Josie’s tips for Siargao
GETTING THERE & WHERE TO STAY-
Getting to Siargao used to be quite tricky with very limited flights, so you needed to take an overnight boat ride. However, in recent years you can fly directly to Siargao Island from Cebu with Cebu Pacific. Another option now is to fly from Manila to the island with Skyjet Air. All the people on the island are very friendly and incredibly welcoming. You can stay at Sagana Resort, situated right near Cloud Nine and Siargao Bleu. There are also some cute places you can find on Airbnb which are at really good prices!
WHERE TO EAT-
For me, the best places to eat would of course be Sagana and Siargao Bleu, but the local food stands are amazing! Around Catangnan and General Luna, you will find multiple little food stands that sell barbequed banana, toron and mango- which is amazing when its green with chili sauce. Ronaldos, which is in the heart of General Luna is great too!! Best barbeque and currys! Mamas grill is also famous for their barbeque and my favourite Pandicoco which has freshly baked bread with caramelised coconut inside. It is so good! They also do that with peanut butter and chocolate.
Throughout the year, the people of the island gather together for their festivals. They open their homes to family and friends where everyone eats and chats together. It is a fantastic time to meet new people and hang out with the people you love. Again, everyone on the island is so welcoming and always love meeting new people, so greeting everyone during this time is so important. All the schools practice their dances and music for a while and around fiesta time, which occurs in September, different schools from around the island parade and walk the streets of the island dancing, singing and playing music in beautiful costumes. It is so amazing to watch!
PLACES TO SEE & THINGS TO DO-
Everywhere on the island is like a dream. Daku Island, Naked Island, and Guyam are a must. They’re only about a five-minute boat ride from General Luna and Daku Island has perfect waves. Magpupungko is a beautiful waterhole that is quite easy to get to. There are a lot of waterholes and waterfalls around the island. I recommend walking around General Luna, there’s always fun things happening there and be sure to visit the schools! The kids love visitors and their smiles are so contagious. The piers in General Luna are super fun to jump off too- especially if you’re with the locals.
I am never bored on the island; you can do almost anything. Surfing cloud nine or jacking horse is so fun!! The surf instructors, Ikit Agudo are hilarious and so kind. A friend of mine is a female longboard surfer from the island who does surf lessons, she is amazing!! It’s cool to surf with a lot of the locals, like Philmar, Maricel, Alipayo, Ikit, Agudo and her sister Aping. There’s a growing number of female surfers on the island so watching them is a must do! Bike rides around the island are so fun! You can visit all the waterfalls and stop at all the local food stands!