Best Island in Asia 2018, Siargao Island: Philippine Travel Stories (Photo Gallery)

Siargao Island, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, has just been crowned the BEST ISLAND in Asia for 2018, together with Boracay (No. 2) and Palawan (No. 3), in Conde Nast’s The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. With Siargao Island recognized worldwide, let’s have a gallery of the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram.

It’s really amazing that the Philippines garnered ALL the spots in the Top 3. We’ll feature the galleries of Boracay and Palawan soon, but let’s have Siargao Island’s gallery first. [See also: Travel Tips and Itinerary for Siargao Island]

Let’s start with what you’ll see as your plane approaches Siargao Island, in this photo courtesy of FRANKLIN (check his Instagram feed, @klinvillagonzalo, for more photos)

While we’re in the bird’s eye view, let’s have a drone shot, courtesy of Marge Travels (check her Instagram account, @thewanderwifey, for more photos) of Daku Island in Siargao, Surigao.

[The photo is also featured in Beach from Up There: Philippine Travel Stories]

Near Daku Island is another white beach-island, with no vegetation growing on it. A little smaller and it’s just a sandbar — the Naked Island, still in Siargao, with this sweet drone shot courtesy of Jurrie Bernardino (check his Instagram account, @iamjurrieboy, for more photos).

Here’s how the Naked Island looks like from the sea level, photo courtesy of Len-Len (check her Instagram account, @jiglypuff16, for more photos). “Naked Island got it’s name because of its ‘nakedness’, there’s no shade or almost anything on the island,” she says.

With Naked Island and Daku Island, Guyam Island completes the roster of the three popular islands in Siargao, in this photo courtesy of Marian Bautista (check her Instagram account, @yianbautista, for more photos).

If that view isn’t enough to showcase the beauty of Siargao’s Daku Island, here’s another angle, courtesy of Fonci (check his Instagram acount, @rayfonci, for more awesome photos).

We won’t be surprised if the hotels and other accommodations in Siargao are booked to the hilt, serving both domestic and international travelers. Speaking of foreign tourists, these Spanish senoritas, through of Lara Ontiveros (check her Instagram account, @ginger.shots, for more photos), tagged us in their photo at the Naked Island.

[This photo is also featured in 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with your Friends]

What’s surprising, however, is that you feel you have the islands to yourself, even if Siargao is a popular tourist destination. “An island all to ourselves for the day. Paradise.” That’s what Outbound PH (check its Instagram account,, for more photos) has to say, in this photo:

Truly a beautiful place, with all the right ingredients for happiness. “Happiness is the beach and the sun. Really, really feels good to be back,” says Antin (check her Instagram account, @antinini, for more photos). See the smile?

We’d be smiling the same way when we go back to Siargao Island.

Now, because Siargao Island is a surfing paradise, this gallery won’t be complete without showing how to surf and fly, in this photo by @gwapitos.official cofounder, @maramatokong, and  @kermitsiargao.

The epicenter of the surfing scene in Siargao, where tourists flock the most, is Cloud 9, with its viewing deck:

This photo of Cloud 9’s viewing deck is courtesy of FRANKLIN (check his Instagram feed, @klinvillagonzalo, for more photos). According to Franklin, who apparently took millions of photos (you noticed that he has two photos in this post?) in Siargao:

“A proper tribute to #Cloud9, a spot in the #surf capital of the #Philippines. Made the most out of an overnight trip and was able to capture this landscape and stargaze for a bit before those heavy clouds turned out to be rain. My first and will definitely not be my last. So let me leave this here and enjoy one of many ways to love #Siargao.”

It’s easy to fall in love with Siargao. Every day, says Marge Travels (check her Instagram feed, @thewanderwifey, for more photos), you wake up with a grateful heart, and it helps that you see this kind of view at Cloud 9.

[This photo also featured in Pretty in Orange: Philippine Travel Stories]

We know that Siargao Island is a paradise for surfers, the top surfing destination in the Philippines. We usually see photos of the beach, the surf, and the surfers. This one, again courtesy of Marge Travels, is about a “slice of paradise”, the inland highway framed by lush coconuts.

[This photo is also featured in Caught in Parallel Universe: Philippine Travel Stories]

There are lots of hotels and accommodations to choose from, ranging from high-end hotels to simple huts, even homestay. If you’re at the Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa, Siargao Island, this is how it looks like, courtesy of Aaron Ray (check his Instagram account, @aaronraysales, for more photos).

[This photo is also featured in Still Life: Philippine Travel Stories]

Siargao Island offers a lot more than surfing and beautiful tan on the beach. It offers a number of activities and sights, like the Magpupungko Rock Pools, as we see in this photo by Mags Dizon (check her Instagram account, @magsdizon, for more photos).

Or diving at the Sugba Lagoon, as we can see in this photo by Sabino (check his Instagram account,, for more photos).

Got nice photos of Siargao Island? Tag us so we can add here.

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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