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Fun Things to Do in Siargao, whether you’re surfing or not

Seriously? You booked a flight to Siargao, but you don’t want to surf? You probably have heard that Siargao is the surfing capital of the southern Philippines. Indeed! Like other famous surfing spots in Indonesia, Australia, and Mexico, Siargao is also one of the Philippines’ best-surfing spots. Don’t fret about how you’re going to spend the rest of your stay. Here are my recommended fun things to do on this amazing world-class island, Siargao.

I didn’t know about it until I tried everything myself. A few months back, I booked a flight from Manila to Siargao. Anyway, when I first got to Siargao, there were tons of surfing boards everywhere, and seeing the kind of amazed me. Since I can’t swim well and I’m afraid of water, I didn’t indulge in surfing yet. Instead, I found other ways to enjoy the island for one week fully. So, I’d like to share the experience with you. Are you ready?

Fun things to do in Siargao

Rent a bike or motorbike

I rented a bicycle for two days. Siargao is a relatively safe place. Rent a bike or a motorbike to stroll around the town. A bicycle can get you only to nearby places. A motorbike, on the other hand, is recommended when you want to go to the town proper. (insert photo) Bicycle rental costs P100-200 per day, while motorbike rental is P200-500 per day.

Join a reggae music party

Siargao offers varieties of music parties that swing the soul, perfectly matching the island vibe, but the best part here is reggae is everywhere! If you’re a fan of reggae, then Siargao island is your soulmate! On my first night, four nice cool friends and I went to a bar with hippie artists playing reggae music! Ahh, reggae on the beach is just so soothing after a long day! What’s fun on Siargao islands if you’re missing out on a Reggae music party!

Go Island hopping

I stayed at Paglaom Hostel, which offers island hopping. They usually require at least 8 people to join the tour, so I asked my other friends to join us on that day. Everyone was so eager to join that we had to occupy two boats. Of course, we made friends with one another! (insert photo) Island hopping costs Php750 per head. Island hopping includes The Naked Island and Daku Island.

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Island Hopping by Paglaom Hostel

The surfer paradise has varieties of activities to do. When I was there, honestly, I wasn’t really surfing; Instead, I indulged myself and tried extraordinary fun things in Siargao!

Sleepover on Guyam Island

This is my most favorite part! I’m ecstatic to tell you that if you go to Siargao, don’t ever miss this! Sleepover on Guyam Island is a must. We slept on this remote island for a night. I was with four strangers who instantly became my friends! One guy from the US, two amazing girls from The Netherlands, and one guy from Switzerland. Make sure to bring your own hammock that you can tie to coconut trees.

Truly so much fun and unique things not to overlook in Siargao!

What to bring for the overnight:

Bring food and water. There is literally nothing there except lots of coconut trees. We went skinny dipping at night and swam with glowing planktons around us. Although, you have to ask for permission to stay here. As for us, we asked the island hopping organizer (the owner of Paglaom Hostel) if we could stay there, and she allowed us. We were fetched by a boatman the next day.

Sign up for a yoga class

Kermit’s Hostel offers a yoga class for P350 per session. Unfortunately, when I inquired about it, the class was held in the morning. However, they were also offering a class at 5 pm. To be sure, inquire about the schedule beforehand. Who wouldn’t want to be sexier and healthier, right? Let me tell you my secret.

Two years ago, I gained extra weight due to overconsumption of booze. That was April. August of that same year, my best friend and I went to Boracay. I had to lose weight before the trip, so I turned to yoga which got my back and became my best friend! Yoga is good not only for the body but also for the mind. Yoga has several aims depending on your needs. In my case, I did yoga to lose weight. It’s also a good way to make friends.

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Other extra but obvious activities

Go to the Tayangban Cave Pool

This cave pool is freaking cold! It has an entrance fee of P20 for locals and P50 forforeigners.It’s a 1- to 1.5-hour motorcycle drive from your accommodation. Along the road, you will see a small sign that welcomes you. Swim in the cave pool, as the water is soothing, but be careful because it’s slippery. The entrance fee includes the entrance to the cave. Exit is on the other side of the road. It’s dark inside the cave, so bring a small flashlight. But don’t worry, there are guides. You can leave your stuff on a bench before exploring the cave. Supposedly, our target destination was the Magpupungko Pool, but it was high tide.

Beach bumming and of course, surfing!

Oops, sorry, I still want to convince you to give surfing a shot. So, you go, girl. Who knows? You might end up like me, who actually never wanted to try it, but when I did, I never wanted to get off the board anymore! The surfing lesson is P300 per hour, but if you are good at haggling, you can have a full surfing lesson for P1300.

Where to stay

Ever wondered where to stay? I strongly recommend Paglaom Hostel. The owners are a lovely sweet Swedish girl and her Filipino surfer boyfriend. They are managing the hostel. It’s cheap and has a homey, friendly atmosphere.

My next recommendation is Villa Solaria. The owner is Mr. Pal, a Swedish, and has Filipino staff. The last time I stayed there, there was ongoing construction, but now it’s fully done. They have added interesting facilities for guests to enjoy, such as places for boxing, yoga, karaoke, pole, and more. You can check my personal review here. I personally stayed at these two hostels in Siargao.

What’s a visit to Siargao without having a taste of Kermit?

You should take note that Kermit’s pizzas are served only from 6 pm till 11 pm. Again, I didn’t know about that, so one day, when I was craving for pizza, I went to check out the place. Sad to say, I wasn’t able to order one. Instead, I got a sandwich and a beer for myself! Also, I heard that Kermit’s makes the best-tasting pizza in Siargao! Anyway, this is a kind of pizza you can order and eat. Photo credits to my BFF. He went there a month after my trip, so he had pizza. I’m drooling!

So, do you have anything to add to the list and other ideas of fun things to do in this surfing Paradise, Siargao? Did I miss anything? I bet once you get there, you’ll never want to leave again. Siargao stole my heart. I’m sure it will steal yours, too. Enjoy!

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  • Tanya Korteling
    May 19, 2017 at 00:12

    This is a great informative post. I’m always hesitant about going to surfy spots, because like you I’m not a great swimmer and can get scared if out of my depth! Loved reading about all the things to do here for a non-surfer! Guyam Island would be top of my list! I love getting off the Beaten Track!

  • Ambuj
    May 19, 2017 at 05:42

    I had thought Siargao was only for surfing but now I know it can be explored in so many ways! Island hopping really fascinates me.

  • LaiAriel Samangka (Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    May 20, 2017 at 02:40

    Oh wow, thank you for showing that surigao is not just about surfing. There are truly awesome and fun activities on this Island without hurting your pocket. I didn’t know most of the tourist spot that you have shared. Island hopping is sound fun and interesting activity to try on Siargao Island cause I heard that they have beautiful Islands. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • neha
    May 20, 2017 at 04:32

    Thanks for showing the diverse aspects of Surigao. A reggae music party and island hopping does sound very interesting. And the food options seem plenty and delicious. A lot to do apart from surfing

  • Ami
    May 22, 2017 at 06:18

    Island hopping does seem like a lot of fun. The beaches do look pristine and lovely enough for you to just lie around and enjoy the water. Loved your pictures. Well done!

  • Suruchi
    May 22, 2017 at 07:52

    What an interesting and informative post! This is a good guide for the non surfer like me. I too would like to rent a bike and explore the place. Pizza looks quite tempting and Tanyagban pool is really wow!! Spending a night in the hammock and swimming with planktons will be an another adventure.

  • Marge
    May 22, 2017 at 21:31

    I am targeting Siargao this year! Silver and I are planning to go there and I cannot wait. I just think it’s going to be my next “Boracay.” And I can’t wait to do all of these things you listed. I tried surfing in Baler, I did okay. Not sure if I’d go and do it again in Siargao though, lol. But I’m definitely driving a motorbike. I haven’t done that in a long time. It gives a different kind of rush that I truly love.

  • Karie
    June 16, 2017 at 19:44

    I don’t know how to surf so I would definitely like to do some island hopping. The reggae music festival and cave pool look exciting. And I’ll always say yes to pizza !!

  • Chel
    June 22, 2017 at 14:38

    I’m not a pro surfer so I will definitely go for yoga and island hopping!

  • Johna
    July 7, 2017 at 15:48

    Love the photos and details of your post! Definitely another place to add to my never ending travel bucketlist hehe. Cant wait to visit Siargaoooo ?

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