My family recently took a trip to the famed island of Siargao. You’ll know from my previous entries and Instagram posts that we are huge fans of soaking up the sand and sea, and trying to get in as much time appreciating nature as we can.
Siargao is known for surfing. Ask practically anyone and they’ll say that you shouldn’t miss out on this experience. However, I wasn’t able to do that on this trip, but will definitely come back someday to try it! For now though, I wanted to try out everything else that Siargao had to offer, even if I couldn’t surf.
To my surprise, there are actually a lot of things you can do besides sampling their amazing food and sunbathing on the beach all day. For anyone who’s a bit hesitant to go to Siargao because they don’t want to surf, you’ll be happy to know that you can still say yes to that trip with your friends and enjoy yourself!
Here are some of the things that you can do in Siargao that don’t involve surfing!
Don’t miss this! For a minimal fee, you can rent a boat and visit the various islands around Siargao. Most tours will take you to Guyam, Daku, and Naked islands. Here, you can enjoy the company of your friends and family on pristine beachfront while dining on some of the freshest seafood available. You can enjoy the fading afternoon sun at the last island you will visit before heading back to your hotel.
If you fancy something different, you can also take a land tour on the island. You will be taken to places like the Tayangban cave pools, which is a unique experience for people who are familiar with spelunking. It’s a little scary because you will be navigating caves in the dark (with the help of a guide), but at the end of it, you will be treated to a hidden paradise.
The Magpupungko rock pools, on the other hand, are one of the most popular destinations on the island. You’ve probably seen some of your friends’ Instagram posts on this place! You can take your time exploring or even cliff jumping into the blue waters below.
A little more uncommon to most Siargao travellers is hiking in Corregidor island. You can visit Corregidor island which is just nearby, about 30 minutes by boat. There, you can hike to the top and marvel at the great views. Chard and I are pretty huge fans of hiking, so we would take any opportunity to do so wherever we go.
Siargao really is like a slice of paradise that makes anyone who is tired or stressed feel so welcome. Adding to this is the fact that you can attend daily yoga classes on the island. This means you can factor in the wellness of mind and body to your beach trip! 🙂 Resorts like Kermit offer group and individual yoga classes regularly.
Let’s be real: when you’re at the beach, you don’t really need to follow a strict schedule (unless it’s making sure your kids are fed and put to bed at a decent time!). This is why we had fun just hanging out at the various surf resorts and chill out places on the island. In particular, we visited Harana Beach Resort and White Banana Beach Club.
We also went to Loose Keys Moto Culture, which started as a motorbike rental shop and eventually flourished into a café and bar.
An alternative to surfing is paddle boarding! This is less intense but still very fun. You can leisurely explore the different surf spots on the island, as well as hidden lagoons and mangroves. It’s a unique way of seeing Siargao.
So at the end of it all, I can’t be too sad that I wasn’t able to surf this time around because I got to do so much more! These were activities that we really enjoyed. Kai might be too little to fully appreciate them, but Zion was game for most things that were appropriate for his age.
In another blog post, I’ll tell you all about the other aspects of Siargao that we really appreciated: the food, the hospitality, and most of all, their eco-consciousness. One thing’s for sure though, I can’t wait to come back again even for a weekend for a relaxing respite from city life. And yes, I’ll be sure and surf next time. 🙂
Have you been to Siargao? What else do you recommend doing? Let me know in the comments below or leave me a comment on my Instagram!