THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SIARGAO ISLAND
PART 2: HOW TO GET THERE
Siargao feels like being away from it all, but isn’t out of reach anymore.
We’ll show you the fastest way to paradise.
Siargao has long been difficult to travel – and still is sometimes. Even if there’s already talk of an international airport (against which many islanders and tourists protest), Sayak is unavoidable so far. The teeny-tiny airport is served daily, but aircrafts, connecting Manila and Cebu with Siargao, tend to stay on the ground or turn back when the weather doesn’t play along. Allow for an additional safety day, if you want to travel hastle-free (or make sure to catch your flight back home).
The good news: A domestic flight – which you can book with Skyjet (from Manila), Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines (from/via Cebu) – will just cost you 45 to 90 minutes of your time and spoil you with sensational views. Prices? Vary greatly. We’ve recently paid an average of 150 euros to get from Manila to Siargao and back, but if you are patient enough to look for promos, you can fly for half. Good to know: Filipino airlines do not save on airplanes, but on customer service. Well-traveled shouldn’t hesitate to book directly, all others are well-advised to call a good old travel agency. Our recommendation for Germans: Kirschner Reisen in Cologne, a Philippines specialist.
PS: Detailed information about the entry and exit regulations of the Philippines and more exciting facts about Siargao Island can be found here.