Both of us travelled within Australia and abroad with our families whilst growing up. We believe that these travel adventures instilled a passion for travelling, seeing the world and experiencing new places and different cultures. Bevan also worked in the travel industry for almost ten years.
We found Siargao Island on Instagram. After deciding that we wanted to visit the Philippines for a tropical island holiday, we made sure to include Siargao on our itinerary. Siargao Island is not as crowded as El Nido and Coron but we think it won’t be long until it becomes popular with tourism.
This is quite sad in our opinion as it is such a gem in the Filipino archipelago. Upon arriving, we were greeted with warm sunshine and palm trees everywhere. Filipinos are the friendliest people and some of our fondest memories are of the children chasing after minivans of tourists.
They laugh and wave at the visitors as they run along the side of the road!
4 Wonderful Days and Nights in Siargao Island
We spent 4 days and 4 nights in Siargao Island. Whilst it was enough time to see the main attractions, we can understand why many visitors would never want to leave this paradise! If you love the beach and the island lifestyle, Siargao is a place that you don’t want anyone else to discover.
It’s definitely a destination for those who love the water and being outdoors. However, it’s also a place where you can come and sit by the water’s edge and literally do nothing. One of our favourite moments was watching the sunrise over the ocean from the Cloud 9 Boardwalk.
The calmness of the ocean mixed with the soft pastel colours were enough to make anyone feel completely zen and ready for a wonderful day.
5 Must-Do Experiences in Siargao
If you’re visiting Siargao for a short holiday – say 4 or 5 days – then you will want to tick off some of the best attractions whilst relaxing and enjoying the slow pace of island life. Below are our top 5 must-do experiences.
1. Take a Day Trip to Sugba Lagoon
Sugba Lagoon is a lagoon located on Caob Island. This lagoon makes for an awesome day trip where you can enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on a crazy shade of gatorade blue water. There’s a two-story boat house where you can have lunch and jump off a diving board.
2. Learn to Surf at Cloud 9 in Siargao
Cloud 9 in Siargao Island is one of the best places in the Philippines (and the world) to learn how to surf as the instructors are wonderfully patient and friendly. If you’re a beginner then it’s best to wait for a day of gentle waves. The surf can get heavy with solid barrels that roll from left to right.
3. Visit the Magpupungko Rock Pools
Magpupungko Rock Pools are located on the east coast in the Pilar Municipality. It takes 45 minutes to get there on scooters from General Luna. These rock pools are huge and offer crystal-clear waters. Make sure you check the tide times and visit on weekdays when it’s less crowded.
4. Go on an Island Hopping Adventure
The island hopping experience in Siargao takes you to Guyam Island, Naked Island and Daku Island. These beautiful islands can only be accessed on a long-tail boat. You will stop off at the three islands, plus enjoy a seafood lunch. Try to book a private tour that leaves early in the morning.
5. Eat a Smoothie Bowl at Shaka Cafe
Shaka is one of the best cafes on the island and has become famous for its smoothie and acai bowls. The cafe is located near the Cloud 9 surf break in Siargao Island. Not only are the smoothie bowls delicious but at only $5 USD (including a coffee) they don’t break the bank too!
Amazing Food Scene of Siargao Island
We were pleasantly surprised by the food in Siargao. The island caters for Western tastebuds whilst offering a spin on local delicacies. BBQ meat and vegetables with sticky sauces served with rice is popular for dinner.
Definitely have a BBQ dinner or two at Mama’s Grill in General Luna. It’s always worth the wait here! You can also find tacos, burgers and pizzas if you fancy that kind of Western food. Make sure you try a “halo-halo” in Siargao Island which is a traditional colourful Filipino dessert. Yum!
Where to Stay in Siargao Island
Accommodation in Siargao Island all depends on the budget you are travelling with. Siargao has a range of places to stay from 5-star all inclusive resorts to the most basic of homestays and hostels. To be close to the action and for ease of getting around – stay in General Luna or Cloud 9.
What you Need to Know Before you Go
Plastic pollution continues to be a key issue for the locals. Many hotels and restaurants will provide large water filters so you can refill your reusable water bottles. So make sure to pack a reusable bottle.
Cash is king on the island. There are only a couple of ATMs in the main town and rumours are floating around that they don’t always work. It would be wise to take a fair amount of cash with you before you get to Siargao Island. There is also a Western Union in town if you get really stuck.
Wear a helmet if you rent a scooter. The main roads encircling the island are paved, wide and well maintained. Based on our experience, the roads are in better condition than the roads in Bali. But please still wear a helmet and don’t speed unnecessarily. You can have fun while being safe too.
For more information about Siargao Island, including how to get there and how much it costs, visit The Travel Quandary website for more tips and recommendations. Thanks for reading and happy travels everyone!