CORREGIDOR ISLAND SIARGAO: PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDE

Corregidor Island Siargao

Corregidor Island in Siargao is located just off the Southern coast of Siargao, about 45 minutes from General Luna. Unlike the other islands around Siargao, Corregidor Island stands out for its rolling grass hills dotted with coconut trees. It’s definitely different from your average island in the Philippines, which is why we loved it so much. Your trip to Siargao wouldn’t be complete without a day spent island hopping, so read on to find out everything you need to know about Corregidor Island in Siargao.

HOW TO GET TO CORREGIDOR ISLAND SIARGAO & HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Corregidor Island Siargao is just south of Dapa, but most people take a boat from the port in General Luna. It’s around 45 minutes by traditional outrigger, but the most common way to get there is to add it to a 2, 3 or 4 island tour where you’ll also visit your pick of Daku, Guyam and Naked islands. Bear in mind, Corregidor Island is actually called Casolian Island on Google Maps, but everyone refers to it as Corregidor (pronounced liked corridor in case you were wondering).

The cheapest way to get to Corregidor Island Siargao is to round up a group of people and share the cost of a boat. For around $25 USD you can do a 2 island trip where you can choose from one of the other 4 nearby islands. If you’re looking to do the 4 island tour, one of the easiest and most convenient ways is through Klook. They have the Corregidor, Naked, Daku & Guyam Islands Day Trip tour for $37.70 including lunch and all your entrance fees. Book your trip with Klook here.

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OUR EXPERIENCE AT CORREGIDOR ISLAND SIARGAO

We’ve been to Corregidor Island Siargao twice now, and loved it both times. It’s definitely our favourite on the 4 island trip, mostly because of how different it is, but also because there’s not as many tourists there. When we arrived on the island it was already late afternoon so we didn’t have time to hang around or swim, we ran straight for the hills. You’ll be assigned a guide who will lead you through the village, on a short and easy hike up to the hills.

Hiking up to the hills with our guide

One thing we really love about Corrigidor Island Siargo is how friendly the locals are, kids and grannies alike. It’s a super laidback and humble island, with no roads or vehicles and just happy welcoming faces.

Corregidor Island Siargao Locals

Once you’re up the top of the island, there’s a dozen little paths going through the thick grass. Each one is like a choose your own adventure which takes you to some other beautiful angle of the island.

Path going through the grass fields
Path going through the grass fields

If you’ve ever dreamed of frolicking in a windswept field with your hair and dress billowing behind you, Corregidor Island Siargao is the place to do it. This reason alone is why we consider Corregidor Island one of the 10 most Instagrammable spots in Siargao so don’t forget to pack a dress or at least a sarong. We recommend avoiding the dry season from March to May, as the grass will be mostly brown and not so picturesque.

Aside from twirling in the wind, Corregidor Island Siargao has an iconic bent palm tree that you just have to get a picture on. It’s pretty much the easiest coconut tree you’ll ever have to climb since it runs horizontal to the ground, making it the perfect tree for your IG. If you’re looking for another secret bent palm tree in Siargao, you can check out our guide to this palm near General Luna.

Bent Palm Tree Corregidor Island Siargao

Palm trees dot the entire hilltop, some slightly less bent and others just make beautiful landscape photos if you don’t have much going for you in the way of climbing vertical coconut trees.

If there’s one thing you need to bring to Corregidor Island Siargao, it’s a drone. Our main reason for going back to the island a second time (a year later!) was because we accidentally left our phones at the hostel on our first trip, which meant we couldn’t fly the drone. Corregidor Island is a dream for drone pilots! If you’re in the market for the best drone for travel photographers, we recommend the Mavic 2 Pro.

Corregidor Island Siargao
Corregidor Island Siargao
Corregidor Island Siargao

After draining both of the drone batteries, it was getting dark so we started the trek home. We love shooting golden hour at Corregidor Island, but the boat ride back in the dark can be a little sketchy as the swell picks up late afternoon. Walking down a different path, we stumbled across a little shack serving fresh coconuts that also doubled as a campsite. If you want to spend the night on the island, you can rent the whole cottage and set up some hammocks under the shelter for $10.

Campsite on Corregidor Island Siargao
Campsite on Corregidor Island Siargao

Corregidor Island Siargao is one of our favourite places in the Philippines thanks to its incredibly unique landscape. You absolutely need to add this to your itinerary for your Siargao trip, and while you’re at it why not keep scrolling to find out our top picks of the best hotels for all travel budgets.

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Corregidor Island Siargao Philippines Travel Guide

WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO

There’s no shortage of places to stay in Siargao, from the fanciest of 5 star resorts to some seriously sketchy hostels. General Luna is where all the action is at and where you’ll find the majority of accommodation, but no matter where you end up in Siargao, you’re bound to find somewhere to lay your head. Read on for our top picks for budget, mid-scale and luxury accommodation in Siargao.

LUXURY: Nay Palad Hideaway

Nay Palad isn’t just one of the best resorts in Siargao, it’s up there as one of the best resorts in Asia. With such a coveted title comes a hefty nightly rate, but everything is included. From your exclusive luxe bungalow to dinner and drinks in the tree house, island hopping on their private speed boat to day trips around the island. Zowie is crying at the time of writing this because she wants to stay here so badly.

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Nay Palad Hideaway Siargao
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MID-SCALE: Tropical Temple Siargao

Tropical Temple Siargao is a native style, mid-scale hotel in the heart of General Luna. Lush gardens, comfortable accommodation and an outdoor pool, Tropical Temple is a sweet place to stay if you’re looking for something a bit fancier than a hostel without breaking the bank.

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Tropical Temple Siargao
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BUDGET: Hiraya Surf Hostel

If you’re a solo backpacker looking for a cheap hostel near Cloud 9, Hiraya Surf Hostel is your best bet. This dormitory only hostel is all about good vibes, boasting a swimming pool, aircon dorms and hot and cold showers. There’s a few requirements to meet though – no groups larger than 3 people, must be aged between 18 – 35 and minimum 3 night stay.

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Hiraya Surf Hostel Siargao
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MORE SIARGAO GUIDES:

Maasin River Palm Tree Rope Swing Siargao
Hidden Cliff Jumping Spot Siargao
Secret Bent Palm Tree Siargao
Secret Waterfall Siargao: Captivate Falls
10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Siargao
10 Best Restaurants in Siargao

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