15 Instagrammable spots in Siargao - Photography locations (2022)

You just booked your trip to the incredible island of Siargao and you want to make sure that you’re going to have some awesome photos to show your friends back home. Well, you’re in the right place!

After visiting this island for a little over a week and visiting every corner of it, I’m here to share with you the best photography locations in Siargao.

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Some of these locations are popular while others are hidden from the masses of tourists. Either way, each of these places is unique and worth exploring.

Without any further ado, here are the most Instagrammable spots in Siargao!

Good to know – During my trip, I used a DJI Mavic Pro drone and a Canon M50 camera. When going on island hopping trips, I recommend having a waterproof GoPro camera.

Important! – While going island hopping or to any of the beaches below, I recommend buying a waterproof bag. Dan stumbled in the sea right near Guyam Island and broke his camera!

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Top photography locations in Siargao

1. Naked Island

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Just a short boat trip away from Siargao is the incredible Naked Island. You can get to this exotic paradise with an island hopping tour. A unique characteristic of this island is that there is nothing on it. No vegetation, no houses, no restaurants.

You’ll only be surrounded by natural beauty. Make sure to bring your swimsuit and enjoy the crystal-clear water! Naked island is definitely one of the most photogenic places in Siargao. Read more about it here.

2. Daku Island

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Another beautiful island part of island hopping tours is Daku Island. This is a medium-sized island that a small community of people calls home. Here you’ll find a couple of local restaurants serving delicious seafood.

While on Daku Island, make sure to go for a swim and enjoy the scenic views in front of you. Every corner of this island is great for photos! Read more about Daku Island here.

3. Guyam Island

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The small yet beautiful Guyam Island can be explored in a few minutes on foot. The small clump of palm trees, surrounded by turquoise water is the perfect backdrop for those looking for Instagram locations in Siargao.

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To get to Guyam Island, you’ll have to book an island hopping tour. While here, explore the natural rock pools on the edge of the island! Read more about it here.

4. Sohoton Cove

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One of the best photography spots in Siargao is the famous Sohoton Cove. You can visit it as a day trip and the views are simply incredible. You won’t grasp at the beauty of this place until you lift your drone and observe the hundreds of islands forming this national treasure.

At Sohoton Cove you’ll explore beautiful caves, and small bays all while being surrounded by some unique views. I highly recommend having a GoPro when visiting Sohoton Cove from Siargao. To book a tour of this little paradise, click here.

5. Sugba Lagoon

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For those looking for a bit of adrenaline, visiting Sugba Lagoon is a must. If you’re up for it, jump from the tall wooden platform straight into the crystal-clear water.

If jumping from a high platform is not your thing, simply enjoy the views and take a swim while being surrounded by some of the Philippines’ best sceneries. Whatever you choose, a day trip to Sugba Lagoon is a must for any tourist visiting Siargao.

6. Cloud 9

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Every surfer’s paradise and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Siargao, Cloud 9 is the perfect place to watch the sunset and take stunning photos. You can also visit it early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds.

While at Cloud 9, make sure to take a walk on the wooden suspended platform and admire the surfers enjoying each wave. It’s definitely one of the places you need to photograph in Siargao. You can book a tour online to visit Cloud 9.

7. Pacifico Beach

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A more laid-back beach in Siargao, popular for surfing and not only is Pacifico Beach. It’s a bit further away from General Luna but the drive will be worth it.

You’ll be rewarded with a pristine beach, with white sand and turquoise water, guarded by tall palm trees. If you’re looking for a vacation away from the tourist crowds, you can book a few nights at the incredible Pacifico Beach Resort. Read more about it here.

8. Magpupungko Rock Pools

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Every tourist who visits Siargao stops for a few photos at the natural wonder of Magpupungko Rock Pools. These natural pools filled with crystal-clear water are perfect for those who want to enjoy a refreshing bath while taking some awe-inspiring photos.

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When visiting, make sure to check the tide. When the tide is too high, the rock pools are inaccessible. If you’re looking for Instagrammable destinations in Siargao, make sure to add this place to your itinerary! You can book a tour here!

9. Taktak Falls

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Located in the northern part of the island, Taktak Falls is mostly visited by locals. Not many tourists venture this far north and that’s a shame! Even though Taktak Falls is not in my top Asian waterfalls ever visited, it’s still worth exploring.

After you park your motorbike, the waterfall is just a short walk away from the parking lot. Here you can try cliff jumping or simply sit back and relax away from the tourists.

10. The Bent Palm Tree

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Another place worthy to be included in this list of best photography locations in Siargao is the famous Bent Palm Tree. For the best outcome, I recommend visiting it early in the morning when the tourist buses are not there yet.

For the best angle, shoot from the Maasin Bridge or lift your drone. You can even rent a boat, in case you want to paddle on the river. If you’re more adventurous, follow the locals and swing on the rope and then jump straight into the water.

11. Palm Tree Road

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When you’re looking at photos of Siargao, you’ll certainly come across photos with a road located in the middle of a sea of palm trees. This is a popular place for photos on the island and it’s located on the Siargao Circumferential Road.

The closest section to General Luna where you can take such a photo is located right between the Palm Tree Lookout and the Maasin Bent Palm Tree. For the exact location, click here.

12. Palm Tree Lookout Point

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While searching for the best photography spots in Siargao, I came across the Palm Tree Lookout Point (for the exact location, click here). Overlooking a huge jungle of coconut trees, this lookout point offers some of the best views on the island.

You can get here by motorbike or you can rent a tricycle from General Luna. If you feel comfortable driving a motorbike, I recommend renting one because it’s cheap (around 500 PHP per day) and you can explore lots of places in a single day. Read more about this viewpoint in this guide.

13. Tayangban Cave Pool

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Would you swim in the darkness for around 10 minutes to get to a beautiful cave pool with turquoise water? If the answer is yes, you have to add Tayangban Cave Pool to your Siargao itinerary.

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Located just 30 minutes drive away from General Luna, this cave pool is part of a very popular land tour in Siargao. Plan one entire day for this tour and enjoy all the sights!

14. Santa Monica Pier

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If you want to photograph the daily life of the locals living on Siargao Island, head to Santa Monica Pier and you’ll meet local fishermen and villagers who will greet you with a big smile on their faces.

Not many people get to explore the northern part of the island so you won’t have to worry about hordes of tourists. Just relax and take some awesome photos!

15. Any beach on the island

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Along the Siargao Circumferential Road, you’ll come across many small beaches, with no tourists in sight. Make sure to stop and explore them. You’ll be surprised by hidden gems that can be found in Siargao.

Where to stay in Siargao

When visiting Siargao, I recommend staying in General Luna. It’s the place where you’ll find lots of supermarkets, restaurants and a few ATMs. I’ve searched for the best hotels on the island for every budget and below are my recommendations.

  • Budget –Ilakai Hostel– good location, clean rooms & bathrooms, friendly staff, good facilities, good value for money
  • Mid-Range –DomuMia Villa– good location, great amenities, awesome staff, clean and spacious rooms
  • Luxury –Las Palmas Villa– incredible pool, great location, luxurious rooms with amazing amenities, friendly staff, private and quiet

Final thoughts

These photography locations in Siargao are perfect for professional photographers and amateurs alike. Whether you want to take some photos for your Instagram profile or snap some pics for your photography portfolio, Siargao is the perfect destination.

If you’re planning for a trip to the Philippines, make sure to check out my travel guide. It includes information about costs, transport, food and much more!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section below. May the travel bug bite you!

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She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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FAQs

What can you say about Siargao island? ›

Siargao has many beautiful beaches and pristine coves and those who tread further than the bustling towns of General Luna and Catangan will discover this destination's hidden attractions. Sohoton Cove is a 60-hectare cove in Bucas Grande Island and is about a one hour boat ride from the port in Dapa.

Where is Siargao located? ›

Siargao, a teardrop-shaped small island located at the northeastern coast of Mindanao, is known as the country's Surfing Capital and is one of the best tourist spots in the Philippines. In 2019, Siargao was named by Conde Nast Traveler readers as the Best Island in the World.

What is Siargao known for? ›

Siargao is an island of nine municipalities in the province of Surigao del Norte. Known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”, Siargao is mainly responsible for introducing surfing to the country. Apart from surfing, Siargao is also open to other activities such as cave explorations and rock climbing.

What would be best for a day trip in Siargao? ›

The most popular day trip in Siargao is a day spent Island hopping. Visit three beautiful islands; Naked/Daku & Guyam island and stop for a BBQ lunch island style on the beach. Please see our blog entry for more details on this all day adventure.

Why Siargao is the best place? ›

It has pristine white beaches and islands, breathtaking lagoons, and lush green coconut trees lined up on the roads. These are some of the reasons why you must add Siargao tours to your bucket list. Here are 18 activities waiting for you the dream tropical and surfing destination that is Siargao.

How did Siargao become famous? ›

In the late 1980s, the Island's most popular surf spot Cloud 9, was discovered by traveling surfers. However, it wasn't until 1995 that Siargao was named one of the “Ten Best Surf Trips of All Time” by Surfer magazine when the island started to gain more international attention.

Who owns Siargao Island? ›

The island is within the jurisdiction of the province of Surigao del Norte and is composed of the municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, and Santa Monica.

Why do people love Siargao? ›

Siargao Island to most people

World backpackers find the island full of tropical gems and fun. Travel influencers always emphasize the beauty and the vibe the island has to offer from its tropical lush, tons of coconut trees, breathtaking surfing waves to its tan-perfect sunlight.

What is the best thing to do here during summer in Siargao? ›

You should visit Gayum, Naked Island, and Daku Island, three of the most famous islands. They are only a short boat ride from each other and from General Luna. Daku Island is the island you should go to if you want to swim and have lunch. Then rest on Naked island because it literally is just a sandbar.

What kind of place is Siargao? ›

Siargao Island is a tropical paradise located in the Surigao del Norte province of the Philippines. This teardrop-shaped island has grown steadily in popularity over the past few years and is often known as the country's surfing capital.

What is the meaning of Siargao? ›

Siargao (Shar-Gaw) is an Island on the East Coast of the Philippines. It is in the shape of a pear or a tear-drop and is part of the Province of Surigao del Norte. It has a land area of about 437 square kilometres.

What is the best time to go to Siargao? ›

The Best Time to Visit Siargao

If you intend to ride some exciting waves, it's best to go between July and November, during the surfing season. If you plan to visit the island's pristine beaches, hidden lagoons and other breathtaking spots, go during the summer months of March to May.

How much is Siargao trip? ›

Siargao trip budget
ACTIVITIESEXPENSES
Island Tour in Siargao PhilippinesP1,500
Van to/from the airport of Siargao Island PhilippinesP600 (300/way)
HotelP3,600 (P1,200/night)
TotalP10,850
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How many days should you spend in Siargao? ›

Considering the long travel, a 4 days and 3 nights Siargao is the most ideal for first-timers. This should give you a enough time to have 2 full days for island hopping and inland tours. But if you have limited time and budget, 3 days and 2 nights itinerary is also doable.

Can we travel to Siargao now 2022? ›

A: Yes, Siargao is open to all fully-vaccinated international travelers. As of April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the Philippines without an Entry Exemption Document (EED) provided they comply with all applicable Philippine immigration requirements.

What is the best tourist spot in the Philippines and why? ›

Boracay. Famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife, and fun water activities, Boracay is the best tourist spot in the Philippines to enjoy all the things you want in one place. In fact, it's always on the list of the world's most beautiful islands by international travel magazines.

Why is it called Cloud 9 Siargao? ›

In everyday parlance, “on Cloud 9” means feeling elated, on top of the world, but for surfers it's more than this. Cloud 9 is the name of the most famous wave in the Philippines, and Siargao Island is regularly rated as one of the top 10 surf sites in the world.

Why you should visit Surigao? ›

Surigao City is popularly known as the City of Island Adventures and is considered a haven of leisure and adventure because it has 17 panoramic islands with long stretches of pristine white sand beaches, mystical caves, vast mangrove forest and under water sceneries.

How many tourists visit Siargao? ›

COVID-19's disruption of travel and tourism in Siargao decreased tourist arrivals by 3.57% in the first quarter of 2020, with 53,820 visitors compared with 55,814 in 2019. While the pandemic caused heavy economic losses on the one hand, on the other hand, it provided a break for many ecotourism sites.

How many islands are there in Siargao? ›

Siargao Island is composed of 48 islands and islets-politically divided into nine municipalities: Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Santa Monica, and Socorro.

How big is Siargao? ›

How many towns are there in Siargao? ›

Siargao is an island off the coast of Mindanao, in the Philippines. In reality, Siargao is composed of seven towns, but it is treated here as one destination.

What is the difference between Siargao and Surigao? ›

Is Surigao and Siargao the same? No, Surigao and Siargao are two different places located in Surigao del Norte. Surigao is a city on the mainland while Siargao is a tropical paradise 62 kilometers away from Surigao.

How many hours is the flight from Manila to Siargao? ›

2 hours and 10 minutes is the average flight time from Manila Ninoy Aquino to Siargao Island.

What is amazing about the weather in Siargao? ›

Climate in Siargao may not be the coldest in the country but it has one of the longest and most pronounced maximum rainfall period, which usually starts from November to December, and could further extend to February.

What is the history of Siargao Island? ›

First recorded sighting by Europeans of Siargao Island was by Spanish navigator Bernardo de la Torreon board of the carrack San Juan de Letrán in 1543, when attempting to return from Sarangani to New Spain. It was charted as Isla de las Palmas (Palm Island in Spanish).

Why you should visit Surigao del Norte? ›

This major island in Surigao del Norte is home to caves and mystic lagoons. You will be mesmerized by the limestone formations surrounding the island. You can even swim with some friendly jellies and colorful fishes under the clear blue waters.

How do you get to Siargao Island Philippines? ›

How to get to Siargao Island
  1. Fly Direct to Siargao with Skyjet Airlines from Manila. ...
  2. Fly via Cebu with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. ...
  3. Fly to Surigao City then take a FERRY to Siargao.
  4. Fly to Butuan then BUS to Surigao City then FERRY to Siargao.
  5. Ferry from Surigao City to Siargao Island.

Is Siargao open for tourism 2022? ›

The island, known as a surfing destination and hailed as one of Times' World's Greatest Places, opened its borders to tourists again in early March 2022.

What do you call this island located in Surigao del Norte known as the surfing capital of the Philippines and home to the world renowned surfing wave called Cloud 9? ›

Siargao Island is known to be the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” and it indeed maintained its reputation by landing on the top 10 list by CNNGo.

Why you should visit Surigao del Sur? ›

You might have heard some of the famous tourist spots in Surigao del Sur like the magical river or the breath-taking waterfalls. Indeed, Surigao del Sur is a blessed with beautiful destinations. Facing the Pacific Ocean, its stunning islands are inviting for some island-hopping activities.

Can you drive from Manila to Siargao? ›

The distance between Manila and Siargao Island is 762 km. How do I travel from Manila to Siargao Island without a car? The best way to get from Manila to Siargao Island without a car is to bus and ferry and Fast Ferry and car ferry which takes 32h 22m and costs ₱2,400 - ₱3,300.

How do you get to Siargao from Cebu? ›

Ferries to Siargao (via Surigao) depart from Pier 1 or 3 in Cebu City. If you use a cab, let your driver know that you are going to Siargao. There are 3 companies operating between Cebu City and Surigao, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Starlite Ferry and Medallion Transport.

What is the most visited place in the Philippines? ›

1. White Beach, Boracay. There is no shortage of pristine beaches in the Philippines, but if you are looking for a more active beach scene, one of the best places to visit is White Beach in Boracay.

Is Siargao part of Visayas? ›

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

Where did the name Mindanao came from? ›

Etymology. The name "Mindanao" is a Spanish corruption of the name of the Maguindanao people, the dominant ruling ethnic group in the Sultanate of Maguindanao in southwestern Mindanao during the Spanish colonial period.

What is rainy season in Siargao? ›

A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the month of: January, February, March, April, July, September, October, November and December. January is the most wet month in Siargao Island. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain. August is the driest month.

Is it OK to go to Siargao in December? ›

December is an excellent month for swimming in Siargao with very warm sea temperatures. Consider visiting Siargao in the months of April, May, August, September, for the best beach weather.

Can I bring car to Siargao? ›

For those who are using a private car, you can either bring the car with you to Siargao which will cost you around Php 4,500 or you can leave your car on the port (don't worry it's safe) for only Php 100 per night. Once you're in Surigao City, take a ferry to Siargao island.

What is amazing about the weather in Siargao? ›

Climate in Siargao may not be the coldest in the country but it has one of the longest and most pronounced maximum rainfall period, which usually starts from November to December, and could further extend to February.

What is the meaning of Siargao? ›

Siargao (Shar-Gaw) is an Island on the East Coast of the Philippines. It is in the shape of a pear or a tear-drop and is part of the Province of Surigao del Norte. It has a land area of about 437 square kilometres.

What is the best tourist spot in the Philippines and why? ›

Boracay. Famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife, and fun water activities, Boracay is the best tourist spot in the Philippines to enjoy all the things you want in one place. In fact, it's always on the list of the world's most beautiful islands by international travel magazines.

Why you should visit Surigao? ›

Surigao City is popularly known as the City of Island Adventures and is considered a haven of leisure and adventure because it has 17 panoramic islands with long stretches of pristine white sand beaches, mystical caves, vast mangrove forest and under water sceneries.

What is the best time to go to Siargao? ›

The Best Time to Visit Siargao

If you intend to ride some exciting waves, it's best to go between July and November, during the surfing season. If you plan to visit the island's pristine beaches, hidden lagoons and other breathtaking spots, go during the summer months of March to May.

What is the climate in Siargao? ›

Siargao Island has a hot tropical climate with no dry season.

Is August a good time to visit Siargao? ›

On average the best time to visit Siargao Island is in May, June, July, August and September with generally tolerable weather in General Luna. The worst months are January, February, March, April, October, November and December that can have poor weather conditions.

Why do people love Siargao? ›

Siargao Island to most people

World backpackers find the island full of tropical gems and fun. Travel influencers always emphasize the beauty and the vibe the island has to offer from its tropical lush, tons of coconut trees, breathtaking surfing waves to its tan-perfect sunlight.

Who owns Siargao Island? ›

The island is within the jurisdiction of the province of Surigao del Norte and is composed of the municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, and Santa Monica.

Who discovered Siargao Island? ›

First recorded sighting by Europeans of Siargao Island was by Spanish navigator Bernardo de la Torreon board of the carrack San Juan de Letrán in 1543, when attempting to return from Sarangani to New Spain. It was charted as Isla de las Palmas (Palm Island in Spanish).

What is number 1 tourist spot in the Philippines? ›

Cebu is the country's #1 most visited tourist destination, and for good reason. It is unrivaled in offering the widest range of things to do and attractions. Cebu is like the “Jack of all trades” among tourist spots in the Philippines.

What were the top three most visited sites in the Philippines? ›

Most Visited Websites by Traffic in Philippines for all categories, August 2022
PositionWebsiteBounce rate
1google.com37.15%
2youtube.com36.35%
3readmanganato.com31.63%
4facebook.com47.38%
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What are the qualities of the Philippines that make it a unique and attractive destination? ›

The country boasts of rich natural beauty in its many spectacular beaches, sunny weather and rich bio-diversity. More than that, the Philippines' unique and complex culture, as exemplified by its people, cuisine and lifestyle, attracts many people to visit the country.

Is Siargao beautiful? ›

If you're planning a getaway, you might want to head to Siargao in the Philippines. Why? Because it's just been voted the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers.

What would be best for a day trip in Surigao? ›

  1. Silop Multi-Caves. Caverns & Caves. ...
  2. Day-Asan Floating Villages. Points of Interest & Landmarks. ...
  3. Battle of Surigao Strait Museum. History Museums. ...
  4. Lake Mainit. Bodies of Water. ...
  5. Mabua Pebble Beach. Beaches. ...
  6. Sagisi Island. Islands. ...
  7. Cathedral of San Nicolas de Tolentino. ...
  8. Songkoy Cold Spring.

What is the difference between Siargao and Surigao? ›

Is Surigao and Siargao the same? No, Surigao and Siargao are two different places located in Surigao del Norte. Surigao is a city on the mainland while Siargao is a tropical paradise 62 kilometers away from Surigao.

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