UPDATE: Siargao was badly hit by Typhoon Odette and most of the hotels/resorts/restaurants were damaged. As of 21 February 2022, the island has reopened to tourists. Only a handful of accommodations have opened so far. We will update this post as soon as we get more details.
Dubbed as the best island in the world in 2019 and the best island in Asia in 2021 by CN Traveler, Siargao is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. It is the country’s surfing capital attracting both domestic and international travelers pre-pandemic. Today, Siargao remains open to tourists but only for domestic travelers. The Philippines still ban the entry of international tourists due to the ongoing pandemic.
For the latest travel requirements to Siargao, check here.
When is the best time to visit Siargao?
The best time to visit Siargao greatly depends on what you actually want to do on the island. If you want to enjoy the beach, and if you plan to do island hopping, the best time to visit Siargao is during the dry season between March to June.
For those who want to go surfing, the best time to go to Siargao is between August to November. This is when the wind conditions and the waves are at their best, so you’ll find a fantastic time to surf.
How to get to Siargao?
The best way to get to Siargao is to take a flight from Manila to Siargao. The travel time is around 2 hours and you will usually get an all-year-round cheap and affordable flight to the island. Alternatively, you can also take a flight from Cebu to Siargao. Check available flights
Another option if direct flights are fully booked is to take a flight to Butuan or Surigao. From Butuan, you may take a bus to Surigao, then take a ferry to Siargao. There are multiple daily ferry services from Surigao to Siargao. Check ferry schedule
How to get to your hotel from Siargao Airport?
There are a number of options you can take to get out of the airport to your hotel in General Luna. Sayak Airport located in the town of Del Carmen is about 40 minutes away from General Luna where most of the actions happen. You can take a shared van outside of the airport for Php300 per person or you may also hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) for about Php500. If you are in a group of more than five, you can also charter a multicab to save some money.
How to get around Siargao?
The most common mode of transportation on the island is tricycles. The fare for a shared tricycle is between Php10-20 depending on the distance during daytime and Php20-30 during nighttime. You may also take a habal-habal (motorcycle) especially if you are going to other towns.
You may also rent a motorbike and drive your way to any point on the island. Cars may also be rented for Php2,500 a day.
Where to stay in Siargao?
If you are planning to visit BorSiargaoacay, you will be required to book a hotel in advance, at least two nights accommodation. The hotel must be Department of Tourist (DOT) accredited. Whether you are traveling on a budget or not, the island has something to offer you when it comes to accommodation. The rooms can go as low as P800 and can go as high as P10,000 per night. See our recommendation below or check the complete list of DOT-Accredited Hotels in Siargao.
Hostels and Budget Accommodations in Siargao
Hiraya Surf Hostel
Beds in Dormitory rooms at Hiraya Surf Hostel start at around P400. This is a popular choice for backpackers because of its close proximity to Cloud 9. Check reviews and availability
Victoria’s Inn – Siargao
Private room rates at Victoria’s Inn start at P1,350. It’s a new building so linens, pillows, and mattresses are new. It is located in the town center of General Luna within walking distance to many restaurants, convenience stores, and the port for island hopping.Check reviews and availability
Mid-range Hotels in Siargao
Villa Maya Siargao
Villa Maya Siargao is a DOT-accredited hotel in Siargao featuring a pool overlooking a vast expanse of estate with a mini golf course. Room rates start at around P3,000 per night. Check reviews and availability
Vivo Inn Siargao
Room rates at Vivo Inn start at P2,500 per night. Check reviews and availability