Siargao is very close to my heart. It’s probably my most favourite Island to visit when I’m in Asia. It’s also because it’s in my home country the Philippines. Siargao is famous for its amazing Surfing and beautiful places to explore and get lost into. The water is so clear and the beach is so pure and white. It has the Bali & Tulum vibe in one. The moment you step on the island, you’ll feel at home right away. It’s also probably the only place in the Philippines aside from Manila that has so much vegan and vegetarian options. The resorts are each beautiful on its own. The chill and peaceful vibe never get old nor boring. The island itself is surrounded by coconut trees wherever you go. The only form of commute is either “Habal-Habal” or renting your own motorbike. Unfortunately, It’s very hard to rent a helmet – it even sometimes more expensive than the actual bike.
On this blog post, I’m writing my top favourite places, hotel and restaurant to go. There are so many options and things to do on the island. The party places are almost happening from Tuesday-Saturday. Restaurants are always packed and group tours are famous as well. Kermit Siargao has probably had it all in one stop. They have the best and most fun island hopping tour/surfing lessons, an Italian restaurant and in stay rooms (if you’re interested in staying for weekly, a month or so).
Siargao is probably your best last destination if exploring the Philippines, I highly recommend on staying for at least 10 days to see each destination in the Island and to actually have time to learn how to surf. The community here is amazing and beautiful. I met a lot of travellers here who was only planning on staying for 5 days end up staying for a month or so. It’s that beautiful!
PLACES TO VISIT:
The scenery itself when driving your rented motorbike is beautiful, lots of greenery and it’s pretty safe to drive.
Naked Island: Is probably the prettiest place to visit when doing the 3 island hopping. I highly suggest visiting this place first before going to the other neighbouring Island. You can access this thru group tours and private boat. I did them both. I did the Island hopping tour from Kermit Siargao and on my next visit, I went with a private boat. There is no shade there or anything, so make sure to bring an SPF or a towel – The sun can be too strong. The beach itself is so beautiful and pure white sand beach.
Guyam Island: English translation is “Small Island”, famous for sunset watching and gorgeous rocks by the beach, perfect for photos. Make sure to stop here on the last stop of your trip and bring 10php to pay for the entrance ( 15Cents USD).
Daku Island: English translation is “Big Island”. This place is perfect to visit for lunch and spend a couple of hours here before heading to Guyam. There’s a community here that you can explore, the kids are very friendly and quite a great swimmers. Most of the people who live here cook lunch for the tourist/visitors and catch fish/octopus. They also rent out beach bungalows for the only 300php or so for a couple of hours. I went here with Kermit as well and had the most amazing time getting to know other people over lunch and they also serve alcohol if you wish to have some. I spent most of the time here with my friend’s – snorkelling, lunch and we even explored the island and saw some pig pets, live octopus fishing.
PLACES TO STAY:
Soul Tribe Beach Retreat: We first stumbled about this place on bookings.com ( we used bookings.com for all our Asia Trip accommodations #notsponsored) Therese and I had never experienced glamping. It was actually our first stop when we went to Siargao this January. We had a crazy long flight from Toronto till we got here. During our first two nights, there was a major blackout due to the crazy storm – We have never felt such strong thunderstorm and we were both scared and jetlagged craze we started packing our bags just to realize that we actually had no where else to go. If you’re looking for an adventure, I highly recommend this place. They also offer Cabins and they are front beach just a few distance away from Nay Palad.
Siargao Bleu Resort – One of the top Luxury Resort in Siargao. Everything here is so beautiful and picturesque. They are along General Luna and the perfect place to stay if you want to be near all the activities, restaurant and cloud nine but still quiet and peaceful.
Nay Palad Hideaway – When I came here last year it was still called Dedon Island, they recently rebranded to Nay Palad Hideaway. It’s probably the most luxurious place in the island with it’s all inclusive and barefoot lifestyle. I am very excited to come back and explore their new feature called Birds Nest – a one-of-a-kind accommodation at Kenya’s award-winning Segera Retreat. Built alongside a river teeming with wildlife, it offers guests a breathtaking escape in what may be the world’s smallest luxury hotel—and largest bird nest!
OTHER PLACES TO EXPLORE & DO:
Cloud Nine: The surfing spot where most of the people go during the day, some even comes very early to catch the waves. This is what made Siargao famous with it’s swell and always feeling of being “on top of the world” when surfing here. It’s also one of the Top 10 surfing spots in the world. It is best to visit from November to April when the waves have plenty of swells.
Sugba Lagoon: Upon landing, you’ll see from your plane window seat below are gorgeous little islands in Del Carmen, one of them is Sugba Lagoon, it’s about 30 minutes boat ride from Del Carmen town and additional 45 minutes car ride from General Luna (where you’ll mainly stay). A lot of Island hopping tours offer packages to come here. I went here with Kermit Siargao and the tours are around 2,000 PHP (45-50USD) Inclusive of lunch BBQ and usage of paddle boarding and kayaking. They also have a diving board here! A must do if you’re here. You’ll spend the whole afternoon here. You can also snorkel here and get to know non-sting jellyfish that goes around the area.
Magpupungko Rock Tidal Pools – This place is magical! It only appears when the water is low tide. You could check the schedules every night before going here thru your hotel concierge or ask the locals about the hours. I went here twice and on my second attempt, we were unsuccessful with Therese. It’s about an hour or so motorbike ride – I drove going here twice using google maps. Make sure to put sunscreen on your way when driving. I always get sunburnt every time I drive here but it’s definitely worth it. The water is so clear and so beautiful. A gorgeous place to fly a drone as well.
WHERE TO EAT:
Food Scene is Siargao is huge! so many selections from left to right. I haven’t tried everything but here are some of my favourite places to eat on the Island and had experienced. I heard Lotus Shore has the best vegan menu but it was closed when we checked it out. (maybe on the next trip)
SHAKA – Probably one of the most popular spots for smoothie bowl, the owner is from Australia and has another branch in Bohol. My favourite here is Cloud 9 Kook which mainly consist of Banana, Peanut butter, coconut milk and cacao.
KERMIT SIARGAO – One of the best Italian food I have ever tasted, they make fresh pizza & fresh pasta. The best Mojitos in the island as well. I recommend ordering the pizza and pasta menus, the pizzas are served for dinner tho and none for lunch. They have first come, first serve policy and best to call ahead for a reservation.
BRAVO – The place for a night out or Spanish cravings. I really love the tapas and paella here, which you can enjoy by the pool or the chill out area. The vibe as well at night is fantastic.
HARANA – We went here to try their menu and I fell in love with the Filipino cuisine here, they truly outdid their presentation of the food.
MAMA’S GRILL – Probably always get so packed because of how affordable this place is. Grill is one of my favourite way of cooking my food, its simple yet it gives so much flavour to your food. they have vegetable options for vegan and best to eat it with rice.