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.
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!