While we’re still waiting for international borders to open back up, know that there is never a shortage of places to explore in the Philippines. And right now, it’s safe to say that Siargao is everybody’s dream escape. Beach bum or not, you could greatly benefit from the environment and lifestyle in Siargao. The free-spirited island life, the sun-loving palm trees, and of course—the swell! All these can take you away from the stress in the city.
Dreaming of an adventure in Siargao soon? Here’s all you need to know, from travel guidelines to the best things to do on the island.
Planning Your Trip to Siargao
Guidelines differ depending on where you’re coming from and whether you’re connected with someone in Siargao. We’ve listed the requirements and other important things to note below.
Requirements for Tourists
Email these requirements a day before your departure to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tourists invited by a local resident of Surigao del Norte:
- Negative swab/saliva RT-PCR test result released within forty-eight (48) hours or two (2) days prior to arrival
- Children who are seventeen (17) years old and below are exempted from presenting a negative swab/saliva RT-PCR test result
- Valid identification card
- Travel Certification issued by the Mayor of the City/Municipality of destination (within the Province of Surigao del Norte)
Walk-in tourists (no invitation):
- Negative result of RT-PCR test or COVID-19 saliva test released within 48 hours prior to the trip
- Valid ID
- Confirmed booking of at least 2 nights from a DOT-accredited accommodation
Tourists from the NCR Plus bubble:
As of March 22, 2021, residents from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan are unfortunately not allowed to travel to Surigao del Norte, which includes Siargao, until further notice. You can follow the Facebook page of Siargao Tourism Assistance Center for real-time updates.
Tips & Reminders
Once your trip is approved, you’ll also need to get your Surigao del Norte e-HEALTH Pass here. After filling in your personal details and health declaration, you will be provided with a QR code. You’ll need this when entering establishments in the province. Don’t forget to print a copy or save it on your phone, and have a valid ID with you at all times.
Also do note that walk-in is not allowed for most attractions and activities, and advanced bookings may be required. Read on and find all the tours you can book in the next section.
Adventures That Await in Siargao
The waves that hit the shores of Siargao and the surfing community’s chill vibe are a perfect match, which is probably why the island has stood out as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Don’t miss the experience of riding the swell! Go around the stunning beaches of Siargao and chase the waves with your surfboard. If you’ve never surfed before, don’t worry because friendly locals can get you started in no time.
Want an alternative to surfing? Wakeboarding is another adrenaline-pumping water sport that’s fun to do on the island. Siargao Wakepark is the most popular spot—a manmade lake amid the boundless surrounds of Siargao’s coconut trees.
Let yourself stray a little away from the mainland and explore the beautiful tiny islands that surround Siargao. From palm-tree-studded remote islands to lagoons and coastal rock formations, different island hopping tours offer endless ways to love this tropical paradise. No adventure is ever the same!
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Set your daredevil free and take the leap! Cliff (or ledge) diving is also a very popular activity in Siargao, and you can do it almost anywhere there’s water. Jump from a three-meter-high diving board in Sugba Lagoon and capture the breathtaking panorama during your airtime. The rock formations at Magpupungko also offer different jumping spots. For an epic adventure, explore a luminous cave, a jellyfish sanctuary, and cliff diving spots in this Sohoton Cove day tour.
Have your own tour in mind or just want to keep it spontaneous? Hit the road on a motorbike and uncover the beautiful secrets of the island at your own pace. Reach popular beaches, unspoiled jungles, and blue tide pools—and be sure to savor the scenic journey!
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