TIME’s third iteration to their annual list, “World’s Greatest Places”, includes the Philippines’ very own teardrop-shaped island, Siargao.


SIARGAO Often described as a secret surfer’s paradise—and rightfully so, being the Surfing Capital of the Philippines—Siargao is slowly getting its own share of international attention something the likes of the popular Cebu, Palawan, and Boracay have been more accustomed to.

As TIME’s Asia travel expert, Duncan Forgan, writes, “…but the secret is out”, hinting on Siargao’s potential to catch up in terms of popularity.

Although Siargao’s Cloud 9 has already been recognized by CNNGo as the “Top 8 of the World’s Best Surfing Spots” back in 2012, businesses within the island have been hard at work making Siargao more notable in terms of connectivity (by adding more cell towers) and tourist spots. The Inara Siargao Resort was one specifically mentioned in TIME’s article, a quiet and luxurious bed-and-breakfast by the waves.

This year’s list of TIME’s World’s Greatest Places focuses on paying tribute to 100 locations where people, businesses, and industries who, “amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate”. The complete list may be viewed in this link.

“While it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore,” the staff of TIME explains in an article their rationale behind the list.

Although Siargao’s increasing international recognition is bound to boost tourism post-pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT), hand in hand with the local government of Surigao del Norte, is already hard at work with ensuring the safety of visitors while enduring the pandemic.

Multiple requirements such as booking a DOT-accredited accommodation and showing negative RT-PCR or COVID-19 saliva test results (taken within 48 hours of arrival), among other mandatory travel data, are strictly kept track of.

“We are doubling our efforts to create a future for Philippine travel that is safe, more fun, and provides travelers with an authentic and meaningful experience throughout their journey,” says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. (RF/Headline PH)

Featured image: Skip McCullough wins 2018 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup /Credit: Surfer Today


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