HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO (From Manila, Surigao City, Butuan, Davao City, and Cebu)

A tear-drop shaped island that is part of Surigao del Norte province, Siargao used to be a hidden gem where surfers visit to ride its famous waves with Cloud 9 as the biggest draw because of its fast and furious barrel that looks like the figure 9. The best time to test your mettle on the waves is during the monsoon season from July to October. The swells during these months are ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers. It is also the time when competitions draw international and local talent.

This island is fast becoming a tourist hotspot because of attractions and things to do other than surfing. You can go island-hopping to see Naked Island, Guyam Island and Daku Island. All three provide idyllic, tropical getaways characterized by powdery, white sand and azure waters that will entice you to swim. They also have a laidback atmosphere, perfect for a day out, especially if you go early or late in the day.

The Magpupungko Rock Pools are also a noteworthy addition to your itinerary. These natural pools have a moon-like cratered landscape characterized by giant rock formations which you can use as jump-off points to the waters below. The Sohoton National Park is also a popular day trip destination from Siargao. The park has stunning limestone formations, cliff jumping points, and emerald-colored waters. One of its biggest draws is its residents the stingless jellyfish.

Siargao will only get more visitors in the next few years because of its accessibility. There was a time before when you have to detour through Surigao City then board a boat to the island. There are now different ways to reach Siargao.


How to Get to Siargao

From Manila

Direct flights from Manila to Siargao are now available and major airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Philippine airlines operate this route. This is the fastest and most convenient way to reach the island from the big city. The flight takes approximately 2.5 hours one way. Get the lowest possible airfare by booking your ticket months before your intended trip.

From Surigao City

  1. There are no direct flights to Surigao City; however, you can book one that will transit at Cebu or Butuan. The flight from Cebu will take you directly to Surigao City.
  2. Once in the city, there are ferries and outrigger boats traveling to Dapa, Siargao. The shipping lines that ply this route are Dapa Express, Montenegro Shipping, Angel 1, Angel 2, LQP Express and MV Yohan. The trip takes around 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the weather. Fare varies from around P210 to P250 per way. The earliest boat departs at around 5-5:30 AM.

If you have time, you can visit Mabua Pebble Beach just outside the city. This destination is unique because instead of sand, the shore is lined with different sizes of pebbles. Watch the sunset here or just go for a leisurely walk to pass the time. The Day-Asan Floating Village is also a nice addition to your itinerary. This village has wooden bridges that connect the homes with the mainland. This quaint village is a nice getaway for those who want to experience rural life.

From Butuan

Butuan is another possible gateway to Siargao, but your trip to the island may take longer.

  1. There are direct flights from Manila to this city in Agusan. Book your flights months before your scheduled trip to save money.
  2. Once in the city, make your way to the bus terminal and board a bus bound for Surigao City. The fare is around P215 and may take up to 3.5 to 4 hours.
  3. Once in Surigao City, you can board any of the ferries or outrigger boats departing for Siargao at the port. Try to make it to Surigao before lunchtime so that you can catch the midday boat to Siargao.

If you have time, there are attractions in the city worth checking out. Some places to consider including in your itinerary are the Balangay Shrine Museum, Magellan’s Landing Site, Butuan Regional Museum, and the Banza Church Ruins.

From Davao City

Davao City is a possible gateway to Siargao but is further away compared to entering via Butuan or Surigao City. There are direct flights now from Davao to Siargao operated by Philippine Airlines. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can book a flight from Manila or Cebu to Davao City. Look for flights months before your trip to get the cheapest fare possible.

  1. Once in Davao City, you have to make your way to Butuan and then to Surigao City.
  2. Go to Ecoland Bus Terminal, and board a bus bound for Butuan City. Fare is around P410 and may take up to 9 hours.
  3. From Butuan, board a bus bound for Surigao City for about P215. This trip may take up to 4 hours.
  4. From the city, go to the port and board a ferry going to Siargao for around P210. There are buses traveling directly to Surigao City from Ecoland Terminal, the fare for this is around P750.

From Cebu

Cebu is a noteworthy stop for your trip because it has many beautiful beaches, sumptuous food, rich culture, and a storied past. You can also come from Cebu en route to Siargao. There are direct flights from Cebu’s airport to the island. The flight takes around an hour one way. Try to book weeks or months ahead to save money on airfare.


Where to Stay in Siargao

Siargao underwent a tourism boom in the last couple of years. This means there are now several establishments that can accommodate guests. The most preferred home base on the island is either within the vicinity of Cloud 9 or in the town of General Luna. These two places have several guesthouses, hostels, and resorts suited for all levels of budget.

If you plan to leave by ferry early the next day, you may want to stay in the town of Dapa where there are guesthouses. To help you, you might want to consider these top resorts as rated by Agoda users (as of January 2019).

Isla Cabana Resort. Photo was provided by the resort via Agoda.

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