2 eco-friendly resorts you can check into in Siargao

Staying at environment-conscious accommodations is another way for you to travel responsibly

Stretch and surf at Lotus Shores Siargao

Daily wellness classes at Lotus shores include yoga, drum & dance and sound bath. Photo by Marija Rathe

Bring the chill vibes to a whole new level at Lotus Shores Siargao, which is giving yoga a home in the island. “We want the values and teaching of yoga to become a part of how the island continues to grow, socially and economically,” says Louise Albano, owner of Lotus Shores.

Rooms at Lotus Shores Siargao. Photo by Marija Rathe

This destination retreat offers volunteer and travel yoga holiday programs geared toward environmental preservation, education and agriculture.

Lotus Shores emphasizes on self-sustaining habits including growing their own food, harvesting and recycling rain water and operating on natural and renewable sources of energy.

Louis Albano of Lotus Shores. Photo by Marija Rathe

Don’t miss the food at their in-house vegan restaurant, Kali Ma Café that serves a happy selection of whole-food and plant-based dishes.

Alongside your holiday, travelers are also invited to do volunteer work with Puppy Puddle Siargao and Kindred Connection, which is aimed at providing better conditions for cats and dogs in Siargao, through regular spay and neuter clinics, vaccinations and feeding.Lotus Shores Siargao; Purok 5 Poblacion, General Luna, Siargao; +63998 569 6928; fb.com/lotus shores

Volunteer with Puppy Puddle Siargao. Photo Quincy Alivoo, courtesy of Aleksandra Goldyn

Sleep, eat, surf at Harana Surf Resort

Harana Surf Resort was, from the onset, geared towards sustainability, thanks to Stoke Certified, a US-based company that shared tools with business partners Ian Sumeriano and Mike Medina that allowed them to shape a unique surf resort model. This is apparent from the resort’s modern vernacular architecture designed by Tropiks Design Studio of Melvin Patawaran, as well as adding twists to local food and cuisine while promoting the local language.

Aerial photo courtesy of Harana Surf Resort | Scott Borrero
Aerial photo courtesy of Harana Surf Resort | Scott Borrero

What started as a ‘leap of faith’ from Manila-based surf enthusiasts have since become a drive to ensure that their resort is adding value to the paradise island through various community programmes aimed at cultural preservation. “We’re now working towards becoming the first certified Stoke Certified sustainable tourism surf resort in the country,” Mike says.

Harana Surf Resort; Tucson Point, General Luna, Siargao; +639988495461; fb.com/haranasurf

Harana's communal area. Photo by Marija Rathe
Harana’s communal area. Photo by Marija Rathe

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Elka Requinta

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