Siargao is a one small island among the 7000+ islands that make up the Philippines but although it is just small, it is best known for its’ amazing waves that surfers love that’s why it rightly claims the title as the Philippines’ surfing capital. Siargao boasts a unique mix of excellent waves ideal for surfing, relaxing vibes, beautiful beaches, and an unlimited supply of fresh coconuts! As a small island, you can easily explore the whole island in a day.
During my stay there, I really loved the “home-y” feel of Siargao. The most common form of transportation here is the habal-habal (motorcycle) or sometimes tricycles. It’s ideal to rent a motorbike when you’re exploring Siargao because it’s cheaper and you’re also free to stop at any place and go to another place any time you like. Another thing that I like about this place is there are no taxis, jeepneys or buses and because of this, the island doesn’t feel crowded.
If you’re a surfer, it’s ideal to go to Siargao during September since the waves are really nice during that time of the year. For non-surfers like me, it’s okay to go there during summer season but it’s important to take note that if you ever want to give surfing a try, the waves aren’t that good during the summer.
My favorite part of Siargao is its’ beaches. I love beaches. White beaches with turquoise waters and palm trees have a special place in my heart. To be quite honest, I really have high expectations when it comes to beaches and I’m not joking, Siargao did not disappoint! Siargao really has some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in the Philippines.
Travelling with TravelBook PH and SkyJet Airlines
I really enjoyed a lot during our 5-day stay in Siargao. I’d like to share to you the two resorts that we stayed in during our wonderful time in Siargao. Also at the end of this post, I’ll be sharing ten reasons why Siargao should be on your “must visit” list.
For our first night in Siargao, we stayed at Club Tara Resort, which can be found in the island of Socorro in Siargao. Known for its overwater villa, this place is ideal for honeymooners. Stand up paddling, kayaking, and swimming are the activities you can do in this resort.
For me, the place needs a little renovation but nevertheless, the place is still stunning! During our stay here, it feels like I was also in Maldives. The rooms/cottages in the resort already have a coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, hair dryer and complimentary bottled water. The room that I stayed in is quite unique because the entrance to the bathroom has no door. The only thing that separates the bathroom are the curtain beads. It’s really not an issue but I think I would be more comfortable if there was a door to the bathroom. Really, the only issue that I had about the room was the resort had difficulty of pumping tap water in the rooms so instead of tap water, salt water was being pumped out. Air conditioning is a bit feeble but not an issue.
Our second day up until our last day in Siargao, we stayed at Bayud Boutique Resort. it is one of the best resorts in Siargao and is known for its’ peaceful and calm ambience. Bayud means “wave” in Surigaonon. I find that fact interesting because I always wake up to the soothing sound of distant waves lapping on the shore during our stay there.
Our stay in this resort was pure bliss. Everything you see in this resort is really beautiful and Instagram worthy. Each villa is enveloped by lush plants and the villa’s black-painted walls create a stylish contrast. You’ll also spot some bright and playful wall art that really gives the resort some color. There are currently 11 villas in Bayud Boutique Resort and 2 presidential suites which has three rooms and an outdoor deck facing the beach. Each villa is spacious and also has wood furnishings that add to the room’s rustic charm. Bayud also has a restaurant called “Surfing Pig” and this restaurant offers really good Filipino dishes (must try is their “Lechon Kare Kare”).
10 Reasons to go to Siargao:
1.) Everything is scenic.
As a Photographer, I always seek places that are beautiful in their own unique way. Siargao definitely is beautiful and charming in its’ own way. I definitely had a blast taking photos of Siargao’s infinitely many treasures.
2.) Palm trees for days!
Everywhere we go in Siargao, there’s always tall palm trees. Even on highways, you’ll see different views of palm trees. You probably know how much I love palm trees hahaha so imagine how happy I was during my time in Siargao!
3.) Local food is better.
In Siargao, I’ve tasted so many good dishes! Words don’t do justice on how good the food in Siargao is. The seafood is absolutely the best! It’s so delicious, I’ll promise you will dream about it after you left the island. Up until now, I’m still craving for the food that I tried in Siargao!
One of the best things Siargao offers is the different resorts/villas that you can stay in. The resorts are usually boutique resorts so expect majority of the resorts in Siargao to be beautiful and artistic.
5.) Friendly locals.
The people of Siargao really are polite and friendly! They’re really nice and hospitable to everyone. If you’re planning to go to Siargao, I recommend getting to know the locals so they could also share information and their experiences about the island.
6.) Lots of opportunities to take your #OOTD.
Everywhere you go, there’s always a perfect Instagram-worthy place on this island. To capture all this scenic views with your #OOTD, it’s ideal to use your phone/wide lens camera.
7.) Unique spots.
There’s always something unique and yet to be explored in Siargao. One of the best places that you can go is the Sugba and Sohoton Lagoon and Siargao’s 3 different Islands namely Dayum, Dako and Naked.
8.) Golden hour.
Siargao is a beautiful place and it’s no exaggeration to call it a paradise. If you’re still thinking whether it’s worth it to book that flight to Siargao, I’m gonna give you a friendly advice and say that yes, it’s worth it! Seeing the sunset in this island is a very different and breathtaking experience because of the pink cotton skies and a really amazing view of the sun setting in the horizon. A definite must see when you’re in Siargao!
9.) Surfing Capital.
For those who want to surf or simply enjoy a beautiful island in this part of the world, I highly recommend adding this island to your Philippine itinerary. Luckily, there’s a couple of packages that resorts offer for surfers and non-surfers alike.
10.) Travel buddies.
I really recommend that you go to Siargao with your friends or family. If you ever dream of a paradise island with that peaceful ambience, Siargao is a must visit! You and your company will definitely enjoy the beauty and charm of Siargao. ( Tagging my awesome travel buddies : @Kerwinking @DaniBarreto @BelaPadilla @XaviPanlilio and @Joshvahnlee J )
Everyone I know who has visited Siargao seems to have fallen in love with the place and I can definitely see why! Experiencing Siargao for yourself is really a must. No matter how many days you’ve planned to stay in Siargao, it won’t be enough. You’ll definitely fall in love with the people, the beaches and the food. Put simply, the island has a great vibe. Let’s hope that it stays this way for many years to come!
Thank you again
@Travelbookph and @SkyjetAir