SIARGAO is known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines but surely has more lots to offer than surfing. Picture-perfect white beaches, enchanting lagoons, rock formations, caves, coral reefs, waterfalls, mangrove, exotic wildlife, and fresh seafood awaits you in this island located 800 kilometers southeast of Philippines’ capital Manila. It belongs to the province of Surigao del Norte, situated at the northeastern tip of Mindanao.
Being compared to the beaches of Palawan and Maldives, island hopping is among the top things to do here. Explore Bucas Grande and Sohoton Caves to see for yourself.
Offshore, a classic tropical island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Off to the right, well within the massive coastal reef, lies a shining white sand bar, (Pansukian, or Naked island) some 200 meters long. The tide of Siargao is diurnal with tidal curves typically present, especially on the east coast of the island.
The Island’s Pacific-facing reefs are situated on the edge of the Philippine Trench, and the extremely deep offshore waters assure the ocean swells have undiluted power when they encounter the many coral and rock reefs. Siargao has excellent surfing conditions, particularly during the southwest “habagat” monsoon from August to November, when the prevailing wind is offshore.
There is also a small island near Siargao called Guyam Island.
In the past, Siargao Is. can be reached via a direct domestic flight from Manila to Surigao City and then by a ferry to the coastal towns of Dapa or Del Carmen in Siargao Islands. Now, Cebu Pacific has a daily flight from Cebu-Siargao, and vice versa. There are plans to extend the runway of Sayak Airport in Siargao, to cater to the demands of growing tourists who will be visiting this island paradise.