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Siargao Island Reopens to Tourists

Starting December, travelers can now make their way back to the Philippines’ surfing mecca.

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Time to dust off your surfboards—Siargao island is opening its shores to welcome local and domestic tourists once again. Sayak airport in Surigao city officially unlocks its gates for domestic tourists today, December 1, 2020, permitting routes from Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Davao cities.

Following the footsteps of other local tourism hotspots (so far Boracay, Baguio, Bohol, Ilocos, and El Nido) Siargao is now getting back up on its feet, as confirmed by Mayor Cecilia L. Ruson of General Luna, in an executive order dated November 20. 

Siargao is a popular destination for surfing around the world.
Photo by Mike Dee

“This is encouraging news for everyone. As Siargao reopens to travelers, the people of the island will regain their livelihood and share their paradise to our kababayans once more with the same level of hospitality they have always been known for,” also says Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in an official statement.

Following minimum health protocols, tourists can enjoy Siargao’s popular leisure activities, from kayaking to swimming to, of course, surfing. 

To visit, travelers will need to present an E-Health pass and a negative RT-PCR test, taken 48 hours before departure. Guests can fly in via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and SkyJet, and are required to book a minimum stay of five days on the island, in an accommodation certified by the DOT. 

Siargao surfers lineup
Photo by Mike Dee