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If you want to hire a scooter, you’ll need a driving license in English.
If you don’t have an English language license (or don’t want to drive!), you can also hire a driver for the day. Just ask at your hotel reception or speak to someone on the street.
IF YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING NEW… HIRE A TRICYCLE.
I really hope more destinations in South East Asia follow suit, but for now Siargao is the only place I know of where you can hire a tricycle.
Not only is it a super fun way to get around, but it’s also incredibly practical!
We chose to rent a scooter because we wanna explore Siargao on our own.
It would also be a great option if you’re travelling as a group because you can fit 4 people comfortably in each one.
If you love water sports... Go surfing.
Well, this one goes without saying! But no post about what to do in Siargao would be complete without it.
If you’ve never been surfing, Siargao may just be one of the best places in the world to take surfing lessons.
If surfing isn’t your thing, good news: it’s not the only adventurous thing to do.
Wake boarding, snorkelling, kayaking and diving are all popular water sports in Siargao, so there’s a way for everyone to enjoy the water.
Even if you don’t plan to try your hand at water sports, watching the surfers at Cloud 9 is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.
It costs 50 PHP (about £0.75) to enter the boardwalk and pier, where you’ll get front row views of the action.
If you love seeing the sights... Book a tour or two.
Although Siargao doesn’t have as many of the typical tourist sites as other islands in the Philippines, there’s still plenty to do.
There are a few trips that travellers tend to take from Siargao.
Island hopping is one of the best things to do in the Philippines, and Siargao has its own island hopping option. You can pick up one of the daily tours once you arrive, and it will take you to Guyan, Daku and Naked islands.
It’s also possible to visit Sohoton, the famous caves and Sugba Lagoon as part of the same tour or on a separate day.
If you prefer to stay on the main island of Siargao, visit the Magapupungko rock pool and the island’s only waterfall, Taktak Falls.
A local fruit smoothie with metal straw and recyclable decoration.
Something we quickly noticed as we arrived in Siargao is how conscious everybody is of their environmental impact.
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It’s a change that I noticed while living in Cebu too, but it was much more prominent in Siargao.
Shops no longer offer plastic bags. Signs outside some stores advise you to bring your own, with paper bags and cardboard boxes the only other options.
You won’t get a plastic straw in your cocktail when you stop for an afternoon iced coffee. Instead, you can expect a metal straw or simply no straw at all.
And, given Siargao’s geography and isolation, you can be sure that almost everything you eat is made from locally sourced ingredients.F
If you want to switch off... Check in to a beach front resort.
Aside from surfing, there isn’t a whole lot going on in Siargao – but that may be just what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for an island break that has a selection of restaurants but doesn’t feel touristy, you’ll love Siargao.
Most of the resorts sit between the small town of General Luna and the famous Cloud 9 area. Hotels and restaurants line the entire strip, but it’s far from crowded.
Although you’re never more than a kilometre or two from where you want to be, every resort feels like a secluded island getaway. It has that perfect mix of isolation and convenience that most places fail to balance.
Pack a good book and check into one of the beach-facing resorts for a super relaxing break. You can also book into one of the many spas if you feel like getting out and treating yourself.
The WiFi is very unreliable, too, so you can completely switch off.