Ah Siargao, how much do I love you? One of the 7,641 islands located in the Philippines, this tiny island started out as a surfer’s hub and suddenly burst into the mainstream partly because of social media and being featured in a local movie. While it is still mostly underdeveloped, things are moving fast and it would be best to get there before everyone else did!
We arrived in February, a good time to visit the Philippines because it’s just before the summer months (March to May) and while you can get a little bit of rain it is nothing like the monsoon season (June to August). Peak season is usually over Christmas up to about January so February makes it a good time to hit shoulder season before everything picks up again. It never stops being humid, though.
The island is beautiful and has a limited amount of accommodation so it’s best to book early to make sure you get a good place to stay - one fellow tourist we ran into ended up in a place with no running water. We stayed at the lovely Siargao Bleu Resort and were greeted with a coconut upon arrival.V
Some of the food we had: Native fish & garlic rice from the Siargao Bleu buffet breakfast, pizza from Kermit, also a popular place to stay, Traditional lonsilog (Longaniza, a sweet/spicy sausage, fried egg & garlic rice) from Harana, and dessert of Turon - banana fritters with Ube (Taro) ice cream
For sunset we walked to Cloud 9, the famous break where all the surfers go. We walked over a rickety bridge - I swear I thought I was going to die, everyone else was fine and taking selfies - to get to the viewing platform on the end, before catching a glimpse of the magnificent sunset.