Cloud 9 surf spot in Siargao. Photo by eurefa_shaoran20 at Pixabay.com

Siargao Island, a teardrop-shaped island known as the  Philippines’ Surfing Capital, welcomes local tourists to its world-class white sand beaches, natural rock and cave pools, and wild water surf sites as confirmed by the mayor of the municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte through a local executive order (EO).

There are six business establishments within the municipality of General Luna that have been issued with Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO), and 45 with Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO) by the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Region, according to the EO signed by Mayor Cecilia Rusillon. 

Here’s the list of establishments with Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO):

Nay Palad Hideaway, Bravo Beach Resort, Kermit Siargao Surf Resort & Restaurant, Kalinaw Resort, Sandy Feet Vacation Home Rentals, and Retreat Siargao Resort Corp.

List of establishments with provisional certificate of authority to operate:

Sandy-Feet Village Reality, Tres Islas Hostel Siargao, Siargao Island Emerald House, Haranasurf Inc., Surfing Carabao, Daluyong Beach Resort, Jacking Horse Homestay, Riad Masaya Homestay, Gardenview Homestay, Romantic Beach Villas, Siargao Inn Beach Resort, Tarzan’s House, Kalipay Resort, Ocean 101 Beach Resort, Banakod Homestay, Privacy Residency, Lotus Shores Siargao, Palaka Resort, Salit Bungalows, Lampara Siargao.

Warung Island Villas, Lubihan Siargo, Soultribe Beach Retreat, Siargao Mysore Sadhana Inc., Harris Camping Facilities Rental, Patrick’s On The Beach, Eddie’s Beach Resort, Sing Property Rental, Tropic Hostel, Yay Lodge, Sleepy Gypsea Homestay, Vivo Inn Resort & Restaurant, Don Regemio Villas, Zuwayee Home Stay, Alpas Hostel, The Mango Tree Siargao Inc., Arka Hayahay Surf & Beach Resort, Lamari Siargao, Little Nap, Buddha Resort, Green House Siargao, Marajaw Homestay, I Love Siargao Resort, and Jonas and Twins Resort.

The DOT, which has been very active in jumpstarting local tourism in the country through bubble tourism strategy, welcomes the development.

“This is encouraging news for everyone who loves the sea, especially the 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,“ Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

With its towering limestone hills, shorelines of white sands and tiny shells, mystical caves with crystal formations, and clear waters, Siargao has become the buzzword for surfers and nature travelers over the years. 

Aside from surfing, other popular leisure activities include island hopping, kayaking, nature trekking, bird-watching, and leisure swimming. 

The local government of Siargao has set minimum health and safety standards and COVID testing requirements before tourists arrive on the island.

Tourists arriving via Surigao City/Sayak Airport will be required an e-Health Pass with valid ID; Negative RT-PCR result taken within 48 hours from point of origin; a five-day confirmed booking from an accommodation establishment with a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) or Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO) from DOT, and a round-trip ticket/travel details.

If RT-PCR is taken more than 48 hours after departure from point of origin, a negative antigen swab will be required on the day of arrival.

Meanwhile, tourists from the Province of Surigao del Norte will be required: e-Health Pass with Valid ID; certificate from barangay captain that traveler is not a close contact; confirmed booking from an accredited DOT-accommodation establishment (AE). 

Curfew will also be enforced from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Flights to Siargao will resume on December 1.

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