Siargao Island is now part of Time Magazine’s list of "The World's 100 Greatest Places of 2021.”
Siargao earned a spot on the list not only because of its consistent waves but also because of its ongoing development to strengthen the tourism infrastructure on the island.
"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," Tourism chief Berna Romulo-Puyat stated.
According to Time Magazine, the list is a tribute to individuals and businesses who were able to "adapt, build, and innovate" amid the challenges of the pandemic.
"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," wrote Time Magazine writer Duncan Forgan.
The list also highlights "ingenuity, creativity, revitalization, and reopenings in destinations across the world."
"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 shutdowns, Siargao got additional cell towers to improve data connectivity, which will be a boon to tourism when it reopens to vaccinated international travelers," Forgan added.
Through nominations from the Magazine's international network of correspondents and contributors, the list was compiled, it focuses on those that provide unique and interesting experiences.
Siargao is now open to domestic tourists from GCQ and MGCQ areas, which you can find at www.philippines.travel/safetrip or their official Facebook page named “Surigao Del Norte Tourism and Culture Office."
The Department of Tourism (DOT) urges domestic travelers to take advantage of the 50 percent discounted RT-PCR test through the Tourism Promotions Board to make domestic travel more affordable.
In cooperation with the University of the Philippines - Philippines General Hospital (UP-PGH) and the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC), the initiative reduces the cost of the test to P900 and P750, respectively.
To apply, visit https://www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel/