Siargao continues to shine amid pandemic, gets into TIME magazine's 'greatest places of 2021' list

Published July 22, 2021, 1:25 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Philippines’ surfing capital, Siargao Island, has been included in TIME magazine’s “The World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2021” list, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced.

Cloud 9 Boardwalk (Photo by Tommy Schultz)

In the July 20 issue of magazine, writer Duncan Forgan said Siargao earned its spot on the list not only because of its consistent waves but also of the ongoing development to strengthen tourism infrastructure on the island.

“While destinations such as Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan nailed the mass market, the teardrop-shaped island off the coast of Mindanao until recently had been best known to a dedicated band of surfers lured by consistent waves,” Forgan wrote.

“But the secret is out, and new spots are popping up on the island, including the beachfront Inara Siargao Resort, an intimate five-suite property that can be booked on Instagram. Just before COVID-19 [coronavirus disease] shutdowns, Siargao got additional cell towers to improve data connectivity, which will be a boon to tourism when it reopens to vaccinated international travelers,” he added.

According to the publication, the list is a tribute to individuals and businesses who were able to “adapt, build, and innovate” amid the challenges of the pandemic, as well as highlights “ingenuity, creativity, revitalization, and reopenings in destinations across the world.”

The list was compiled through nominations from the magazine’s international network of correspondents and contributors, focusing on those that provide unique and interesting experiences.

Meanwhile, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has welcomed Siargao’s entry on TIME’s list, adding that recognitions like this will help in the gradual and safe revival of the tourism industry.

Earlier this month, Siargao landed in the “ten most charming islands to go on holiday this summer” list of fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue Paris.

“I am pleased that the country’s innate beauty continues to draw attention from travelers all over the world despite the pandemic. We are doubling our efforts to create a future of Philippine travel that is safe, more fun, and provides travelers with an authentic and meaningful experience throughout their journey,” Puyat said.

Siargao is currently open to domestic tourists coming from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, subject to health and safety protocols.

Tourists were reminded to check first Siargao’s travel guidelines at or their official Facebook page at Surigao Del Norte Tourism and Culture Office.