Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling to Siargao Soon

The island's reopening to tourists from around the Philippines.

(SPOT.ph) Summer season may have taken a back seat this year as the quarantine restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic forced most of us to stay home. fast forward to now, local destinations are now starting to reopen, and Filipino travelers can finally enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. One of the places that are welcoming tourists once again is Siargao Island, with Sayak Airport resuming operations on December 1. 

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The SPOT.ph Guide to Siargao Island

Here's what you need to know if you're traveling to Siargao Island soon:

What to Bring

  • RT-PCR (swab or saliva) negative test results taken within 48 hours of travel date
  • e-Health pass with valid ID
  • Five-day confirmed hotel/resort booking
  • Roundtrip ticket
  • itinerary

What to Expect

  • Curfew is enforced from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • If your RT-PCR test is taken beyond 48 hours of travel date, you will be required to take an antigen test upon arrival.
  • The e-Health Pass will serve as your passport in entering any private/public office, business establishment, checkpoint, church, and other public places within Surigao del Norte.
  • Face masks and face shields are required when you enter establishments.
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How to Get There

  • Cebu Pacific (via CebGo), SkyJet, and Philippine Airlines (via PAL Express) offer direct flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 to Sayak Airport.
  • All major airlines fly from Manila to Surigao Airport.
  • The same set of documents is required from all tourists coming through either airports.

What to Do

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General Luna, the municipality where most of Siargao's tourist destinations are located, reopened on November 23.

The most distinct spot in General Luna is the boardwalk right in front of Cloud 9—one of the island's many surf spots. It's the perfect place to watch the break of dawn. You may also catch early-morning surfers seeking their first wave of the day. If you want to try surfing, make sure you hire a certified instructor from Siargao Island Surfers Association.

Where to Stay

To operate, hotels and resorts are required to have a business permit, Certificate of Authority to Operate from the Department of Tourism, e-Health System Registration, e-Health Pass or QR code reader, and protocols approved by the Municipal Health Office. As of November 23, there are only six resorts in General Luna that have a Certificate of Authority to Operate.

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Kermit Siargao

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Purok 5, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
www.kermitsiargao.com
Promo rates start at P1,000

Kermit Surf Resort houses Siargao’s longest-running surf school and camp. It is also known for their world-famous brick-oven pizza, which Condé Nast Traveler once described as "what might be the best pizza and fresh made pastas in the country.” They have a promo of P1,000 per night (exclusive of breakfast) until December 31 and a 15-day package of P15,000 for two.

Bravo Beach Resort Siargao

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Purok 5, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
www.bravosiargao.com
Promo rates start at P1,500

Hoping to encourage travelers to fly to Siargao, Bravo offers a promo rate of P1,500 per night at their Garden Room or Double Room. They also have an exclusive deal for returning customers, which includes A 20% discount, free airport transfers, and open-ended stay.

The other accommodations that have reopened are Nay Palad Hideaway, Kalinaw Resort, Sandy Feet Vacation Home Rentals, and Retreat Siargao Resort. Forty-five establishments, like Harana Surf, Lampara Siargao, and Buddha Resort, were already given the Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate by the Department of Tourism - Caraga Region. 

For updates, follow Municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte on Facebook.

UPDATED (February 10, 8:30 p.m.): The provincial government of Surigao del Norte announced on February 10 that a saliva-based RT-PCR test is now allowed for proof of COVID-19 test result.

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