There is really no limit to things to do in Siargao. The Island is every surfer and beachbum’s paradise. All 437 square kilometers of the main island is gifted with lush jungle greens made of thousands of coconut trees, endless rice fields, beautiful picturesque landscapes, the best sunsets and sunrises, crystal clear waters crashing against pearl-white sand, and of course, its world-famous barreling waves.
Truly, the beauty of Siargao is one of a kind. Which is why it is of no surprise that it was voted the Best Island by Conde Nast Traveler this year.
With a rising number of people in the island, there are also an increasing number of things to do while in Siargao. We’ve listed the top ten things to do while you’re in the island to make the most of your vacation:
Things to Do in Siargao
- Learn to Surf
- Go Island Hopping
- Visit the Rock Pools in Magpupungko
- Paddle-board in Sugba Lagoon
- Learn Kitesurfing or Freediving (or both!)
- Hold your breath in the Pacific Ocean
- Learn to Wakeboard in Consuelo
- Drive up north to Pacifico
- Try your luck at Deep-Sea Fishing
- Swim with stingless jellyfish in Sohoton
1. Learn to Surf
Of course, the one thing that cannot be missed while you’re in the surfing capital of the country, is surfing. Surf schools like Harana have specially trained surf instructors (always ask for their Siargao Surf Instructors Association [SISA] ID when enrolling for a course) that know the tempestuous waters of Siargao like the back of their hand.
What makes Siargao a prime surf destination is that there are more than a dozen surf spots, ranging from beginner to expert levels and depending on the tides. The most popular break, Cloud 9, is an advanced-level break and should be reserved for the confident surfers. You can still watch them catch the intimidating barrels, though. The tower in Cloud 9 is the perfect spot to see your favorite local surfer, and a beautiful sunrise too.
2. Go island-hopping
Another Siargao classic is an island hopping tour. Visit Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island on this half day adventure. Swim, snorkel, lounge on the beach and enjoy the turquoise blue waters and amazing white sand these islands have to offer. And call us biased, but we believe there is no better way to do an island hopping tour than with Siargao Style.
Bringing you the most comfortable boats, the friendliest staff, and an incredible lunch, Siargao style brings island hopping to the next level. You can find out more about this amazing trip on our island hopping page. Island hopping is also included in our Sohoton Cove and Tri-Island tour.
3. Dip in the Rock Pools in Magpupungko
Less than an hour drive (~30 km) from General Luna is the town of Pilar, famous for the Magpupungko Rock Pools. They can be accessed at low tide, when the receding ocean waters leave some clear blue water (and fish!) in the natural pools that are packed with cliff-jumping spots, caves and little nooks and coves. A stop at Magpupunko is also part of the SIargao Style land tour. This tour also stops for canoeing up the Maasin river, visits the Tayangban cave pool, and even has an incredible lunch at Pacifco. And the whole thing is done in Siargao style! Check out our Magpupungko VIP land tour here. Magpupungko is also included in our Sugba Lagoon and Magpupungko joiner tour here.
4. Paddle-board in Sugba Lagoon
Head over to Del Carmen, an hour’s drive from General Luna, to hire a boat to Sugba Lagoon. The 30-minute boat ride from Del Carmen is an adventure in itself, as it will give you a glimpse of the largest mangrove reserve in the country.
When in the massive lagoon, channel your inner Moana by paddle-boarding or renting a wooden raft to explore the wonders of the sanctuary. Kayaks are also available to rent in the area. Don’t miss out on the iconic photo of jumping off the diving board. You can experience all of this on our Sugba Lagoon VIP Tour here. Sugba Lagoon is also included in our Sugba Lagoon and Magpupungko joiner tour here.
5. Learn Kitesurfing or Freediving (or both!)
Habagat season (southwest monsoon) in the country also brings in the surf and kiteboarding season for Siargao. You may find kite schools around GL, and sign up to do an intro to kite-surfing lesson and learn to fly yourself on a kite (because flying a little kite is overrated).
6. Hold your breath in the Pacific Ocean
If you want to take things to an extra level, head over to Palaka Dive Center in the marketplace in GL to sign up for a freediving course, and learn to activate your mammalian reflex by holding your breath while you dive down the clear blue Pacific waters. Courses range from intro to freediving to AIDA 2* certification course.
7. Learn to Wakeboard in Consuelo
The latest addition to tourist destinations in Siargao is the Wake Park in Consuelo. They have two ‘lakes’ in the area, with a main tower where you can chill and wait for your turn. With classes ranging from beginner to advanced, each session is 90 minutes long and is best enjoyed in the company of family or friends who will laugh at you (or with you) when you try to best to stay up. The best part about wakeboarding is that you can do it at any time of the day, no matter the weather.
8. Drive up north to Pacifico
An underrated yet stunning part of the island lies a village northwest of General Luna: Pacifico. Located in the quiet town of San Isidro, standing in the beach in Pacifico makes you feel like you’re in Hawaii. Especially in surf season from August to November, the waves can be quite massive and intimidating for the advanced surfer. It is the perfect spot, however, for a beautiful stroll on the perfectly white beach surrounded by dense coconut trees while listening to the sound of the Pacific Ocean. Remember that Pacifico is also a stop on the amazing Sugba Lagoon VIP Tour and Magpupungko VIP Land Tour.
9. Try your luck at Deep-Sea Fishing
Not for the faint of heart (or those who easily get seasick) is the deep-sea fishing you can do in General Luna. You can hire a local fisherman to take you out (costs around 5000 including fishing gear) to the deep blue ocean to catch some massive fish (expect some pretty heavy tuna or swordfish). The day usually starts at 5 in the morning, and ends just before sunset (though you can choose to come back sooner when you’ve had enough… catch).
10. Swim with stingless jellyfish in Sohoton
One of the most beautiful stops in Siargao, is not exactly on the main island. Quite an adventure and a couple boat rides away is the Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande Island. The island itself has multiple attractions with their beautiful little islets, endless mangrove lagoons, and a labyrinth of secret caves that disappear with the tide. If you don’t have enough time to go around the whole island, Sohoton Cove is where you can swim with the stingless jellyfish and could be added to your three-island tour (Daku-Guyam-Naked) for 3000-4000 pesos.
So now you know what to do in Siargao! There are so many more places that you can explore and things you can do while you’re here. The best ones are the ones you will have to see for yourself. Everywhere you look in Siargao you are surrounded by amazing nature and the friendliest locals. Make every moment count and appreciate the wonders of this beautiful island paradise that many local and international migrants now call “home”.