Siargao Quick Facts
Located 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao Del Norte, Siargao Island can be reached by air from Manila or Cebu or via ferry from Surigao City. Siargao’s Pacific-facing reefs are situated on the edge of the Philippine Trench.
This tear-drop shaped island has a land area approximately 437 square kilometers with a coastline marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white sandy beaches. The tide of Siargao is durnial with tidal curves typically present especially on the east coast of the island.
Siargao has a total population of approximately 200,000 residents scattered around the island. Surigaonon is the local dialect. While Filipino is commonly understood and spoken, English is widely used. Surrounded by water, most of the island’s inhabitants earn their livelihood from fishing.
Philippine standard time is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Weather in Siargao is divided into two seasonal weather patterns known locally as the Amihan (cool northeast wind) and Habagat (west or southwest wind) seasons. Amihan is more favorable season beginning in November and bringing pleasant cooling wnds which last until about February. The temperatures are high during this season ranging from 25°C to 32°C, and things get hotter during the period from March to June, which sees temperatures ranging from 28°C to 38°C.
Dress/What to Bring
Beach clothes are all you need to wear when in the island. Towel, rubber slippers, insect repellants, sun-glasses, and sun block creams are also a must. Surf boards are available for rent or you can bring your own for unlimited use. Don’t forget to bring your camera too to document your fun and memorable stay in this island.
Banks: 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday
ATM machines are available 24-hours daily.
Offices: 8am to 5pm although others like ticketing offices and tourist centers
observe extended working hours.
Shops: 8am to 8pm. Some are open 24-hours daily including Sunday
You may take a tricycle (motorbikes with sidecars) at a minimal fare along the main road or walk along beaches which is more enjoyable. Jeepneys also take locals and tourists around the island but the ingenious invention called habal-habal (a motorcycle fitted with iron grills at the sides) still continues to carry passengers between towns. Quad-bikes and all-terrain vehicles are readily available for rent while motorized bancas are also available if you want to venture around the island’s coast.
Source: Your Guide to Siargao | page 9 | Department of Tourism CARAGA