telephone card as soon as you arrive at the airport at a low cost and with these cards you have unlimited internet for 1/2 weeks.

Transport rental: we recommend renting a bicycle or a scooter in order to be able to move independently.

Let’s start here to discover our tours to Palawan and other amazing islands of the Philippines!

5 places to visit after Palawan

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Where to go after Palawan

If you’re planning to visit Philippines, and unforntunately you have to choose only one place to visit, don’t hexitate: Palawan will be for sure the best choice.

But of course that absolutely doesn’t mean there aren’t other must-see destination to visit!

Escpecially if you’re coming from far away, you’ll probabily planning to stay at least one month in the Philippines. So here goes five other destinations you can’t miss after visiting Palawan!

Siargao

Spectacular waterfalls, white sand beaches, lagoons and caves: you doesn’t want to miss this destination: trust us.

Cebu

Cebu city is the capital of the homonym region and the second largest city in the Philippines. Situated in the middle of the Philippines, passing through Cebu while visiting the country is quite inevitable.

For a change, stunning touristic spots are countless.

Boracay

Boracay is considered to be (same as Palawan) one of the most beautiful and idyllic islands in the world.

For this reason, unfortunately, mass tourism affected the area, so the government shut the island for a while.

Since Boracay is still one of the most spectacular spots in the entire world, make your own research and consider a visit with good sense.

Manila and Luzon

Luzon is the largest island of the country, and home of the capital Manila.

Don’t be impatient for island hopping and heavenly beaches: take your time and explore the capital! You won’t regret.

Siquijor

Easily accessible from Cebu, Siquijor is an umpteenth Mecca for beach lovers.

Known also as Isla de Fuego (Island of Fire), Siquijor beaches are still free from mass tourism.