About Siargao Island

Experience the best of the Philippine Islands as you visit Siargao. Found on the eastern shoreline of the Philippines, facing the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Deep, Siargao offers virtually the best of what this country has to offer -- coral reef islets, white sand beaches, emerald lagoons, mangrove rivers, palm trees, rice fields, rainforests, cliffs, and caves.

Geography

Because Siargao is in an isolated location, this teardrop shaped island has remained relatively unspoiled over the centuries leaving its unparalleled beauty unharmed as well. Siargao Island has a total land area of 30 km. x 25 km. The highest elevation of the island is 291 meters above sea level. The western and southern parts are mostly large expanses of mangrove swamps, in fact is has the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao. The other parts of the island are blessed with rainforests, islets, and lagoons.

The weather here is constant year-round with an average temperature of 30° C. Although there are no great variations in the climate, Siargao (as the whole Philippines) only have the rainy season (December to February) which is characterized by periodic rain showers, and the dry season. Siargao Island is influenced by the winds and currents from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait.

It composed of municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, San Isidro, and Santa Monica.

People

There are approximately 200, 000 residents in Siargao Island. The locals speak Surigaonon, a dialect of the Visayan language, though they can also communicate fairly in English and Filipino/Tagalog. They are predominantly Roman Catholic. Being surrounded by bodies of water, the people earn their livelihood mostly from fishing. Since coconut is also abundant in the place, copra farming is also common among inhabitants. People in Siargao are naturally hospitable, friendly and peace-loving plus, they are also keen in keeping their environment clean. Isn’t a wonderful place with warm people just perfect!

Wonders

There is a wide range of wildlife in Siargao. There is the tarsier, for instance, which is the smallest primate in the world, the Philippine macaque and the green turtle.

Siargao is also known for its rich underwater life. No wonder, tourists just could not get enough snorkeling and scuba diving to see right in their very eyes the coral reef and rare species of fish and other sea creatures. Sometimes, whale sharks might just show up as you tour around the neighboring islands.

Speaking of nearby islands, you sure would not want to miss island hopping around Siargao. With its equally beautiful and unexploited “neighbors”, you are making the most of Mother Nature’s gifts when you tour to Daku, Guyam, Naked, Caub, Twin, and Bucas Grande Islands! There you can explore caves, discover exotic birds, or simply experience paradise far away from the noise and hurly burly of the city.

Siargao: Surfing Capital of the Philippines

Now who’s in for a more exciting and adventurous trip? Having the title as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, tourists and locals alike flock to ride on the great waves that hit the Siargao coasts.

During southwest or Habagat monsoon from August to November, Siargao surfing reaches its peak as the wind goes offshore.

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 is known to the world as one of the best surfing destinations in Siargao for its thick, perfect, hollow tubes that international surfers call it a special wave. The provincial government sponsors the annual Siargao Cup held in Cloud 9. Best surfers from around the world gather here just to experience the perfection of this great wave.

Where else in the world would you want to go? Definitely, only Siargao can give the most of your vacation.