5 Places to Visit in Siargao

Each area in Siargao is a tranquil paradise just waiting to be discovered.

By Mathew S. Chan
April 17, 2015


Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in Surigao del Norte. Known as the surfing mecca of Mindanao, it is full of striking white sand beaches. Surfers far and wide, particularly Europeans, flock to Siargao Island to surf and just chill. You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate the beauty of Siargao, however. Read on and check out these nice spots you can visit in the area.

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1.    Dako Island
Dako Island is probably the most famous and most sought after island in Siargao. First-timers to the island will be amazed and surprised by how clean the waters are and how immaculate the entire beach is. Because of limited infrastructures, the locals are able to preserve the natural beauty of the island and keep it so peaceful.

2.    Sohoton Lagoon
The Emerald City may be mythical, but the emerald paradise that is Sohoton Lagoon is very much real and awe-inspiring. You can hike and explore the Sohoton Cave and then take a 2-3 meter cliff dive at the end of the cave. During high tide, you can swim with non-stinging jellyfish. It’s quite an exquisite experience to be able to swim with these majestic translucent creatures, so make sure to do this when you visit the lagoon.

3.    Magpupungko Beach

Magpupungko Beach may just be a small stretch of beach with cream-colored sand, but it is more than just that. This beach is located about an hour and a half away from General Luna. What makes it stand out from other white sand beaches is that at the northern end of the beach, there is a collection of beautiful rock formations and tidal pools. During low tide, it looks and feels like there are dozens of tiny pools at your feet.

4.    Guyam Island
Another island worth exploring is Guyam Island. The trip to Guyam Island from General Luna is only about a 20-minute boat ride. The island is a pocket paradise you can fully explore in just 20 minutes. There are open cottages where you can relax and enjoy the beach. The view of the sunset from this island is truly picturesque, and it makes for a great way to end a nice day in Siargao.

5.    Naked Island
Don’t be fooled by this island’s name: it’s not a nude beach but rather a barren island. On Naked Island, there are no buildings or trees, just patches of grass and sand, a sandbar during low tide.  If you want to have a temporary escape from everything, head to this island and just lie down on the beach. It is perfect for soul searching and being one with nature.