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Top 16 Best Things to do in Siargao Island [plus recommended tours]

What are the Top Tourist Spots to Visit in Siargao?

Guyam Island by Rene Padillo via Unsplash

16 Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Siargao Island, Philippines

Located in the southern part of the country lies an island that has gotten a lot of attention in the past years for its excellent waves, friendly locals, and beautiful palm trees. Siargao Island attracts surfers and travelers from across the country and across the world. But what can one really do in Siargao?

Learn Surfing

Surfing Lessons in Siargao Island Cloud 9
Surfing Lessons in Siargao Island Cloud 9

Siargao isn’t a surf something for no reason. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there is sure to be a surf break in Siargao that you would love. For example, if you’re looking for neat barrels, go to Cloud 9. If you are a beginner or a longboarder, check out Jacking horse.

While for short boarders, Stimpy’s is definitely enjoyable. But if you want to do a bit more discovering, even for beginners, Guian (somewhat a secret beach) is another surf break that looks amazing but is excellent for beginners.

Visit Taktak Falls

Taktak falls in Siargao
Taktak falls in Siargao

Found in Santa Monica, Taktak waterfall is an enjoyable drive from General Luna. There is a lot to do here that can be a whole day trip. Try facing your fears of heights by going cliff jumping or tree jumping. Discover the beauty of nature by exploring the top to the bottom of the falls. Another positive about it is that few people go here, so it isn’t crowded. Lastly, it is the ONLY falls you will see in Siargao; don’t miss out on it!

Go to Magpupungko Tidal Pool

Alternate path to Magpupungko Rock Pool
An alternate path to Magpupungko Rock Pool
Magpupungko Rock Formation and Tidal Pool by Michael Louie via Unsplash
Magpupungko Rock Formation and Tidal Pool by Michael Louie via Unsplash

This famous spot on the island will leave you undeniably speechless. The Magpupungko rock pools can be seen during low tide, thus making it an excellent time to explore. The shimmering and clear coral-blue waters look heavenly. Discover the coves and caves found here, and try out cliff jumping here too. However, it is advisable that before going here, you make sure that you get there during low tide, so you can see its beauty.

Related Tour: Siargao Land Tour [Book via KLOOK]

Siargao Island Hopping – Guyam, Daku, and Naked Island

Guyam Island
Guyam Island
Naked Island Siargao photo by Michael Louie via Unsplash
Naked Island Siargao photo by Michael Louie via Unsplash
Lunch in Guyam Island by John Matthew Flores via Unsplash
Lunch in Guyam Island by John Matthew Flores via Unsplash

Your trip will not be complete without the Siargao island hopping experience. You should visit Gayum, Naked Island, and Daku Island, three of the most famous islands. They are only a short boat ride from each other and from General Luna. You should go to Daku Island if you want to swim and have lunch.

Then rest on Naked island because it literally is just a sandbar. Then, before going back to General Luna, go to Guyam island to just have a snack underneath the palm trees. The photos you can take here will be spectacular, especially on the naked island. Imagine a picture of the sea that’s never-ending.

Related Tour: Tri Island Tour in Siargao [Book this tour via KOOK]

Experience Sohoton Cove

Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande Island by Richard King via Flickr
Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande Island by Richard King via Flickr
Jellyfish Sanctuary ya Sohoton Cove, Bucas Grande
Jellyfish Sanctuary ya Sohoton Cove, Bucas Grande

There are many things to do here and tons of attractions to see. Discover the mysterious and magical caverns, grand rock formations, dazzling lagoons, and numerous tiny islands. But the main Sohoton Cave is absolutely a must-not-miss.

Jellyfish can be creatures to fear, but luckily, they are stingless jellyfish, so you can admire them without fear. Plus, some tours are offered going here, plus the three islands mentioned above.

Party All Night

Party at Bravo Beach Resort Siargao photo via FB Page
Party at Bravo Beach Resort Siargao photo via FB Page

The nightlife here is enjoyable and lively. There are a lot of bars and clubs that you can choose from. If you are staying for a couple of days, try going bar and club hopping every night, which is the culture there.

There is a different venue for the main party during the summer or surfing season. Your usual bravo and rum bar are typical choices you would love to order, but you cannot say you experienced Siargao party night till you try ‘jungle.’

Chill at Cloud 9 Boardwalk

Siargao Sunset - Cloud 9
Siargao Sunset – Cloud 9

Besides surfing, Cloud 9 can also be a place to chill and relax. This is an excellent place to watch the sunset. Sit by a hut or the sand, then see how beautiful the sunlight reflects on the blue waters, turning it into a pastel red and orange color.

Enjoy the view and surfers; try catching a couple more waves before the sky completely darkens. Getting the perfect sunset picture for Instagram won’t be difficult here.

Tayangban Cave Pool

Tayangban Cave Pool via IG @prilpoxping
Tayangban Cave Pool via IG @prilpoxping

Going here is quite an adventure. Guided by instinct, let yourself continuously float in darkness as you swim in a cave where the only light you will see is from the torches. You see bats fly above you just a couple of meters away as you do this.

Soon you will get to the actual cave pool, which has sunlight peeking through and offers another cliff-jumping experience. Finally, finish off the tour of Tayangban cave by taking a dip in the open pool.

Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon photo by @backpackwithme
Sugba Lagoon photo by @backpackwithme

Another day trip you can take is going to Sugba Lagoon. You will see a stunning lagoon with many tall and soaring mountains around it. There are also floating huts with diving boards and SUP, all up for rentals. Once again, expect to see blue waters and lush green vegetation surrounding you. Enjoy the cool breeze coming from the trees and the water. Make sure to take tons of photos!

Go on a Food Trip

Aventinos pizza in Siargao
Aventinos pizza in Siargao

Don’t we all love food? Well, you are in luck because, in Siargao, there are tons of food quite incomparable to the ones in the city. Looking for something cool and refreshing? Shaka has very delicious smoothie bowls that are actually pretty inexpensive. How about some great snacks, maybe Mexican cuisine?

Miguels have fantastic burritos and tacos! They prepare the food fast but still taste amazing. Or perhaps you want something Italian? Aventinos pizza is really cheap, but the flavors are to die for! Now, if you’re chugging down some good-tasting craft beers, try the ones by Monkey Eagle Brewery.

Attend A Yoga Class

Yoga Class at Buddhas Surf Resort
Yoga Class at Buddhas Surf Resort

Lotus Shores is a known place in Siargao for surfing and their accommodation of retreat center. But what many love about it is that it is the resort you should go to if you want to do yoga and find the beauty in life away from its physical aspects. It is known to be very conducive and effective when teaching yoga.

Visit Alegria Beach

Alegria Beach Siargao via IG @islamarajaw
Alegria Beach Siargao via IG @islamarajaw

Soft white sandy beach; Alegria beach looks like a beach with clouds for sand and a sky for its sea. The beauty of it seems to have no words that can describe it. Plus, the palm trees lined up on the beach give an additional color contrast to the beautiful scenery. From General Luna, this is quite a long drive; however, it is worth it.

Catch the Beautiful Sunset

Sunset in Siargao photo by Lee via Flickr CC
Sunset in Siargao photo by Lee via Flickr CC

Sunsets in Siargao maybe, if not the best, at least one of the best sunsets you will ever witness in your whole life. Life in Siargao is very peaceful and serene. Its surroundings are kept clean, and it is obvious how the locals try to be tourist-friendly but still do not commercialize it enough to lose its truest image.

Everything still looks and feels untouched. Of course, there are more beautiful places to watch the sunset, but almost everywhere you go is lovely.

Rent a Bike

A lot of bike shops in Siargao can be found in Dapa. They have it, whether it be a mountain bike or a very dainty and cute vintage bike. No need to worry; many tourists have tried, tested, and trusted the bike shops in Siargao because these bikes are kept in pristine condition.

You can explore or go to nearby places by renting a bike. This is an excellent way to go around. Or just take cute photos with the vintage bikes. (they really are cool)

Ride a Habal-habal

Habal-Habal in Siargao photo via @PinayTravelJunkie
Habal-Habal in Siargao photo via @PinayTravelJunkie

If going around Siargao on a bike isn’t floating your boat, there are also motorbikes or habal-habal. They can also be your easy way around the province. Drivers of this habal-habal are very kind, accommodating, and helpful.

And many would be surprised that Habal-habal here actually costs cheap. Some habal-habal do change their price, BUT it isn’t too far off from some of the cheapest ones we know.

Acoustic Night at Buddha’s Surf Resort

Acoustic Night at Buddhas Surf Resort photo via @buddhasiargao
Acoustic Night at Buddhas Surf Resort photo via @buddhasiargao

If party night isn’t your cup of tea or you have already gotten your fill of it, you can just attend the acoustic night at Buddha’s Surf Resort. Listen to some chill music while chomping down on some tasty food. This is an excellent place to talk and relax with your friends.

Observe the ‘chill’ side of Siargao. The area is so comfortable that you might not even want to check on your phone because it provides a receptive atmosphere.

Beach in Siargao Island
Beach on Siargao Island
Guyam Island by Rene Padillo via Unsplash
Guyam Island by Rene Padillo via Unsplash

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels and Resorts in Siargao via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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