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Everything You Need to Know About Siargao Airport (IAO)

Daku Island Siargao

I know, the cat is out of the bag. Everyone wants to travel and live in Siargao Island. I don’t know who came up with the tear-shaped metaphor, when you look it up, there is nothing tear-shaped about Siargao at all. Just like its surf swells, the island looks rough and carries the equal roughness and elegance of a nudibranch. Anyway, you are here about Siargao Airport, officially called Sayak Airport with the airport code IAO, so here it is.

Siargao Airport is a small, regional airport that serves the island of Siargao

Siargao Airport is the gateway to the stunning island of Siargao. The airport is small and regional, but it is well-equipped to handle the influx of tourists that come to Siargao every year. The airport has two runway lights for night landings, and the terminal has been recently renovated to accommodate more passengers. Siargao Airport is in the middle of a swamp, so expect carabaos and cows and a farmer or two greeting your arrival.

siargao airport

It is located in the town of del Carmen, about an hour’s drive from General Luna, the main tourist area on Siargao

Siargao Airport is located in the town of del Carmen, about an hour’s drive from General Luna, the main tourist area on Siargao. The airport code for Siargao Airport is IATA: IAO, ICAO: RPNS. The airport is served by Cebu Pacific and the Philippine Airlines, as of October 2022. Siargao Airport has one runway and one terminal. The runway is 3,200 feet long and the terminal is small with only a few shops and restaurants. There are no direct flights to Siargao from popular countries like the USA, or the UK, so you will need to connect through Manila or Cebu.

Siargao is a popular destination for surfers, so if you are planning a trip, be sure to check the surf and typhone report before you go!

How many flights does Siargao Airport have?

Siargao Airport is the main airport serving Siargao Island. As of October 2022, there are  about 10 direct flights daily to and from Siargao Airport with an average of 2,500 passengers per day.

There are four direct flights from Manila and three from Cebu. As of 2022, only the two biggest airports in the Philippines have direct flights to Siargao Island.

The airport is currently undergoing expansion to accommodate larger commercial aircrafts and increase the number of flights. When complete, Siargao Airport will be able to handle up to 400,000 passengers per year.

There are two airlines that fly into Siargao Airport, including Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines

Flights to Siargao are available from Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Cebu Pacific has one direct flight to Siargao from Manila and two direct flights from Cebu while Philippine Airlines has two direct flights from Manila and  one from Cebu. The flight time from Manila to Siargao is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, while the flight time from Cebu to Siargao is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. When booking a flight to Siargao, it is important to check the schedule of both airlines in order to find the most convenient option. Word of caution: Cebu Pacific is notorious of flight delays, but it is way more affordable than PAL. Philippine Airlines is timely. For a price.

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Are there hotels or restaurants near Siargao Airport?

Depending on how you define a hotel or restaurant, it is a yes or a no. There is Ideal Eatery on the edge of the airport. It is your typical Filipino carenderia that serves pre-cooked dishes, you will be lucky if anything is served warm. Not too far from the airport is Mariden Resort, which serves food. But if I were you, just hang on there and endure the 45-minute ride to General Luna, where you have more restaurant options. 

How to get to General Luna from Siargao Airport?

If you know how to ride your own scooter, then you can rent your own ride. Just google  Sayak Motor Bike Rent, which is right outside the airport to get your own ride. 

Sayak Motor Bike Rent
Motorcycle rental agency
+63 995 011 7791 

There are also shared vans available outside the airport.

What are the popular tours and tour packages in Siargao Island 

Siargao Land Tour

Book your tour here.

  • Dedicate your vacation pleasures with thrilling adventure-filled activities throughout Siargao Island!
  • Ride along the famous Coconut Road and capture natural beauty as you pass by a series of coconut trees
  • Visit the Magpupungko Rock Pools for a dip in the clear blue waters and walk on the sandy white beach
  • Go rope-swinging or base-jumping at the Maasin River, which is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination for its novelty
  • Experience the online sensation that the locals tag as the “human drone”

Siargao Surfing Lessons

Book your surf lesson here

  • SIARGAO is the top surfing spot in the Philippines and tourists come here to ride the waves! This is definitely something you shouldn’t miss.
  • Beginners are welcome to try! Safe surf spots are available and professional instructors will guide you on your surfing lesson
  • We take pride to have the Top Philippine Surfers in our team

Enjoying this guide? Consider reading our other Siargao guides or book your accommodation through Agoda.

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Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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