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siargao

BEACH | SURF | PARTY | ISLAND HOPPING | SWING | CHILL

Siargao, for me, is the place to be. This island is a haven for surfers and beachcombers alike. It is located on the North-Eastern side of Mindanao, south of the Philippines. The island faces the Pacific Ocean, where the strong winds create baby to big waves ideal for surfing. There are plenty of activities and destinations on this island, and perhaps a week is not enough to fully satisfy your travel thirst. Local and foreign tourists flock to the island year-round, and with strict local governance, the island maintains cleanliness through environment-friendly regulations.

Where is Siargao?

An island at Surigao del Norte Province in Mindanao. 

How do I get from Surigao City to Siargao

Ferry: How do I get from Surigao City to Siargao

1. Surigao Port, buy a ticket going to Dapa, Siargao

2. From Dapa Port, ride a tricycle going to General Luna or directly to your hotel.

Fare starts at Php50. Travel time is 30mins

Surigao City to Siargao Shipping Schedule:

Montenegro Lines (RORO)

Estimate Fare: Php180

Duration: 4hrs

Schedule: 5am/ 11am

Atlantis Yohan (Fast craft)

Estimate Fare: Php280 /Php320/ Php350

Duration: 2.5hrs

Schedule: 6am/ 10.30am

JP Shipping Lines Inc. (Fast craft)

Estimate Fare: Php280 /Php320/ Php350

Duration: 2.5hrs

Schedule: 5.30am/ 11.30am

How do I get from Siargao to Surigao City

Ferry: How do I get from Siargao to Surigao City

1. From General Luna, ride a tricycle going to Dapa Port. 

Fare starts at Php50. Travel time is 30mins

2. Buy ticket going to Surigao City. You can buy a ticket a day before

Siargao to Surigao City Shipping Schedule:

Montenegro Lines (RORO)

Estimate Fare: Php180

Duration: 4hrs

Schedule: 6am/ 10.30am

Atlantis Yohan (Fast craft)

Estimate Fare: Php280 /Php320/ Php350

Duration: 2.5hrs

Schedule: 6am/ 10.30am

JP Shipping Lines Inc. (Fast craft)

Estimate Fare: Php280 /Php320/ Php350

Duration: 2.5hrs

Schedule: 5.30am/ 11.30am

How do I get from Manila to Siargao and back

Fly: How do I get from Manila to Siargao

1. Fly to Siargao- Sayak Airport (code: IAO) via Philippine Airlines/ Cebu Pacific. 

2. There are vans available at IAO airport that will drop you at your hotel or at General Luna.

Fare starts at Php300. Travel time is 50mins.

Fly: How do I get from Siargao to Manila

1. From General Luna, ride a tricycle going to the airport. Fare starts at Php200. Or arrange van transfer with your hotel.

Travel time is 50mins.

2. Fly to Manila International Airport (code: MNL) via Philippine Airlines/ Cebu Pacific. 

How do I get from Cebu to Siargao

Fly: How do I get from Cebu City to Surigao City

1. Fly to Siargao- Sayak Airport (code: IAO) via Philippine Airlines/ Cebu Pacific

2. There are vans available at IAO airport that will drop you at your hotel or at General Luna.

Fare starts at Php300. Travel time is 50mins

 

Ferry: How do I get from Cebu City to Surigao City

1. Buy a ticket at Cebu City Pier going to Surigao City.

2. Upon arrival at Surigao City, follow blog entry "How do I get from Surigao City to Siargao"

Cebu City to Surigao City Shipping Schedule:

Starlite Ferries 

Estimate Fare: Php750/ Php850/ Php1050/ Php1360/ Php4500

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Daily - 10 am, Pier3

Cokaliong Shipping

Estimate Fare: Php825/ Php1025/ Php1350/ Php3200

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Daily - 7 pm, Pier1

Medallion Shipping

Estimate Fare: Php825/ Php1025/ Php1200/ Php1350/ Php1500/ Php3800

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Mon/Wed/Fri - 8pm, Pier3

How do I get from Siargao to Cebu

Fly: How do I get from Siargao to Cebu

1. From General Luna, ride a tricycle going to the airport. Fare starts at Php200. Or arrange van transfer with your hotel.

Travel time is 50mins.

2. Fly to Cebu Mactan International Airport (code: CEB) via Philippine Airlines/ Cebu Pacific. 

 

Ferry: How do I get from Siargao to Cebu

1. From General Luna, ride a tricycle going to Dapa Port. Fare starts at Php50.

2. Upon arrival at Surigao City, follow blog entry "How do I get from Surigao City to Siargao"

Cebu City to Surigao City Shipping Schedule:

Starlite Ferries 

Estimate Fare: Php750/ Php850/ Php1050/ Php1360/ Php4500

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Daily - 9 pm, Surigao Port

Cokaliong Shipping

Estimate Fare: Php825/ Php1025/ Php1350/ Php3200

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Daily - 7 pm, Surigao Port

Medallion Shipping

Estimate Fare: Php825/ Php1025/ Php1200/ Php1350/ Php1500/ Php3800

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Tue/Thur/Sun- 8 pm, Surigao Port

How do I get from Boracay to Siargao and back

Fly: How do I get from Boracay to Siargao
There are no direct flights from Caticlan Airport (code: MPH) or Kalibo International Airport (code: KLO) to Siargao. All flights of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific transit via Cebu

Fly: How do I get from Siargao to Boracay
The fastest way to Boracay is via airplane but flights must transit to Cebu as no direct flight from Siargao. Travellers can book through Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific.

How do I get from Coron to Siargao and back

Fly: How do I get from Coron to Siargao
There are no direct flights from Busuanga Airport (code: USU) to Siargao. All flights of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific transit via Cebu

Fly: How do I get from Coron to Siargao
The fastest way to Coron is via airplane but flights must transit to Cebu as no direct flight from Siargao. Travellers can book through Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific.

Places to Visit in Siargao
1. Guyam Island | 2. Daku Island | 3. Naked Island | 4. Coconut View Deck | 5. Magpupungko Rock Pools | 6. Coconut Tree Lined Road |
7. Secret Beach | 8. Maasin River | 9. Cloud 9

Other Places to Visit in Siargao BUT not included in this blog
10. Sugba Lagoon | 11. Pacifico | 12. Alegria Beach | 13. Tayangban Cave 

Bookmark this page and return when you are at Siargao. Follow the directions to reach these recommended destinations.

Siargao itinerary for 4D/3N

Sample itinerary for Siargao

More days, more fun! Stay for a month or the rest of your life to fully enjoy Siargao.

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DAY 1

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1100H

Arrival at Sayak Airport (IAO) or Dapa Port

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1100H-1200H

Travel to General Luna or directly to your hotel.

Php 300 (van)
1200H-1300H

Lunch

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1300H-1400H

Check in to your hotel. Rest and freshen up

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1400H-1700H

Free time. Chill for afternoon coffee. Walk along General Luna. Check shops. If eager for an afternoon dip there is an open beach in General Luna

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1700H-1730H

Head to Cloud9 for sunset

Php 50
1730H-1830H

Watch sunset

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1830H

Dinner. Socials

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DAY 2

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0600H-0800H

Call time. Breakfast

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0800H-0830H

Travel to General Luna local market and look for the tourist Information Center. Then, hire a boat for island hopping. You can rent the entire boat or join other tourists to share the boat.

Php 50
0830H-0900H

Prepare for island hopping. You can buy food and drinks at the local market and bring them with you. However, you can buy at the eatery and grill station at Daku Island for lunch.

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0900H-1700H

Island hopping- Guyam, Daku and Naked Island

Php 1500 per boat. Max of 5 pax
1700H-1800H

Back to hotel. Freshen up.

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1830H

Dinner. Socials

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DAY 3

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0700H-0900H

Call time. Breakfast

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0900H-0930H

Rent motorbike for one day

Php 400
0930H-1000H

Drive to Coconut View Deck

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1000H-1030H

Photo op at Coconut View Deck

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1030H-1040H

Drive to Maasin River

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1040H-1140H

Unlimited swing was the thing here, but it was removed. You may opt to do a river tour instead.

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1140H-1210H

Drive to Magpupungko

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1210-1300H

Lunch

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1300H-1500H

Enjoy Magpupungko Rock Pools

Php50 entrance fee
1500H-1530H

Continue driving towards Del Carmen. In between Pilar and Del Carmen, the coconut palm view will delight you

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1530H-1540H

Photo op

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1540H-1630H

Drive to Secret Beach in Guiwan

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1630H-1640H

You will see many motorbikes along the road. This is the landmark going to the Secret Beach. Just follow the trail; the walk is less than 10mins.

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1640H-1800H

The Secret Beach is a surfing sport for beginners; locals offer surfing lessons for a fee

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1800H-1830H

Back to your hotel

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1830H

Freshen up. Dinner. Socials. Party.

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DAY 4

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0700H-0800H

Call time. Breakfast

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0800H-0830H

Drive to Cloud 9/ Secret Beach/ Jacking Horse

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0830H-1000H

Experience how to surf. Locals offer surfing lessons. Try this before you leave Siargao

Php 500 (1hr)
1000H-1030H

Back to hotel

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1030H-1200H

Freshen up. return motorbike. Check out.

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1200H-1230H

Transfer to airport

Php 300

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much budget for 4D3N in Siargao?

Hotel - 1500php (3 nights)

Airport Transfers- 600php

Island Hopping- 1500Php (1 boat for 5 pax max)

Motorbike Rent- 400Php

Entrance Fees- 100Php

Surfing Lesson- 500Php

Is there a high speed internet in Siargao?

Yes. LTE is available in main areas.

Where to stay in Siargao?

I tried:

Malayah Hostel - near beach / budget / recommended

Are there ATMs in Siargao?

Yes, at town proper. Make sure to bring cash when roaming as most of the transactions are cash basis

When is the best time to visit Siargao?

Summer will always be the best -late March to May- but a sunny day at any time of the year is just perfect.

Surfing season is September.

Are there party places in Siargao?

Yes! Ask the locals as the party venue changes every night.

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