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Surfing paradise Siargao Island Surigao – How To Get There

Best known as one of the world’s most amazing surfing destinations, Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines is also home to some of the country’s beautiful beaches, natural salt water pools and abundant marine life.
And, as you can see below, it’s also where you can catch gorgeous sunsets!
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Since Siargao Island is where you can find the infamous “Cloud 9,” or those thick, high, hollow tubes of surf waves, lots of regular surfing competitions (both local and international ones) are held here. For non-surfers or just mere sun worshippers, there are also a couple of islands near Siargao that have clear turquoise water, powdery white sand and that all-around tropical vibe. You can go island hopping in Siargao just like I did!

Here’s a quick travel guide on how to get to Siargao Island:

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BY AIR:

Take a direct flight from Cebu City to Siargao. Sayak Airport is located at Del Carmen, Siargao. Sayak is about 45 minutes away from General Luna, where most of the lodging places and “Cloud 9” are.

Alternatively, you can fly from Manila or Cebu to Butuan or Surigao. From Surigao, follow the steps below in order to reach Siargao.

BY SEA:

Take a ferry from Cebu City to Surigao. Ferries depart DAILY at 7 PM (except on Sundays). Voyage takes around 12 hours.

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BY LAND:

You can reach Surigao City from many parts of Mindanao including Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Butuan etc.

From CDO, take a bus to Butuan. Trip will take roughly 5 hours. Fare is roughly Php 400 (airconditioned bus). Then from Butuan, take another bus bound for Surigao City. Trip will take 3 hours. Fare is roughly Php 250 (airconditioned bus).

First Trip: 2AM
Last Trip: 9PM

FROM SURIGAO CITY TO DAPA, SIARGAO:

Go to Surigao port. You can either opt to ride trigger boats or the RoRo ferry towards Dapa Port.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE – trigger boats use a different port from RoRo ferries so if you’re taking a multicab or tricycle to the port, tell the driver the specific port.

We caught the first trip of one of the trigger boats – 6 AM. Fare was roughly Php 220 per person.

HELPFUL TRAVEL TIPS:

– Make sure you take note of the ferry schedules (usually, there are signboards near the boats) and be early at the port.

– Habal-habal or tricycles are the only means of public transportation in the island. There are certain Siargao hotels or inns that offer vans. However, these can only be used in fetching guests and in chosen locations.

– Bring enough cash. There are ATM machines in the island but these do not usually accommodate international credit cards/ATM cards.

– You can rent a motorcycle and drive it yourself.

Have a glorious time in Siargao! Remember – GET STOKED!

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