One of the most spectacular places that you can find in the Mindanao area is the small island of Siargao. Known as the Philippine surf capital, Siargao is a teardrop-shaped island that offers much more than just good waves and a surfing vibe. If your idea is to know an alternative destination where you can have fun and relax at the same time, you cannot miss this beautiful piece of the Earth! For that reason and to help you out a bit, we bring you a list of the best things to do in Siargao, Philippines.
1. Go surfing.
You can’t visit the South Island without trying a little of it, right? As we have mentioned, this place is famous for its incredible waves suitable for practicing this sport. Although many of the island’s surf areas are for medium-high level surfers, Siargao is also an ideal place to start and throughout the island, you will find schools where you can take your classes or shops where you can rent your boards. Do not miss the opportunity to try it! The best spots to do surfing are: Pacifico Beach, Rocky Island, Jacking Horse, Bumee, and more!
2. Take a dip in the natural pools of Magpupungko.
One of the top tourist spots on the island of Siargao is the fascinating group of Magpupungko natural pools. These small and natural water formations constitute one of the most significant attractions in the region. But you must be careful. The natural pools of Magpupungko are accessible at low tide, so it is recommended to consult a tide table to go at the right time since you will be unable to get close in case the water level is too high.
3. Go island hopping!
As in many other corners of the Philippines, one of the best things to do in Siargao is to tour the surrounding islands in a practice that is known as Island Hopping. You can take one-day trips through the following places: Naked Island (distinguished for its spectacular fine sandbar), Daku Island (with plenty of shade and cabins along a huge beach), and Guayam Island (with palm trees and white sand beaches everywhere).
4. Visit Del Carmen and Sugba Lagoon.
One of the best excursions in Siargao starts from the small town of Del Carmen. The purpose of this trip is to cross the mangroves that characterize the territory. To do this, you need to use a small bangka (traditional Philippine boat) until you reach Sugba Lagoon, the most famous lagoon on the island. Its turquoise waters are protected by huge limestone rock walls. The view is amazing! Here you can jump off the trampoline, paddle surf, or rent a kayak.
5. Bathing in the Tak Tak Falls.
The Tak Tak Falls in Santa Monica is another of the best places to visit if you are planning to enjoy the island of Siargao. It is 15 meters high and has a natural pool that is ideal for taking a good bath and playing for a while. Besides, it turns out to be an excellent space to socialize with local people since the area has been highly urbanized -without losing the beauty of its waters of course.
6. Go for a sunset session.
If you don’t feel like going on a tour, there are lots of restaurants and beach bars where you could hang out to enjoy the afternoon. White Banana Beach and Siargao Bleu have the best sunset sessions. Just make sure to check the schedule with Siargao Bleu before walking in!
Siargao is also known for breakfast bowls and delicious brunches. Check out our vlog on our favorite food spots in the island in the video below!
To those of you who are visiting the Philippines for the first time, you may feel a little uncertain because of what you see in the media. But it’s the same as visiting other countries in Southeast Asia. And even better, most Filipinos speak English! If you still want more tips, check our travel tips video below!
Siargao is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in the Philippines. It is perfect for fun activities, getting to know a little more about the nature of the island. Are you ready to visit this incredible place and enjoy everything it has to offer?
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