There's more to Siargao than just surfing! Whether you're in the mood for a lazy day in town or an adventure-filled day of exploring nearby islands, you'll find something here for you.
With so many things to do on the island, you won't run out of things to do, see, and explore!
All of Siargao's top tourist spots and things to do in one list, including tips and budgets. Happy exploring!
IN THIS BLOG:
- Things to Do in Siargao Nearby
- Things to Do in Siargao Farther Away on the Island
- Things to Do in Siargao by Boat
THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO NEARBY
Of course, as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, number one on this list is, you guessed it - surfing! Enjoy the waves for an hour or two while you learn from the pros. If surfing isn't your thing, you can also just sit on the beach and watch the dozens of people surfing, maybe with a mango shake in hand.
Safety Tip: To avoid injuries, it's best to wear a rash guard and aqua shoes. Ask around for recommended or certified instructors and pay attention when they teach you surf basics, safety, and etiquette. Come prepared too with your own first aid kit, just in case.
Tip: To capture both your epic surfing moments and fails, you can rent a GoPro that attaches to your board or hire a 'photographer' who will use your GoPro and take your photos. Word of warning - these guys aren't exactly professional photographers so don't expect much. Go for it if you're not after Instagram-worthy shots but photos to remember all the fun you had during your lesson!
Budget: PHP 500/hour for a surf lesson
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HORSEBACK RIDING WITH MAGIC RIDES
Do something unusual and ride a horse on the beach. It's one of our most favorite experiences in Siargao and something we can't stop recommending! Maybe it's the wind in your hair or the relaxing trot of the horse, but there's something so peaceful and magical about horseback riding along the beach. Try it for yourself and see what we mean.
Safety Tip: Your guide will teach you how to properly mount, dismount, and handle a horse. If it's your first time riding a horse, let them know so they can assign you to the appropriate horse. Let your guide know what you're comfortable with too, if you want to just trot the whole time (like we did!) or if you want to try galloping to go a little faster.
Tip: You can also swim with the horses!
Budget: PHP 1,000
The Cloud 9 boardwalk and tower is one of the most famous spots in Siargao and, if you've watched the film Siargao the Movie, you'll probably recognize it from one of the many scenes set here. The boardwalk leads directly to a part of the ocean with more advanced waves for expert surfers and to a watchtower where spectators can watch from the sidelines.
Friendly Reminder: Please be mindful when visiting this place (and all other places in Siargao). Be respectful, throw your trash properly, and don't destroy the property just for the sake of a good photo. Remember, this is someone else's home.
Tip: There are a few benches here where you can sit quietly and just watch the waves crash.
EXPLORE THE TOWN
Grab a map, or just walk around without a guide, and explore the town. We encourage you to talk to the locals and really get to know their neighborhood. On your little walking tour, stop by for the best pan de coco and watch the unique way they're made!
Tip: According to the locals, the best pan de coco on the island is sold in front of the church. You can ask your habal-habal driver (or any local for that matter) where the best pan de coco is and they'll point you in the right direction.
Budget: FREE (PHP 5 for pan de coco)
Siargao has a lot of good food on the island, and a wide variety too! Whether you're craving Mexican or Malaysian, smoothie bowls or pizza, you'll likely find it here. Eat at Siargao's best restaurants and we guarantee it will be one of the reasons you'll want to keep coming back to the island!
Tip: The food can get a little pricey, around PHP 200-300.
Budget: Up to you!
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO NEARBY:
- Join a beach clean up with SEA Movement
- Try windsurfing
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THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO FARTHER AWAY ON THE ISLAND
MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS
Swim in the tidal pools of Magpupungko that only appear during low tide. Ask a habal-habal or tricycle driver to take you here or cut costs and go with a tour group.
Tip: Wear proper footwear for the slippery rocks!
Budget: PHP 50 entrance fee
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"PALM TREE ROAD"
On the way to northern destinations on the island, you'll pass by a long stretch of road lined with palm trees. This place makes for good drone shots! (We didn't catch the name of this road but have been referring to it as "palm tree road". If you know the real name of this road, do let us know in the comments!)
Tip: Park your habal-habal or tricycle by the side of the road and be careful of oncoming traffic. When we were situated on the middle of the road, we used two spotters, one for either side of the road, to warn us if there was an approaching vehicle.
It takes a good one hour trike ride to get to Pacifico Beach but it was well worth it because there were hardly any people! Aside from 2 small groups, a couple, and a few local kids, we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Bask in the sun, enjoy the peace and quiet, and watch the surfers from a distance.
Tip: It's easy to get here if you're taking a tricycle or habal-habal. If you're interested in taking a tour of the whole island, let your driver know too! You can pass by other sites before and after your trip to Pacifico Beach, which could take a whole day.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO FARTHER AWAY ON THE ISLAND:
- Take a dip in Taktak Falls
- Do a 'drunken carabao tour' of Siargao
- See Tayangban Cave
- Visit Alegria Beach
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THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO BY BOAT
ISLAND HOPPING (DAKU, GUYAM, AND NAKED ISLANDS)
Join a group tour or book a private one and see Siargao's nearby islands - Daku, Guyam, and Naked Islands. Guyam Island is a coconut-tree-filled islet so small that you can explore it in a few minutes. Daku Island is the biggest island and where you'll spend the most time. There are huts here for rent if you want some shade. The last island, Naked Island, is a bare islet with nothing on it but sand, hence the name.
Tip: Book a joiners tour with Kermit Siargao and make new friends in the process! They have fun and friendly guides, serve a delicious lunch feast, and provide refreshments too.
Budget: PHP 1,000/head for a joiners (non-private) tour, inclusive of guide and lunch
Head to Sugba Lagoon for a fun-filled day! There are a lots of things you can do here, including: kayaking, standup paddle boarding, swimming, and jumping off from the diving board. After all your activities, head back to the restaurant for freshly-caught seafood.
Tip: It's best to go during jellyfish season so you can spot stingless jellyfish! And go early to avoid the crowds. Kayaks and SUP boards are available for rent, however, if you book a tour with Kermit Siargao, you can use their SUP boards for free!
Budget: PHP 2,000/head for a joiners (non-private) tour, inclusive of guide and lunch
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SIARGAO FARTHER AWAY ON THE ISLAND:
- Tour Bucas Grande / Sohoton Cove
- Visit other nearby islands like Mam-On, Lanuza, Anahawan, and Corregidor Islands
- Go scuba diving or snorkeling
- Go on a sunset cruise
- Try fishing
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What's your favorite thing to do in Siargao? Is there something we missed and you'd like to recommend? Let us know in the comments!