Philippines: First Timer’s Guide to Siargao

Jun 24, 2019 | ESCAPE, Philippines

by MJ Toledo

Siargao, Philippines | Trevor Claringbold

Get to know Siargao, a tear-shaped island located in the south of the Philippines.

Often dubbed as “Bali twenty years ago,” the charming island of Siargao is famous for surfers thanks to its seamless wave, Cloud 9.

However, the island is also perfect for non-surfers. Filled with thousands (even millions!) of coconut trees, vibrant blue water that looks like it came straight out of a Gatorade bottle, and the friendly locals, Siargao should be your next getaway destination. If you’re a first time visitor, here’s everything you need to know to make your stay better.

Where to Stay

A couple of years ago, there were only around 45 reports on the island. However, the number has grown to significantly to more than 200 lately. Whatever you may be looking for in your home away from home, Siargao surely has something in store for you. 

Photos from the Globetrotter TV Philippines island of Siargao

Photos from the Globetrotter TV Philippines island of Siargao | Trevor Claringbold

Nay Palad

If you want to live like royalty, Nay Palad is the place to be. Formerly known as Dedon, this magical place straight out of a postcard. The resort boasts one of a kind architecture which screams island life with a taste of luxury.

Ocean 101 Beach Resort

If you’re visiting Siargao to surf the epic waves, Ocean 101 is the perfect accommodation for you. Although this resort has amazing rooms and great staff, its view is responsible for its huge draw before it’s right in front of Cloud 9. 

Ocean 101 Beach Resort

Ocean 101 Beach Resort – Cloud 9 Surf | Facebook

Paglaom Hostel

Perfect for budget travelers, Paglaom Hostel stands out among all hostels in Siargao. With basic accommodation, shared amenities, cheap rate, and clean surroundings, it’s no wonder why it’s flocked by tourists all over the world. The best part is, this hostel will help you meet new friends easily!

Where to Eat

It turns out, Siargao is not only a haven for beach bums but also foodies! The island offers great food choices for meat lovers, vegans, and vegetarians.


Fruit extravaganza, anyone? A visit to Siargao is not complete without uploading a photo of Shaka’s photogenic fruit bowl on your Instagram. Shaka Café offers not only delicious but also healthy food that is perfect for a pick me up after a tiring surf session or an energy booster to nurse a hangover.

Kermit Surf Resort

Dubbed as the best pizza place in the Philippines, Kermit Surf Resort’s Restaurant is known for its sumptuous Italian food. Aside from their renowned pizza, Kermit’s restaurant is also famous for its pasta, lava cake, and of course, happy hour! Just remember to make a reservation because the place is always full especially on dinner.

Miguel’s Taqueria

What used to be a small shack by the Siargao market has now transformed into a huge restaurant in its town center. If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for something to eat, head over to Miguel’s Taqueria for a generous serving of Mexican food at a cheap price. Miguel’s Taqueria is also famous for having the coldest beer on the island.

What to Do

Go Island Hopping

Only a few minutes away from General Luna lies three of Siargao’s most beautiful islands –Naked Island, Guyam, and Daku. If you’re in Siargao, make sure to explore the three islands to see the bluest water. You will also be treated to a sumptuous boodle fight –  a unique way to eat seafood lunch, in one of the destinations.


Since you’re already in one of the world’s most popular surf spots, why don’t you try your skills in the water? Siargao has tons of certified instructors to make sure that you are safe and having fun in the water.

Visit Magpupungko Rock Pools

During low tide, you can rent a motorbike and drive around the island to visit the picturesque Magpupungko Rock Pools. This tidal pool looks ten times better than your favorite swimming pool – perfect to cool you off on a hot day! Make sure to stop by at the Tayangban cave pool on the way to Magpupungko.

Siargao Awaits You!

It’s no wonder by everyone is so enamored by Siargao’s unassuming beauty. It was even named as the best island in the world by Conde Nast. With its wide array of surf breaks, great restaurants, and endless opportunities for adventure, you will surely have the time of your life here.