About Siargao

Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte.

It is bounded on the north by Dinagat Island, on the south by mainland part of the Province of Surigao del Norte, on the east by Hinatuan Passage, and on the west by Surigao Strait and the province of Southern Leyte. Stretching along its southeastern coast is the Philippine Deep, the greatest known depth within Philippine waters at 11,094 meters below sea level.

The east coast is relatively straight with one deep inlet, Port Pilar. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches. The neighboring islands and islets have similar landforms.

AREA

Siargao has a land area of approximately 437 square kilometers or it has an approximate land area of 67,726 hectares including Bucas Grande Island and all coastal barangays. It consists of nine (9) municipalities with 131 barangays.

CLIMATE

The prevailing climate type of the island falls under Type II which is characterized by no pronounced dry season but with a very pronounced maximum rainfall from November to January. Siargao receives the highest amount of rainfall during December while June is the driest month.

Siargao Island is situated at a coordinate of 9°52’N 126°03’E / 9.867°N 126.05°EOffshore, a classic tropical island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Off to the right, well within the massive coastal reef, lies a shining white sand bar, (Pansukian, or Naked island) some 200 meters long. The tide of Siargao is diurnal with tidal curves typically present, especially on the east coast of the island.

The Island’s Pacific-facing reefs are situated on the edge of the Philippine Trench, and the extremely deep offshore waters assure the ocean swells have undiluted power when they encounter the many coral and rock reefs. Siargao has excellent surfing conditions, particularly during the southwest “habagat” monsoon from August to November, when the prevailing wind is offshore.

In the past, going to Siargao is by domestic flights from Manila to Surigao, and then by boat to Siargao Island. Beginning March 4 however, the easiest, fastest, most convenient way to the island is now by flying Cebu Pacific direct to Siargao Island via Cebu.
Siargao is well known as “The Surfing Capital of the Philippines” with a reputation among surfers within the Philippines and the International scene.

But Today Siargao is more than just Surfing. Tourist from all over the globe that has been to Siargao has proven that Siargao has a lot to offer more than just Surfing. From white sand beaches, natural lagoon, hidden caves, rock formation, and islets.

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