Siargao in Surigao del Norte is known worldwide as the Philippines’ Surfing Capital, but thanks to the exposure it has gained these couple of months (we're looking at you, MMFF 2017 2nd Best Picture, Siargao), the little island on the eastern seaboard has now become the go-to beach destination of tourists—both local and foreign, surfers and non-surfers alike.
In fact if you're not so big on riding waves, there’s also more to do in Siargao. In order to discover what this paradise has to offer (because we're too poor to actually book a ticket atm), we relied on on some of our favorite babes' IG accounts. Check them out right here:
Explore the island via a motorbike like Bela Padilla
Siargao is also popular for its long stretch of roads, surrounded by towering coconut trees. You can actually explore the whole island via motorbike. Just rent one in the island’s capital, General Luna. Rent per day is usually around P400.
Go island hopping like Erich Gonzales
Island hopping in Siargao is a must. There are three islands that are only a boat trip away from General Luna: Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island. You can join a group tour, or have the boat for yourself (along with your friends) for around P2,000 pesos only. A delicious seafood lunch is included when you join a tour.
Rent a stand up paddle board like Jasmine Curtis Smith
Stand up paddle boarding at Sugba Lagoon is one of the most popular things to do while in Siargao. Sugba Lagoon is just an hour and 30-minute boat ride from General Luna. You can book a trip there for P1,500 per person. The 4000-hectare lagoon is surrounded by mangrove trees, rock formations, and small islands, which you can explore via the stand up paddle board (rent is P200 per hour). Of course, we also suggest jumping from the lagoon’s diving platform for the ultimate adrenaline rush!
Take a photo while riding Bayud Boutique Resort’s famous swing like Rachel Peters
Bayud Boutique Resort is probably the most insta-famous resort in Siargao. If you’re the backpacker type, you’ll very much enjoy Bayud’s chill vibe and cool crowd—it's one of the reasons why celebrities keep on coming back. Room rates range from P7,000 to P18,000. Trivia: Bayud means “wave” in Surigaonon!
Volunteer for a cause like Maris Racal
When you’ve already made the most out of your Siargao stay and want to give back to Surigaonons, we suggest you join one of Grom Nation Surf Charity events or projects. Grom Nation encourages local kids to value their education, via rewarding them with free surf lessons and surfboard rental. They also hold life-skill seminars such as surfboard repair workshops, music classes, arts and crafts, and cooking classes. Beach clean-ups are also part of their program. If you have the extra time and some talents you want to share to these kids, join their mailing list by clicking this link (or message their FB page for more details).