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Bradley and I visited beautiful Siargao as part of our Philippines backpacking trip in 2019.
It was an epic adventure, and a visit to Siargao was definitely one of the highlights!
In fact, we did so much, that you need to carefully plan your time here in order to cram in all of the amazing adventures to be had on Siargao!
So below I'll take you through the epic 4 day Siargao itinerary that we followed; as well as offering a few more helpful tips to help you make the most of your stay.
First up ...
I think the optimal amount of time required in Siargao is 4 nights. This will give you 4 days of sightseeing. Siargao is bursting with awesome things to see and do and a 4 day itinerary will allow you to experience almost everything. If you’ve got extra time and you’re not covering a large amount of The Philippines, then you could stretch to around 6 days and really do it all and have some time to relax.
Or, on the other hand, if you’re on a really tight time constraint, then you could do some of the highlights in 2 days, which I’ll discuss below. But you’ll definitely want to return in the future to do what you will have missed out on!
2 days in Siargao isn’t a lot of time, so we’re going to have to just check out the highlights. I would suggest something like this.
Rent yourself a moped for 350 pesos and it’s time to look around some of the best spots on the island. Make sure you check out these spots:
Then head back to the General Luna area for an epic sunset at a beach restaurant (White Banana beach club is a good vegetarian/vegan option)
So you’re going to have to choose between 3 day trips. You either take an island hopping tour and explore the amazing Daku island, Guyam Island & Naked Island, or you visit the really cool Sugba Lagoon, or a trip to the unique beauty of Sohoton. Personally I would opt for the island hopping, but it’ll be up to you!
So this itinerary is essentially what Bradley and I did and covers all of the best things to do in Siargao ...
This is the perfect time to rent out a moped and explore the island. Moped rental in Siargao is around 350 pesos daily (but of course, if you stay longer, you can negotiate a better rate). Day 1 will allow to see these epic stops:
Day two should be spent taking a Siargao Island hopping tour. I’d go as far as to say that this was my favourite island hopping experience in all of The Philippines. It’s the same typical route for all travellers and you’ll get to visit Guyam Island (the private island, I would dream of owning), Daku Island, stunning water for swimming and a perfect lunch location, and Naked Island, which is a really cool sand bar in the middle of the water. You’ll get to snorkel too, which is epic!
Your third day in Siargao should be spent on Sugba Lagoon which is beautiful.I would try to avoid weekends to avoid bigger crowds as this is a popular spot. But you can do the Sugba Lagoon via an organised tour, or you can DIY it. If you want to DIY, you can check out my complete guide on visiting the Sugba Lagoon here.
Your fourth day could be spent doing two different things. Firstly, you could organise a day trip to Sohoton Cave. We didn’t do this, but honestly it looks amazing and if we had an extra day on our itinerary, I probably would have added this in. Or you can take surfing lessons and get in the water. We opted for the second option.
If you do have a couple of extra days in Siargao, then follow the same routine as the 4 day Siargao itinerary, but then add in that Sohoton Caves trip and spend your last day relaxing and sunbathing on the beaches. Siargao really is the perfect place to relax, and lots of people end up staying longer than they intended on this paradise island.
Most accommodation choices are located in two areas: General Luna & Cloud Nine. This is where the action is. All the restaurants, bars are here and you are able to rent a moped easily and it’s the starting point for tours. So, I absolutely suggest you stay in this area to take advantage of these Siargao itinerary suggestions.
Or you can check out our guide on where to stay in Siargao for more inspiration...
For most of these itineraries, it’s going to be easier to get from A to B with your own transportation. As mentioned before, you can rent a moped for around 350 pesos a day (wear a helmet), and this will give you the most freedom. However, you can also rent tuk-tuks for the day, with or without a driver, so if you’re looking for something unique, or you don’t want to drive yourself, then this is a cool option. We drove our own tuk-tuk around Sri Lanka and it’s a lot of fun!
So there we have it, my ultimate 4 day Siargao itinerary and other itinerary suggestions to help you plan your Siargao adventures. If you’ve got any other comments or suggestions, then please just drop a comment below.
P.S. For a deeper look at everything discussed above, check out our in-depth post on the best tourist spots in Siargao.