Siargao is known as one of the country's best—if not THE best—surfing destinations, but you need not know how to catch a wave to be able to enjoy your stay here. For one thing, you can always take surfing lessons there, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to learn. And if you're not in the mood to catch some waves, the island has a ton of natural attractions for you to explore, from rock pools to waterfalls to mangrove lagoons. And like that's not enough reason to keep coming back to Siargao, the accommodation options here can be incredibly affordable. Here are nine places you can call home while you're busy falling in love with the island:
1) The Hangout
The Hangout is owned by Manila-born writer Camille Banzon, an avid surfer who decided to rent a plot of land in Siargao after falling in love with the island. They offer private rooms and tents, but you should absolutely try their mesh beds, which former guests rave about. The best part? Hangout gives five percent of each accommodation bill to Nature Kids of Siargao, a non-profit organization that helps the less fortunate families in the island.
The Hangout Siargao is located in Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Rates start at P350 per night.
Kermit calls itself the top surf school in Siargao, so if you're there to catch some waves, this is the place to be. Both novice surfers and experts will love their affordable, cozy rooms, which come with free daily breakfast, WiFi, and drinking water. The resort is also well-loved for its amazing Italian food, as well as its in-house yoga classes, island hopping tours, and other fun activities.
Kermit Surf Resort is located at Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Room rates start at P950 per night for their Basic Fan Room with a shared bathroom.
Paglaom is more than just a simple, no-frills hostel: each guest is treated like family, and the staff always organizes fun trips and activities so everyone can gets acquainted. It's got a chill vibe, a spacious kitchen where you can cook your own food, and it's just a stone's throw away from the beach. And for only P350 a night, you really couldn't ask for more!
Paglaom Hostel is located at Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. A bed here costs P350 per night.
4) Jing's Place
Stay at Jing's Place and you'll get to meet owner Kuya Jing, his wife Jasmine, and their kin. They'll treat you like family while you spend your vacation in one of their cozy rooms for rent. And if you want to learn how to surf, Jing can teach you how to ride waves himself—he's one of the first surfers on the island and he helped make Cloud 9 the legendary surf spot it is today.
Jing's Place is located at Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Rates start at P300 per night.
Bamboo Garden is located in Pacifico, a bit up north from General Luna, the island's most famous surf location. But the waves here are still awesome (not to mention less crowded), and it's also close to a lot of the island's top attractions. Spend your stay on the island at one of their cozy beach cottages, all located just steps away from their white sand beach.
Bamboo Garden is located at Pacifico, San Isidro, Surigao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Room rates start at P900 per night.
If you're looking for a fun time, you can't go wrong at The Smiling Pig. The owners and the staff go to great lengths to ensure that everyone's having a good time, fondly calling each other “Pigs” and “Piglets.” Facilities and amenities are pretty basic, but when you've got the surf waiting for you outside and a great crowd welcoming you after a long day out, what else do you really need?
The Smiling Pig Hostel is located at Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. A bed here costs P350 per night.
Footprints is a small, cozy place, with only six bunk beds in their dorm room and a couple of sweet, friendly dogs you can play with when you're done surfing for the day. Owners David and Apple really make their place a home away from home, treating their guests like family and attending to their every need. And if you're in the mood to surf, Footprints is just a short walk from the beach.
Footprints Homestay is located at Purok 3, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Rates start at P350 per night.
Kawili Resort, located just outside the town of General Luna, has five different accommodation options for every kind of traveler. Their 12-bed air-conditioned dorm room has en suite bathroom facilities, spacious lockers, high quality beddings, and personal outlets, making it a great pick if you're on a tight budget. They also arrange several activities, from the usual surfing lessons to (hopefully not regrettable) carabao rides.
Kawili Resort is located outside General Luna along Tourism Road, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Dorn room rates are at P500 per bed per night, while cottage rates start at P1,000.
In the mood to surf first thing in the morning? Stay at Bravo Beach Resort, which is located near Siargao's best waves. Stay at one of their four-bed Surf Bunks to meet fellow beach bums then stop by the resort's in-house restaurant for authentic Spanish cuisine.
Bravo Beach Resort is located along Tourism Road, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. Rates start at P950 per night.
Main image from The Hangout