Siargao’s global popularity can be traced back to one reason: surfing. On the international stage, this island which is part of the Philippine province of Surigao del Sur is known for its world-class competition-worthy waves. And it’s all because of its unique coastal geography.
Stormrider says that Siargao represents the highest concentration of good surf in all of the Philippines’ more than 7,000 islands. This is mainly because out of all the country’s medium-sized islands, Siargao is positioned closest to the Philippine Trench. In fact, much of the 32 known surfing spots located on the island are on its east coast – including the world-famous Cloud 9 where the southwest monsoon wells up with some of the biggest, most aggressive waves in Asia.
Siargao’s popularity on the world stage stems from all this good surf. As a result, its existing businesses have grown, and a number of establishments that seek to cater to its growing number of tourists have recently opened. You can see them listed on a number of lifestyle and tourism websites. For instance, The Culture Trip has the scoop on the island’s best bars and restaurants. The list includes a Japanese joint called RumBar, which has turned into a favorite spot for island adventurers looking for either Japanese food or live DJs. There’s also Kermit Surf Resort and Restaurant, which, apart from offering surfing lessons and a 4 PM to 7 PM buy-one-take-one cocktail promo, also provides arguably the best brick oven pizza on the island.
Meanwhile, Bravo Beach Resort offers a somewhat luxurious experience with their perfect beach views and authentic Spanish dishes. If you like free tapas to go with your cocktails, you need to visit them during their Pintxo-Pote Wednesdays. And if you’re looking to hang with some of the locals, there’s Jungle Disco, which is more popularly known as “Tattoo Bar.” What Siargao lacks in the vibrant nightlife department, it makes up for in fun spots like Jungle Disco. If you’re planning to visit, prepare for a fun time and just three drink options: Red Horse beer, “Jungle Juice” pitchers (a local cocktail mix), and Tanduay (local rum) Coke. Many more similar establishments now thrive in Siargao. From luxury resorts to artsy hippie-run surf hotels, the island caters to a very wide clientele who’s spreading the word about this tropical, tourist-friendly paradise.
Another reason why this Mindanao island is becoming more and more popular over the years is the fact that it’s quite easy to reach from the Philippines’ major cities. Philippine Airlines has flights directly to Siargao from Manila, a trip that takes just about an hour and twenty minutes. Alternatively, vacationers can also book flights from Metro Manila to either Cebu, Butuan or, Surigao airports, all of which are just short ferry rides away from Siargao itself.
Some people say that Siargao is like Bali 30 years ago. we’ve previously mentioned before that you can basically take 10 years off that countdown today. It would be best to visit Siargao as soon as you’re able so you can enjoy its current state – convenient and relatively unspoiled. Considering the amount of new cafes, bars, resorts, and restaurants that are popping up on the island these days, we might not have to wait that long until we see this tropical paradise get modernized.