Siargao reopens shores to tourists

SIARGAO Island which prides itself as the Philippines’ surfing capital, reopens its shores today (November 23) to domestic tourists. The island forms part of Heneral Luna town in Surigao del Norte.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Siargao’s reopening is “encouraging news for everyone who loves the sea, especially surfers. As Siargao reopens to travelers, subject to minimum health and safety standards, 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.”

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said flights to Siargao will resume on December 1, which will allow travelers from outside the region to visit the teardrop-shaped island through Sayak Airport near the barangays of Del Carmen and Heneral Luna.

Siargao is one of the country’s choice tourist destinations, known for its towering limestone hills, shorelines of white sands and tiny shells, caves with crystal formations, and clear waters that attract surfers and nature travelers from around the world.

Aside from surfing, tourists can also go island hopping, kayaking, nature trekking, bird watching, and leisure swimming on the island.

Tourists, however, will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result before they will be allowed to enter the island. 

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