Siargao Is One of the World's Greatest Places, Says Time Magazine

It's one of 100 "extraordinary destinations to explore."

Cloud 9 is a popular surf spot on Siargao Island.
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( Siargao, like Palawan and Boracay, has been hailed time and again by international publications and award-giving bodies as one of the best islands in the world. And while the pandemic put a damper in our tourism industry, it didn't stop the Surfing Capital of the Philippines from being recognized as one of Time's World's Greatest Places for 2021 alongside 99 other "extraordinary destinations to explore."

According to the New York-based American news magazine and website, the list was compiled through "solicited nominations of places—including countries, regions, cities and towns—from [their] international network of correspondents and contributors. They particulary turned their attention towards destinations that offer new and exciting experiences. The result was a list of 100 "unique destinations," which are "well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore."

Sugba Lagoon is a favorite destination in the island. It features calm waters, where you can ride a stand-up paddleboard or go for a swim.
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Guyam is one of the island-hopping destinations in Siargao.
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Siargao in Surigao del Norte was described as a "teardrop-­shaped island off the coast of Mindanao [that] until recently had been best known to a dedicated band of surfers lured by consistent waves." Time writer Duncan Forgan singled out the beachfront Inara Siargao Resort, which is worth booking as soon as the island opens to international travelers.

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Siargao travel requirements (as of July 8) for local visitors:

  • Negative COVID-19 Test Result (swab or saliva) taken 48 within 48 hours of travel
  • Valid ID
  • Confirmed booking of Department of Tourism-accredited hotel/resort/hostel for at least two nights

Where to Stay in Siargao

Siago Beach Resort

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Purok V, Tourism Road, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P6,800

Siago Beach Resort boasts minimalist aeshetics with white-washed walls, woodwork accents, and rattan furnishing. They offer three room options: the Deluxe Double (P6,800), which has sliding glass doors leading to a spacious porch; the King Suite (P7,500), which features a bathroom with sliding wooden doors, a classic closet, a small desk, and a terrace with a view of the pool; and the Beachfront King Villa (P9,000), which guarantees exclusivity as it's separate from the rest of the property.


Kali Villa

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Tourism Road, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P7,500

Kali Villa is a two-bedroom private villa with its own pool. It is available on Airbnb; and can accommodate up to six guests in two bedrooms with a queen-sized bed and pull-out bed each. But you can still tag along two more people for an extra charge. There's a kitchen with two burner stoves, a refrigerator, and other utensils for when you want to cook up a meal for your group.

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