Siargao Island is a hidden gem located around 760 kilometres south of Manila, Philippines. The island is part of Surigao del Norte province and home to pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons, rice fields, forest reserves and exotic wildlife. The island is well-known for its incredible year-round surfing and has become famous as the surfing capital of the Philippines. It has been named as one of the top 10 surfing hotspots of the world.
Siargao Island caters to none surfers too. The paradise island with a laid-back atmosphere is perfect for lovers of nature. Islanders are welcoming and friendly, the beaches stunning, waters crystal clear, and the freshly caught seafood is delicious. If the island of Siargao isn’t peaceful enough, visitors can explore three further islands which are wonderful for a day trip. Pack a beach towel and sunblock and head for Daku, Guyam and Naked Island. Daku Island is sprinkled with coconut palms and powdery beaches of pure white sand. It is home to a small fishing community. It is possible that visitors to Guyam and Naked Islands may have the place all to themselves. The number one attractions of Siargao Island are Sohoton Caves. Eco-tourists will relish a day of kayaking through natural caves and marine reserves which are home to wild orchids, bats and stalactites. It is possible to rent motorcycles on the island. Via this mode of transport, visitors can explore outlying villages, meet the locals and discover lush rice fields and cascading waterfalls. All surfers should head for Cloud 9. It’s the only wave accessible without a boat and the most popular on the island.
Reaching Siargao Island is possible from Cebu with a journey time of just under an hour. From the airport, vans transport visitors to accommodations. Ferries and boats offer another way to access the towns on Siargao Island. Tricycles, motorbikes and vans operate from piers to many locations on the island. Motorbikes can be hired by tourists.
The Spanish navigator Bernardo de la Torreon sighted Siargao Island in 1543. It was charted at the time as Palm Island or “Isla de las Palmas”. Today, the island looks much the same, with pure white shores, clear waters, palm trees and forests. Siargao Island is an accessible paradise which welcomes all with open arms to enjoy its natural splendour.