Siargao Island in the Philippines has instantly become one of my favourite travel and surf destinations. The perfect mix of warm water, island time, tranquility, aloha vibes and, of course, epic surf breaks.

This tiny island in the East of the Philippines is often described as Bali 30 years ago.

For me, as a surfer, it was a highly anticipated stop during my travels in South East Asia and I’m super stoked to say it didn’t disappoint, in fact, it was even more incredible than I imagined.

For those who want to learn to surf or simply enjoy a beautiful island in this part of the world I highly recommend adding this to your Philippine itinerary.

So here’s my complete guide to surfing in Siargao – how to get there, where to stay, what to do, how much it’ll cost and, of course, where you should be paddling out to enjoy some waves!

…and don’t worry if you’re not heading there to surf there’s a good spot of non surfing guidance in this post too!


Siargao Island – A Complete Guide (2019 Update)

How To Get To Siargao Island

Nestled in the South East of the Philippines there’s a couple of ways to get yourself to Siargao but the easiest and fastest route is from Cebu – and you can fly there from pretty much anywhere in  the Philippines as it’s the main airport in the centre of the country.

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Tucked Away On The Far East Of Asia!

From here you can grab a flight with Cebu Pacific, with a return costing around £30.

2018 UPDATE: There are now daily direct flights from the capital, Manila, which make it even easier to reach Siargao.

CebGo (part of Cebu Pacific) runs twice daily at 9:35am and 12:30pm and SkyJet flies at 9:50am.

Keep in mind if you’re flying in internationally and on a different ticket onwards to Siargao you’ll ned to collect your bags and re check in for your next flight, so give yourself plenty of time.

Also getting between terminals in Manila is a nightmare so keep that in mind too!

One warning with flying into and out of Siargao – because the airport still hasn’t been fully upgraded planes are unable to land in bad weather or visibility, so flights can often be cancelled. In fact my flight out of Siargao was cancelled and I couldn’t get off the island for 4 days (not that I was complaining much!) and in wet/monsoon season (late November to February) I did hear stories about people being stranded there for 2 weeks or more!

So if you’re flying back to Cebu and then grabbing an important or international flight I suggest leaving a couple days leeway and keeping an eye on the weather just in case!

…still, if you want to come and enjoy pumping surf it’s something you’ll have to deal with. It’s totally worth the risk!

Alternatively there are options where you can get connecting ferries and flight via Suriago (careful when you’re booking flights as it’s spelt very similar and you could easily get confused!) but it doesn’t come highly recommended.




Where To Stay On Siargao

Although Siargao itself is still a relatively quiet place (see the footnote at the end of this post!) the surf tourism here (with the fame of Cloud 9) has resulted in a good array of accommodation, so no matter what your budget or comfort level there’s something to suit.

I chose to base myself in the General Luna area as it has easy access to a variety of waves, a good selection of accommodation, beginner surf camps and a good choice of places to eat too.

If you’re looking to head that way yourself these 3 accommodation options pretty much cover all bases and price ranges;


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Kermit Surf Camp

Kermit Siargao Surf Resort – I spent the majority of my stay at Kermit which is an amazing surf camp run by a super friendly Italian dude called Gianni. It’s nestled in amongst the palm tree forest and a couple of minutes walk from the beach.

If you want to be surrounded by fellow travellers, get stuck into some surf lessons and have everything in one nice easy package where you have a  bar, restaurant and people that can organise your day trips then this is the place to head. There’s a great vibe going on here and daily surf excursions for you to tag along with.

If you fancy a bit of a party this will set you up nicely too – a single rum and coke cost 60PHP (about 90p) whereas a triple is only 40PHP…about 55p!

Rooms start at 800PHP (roughly £11.50) if you’re on your own or you can also get a room with 2 double beds for 480PHP per person (roughly £7.50).

You also have the option of bundling together a week long Siargao Guided Surf Camp starting at £340pp or a Beginners Surf Camp from £355pp which includes accommodation, lessons/guiding, all your transport and daily breakfast. (See the learn to surf section for more details)

Check out my full review of Kermit Siargao Surf Camp here.


Pesangan Surf Camp – Due to Kermit being full during my extended stay I also spent a few nights here. It’s much quieter than Kermit as it only opened in August this year but each private room comes with an en-suite and a pretty powerful ceiling fan so you’ll sleep pretty comfortably. It’s only a minutes walk to the beach (if that!) and is a slightly cheaper option too.

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Beach Front Views From Romantics

Double and twin rooms here are 950PHP (roughly £13) per fan room and includes breakfast.

2018 Update: Since being taken over by new owners Pesangan has now double in price and extended to include a pretty cramped dorm room as well. Prices now exclude breakfast and to be honest my stay there in 2018 wasn’t half as pleasant.


Romantic Beach Villas – Based alongside Pesangan this is a slightly more upmarket option, but it’s beachfront and comes kitted out with a pool! I actually discovered this place whilst walking along the beach and my buddy said we should eat there. The food here is incredible (seriously, try out their pizzas!) so even if you don’t stay come grab a bite to eat and soak up the beautiful views.

Rooms start at 2300PHP (roughly £33) for a garden view with fan or 2700PHP (roughly £38)  if you want the ocean views. A bit more pricey but if you have some cash to splash or want something a bit more upmarket it’s a solid choice.



The Surf Spots On Siargao

The main draw of Siargao for most people is the surf – the island is famed for the numerous world class waves that surround both Siargao and the neighbouring islands. If you want reeling, hollow reef breaks or simply want to experience the vibe and get involved in a beginner surf camp Siargao is the Philippines surfing hotspot!

Although a lot of the waves are the perfect playground for intermediate – advanced surfers there’s also some option for those looking to learn to surf too.

So what kind of waves can you expect? Well here’s a sample of what Siargao has to offer…


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The Boardwalk At Cloud 9

Cloud Nine: Easily the most famous waves in Siargao this spot put the Philippines right onto the world surfing map. It can get heaps busy and very heavy too, a solid A frame peak that barrels left and right. If you’re a beginner steer well clear, but it’s a great place to watch the locals and pros tear it up!

Quiksilver: Cloud 9s next door neighbour, and often under rated, Quicksilver is named for its speed, not the surf brand! Mainly a right hander, but with a shorter, occasional left it’s best to hit up during mid-high tide and the perfect spot to practice.

Tuason Point: Easily accessible. It’s a very powerful wave breaking over a shallow reef. The wave is one of the best lefts in the island, however it only starts to work at 3 feet. Best at high tide – low tide can be dangerous since it gets pretty shallow in places. No beginners wave.

Little Pony: Just around the corner from Cloud 9 is a spot called Jacking Horse, further into the beach it reforms at a spot named Little Pony which is the perfect spot for beginners and those wanting to learn to surf.

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Ready For Some Reef?!

Cemetery (Sometimes Know As Pesangan): Around the General Luna area is an outter reef, about a 15 minute paddle off shore across the lagoon (you can also get a boat out if you’re feeling lazy!) with a number of peaks. It can handle a solid size but is pretty forgiving and usually pretty empty too.

Guyam Island: In front of General Luna is Guyam Island, accessible by boat (a great spot for a day trip if you’re not surfing) and theres heaps of breaks behind it, so take your pick! Best on low to medium tide.

Dako Reef: Possibly my favourite wave in Siargao and perfect for longboarders! It breaks over a deeper reef so it’s a great introduction to reef surfing and is situated in front of Dako Beach. Can handle some decent size but also a good learner spot and so can get a bit crowded. Get out there for a dawn patrol around 5am and you can have an empty lineup. About a 200PHP (£3)  and 10 min boat journey from General Luna.

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Sunset Sessions At Daku

Dako Corner: A short hop from Dako Reef this right hander is almost a point break but isn’t for beginners. Try not to get caught on the inside if there’s some size to it.

Rock Island: Another of my personal favourites. Accessible by boat from the beach next to Cloud 9 this right hander breaks off an island. Best at low to mid tide with little wind expect some barrels when the swells pumping

Stimpies: Next to Rock Island this is basically the left hand version of it, again you’ll need a boat form Cloud 9 to surf it and low to mid tide. Can handle all sizes of swell.

Pacifico: This long, hollow left breaks is about an hours motorbike drive from General Luna and breaks over a rocky reef, heaps of fun on a good day!

Pilar Left: Another solid left hander wave that breaks in front of Pilar. When the wet season wind comes in from the north this is the spot to hit.

…of course there’s heaps of other reefs and breaks scattered around Siargao and the surrounding islands so you’re pretty spoilt for choice – grab a motorbike and boat and go score some epic waves!


Learn To Surf On Siargao

I know not everyone surfs all the time or is confident paddling out at reef breaks or in strange places – but if you’re heading to Siargao I suggest you at least give it a try and tick it off the bucket list!

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Learn To Surf On An Island Paradise!

Luckily the island isn’t all heavy reefs and there’s a couple of packages for those looking to learn to surf or who want to improve their skills and be shown around the best surf spots for their level.


Beginner/Learn To Surf Camp –  week long package which includes all your accommodation, transport, airport transfers, breakfast, surf equipment and of course instruction. So if you’re never surfed before or still want a bit of a helping hand from an instructor tackling your first reef breaks this is a great option.

The week long package starts at £355pp and you can book it with just a 15% deposit. Click here for more details.


Guided Surf Camp – if you’re already pretty confident out in the water and simply want a week of being shown around the islands best breaks this includes everything you need; airport transfers, accommodation, transport, surf equipment, breakfast and an expert local guide. All you have to do is bring your boardies and be ready to ride some amazing waves!

The week long package starts at £340pp and you can book it with just a 15% deposit. Click here for more details. 


Hiring/Surf Lessons – alternatively you can just hire surfboard whilst you’re there or do a couple of stand alone surf lessons. An hours surf coaching including board hire is 750PHP (just over £10) for a 1:1 lesson. You can also hire a surfboard (I used Kermit Siargao Surf Camp) for 300PHP a day, about £4


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Things To Do On Siargao (That Aren’t Surfing)!

Even though surfing is one of the main draws of Siargao there’s a good selection of day trips and things to do – whether you want a lazy day, the surf isn’t brilliant or if you’re travelling with non surfer (or you’re simply not heading to Siargao to surf!) this island plays host to some incredible natural beauty and places to visit.


Island Hopping Trip – If you want to check out some more of the neighbouring island around Siargao the day long island hopping trip covering Naked Island, Guayam Island and Daku Island is a solid excursion and will leave your camera crammed full of pictures of beautiful beaches, clear water and palm trees!

It costs around 750PHP (just over £10) but that also included a really solid lunch of fresh seafood, salad and local cuisine on the beach.


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Cliff Jumping At Magpopongko cuisine on the beach.

Magpopongko Rock Pools – about 45mins-an hour north of General Luna are the Magpopongko Rock Pools. Best visited at low tide (for obvious reasons) it’s a fun place to spend a few hours snorkelling in the clear pools and some easy cliff jumping.

Not the cheapest activity due to transport costs this will set you back around 700PHP (about £10) split between 6 people, but obviously the more you get in o the trip the cheaper it becomes!


Beach Life – take your trip back to basics and simply spend a day chilling on some of the beautiful beaches around Siargao – it’s not hard to find a stretch of it to call your own and the warm, calm water of the main lagoon are the perfect spot for a relaxing swim. Kick back and enjoy a slower pace of life soaking up the views!

Totally free!


Cloud 9 Boardwalk  – whether you surf or not heading up to the world famous Cloud 9 Boardwalk for some sunset beers is something you should pencil into your trip. The 3 tier structure gives you the perfect view over this hollow waves and watching the locals tear it up whilst you enjoy a cold drink is a great way to finish off the day!

Best of all – it’ll only cost you beer and taxi money!

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MeetingThe Locals On My Lagoon Trip!


Lagoon Trip – this was easily my favourite day trip during my time in Siargao . After taking an outrigger boat through the mangroves you turn a corner and find yourself in an emerald lagoon, with a wooden stilted shack in the centre that becomes your base for the day. Snorkel alongside the entertaining jellyfish (don’t worry there aren’t heaps!), grab a SUP, chill in a hammock or simply have a relaxing swim…this day is pure island time and a stunning place to spend the day.

At 1,000PHP (about £15) this is the most expensive trip but its a solid day including lunch and well worth the splurge.


Fishing – I’m not a massive fan of big game fishing but if that’s your thing the waters of Siargao are famed for their tuna and marlin. Do everyone a favour though and make sure you do it catch and release – unless of course you plan on eating it for dinner yourself.


Jungle Disco – when the sun goes down on a Tuesday and Friday the jungle around General Luna plays host to the jungle disco. After a few beers at your resort it kicks off around 11pm. It is fuelled by cheap rum and bass laced tunes. Try not to party too hard though , wouldn’t want to miss the dawn surf patrol the next day!


How Much To Budget For Siargao

Staying on Siargao shouldn’t really be an expensive affair, but it depends how long you want to spend there and how much you want to cram into your time!

Meals will set you back around 150-250PHP (roughly £3.50) and a beer is about 50PHP or 35PHP during happy hour (that’s about 50-80p) and as I already mentioned you can grab a triple rum and coke at Kermit for 40PHP (about 55p) all day long!

Transport wise If you’re basing yourself at General Luna like I did an airport shuttle will set you back around 200-300PHP (around £4.50) each way, a boat to Dacu Reef is around 200PHP per person (about £3) and a motorbike taxi to Cloud 9 will be about 30PHP (less than 50p) so even the transport costs, if you don’t hire your own motorbike, are super cheap too.

If you want total freedom though it’s easy enough to arrange motorbike hire through your accommodation and although I don’t know the exact price per day it’s safe to say this won’t blow your budget!


When To Go To Siargao And How Long To Stay

Like a lot of South East Asia Siargao has a pretty well defined wet and dry season. The dry season runs from March to mid November and the peak of the wet season (aka monsoon season!) is late November to February.

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The T Shirt Says It All!

If you’re heading to  Siargao for surf you can pretty much get away with visiting anytime of the year and score some good waves. Peak swell season is definitely in the wet season though and the weather will leave the lineups a little less crowded. During this part of the year the swell and surf is pretty solid so if it’s waves you’re after be prepared to get a bit damp!

I headed to Siargao in mid-late November at the beginning of the rainy season and scored heaps of sunny days and good waves, so this cross over period balances out the best of both worlds.

Of course if you’re heading there for a surf camp or to enjoy the non surfing side of Siargao then I’d recommend hitting it up in dry season.

And how long should you stay? Well I guess that depends on how long you have!

7-10 days gives you plenty of time to soak up the surf, take a few surf lessons and cram in some day trips too. Island time will certainly suck you in though and no matter how long you stay you’ll wish it could be longer!


BEWARE, Paradise has changed!

I first visited Siargao back in 2014, when it was still well off the tourist radar and pretty much just a playground for travelling surfers looking to avoid the crowds in Bali. In fact it was described as Bali 30 years ago by most people I met and certainly had that chilled, laid back vibe I was hoping to find.

I’ve since returned a few times but after my experience in late 2018 I’m not sure I’ll be returning anytime soon.

Since the direct flights opened up from Manila, coupled with the closure of Borocay and a big government push on tourism to the island (I’ve heard rumours this is fuelled by a big land buy up by people in the know) the island has exploded in popularity and to be frank, it’s not coping with it.

Accommodation prices have more than doubled in some spots (included where I stayed at Pesangan), food prices have increased, Kermits is now booked up a good 2 months in advance with a huge waiting list for eating each night and the island has gone from chilled paradise to Thailand style beach chaos!

In fact we could barely moor our boat at Guayam Island on our day trip (we had to wait for a spot) there were that many day trips going on!

And as for the surf? Well good luck with that!

Both Rocking Horse and even Quiksilver are now packed with beginners surf lessons and other spots are getting really overcrowded too.

The only way I found to escape the crowds was a dawny surf mission across to Daku – but with one take off spot that’s probably not as feasible now either!

So although a lot of this post and other posts on the Internet paint the picture of Siargao being this gorgeous, sleepy surfer island please be aware that it is developing rapidly and has certainly lost a lot of the off the beaten track charm is once had.


Other Siargao Posts

Phhhhheewwww an there you have it, my complete guide to surfing and generally making the most of Siargao! Hope it helps you plan an epic surf trip, I can’t wait to get back there!

If you’re still not convinced though check out my 10 photos that prove Siargao is an island paradise!

And if you’re looking for some other places to add to your Filipino travels plans check out this post on the best places to visit in the Philippines…which includes Siargao of course!


Have you hit up Siargao for surfing or simply exploring?

Any tips, costs or advice you’d like to share?


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62 Responses

  1. Holly

    Really helpful article, thanks! Planning on going to Philippines in November to work for a season so will definitely check out some of the surf houses you mentioned!

    • Chris

      Enjoy Holly, just keep in mind that Nov is wet season so pack hard drive full of movies for when the surf isn’t pumping!

    • Chris

      No worries Hannah – Siargao is amazing, stoked you’re heading that way! Let me know if you need any help!

  2. Susan

    Hi Chris

    I’m planning to go to Asia for 3 weeks. Phillippines is on top of my list.
    which places do you recommend to go to bearing in mind you’d only have 3 weeks?


    • Chris

      Hmmm it really depends on the time of year you’re coming so you can avoid the monsoon season and what you want to do! Personally I’d say Siargao, Cebu and Palawan will easily fill 3 weeks and allow you to see heaps of the beauty of the country.

  3. Joy

    Hi Chris,

    I’m planning a surf trip to Siargao, but I just found out that all flights into Siargao are ATR (as opposed to Airbus), which means sports equipments (including surfboards) are not allowed on the aircraft. Solution?


    • Chris

      Hey Joy,
      I didn’t actually take a board with me on the plane, however there were people taking boards on and the surf camp I stayed at confirmed you can take them. However this isn’t guaranteed and they do need to be short boards I think! It’s easy enough to hire them out there though, especially if you’re staying at a surf camp. Check out the packages on Epic Gap Year if you’re looking for a guided trip including hire :)

  4. Edward

    Hi, may I ask what your basis is for the price of the Magpupungko and Island Hopping tours? On most blogs I find online, they quote Php 1,000.00 and above for these tours. Also, do you have any recommended contact person for these? Many thanks!

    • Chris

      Hey Ed, I booked them through the surf camp so we rustled up a few other surfers and travellers which helped keep the cost down. If you book individually they’re definately more expensive. Also I’d recommend sorting them once you’re out there, much easier to barter them down!

  5. Mary

    Hi Chris,

    I am planning to visit Siargao. When is the best month to go to the island to avoid rainy season? And is 3 days and 2 nights enough to explore the island? Island hopping is what I want to do on my 1st day, then go to Magpopongko Rock Pools the following day. Thank you so much for the help!

    • Chris

      Hey Mary,
      Stoked you’re looking to head to Siargao – my favourite spot in the Philippines!
      Wet season runs from Nov to Feb. Personally I’d say you need longer to make the flight worth while and really enjoy it so I’d go for at east 5 days if you can!

  6. Kenneth

    Hi Chris. Thanks for the nice post. I’m planning to go to Siargao in april. Will it still be a good experience off the peak season?
    It should be mentioned that Im a rookie! ;)

    • Chris

      Hey Kenneth,
      It should still be a blast but it’ll be the weather you need to keep an eye on. The surf isn’t quite as good then, but if you’re just learning then it’ll be no worries!

  7. Alicja


    My boyfriend and myself areplanning to go to Phillipiness end of December for 7 days.We are flying to Manilla and can’t decide where to go from there.We cant choose between Palawan, Panglao, Boracay or maybe place you write about.We are thinking of quiet place, but not too much, with lovely beaches, great food, somewhere we don’t have to travel much though. Our budget for food and accommodation would be in a range of $ 1200.
    What would you recommend?
    Thanks for help,

  8. Anna

    Hi Chris,

    Great article! I’ll be staying in Kermit too in May. My only question is about the internet connection, is it good enough for like emails? Because I will be there for 10 days and I might do work at some point. But after reading your article, Im getting more and more excited to go to Siargao! It will be my first time to do surfing so Im really looking forward.

    Do you have plans of coming back?


    • Chris

      Hey Anna,
      Good choice! The internet is a bit all over the place occasionally (as is everywhere on the island!) but it should be fine for emails and FB. I managed to keep working there and I’m a heavy internet user!haha! Enjoy the waves and say hi to Gianni from me, he’s a legend!
      Plans on coming back…to Siargao yes, UK probably not!

  9. Dani

    Hi Chris,

    Love your article! I’m going to Siargao this September (my second time) and I’m looking for other places to stay. Last time, I stayed in Kermit and I would’ve loved to stay there again but they’re fully booked in the days I’m planning. Bummer. So I was reading up about Pesangan and I’d like to know if you would recommend the place for a solo, female traveler?


    • Chris

      Hey Dani,
      Stoked to hear you’re heading back there again…I can’t wait to return! Gutting about Kermit being booked out. Pesangan isn’t too far from there and Kermit use it as their partner accom. I stayed there for a few nights too and it was ideal. Not quite as sociable as Kermit but it was low season…

  10. MJ

    Thanks for this awesome review. I really wanted to visit siargao island so I am glad to see this post of yours! Looking forward to more reviews! :)

  11. Alex

    hi! i m going to Philipines this november and i wouldlike to surf in siargao,I read that in november start the monssons(east and northests winds) is that means is onshore winds to cloud 9? are there another spots that works with this wind direction?


    • Chris

      Hey Alex,
      Stoked to hear you’re heading to Siargao! I was there last Nov and back again this Dec too! The island is pretty small and easy to get around so there are always plenty of spots to choose from no matter what the swell and wind direction. Cloud 9 was firing whilst I was there, as were Stimpies. Boats to reef breaks are cheap and easy to organise so I’m sure you’ll score some waves bro!

  12. Lisa

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the great article. We are heading out to Siargao in a week and I’m a little worried about the rain, I was expecting it to be more like the rainy season in Thailand with a short but strong rainshower once a day but it seems to be heavier is that right?! Does it get cold on the rainy days? Thanks Lisa

    • Chris

      Hey Lisa,
      Yeah it was a bit heavier than Thailand but there was still plenty of sunshine around whilst I was there to fit day trips into :)
      …definitely wasn’t cold though!

  13. Quennie

    Thank you for your blog it is indeed usefull for my upcoming trip to Siargao in January 15,2016
    And good thing you have written something for non surfers like me but i will try one lesson maybe ?

    • Chris

      Hey Quennie – I will just miss you on that trip as I leave on the 10th – shame! Enjoy it!

  14. Brian


    Thanks for an excellent guide to Siargao. It’s been a pleasure reading up on this place :)

    I’m leaving the US at the end of January to work remotely and am eyeing Siargao for the surf. The only solid requirement for work is that I have is that I need to be able to video chat occasionally with customers, which might be a bit too much bandwidth intensive for most internet connections out there. I’ve been searching all night for some indication on this, but haven’t found much detail about the internet access there. I’m wiling to pay for cell data if that’s the only route. Is video chat possible on Siargao via WiFi or cell network? Would you be willing to perform a Skype test with me? :P

    • Chris

      Hey Brian,
      Stoked to hear you’ve been eyeing up Siargao for some waves and work – I like your style! I had to do some Skype and video work whilst there, to be honest the weather and time has a pretty big impact. For the most part it was fine but key times (like 5pm+) and during bad weather the internet did slow down a bit. I guess it depends how flexible you can be!
      I’ve now left the island unfortunately. Let me know how you get on!

  15. Camsey


    This article is very helpful. Thank you! I am planning to visit Siargao on April of this year and I am planning to stay in Kermit also. This is my second visit to this wonderful island. I have never been to magpupungko natural pools and I will make sure that I will not miss visiting this spot too. Thank you for also adding tips for beginner surfers like me. I hope I can also experience the jungle disco because of the cheap drinks(hehehe).

    • Chris

      Hey Camsey – stoked you’re heading back, it’s such a beautiful place hey!? If you’re heading to Kermit check out my other site – – for the surf and stay packages there, chuck me an email if you have any questions!

      • Camsey


        Will be going to Siargao this Saturday. We did changed our mind though where we will be staying. We found a cheap accommodation for Php 500 or around $11. I can’t hide my excitement since I added in our itinerary visiting magpupungko natural pool. Thanks again for this blog :-)

      • Chris

        What a bargain! What was it called, let us know if it’s worth including in the guide!

  16. Mat

    Have you been to Bucas Grande too? It looks amazing and is just 45 minutes away by boat. I am thinking of splitting 2 weeks between there and Siargao.

    • Chris

      Hey Mat, no I haven’t made it there yet…will have to give it a google in a mo! let me know how you get on!

  17. rosie EAGLES

    hey thanks heaps Chris, this is so helpful, do you know of any where that would be ok to camp or string up a hammock? I’m super unorganised and arrive tomorrow ;/ what your favourite left hander?

    • Chris

      Hmmmmm not too sure on the camping side of things Rosie but I’m sure it’ll be easy to find a spot! Dacu is my favourite break out there!

  18. Helena

    I’m planning a (hopefully a surf) trip to Siargao next April and this article was really helpful. Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. Karen

    Hey Chris, Thanks for the great write up!

    I am wondering how easy it is to just find a daily surf guide who can take you out to where the swell is best that day? Not sure I want to sign up for a whole surf camp, but also want the guidance of where to surf that day (safety, good waves, etc.) being as I don’t know the area at all. Is this a thing?

    • Chris

      Hey Karen, stoked it helped! You can also book daily surf guides through Kermit too, but it depends how busy they are! When are you heading that way?

      • Karen

        I’ll be there in April, over Easter. From what I’ve read that’ll be quite a busy time…

        Im not a surfer (I may dabble one or two days) but my boyfriend is a chaser of the swell so we are trying to see what will work best for us, for budget and accessibility.

  20. John

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the good information. Is April still good for surf and sun for an intermediate surfer who likes fun waves as opposed to big and hollow?

    • Chris

      Hey John,
      April should still be heaps of fun and there are always a good mixture of breaks to check out for all style and levels. If you’re looking for super fun ones Daku would be my personal suggestion!

  21. Jovy

    Very helpful. Thanks!
    Planning on checking the island next month. I’ll be staying there for at least 5 days to see if the place will welcome me for a permanent stay. *_*

  22. Andrew

    Great article Chris! – Very profession and informative.

    I’m thinking of going to the Philippines around October, possibly for a month or 2, and really like the sound of Siargao, especially after reading your article :-)

    Do you know if prices have increased much since you wrote the article?
    Also, I’m I right in assuming they’ll be decent surf around Oct-Dec for an intermediate surfer?


    • Chris

      Hey Andrew,
      Stoked to hear you’re heading to PH and of course Siargao!
      Hopefully things haven’t increased too much, although I would double check, especially with accom as thats going to be one of your biggest outlays.
      Surf wise there’s waves all year round and I was there in Dec and it was super fun!

  23. jocelyn

    it was so amazing ,wonderful,and very helpful tips for many traveller like me ..thank you for being able to surf this pages ..i will be in siagao next month august 15..
    month of august is it okie for a weather timing there?

  24. jay

    Thanks for this ! I live in the Philippines and I haven’t been to Siargao. Now I’ll go there next week and this has been a great help.

  25. Andrea Holmes

    Great blog post Chris! Such an excellent guide to Siargao Island. Did you know that Skyjet Airlines now have direct flight from Manila to Siargao daily? They offer great deals, next time if you visit Siargao try this airline and let me know you thoughts about this.

    • Chris

      Indeed I did clock that they now fly direct which is amazing! Hoping to test the route out on my next visit :)

  26. Martin

    hey Chris! great article bro!
    Im travelling indonesia and thinking on going to Siargao the first two weeks of february, you thinks is a good season for surfing? im really hopping to surf cloud 9!
    thanks man!

    • Chris

      Hey Martin, yeah it’s pretty cheap and easy to fly to the Philippines from Indo now so you should definitely do it! Should be some fun waves in Feb for sure!

  27. Jennifer Hatfield

    Siargao Island is perfect for surfing good for surf and sun for an intermediate surfer who likes fun waves. So beautiful and wonderful to relax and relieve stress for work. Thanks for the good information. It will help for looking a beautiful summer getaway.

  28. Cebu Tours

    This article is very helpful. Thank you! We are planning to visit Siargao on September of this year and we are planning to stay in Kermit also. It will be our first visit to this wonderful island. We have never been to Magpupungko natural pools and We will make sure that we will not miss it. I hope we can also experience the jungle disco because of the cheap drinks!

  29. Chris

    Hi Jackson! Thanks for your great content on Siargao. I have been to El Nido but Siargao is definitely really high on my list. It’s been tough getting info on the best times of the year to visit though! What are the sunniest months / best times to visit for a non-surfer? I’m open to surfing but have only done it once, so really looking for sunny, beautiful beach weather times. I keep getting conflicting info. Would really appreciate your insight. Thanks mate!


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