Siargao

Siargao (Photo: Danish Connection)

Where to stay

  • Arka Hayahay Beach Resort, General Luna; +63 922 896 6365; facebook.com/ArkaHayahay. A spacious and affordable resort located between General Luna and Cloud 9.
  • Harana Surf Resort, Tucson Point, General Luna, Siargao; +639988495461; fb.com/haranasurf. This resort is working towards becoming the first certified Stoke Certified sustainable tourism surf resort in the country.
  • Isla Cabana Resort, Purok 5, General Luna; +63 928 559 5244; www.islacabanaresort.com. A gorgeous resort complete with an outdoor infinity pool, jacuzzi, spa and a sun terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
  • Lotus Shores Siargao, Purok 5 Poblacion, General Luna, Siargao; +63998 569 6928; fb.com/lotus shores. This eco-friendly destination retreat offers volunteer and travel yoga holiday programs geared toward environmental preservation, education and agriculture.
  • Ocean 101 Beach Resort, Cloud 9, General Luna; +63 919 826 8837; www.ocean101cloud9.com. Within walking distance to Cloud 9, where you can surf on world-class waves. Alternatively, you can luxuriate on the resort’s private beach area.
  • Serenity Resort. Daku Island, +63 966 831 6166, +63 947 263 1228
  • Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa, Tourism Rd, General Luna; +63 917 319 9823; siargaobleu.com.phThe only spa resort on the island. If you’re not into surfing, you’ll be glad to hear that the resort offers activities like mermaid aerobics, swimming classes, sunset Zumba and movie nights.

Where to eat

  • Dedon Island Resort, 8419 Malinao Rd, General Luna; +63 917 701 7820. The resort’s in-house chef uses ingredients sourced locally, and constantly comes up with his own unique twist on adobo and other local favorites.
  • General Luna Public Market. On a budget? Buy fresh tuna (around PHP120-150 per kilo) at this market. Cooks at most resorts will be willing to prepare the fish for you for a small fee.
  • Isla Cabana Resort, Brgy. 5 Poblacion, General Luna; +65 917 523 0300; islacabanaresort.com. The resort’s in-house restaurant serves up delicious coco crabs.
  • Kalinaw Resort Restaurant, Cloud 9, General Luna; +63 930 251 5677; www.kalinawresort.com/restaurant.html. A beachfront restaurant that serves up a unique blend of Filipino flavors and South European cuisine.
  • Kitya’s Place, Purok 5, General Luna; +63 920 519 0440; facebook.com/kityasplace. A homely café-restaurant for grub like chicken pesto pasta, spaghetti carbonara and healthy smoothies.
  • Lalay’s, The Boulevarde, General Luna. Sample grilled marlin and other barbecued offerings.
  • L’Osteria Restaurant. Tuason Point, Catangnan, +63 917 892 3537; fb.com/losteriasiargao
  • MA+D x 1543. Behind Abukay Resort, Tourism Rd, +63 917 312 3241, fb.com/1543siargao
  • Mama’s Grill, General Luna. Feast on pork and chicken skewers at this humble barbecue joint, which draws sizeable crowds every evening.
  • Ronaldo’s Inn and Restobar, General Luna, +63 999 992 9163. A popular watering hole that also serves up barbecued dishes in the evening.
  • Sagana Resort, General Luna; www.cloud9surf.com/restaurant.html. The in-house restaurant here offers dinner sets that change daily, allowing guests to sample a wide variety of international cuisine. Vegetarian options are available. The resort’s owners, Susan and Gerry, are wonderful hosts, too.
  • Sea Green Café + Boutique Rooms. Tourism Rd, General Luna, +63 939 936 1081
  • Shaka Siargao, Cloud 9, 8419 General Luna; facebook.com/shakasiargao. Offers some of the healthiest fare and tastiest smoothies on the island.
  • Surf N’ Dine, Población 3, Tourism Rd, General Luna; +63 920 627 1524. Serves up delicious, value-for-money burgers, steaks, pastas and more.
  • The Bleu Restaurant, Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa, General Luna; www.siargaobleu.com.ph. Feast on seafood dishes like garlic butter prawns.

What to do

  • Bathala Land Tours. Purok 1, General Luna, +63 995 011 7805; fb.com/bathalalandtours
  • Cloud 9, General Luna. This popular surf spot is always worth a visit. Non-surfers can hang out at the boardwalk, or take a dip in the clear blue waters of the reef below.
  • Island hopping. Hire a boat to visit nearby islands, from Guyam Islet to Naked Island and Daku Island.
  • Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools, Pilar. The cavities along the beach trap seawater during low tide to form stunning, natural seawater pools. Remember to time your visit accordingly!
  • Scuba diving. Palaka Siargao Dive Center (+63 918 626 2303; palakadivecenter.com) is an international diving and freediving school that specializes in PADI scuba diving courses and AIDA freediving courses, for beginners and experienced divers alike.
  • Siargao Wakepark, Consuelo, Purok 7, General Luna, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines; +63906 0486186; www.siargaowakepark.com. The wakepark is a short 10-minute drive from the main excitement in General Luna. It comprises two man-made lakes, surrounded by coconut trees, and has a lakefront hut, where you can relax while sipping cold drinks.
  • Sport fishing. For a different kind of water adventure, hire an experienced angler and a boat to go sport fishing for marlin.
  • Stowaway Disco, General Luna. Head here every Wednesday and Saturday to see how the locals party it up.
  • Surfing. You can’t visit Siargao without surfing the world-famous waves at Cloud 9! If you’re a novice, you can learn how to ride the waves under the tutelage of Janice Talosig (+63 915 598 1906), who has undergone both ASI surf instructor training and Red Cross Water Safety training. P500/per hour including board rental.
  • Tattoo Jungle Disco, Purok 5, General Luna. Party the night away every Tuesday and Friday at this hip and happening disco.
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