There are few places left in the world that remain unspoiled by the inevitable effects of tourism. Siargao Island is one such destination. Glassy clear waters, sugary sands, and endless palm trees await at this easternmost island of the Philippines. It's precisely the tropical gem you'd want to be stranded on. Though the main island is not as developed as Manila or Cebu City, Siargao is still easily managed by car. With the right information, travelers can easily find car rentals and explore the beautiful island on their own.
Renting a Car in Siargao
Once on Siargao, renting a car is a simple process. The Sayak/Siargao Airport is the easiest place to find car rentals as it is one of the only ways for travelers to arrive—the other being by ferry. Many popular rental companies operate from the airport and most accept online reservations. Skyscanner simplifies the process even more. Simply search a destination, select a car, and pick-up the rental upon arriving in Siargao. Travelers coming by ferry arrive on the southern tip of the island and might find going to the town of General Luna more convenient than the airport to find car rental options. The town is only 9 miles from the Dapa Ferry Terminal. All travelers renting a car must carry their passport and a valid license from their country of origin.
Things to do in Siargao
Also known as the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines," Siargao Island is an adventurist's paradise. The town of General Luna is the center for surfing on the island. Everything you'll need from surf-boards to surf lessons is found here. General Luna is also minutes away from world-renowned surf spot, Cloud 9 where they host annual international surf competitions. Beach-going is another must-do activity. Magpupungko Beach is a popular destination on the main island. Other beautiful beaches are just a boat ride away. Travelers can go island hopping with various tour companies that take you around to some Siargao's noteworthy islands. Cave diving, kayaking, mountain biking, and fishing are among other things to do on Siargao.
Scenic Drives in Siargao
Siargao's beautiful countryside unfolds like the pages of a travel magazine. Thick clusters of palm trees and coconut groves create a rich backdrop for all of the tropical flora and fauna. Waterfalls are no stranger to the landscape. As are impressive rock formations. There's no doubt that any drive in Siargao is a scenic one. And there's no better way to see the island than by car. All roads lead to Rome, but in Siargao, all roads lead to General Luna. From this town, travelers can take the Dapa-General Luna Road up to the town of Pilar via the Siargao Circumferential Road to see the mangrove forests and continue onto Magpupungko Beach to see the tidal pools. Main roads are clearly marked and paved, but travelers should expect to encounter some dirt roads as well.
Whether visiting Siargao Island for a few days or a few weeks, renting a car is an easy and ideal solution for independent travelers to see the beautiful destination.