Eats and treats: Why Siargao is an adventurer’s haven

Naveen Ganglani

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Eats and treats: Why Siargao is an adventurer’s haven
Here's your guide to making the most of your Siargao visit

Unassuming and serene, the island of Siargao has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines.

With some of the most beautiful waves there are, smaller islands to explore near the main area, and establishments more than suitable for a fun night out, the amount of people who will visit Siargao should only increase over the next few years – especially with Boracay’s temporary closure – and you shouldn’t miss out on the chance to do the same.

Here’s a general rundown of what you should know about one of the most attractive places not only in the country, but the entire world:

For accommodations, Siargao boasts of many resorts that will keep you comfortable. Some of the popular ones include Reef Beach Resort, Kawayan, Bravo, and Kermit. Those looking for a cheaper alternative can also research on the numerous Airbnb’s available – some of which are already close to the best attractions of Cloud 9, the main surfing spot, where you can avail of instructors to help you out in case it’s your first time.

A fair warning: the lifestyle in Siargao is very laid back, so don’t expect top-notch amenities even at the resorts. Nonetheless, immersing yourself in the total experience — even if it means not the best bathroom moments — is part of the journey.

To get around General Luna, there are multiple places where you can rent a motorbike (P350/day), tricycle (P400/day), or even a car (P2,500/day).

Places to eat are limitless, but there are a few that stand out from the rest.

Kermit, which just recently opened a branch in Makati, has impeccable brick-over pizza options and tempting items on their pasta menu, especially their Tagliatella al Tartufata.

On the healthier and more refreshing side of things, one can’t go to Siargao and not visit Shaka, where choices of different power bowls and smoothies can fill up the most craving of appetites.

Those seeking for fresh, grilled food can troop over to Mama’s Grill, where selections of meat like liempo, chicken, beef, prawn, and many more will give you the energy in order to explore the entire island.

Another great thing about Siargao is that a lot of these eating establishments double as places you can go to for inuman sessions with your friends. Enjoy live music at the open area of Harana while downing beers or check out Barrel Bar in for whiskey-cokes and delicious one-pound burger.

It’s a tradition in the island for one specific location to be the “popping” place every night where everyone goes to for a good time.

For example, on Tuesday and Friday evenings, you’ll see everyone in the island hoping for a great way to end the night at Jungle Disco. But on Monday nights, RumBar is the place to be. All you need to do is ask the people around where it’s hot for the night, and you won’t have to worry about jumping to different bars in order to find one good spot.

Of course, there’s no point visiting Siargao if you fail to go to the islands nearby. Doing so might be a little bit of a challenge, since you’ll have to take a van that will bring you to a port. From there, you’ll ride a bangka that will get you to the said islands. But once you’re there, it will be all worth it.

There are a lot of people who will offer packages in order for you to go island hopping (pro tip: there are cheaper options than the ones being offered by resorts), so make sure the one you take includes a visit to Sugba Lagoon, arguably the most popular destination for those who visit Siargao.

Sugba possesses a lot of options for aquatic adventurers, like snorkling, paddle-boarding, and diving. The water in between the pretty-looking mountains are nearly as clear as can be, giving you a look into what’s underneath. Just be careful of those jellyfish!

There are also island hopping options to take you to these 3 places: Guya, Daku, and Naked islands. It will require you to wake up before 8 AM and cost somewhere between P1,200-1,500, depending on big of a group you are – but trust me when I say it will be worth it.

Naked Island has almost no greenery and is just a body of sand surrounded by water. Not so fun when it’s a warm day, but definitely one of the prettier sights you’ll ever see. Daku is a perfect  lunch spot where you can buy fresh and delightful seafood while chilling in bahay kubos. Guyam is a safe little haven with palm trees to enhance your island experience. Swimming at each spot is a must.

That’s just the beginning of it. There are also places near Siargao that are crowd-favorites: other surfing spots, waterfalls, secret beaches, and many more.

It’s not difficult to see why Siargao continues to make a case as one of the Philippines’ must-see islands. It’s unlimited in terms of things to do for fun, but more than that, a great escape if the metro is starting to get way too heavy for you. –

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