This Siargao itinerary and expenses guide is perfect for anyone looking to visit this stunning island for the fist time. Siargao is a true tropical paradise and one of the most beautiful islands in Asia. It’s known for its great surf and super laid back island lifestyle. Siargao has definitely become more popular, although it’s still not as touristy as other incredibly well-known islands in the Philippines. Siargao is a cheap island to travel and is perfect for those looking to stay for a couple of weeks as well as those that only have a few days. Here is a breakdown of our Siargao itinerary and expenses during our 2 week visit.
Siargao Itinerary and Expenses
How to get to there
Getting to Siargao can be costly, especially if you’re travelling during peak season. You can get to Siargao by flying from Cebu or Manila. Flights during the peak season cost around $100 AUD but you can get them for almost half price during non-peak seasons or if you book early enough. Additionally, there is a night ferry from Cebu which is also a cheaper option.
Siargao has a variety of accommodation options to suit all types of travellers. Accommodation on Siargao is one of the biggest expenses so be sure to pick a place that best suits your itinerary. When picking where to stay, you’ll most likely be staying in General Luna or as close as you can. General Luna is the main tourist hub and is where you’ll find everything from backpackers, resorts, restaurants, tours and the Cloud Nine Pier. Surfers may want to look into staying at Pacifico Beach, although there’s not much else around.
- A bed in a hostel dorm will cost around $10 – $15 AUD
- A private double room in a basic guesthouse starts at $20 AUD and can go up to $40 AUD. Cheaper places will only have fans and shared bathrooms. More expensive places include air-con, private toilets and sometimes breakfast.
- Hotels and resorts start at $50 with the more luxurious being over $100
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Motorbike Rentals & Getting Around
The cheapest option to get around the island is to drive yourself. You can rent a scooter on the island for around 350 – 500 pesos ($10 – $14 AUD) per day. Prices will generally be cheaper if you’re renting weekly. Petrol will also only cost a dollar or two to fill up.
We’d definitely recommend trying to get a scooter and driving yourself while you visit Siargao. The roads are in great condition and are super easy to follow. The scenery is also nothing short of breathtaking and having the option to travel at your own pace is perfect for sightseeing. However, if you can’t ride a scooter, there are still options for you to get around the island. You’ll still be able to rent a driver for the day that’ll take you around to the main tourist spots, although this can be quite expensive. Private Siargao land tours start around $30 AUD and can be booked online through Klook.
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There are plenty of restaurants and cheap places where you can eat on Siargao. If you’re on a budget, there are a few places that won’t cost you more than $5 AUD. Other meals on average are around $10 AUD and you won’t have any issues finding a place. Some of our favourites were Miguels for some super tasty and cheap burritos as well as Shaka for some delicious smoothie bowls.
Tours and Activities
Siargao has a ton of day tours and activities for you to do, with island hopping and Sugba Lagoon being the most popular. Tours can also be one of the biggest expenses but no Siargao itinerary is complete without at least one! A spot in a group tour will cost around $20 – $30 AUD and private tours will cost upwards of $60 AUD depending on the package. Klook is the website we used when booking our tours. They have great deals on Siargao activities and are super easy to book with.
Siargao 5 Day Itinerary
With the expenses out of the way, we’ll move onto our 5 day Siargao itinerary. Siargao is an island that can be travelled in a couple of days or a couple of weeks. There are plenty of people that base themselves in Siargao for weeks for the ultimate surf lifestyle. We were there for about 2 weeks and managed to see everything the island had to offer. With that being said, we had a lot of down-time to relax and unwind. You can easily do everything that we did in about 5 days. This 5 day Siargao itinerary will give you an idea of what there is to do and how long you’ll need.
Start off your Siargao itinerary with a beautiful scenic drive along the palm tree roads and relax by the crystal clear rock pools. There are a few things to check off the list but everything is located very close to each other. You’ll be making your way towards Magpupungko Rockpools while stopping off at a viewpoint and some points of interest along the way.
Begin the day by making your way to one of the most picturesque and scenic views on the island. Palm viewpoint is the first stop of the day and is roughly a 30-minute drive from General Luna. The viewpoint is a very popular stop for people travelling across the island. You’ll witness some of the most beautiful views overlooking an endless sea of palm trees. You can also save this spot for sunset at the end of the day. You’ll be passing this viewpoint again on your way home. During sunset you’ll be able to see sun rays and a soft orange glow bounce off the tops of the palm trees!
Palm Tree Road
The famous Palm Tree Road is just around the corner from the viewpoint. It’s a great place for a quick photo showing off the beautiful tropical palm trees. You won’t need long here and the next stop is just a few hundred metres down the road.
Bent Palm Tree Rope Swing
The Palm Tree Rope Swing on Siargao is a secret local spot where you’ll find plenty of kids and locals enjoying the crystal clear water while doing tricks and flips off the rope swing. Pull up just after the red Maasin Bridge and you’ll see the bent palm tree. Here you’ll have a ton of fun swimming in the crystal clear river and meeting other locals. If you’re up for it, you can give the rope swing a try or rent a small canoe to paddle up and down the river.
Another 25-minute drive from the rope swing will take you to Magpupungko Rock Pools. These rock pools are one of the best places to swim on Siargao. At low tide, the fluorescent blue rock pools will appear, making this a popular spot for locals and tourists to hang out. The rock pools are deep enough to enjoy a good swim as well as some cliff jumping if you’re up for it. There are also plenty of local beachside restaurants for you to grab a cheap meal.
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After a big day of adventuring, day 2 of the Siargao itinerary is all about relaxing and unwinding by the beach at Cloud Nine. Head to Shaka for some delicious smoothie bowls for breakfast. If you’ve got some energy left, you can also take some surfing lessons or just watch from a distance.
Smoothie Bowls at Shaka
Shaka have some of the best smoothie bowls on the island and all for a very affordable price. Most bowls come with fresh fruits, granola and yummy yoghurt which is perfect for breakfast. There are a ton of different options available for smoothie bowls as well as coffee and regular smoothies.
Cloud 9 Pier
Head out to the end of Cloud 9 Pier to watch the surfers catch some epic waves out in the distance. It’s a great spot to relax by the oceanside and view the surfers. You’ll have to pay a small fee to use the pier but it’s totally worth it.
After you’re done at the pier, make your way to the left and you’ll find a little secluded spot under the coconut trees where plenty of people learn to surf. The waves here are great for learning and there are plenty of surf board rentals nearby. If you need lessons, there’s always locals on the beach that will teach you. For those that aren’t interested in surfing, you can still relax under the coconut trees and take a dip in the refreshing water and rock pools.
Day 3 is a fun-filled day where you’ll be island hopping to three of the most popular islands around Siargao. All of them are different and incredibly stunning. Be sure to book in advance as some tours book out.
Siargao Tri-Island Hopping Tour
Siargao Island Hopping is one of the best things to while you visit the island and it definitely shouldn’t be missed out on. The Tri Island Tour is the most popular and consists of visiting 3 beautiful islands. You’ll see Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island.
Naked Island doesn’t have a single tree or building in sight. It’s just a small sandbank in the middle of the ocean which is quite an unreal sight. The water here, like most of the islands you’ll visit, is incredibly clear and blue. It’s only a small island so there’s not much else to do other than walk around, enjoy a refreshing swim or chill out in the sun.
Daku Island is the biggest of the three and is where you’ll spend most your time. It’s also where you’ll be having lunch. While the locals cook up some food, you can chill out in a beach cottage or take another dip in the crystal clear waters. There are also plenty of palm tree forests you can wander around and explore.
Guyam Island is a tropical paradise and is the type of island you would imagine someone from a movie being stranded on. A few coconut trees is all you’ll find here. It’ll only take you a minute to walk from one side of the island to the other. There’s a small rope swing and basket ball hoop to keep you entertained or you can jump into the water one last time.
Hopefully you’ll be able to get some rest from the previous day as today is a big drive up north. Up north is where you’ll find some the of most pristine beaches on the island. The beaches aren’t as busy since it’s quite a drive away but it sure is worth it!
Alegria is the most northern beach on Siargao and is roughly a 1.5 hour drive from General Luna. Like most of the beaches on Siargao, there are some coral reefs around. Although, Alegria beach has plenty of spots in the pristine clear blue waters for swimming. The beach also has soft white sand and plenty of coconut trees to seek some shade.
Pacifico Beach is another popular beach up north known for its laid back surf culture and waves. The beach is located 20 minutes before Alegria so you’ll pass it on the way up. There are a few accommodation options in the area as well if you’d like to spend the night here. Pacifico Beach is beautiful, with crystal clear waters and incredible surfing conditions.
No Siargao itinerary is complete without at least a few boat tours, even though they can be one of your biggest expenses. Save the best till last and take today to go on one last epic adventure to Sugba Lagoon. You’ll be able to swim amongst emerald blue waters and dive off fun filled diving boards.
Sugba Lagoon is roughly a 1.5 hour boat ride from General Luna. You can book online through Klook or at one of the tourist stands in town. We typically found it cheaper to book online as the local stores were a little overpriced. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to do Sugba Lagoon due to the bad weather.
The Lagoon is a popular day trip and you’ll find plenty of other tourists around. However, it’s big enough to find your own area to unwind and enjoy the waters. There’s a little pontoon house where you can chill as well as a diving board for those looking to have a little bit of fun.
Hopefully this Siargao itinerary and expenses guide will help you plan your trip to this beautiful island and give you a better idea of what to expect! Siargao was one of our favourite islands in the Philippines and even in Southeast Asia. We’re sure you’ll love it too!
Best Time To Visit Siargao
March – September is the dry season and is Siargao’s main peak tourist season. You’ll have the best chance for sunny days during this period but it’s the Philippines so you can never be too sure.
August – November are the best months to go for surfing. This is when you’ll find the best wave due to the perfect wind conditions.
Where to Stay
Siargao Island Villas – Luxury: Siargao Island Villas is one of the most popular resorts to stay at on the island. All guests are sure to feel right at home with their beautiful large rooms right by the beach. The staff are also very friendly and you’ll love the tropical vibes of the resort. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxury getaway, don’t miss this place.
Amihan Bungalows – Midrange: These bungalows are a super popular place to stay for anyone looking not to break the bank while also having a super cosy, clean and comfortable room. The bungalows each have their own terrace, private bathroom, aircon and fast wifi. Amihan Bungalows is often unavailable so if you manage to find this place has a room available, definitely check it out.
LaVillas Homestay – Budget: This is where we stayed during our stay in Siargao and we definitely recommend it if you’re on a budget. For a room with a shared bathroom it costs roughly $35 AUD although you also get aircon and a very filling free breakfast. In comparison to the other places around for the price, we think this place is great! The rooms are clean and the owners are lovely.
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