Oh Siargao, you have enchanted us! Yes, the Philippines is one of our favourite travel destinations. Two years ago we visited Siquijor, Bohol, Palawan and Banaue and gave you our best travel tips. And we already knew that we wanted to see much more of this country. An island that was high on the list was Siargao!
And what shall I say, we fell head over heels in love with the still rather untouristic dream island in the Philippines during the two weeks we spent with friends on Siargao.
Siargao, especially known as Surfer Island, is also a dream for non-surfers. I would immediately pack my seven things again to fly to Siargao. And I hope that the island will stay as it is for a long time and will not be overrun by tourism… Today I would like to tell you our best Siargao travel tips and everything you should know about a trip here.
SIARGAO TRAVEL TIPS: WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THIS TRAVEL GUIDE
- The most beautiful activities and sights on Siargao
- The people of Siargao
- Our Best Restaurant Tips for Siargao
- Withdraw money & refer to Siargao
- Surfing in Siargao
- How do you get to Siargao?
- Travel expenses: How much does Siargao… cost?
- More useful Siargao travel tips
OUR BEST TRAVEL TIPS FOR SIARGAO
Today I would like to tell you our best travel tips for Siargao. Where is the best place to eat? What attractions and sights should you not miss? What does a beer cost on Siargao? And what do you have to pay attention to when travelling to the island?
1. SIARGAO TRAVEL TIPS: 5 ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
Siargao is certainly not the Philippine island with the most sights. But the ones you find are just beautiful. And the best: Even less touristic than in other places!
These 5 activities, sights and places you should not miss on a trip to Siargao:
1. SIARGAO SIGHTS: ISLAND HOPPING
If you are only on Siargao for a short time, Island Hopping should be on the program at least once. Around the fish market in General Luna you will always find someone with a boat offering Island Hopping. This is usually much cheaper than booking directly through a hotel, as the hotel wants to earn some money from it.
Usually one visits Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island in one day. But if you have a driver just for you, you can also tell him how long you want to be where and what you want to see.
Island Hopping: Naked Island
2. SIARGAO PLACES OF INTEREST: SUGBA LAGOON
To the north of the small town of El Carmen is the Sugba Lagoon, surrounded by mangroves. A boat ride from El Carmen to the Sugba Lagoon takes about 30 minutes.
Arrived, a small house in the middle of the lagoon awaits you, from where you can snorkel, swim or paddle stand up perfectly. The diving tower is also very popular. But I only posed on it and did not jump.
I love Standup paddling and of course we did a round with the SUP, which was a lot of fun! You can rent the SUP for one hour directly on site.
By the way, in the Sugba Lagoon you didn’t get any food, at least during the time we were there. Unless you booked a tour with lunch. So take something with you! At the jetty in El Carmen you’ll find the Crocodile Restaurant (don’t worry, crocodile isn’t on the menu ;-)) where you can buy take-away food. We got Fried Noodels there, which were really good.
3. SIARGAO PLACES OF INTEREST: MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS / SWIMMING HOLES
Another top sight on Siargao are the Magpupungko Rock Pools (also called Swimming Holes).
The Magpupungko Rock Pools are natural pools in the middle of the rocks. The water is crystal clear and the rock formations around the pool are spectacular.
But beware, don’t make the same mistake as us and make sure you know the tides beforehand! Because at high tide everything is only half as spectacular and you can’t swim in the rock pool because of the strong current. Since the tides are not always the same, the best thing to do is to find out when the perfect time is.
Besides the pools there is also a nice beach and you can eat in a small restaurant. A nice day trip, which we did with our rented motorcycles. The trip from General Luna took more than an hour, but we drove past countless beautiful villages and could see how the people live there. So the trip was at least as nice for me as the rock pools themselves!
4. SIARGAO SIGHTSEEING: GENERAL LUNA
General Luna is the main town on Siargao. Most tourists live here and General Luna has the most restaurants and cafes on the island. If you don’t live here, a visit to this small village is definitely worth it. The village is situated along the coast and in the centre there is a small church and behind it the fish market and a jetty where most boats moor.
The nice thing: even though General Luna is the most touristic place on the island, there are hardly any shops, nobody wants to give you a tour and one finds postcards and classic souvenirs in vain.
A surf shop is the highest of emotions. Otherwise, the village is very quiet and consists mainly of a village centre with church, fish market and jetty, restaurants, some hotels and the houses of the locals. And everywhere you can find animals! Dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs… Anyone who loves animals is definitely right here!