Where to Stay in SiargaoA number of international surf style resorts have been set up near the Cloud 9 break. Ocean 101 has good food and “surfers favourite” rooms for 750Php/night. It’s owned by an Aussie who spends half of his time in the Philippines and half of his time near Byron Bay – not a bad life. Alternatively, you can stay in the main town of General Luna, although it will be a bit of a walk or a cycle to get to the main surf breaks. Pacifico beach north of Cloud 9 is developing as a resort spot with a break out from the beach. Cloud 9 definitely isn’t the only place to stay but it is very convenient if you want to surf and find other travellers. Click Here to find more accommodation options in Siargao!
Things to Do in SiargaoSurf: plenty of it! Peak season September – April with big surfing competitions being held at the beginning of the season. In the offseason the waves drop but are still fun and consistent. Fish: hire a Banca boat, a local and a couple of fishing rods then head out to catch a big one! When you’ve brought in your catch either cook it on a tropical island beach and feel like a sweet hunter-gatherer, or take it back to the resort where they will cook it for you. Idle with a mask and snorkel: Instructions – book, beach, book, beach, swim, snorkel, beach, snorkel, book. Sound good? Bike tour: Siargao is big enough to make exploring on a motorbike fun. There are heaps of interesting beaches away from the crowded spots. Not recommended after rain, however, as the roads can get pretty boggy! Go Island Hopping: There are so many picture-perfect island paradises in the waters around Siargao, hire a banca to find your own island paradise!
How to get there
- Fly: You can travel by plane to get to Siargao, although at this stage flights only leave from Manila/Cebu on Fridays and are quite expensive as far as Philippines flights go.
- Air & Sea: Most alternative routes travel via Surigao City. Fly into here from Cebu City and then catch a ferry on to Siargao. If this all sounds too complicated, spend the extra and catch a flight, you won’t regret it…
Where to go next?
- Cagayan de Oro: Tagged “the golden friendship city” this makes the ideal city break if you’ve had your fill of island life. Take a 6-hour bus ride to CDO from Surigao City.
- Camiguin: Once you’re done with CDO, the logical next step is Camiguin Island, famous for its beaches, volcanoes and springs. Just a 2-hour boat trip from CDO on the fast ferry.
- Cebu: You can take an overnight boat with Cokaliong Shipping Lines from here and be back in Cebu the very next day.
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