I’d always wanted to go to Siargao but I’ve only just recently marked it off my list. Prior to this getaway, I knew nothing about the island, except that it is one of the best surf spots in the Philippines.
It’s so much more than that, though.
Beautiful scenic spots to visit. Authentic and fun restaurants to try out. Hip hotels and resorts to stay in. A wide array of activities to do on the island. Parties that rival the metro’s night life, in a tamer-island-life-kind-of-way.
Here are a few activities and spots I suggest you do and visit, should you find yourself in this paradise:
1. Go to Magpupungko Rock Pools
We rented a scooter and drove to the rock pools. It took about 50 minutes for us to get there from General Luna but it wasn’t difficult to find the place at all. The journey itself was a great experience. You see wonderful green scenery throughout the whole ride and you get a glimpse of the locals’ way of life as you drive through their villages. As you walk into Magpupungko Beach, you are treated to such a beautiful sight. Rocks in the ocean, a stretch of the beach, little restaurants and stores by the side, and a glimpse of the rock pools. As you walk around, you see the pools on one side, and the majestic waves on the other. There’s a reason it’s no. 1 on my list, I definitely found Magpupungko Rock Pools beautiful.
Entrance Fee: P50.00/person
Scooter: P500.00/24 hours
Tip for the Tour Guide: P100.00
2. Go Island Hopping
We spent our Sunday afternoon exploring Daku Island, Naked Island, and Guyam Island. On Daku Island, you can rent a cottage for only P250.00, and buy food and drinks there as there are stores on the island. We bought fish at the market before heading off, and had the locals cook them on the island. Apart from the food, we also brought our drinks with us. It helps if you have a cooler with you. I suggest that you plan your trip around having lunch on Daku Island, as this is the only island with stores.
Naked Island and Guyam Island are charming little islands. We spent our last hour at Guyam Island to enjoy the sunset and it was lovely and calming to just sit there staring at the sky, with our drinks in our hands.
Rent for the boat: P1,500.00
Cooking Fee, Rice, and Coconut Juice: P350.00
3. Go for The Sugba Lagoon Tour
You go through the mangroves on your way to the lagoon and that in itself is a nice experience. Nature everywhere! The lagoon feels like a little secret amongst locals and a few tourists. There’s a two-storey cottage there where you can use as your base while you paddle board, kayak, swim, or snorkel around the lagoon. Pictures really won’t be able to clearly show how beautiful this lagoon is. My favorite experience was just paddle-boarding around. As you go through some areas, you feel like it’s just you, your companion, and nature.
Tour (by Bravo): P2,000.00/person (Consists of the van ride to the port, boat ride, lunch, and drinks)
4. Bike around The Island
For me, there’s nothing quite like riding a bike around an island with such beautiful scenery. Fresh air, beautiful view, reasonable rate. What better way to explore the island than this, right?
Rent: P500/24 hours (We rented ours from Harana Surf Resort)
5. Eat at Kermit Resort Restaurant!
Kermit Resort Restaurant is definitely one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to. I’m still left daydreaming about their pizza. With a brick oven imported from Italy, it’s hard to go wrong. It definitely is one of the best I’ve had in the Philippines. Now that I’m back in Manila, it breaks my heart to know that it’s going to take two plane rides to have another slice of my favorite pizza from there. DELICIOUS food, great vibe, and an array of drinks to match. What more can you ask for?
Pizza (Estimate): P500.00 (We went for the make your own pizza)
Drinks: Beers there are at P50.00/bottle
Tip: It’s always full, so it’s best for you to reserve a table before going there.
6. Eat at Mama’s Grill
So delicious! Like Kermit Resort Restaurant, this place is always full too. So if you want to go there, make sure to go early or be armed with patience as you may have to wait for your food. This I can say, though, it is definitely worth it. You choose the meat and they grill it for you. The sauces to choose from are sweet, spicy, and mixed. We went for their mixed sauce and we got the prawns, chicken, pork chop, pork barbecue, and we were left wanting more. So good!
A total of P800.00 for all that we ordered (3 sticks of Prawns, 1 stick of Pork Chop, 2 sticks of Pork Barbecue, 1 stick of Chicken)
7. Stay/Eat at Harana Surf Resort
I love the vibe at Harana Surf Resort. Artsy, hip, and nothing but positivity. We stayed at one of their deluxe rooms and the view from the room is breathtaking! You’re treated to amazing art pieces around the resort too and inside some of the rooms. Aside from great accommodation, I love the food. The restaurant has a chill island vibe and it’s always matched with great music. Some of my suggestions of dishes for you to try are the Sukiyaki, Crispy Pata, and their Sinigang.
Room Rates at Harana:
Deluxe Room: P2,500.00*/night
Family Hut: P5,500.00*/night
Community Hut: P600.00*/night
8. Have Coffee at Fili Beans Espresso (located at Harana Surf Resort)
If you’re looking for the best tasting coffee in Siargao, this is the place for you. With selections from For The Hotties & For The Cool Kids lists, I’m sure you’ll find your perfect cup of coffee at Fili Beans Espresso. I tried their Iced Coffee and Cappuccino and my first cup got me really attached to the place. We were there every single morning during our stay on the island. The cafe is open from 7:00-11:00 am and 1:00-5:00 pm.
Price Range: P120.00 – P130.00
9. Try the Island Night Life out!
These are the restaurants/bars we visited while we were on the island. We had fun in all of the spots, so here’s a list of places to try out while you’re there. One of the places to drink at has already been mentioned on this list, Harana Surf Resort, so I’ll share the rest on our list of places to go to.
Viento Del Mar
We spent our first night there and we were treated to a fun night of good drinks, great music, and the best company.
Bravo Beach Resort
I love the interior design of their restaurant. The couches make you want to just stay there the entire night, so comfortable! It’s definitely a great place to just chill and enjoy the night. Try their Sangria! Reasonable priced at only P400.00! Don’t be fooled though, it’s quite a strong drink.
If you’re a beer drinker, this is the place you need to go to. Definitely great beers at Siargao Inn. My favorite was the Freaky Tiki though, one of their cocktails, so refreshing! I have to say that was the best drink I had on the island.
This has to be the best Karaoke joint in Siargao! With a wide selections of songs and drinks to choose from, you get a night full of entertainment and fun!
This is the marinated Whole Roasted Chicken for only P199.00 from Barrel Bar. Need I say more? Oh yes, one more word – Gravy! The gravy it comes with is unforgettable. Like I said with Kermit’s pizza, it breaks my heart a little knowing that this chicken and the pizza from Kermit are a sum of two plane rides away for me. You-have-got-to-go-try-it! Perfect meal after a night of drinking.
A trip to Siargao will not be complete without going for at least one surf session! I don’t really surf, but I enjoy trying it out every now and then. For only P500.00/hour, you have your own coach who’ll teach you tricks of the trade. We organized our surfing lesson at Harana Surf Resort where we were staying.
Trike/Motorbike to the surf spot: Either P500.00/24 hours or P40.00/ride
Coaching Fee: P500.00/Hour
Siargao definitely did not disappoint. It now is on top of the list of favorite islands I’ve visited in the Philippines.
If you haven’t been to the island, it is high time you see and experience what the fuss is all about.
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