Initially drawn to Siargao (shar-gao) by good year-round waves and a tranquillity lost in other equally Philippine beautiful islands, a small group of passionate Aussie, American and European surfers are still living the good ol’ days. There’s no trussed-up tourist scene, only laid-back resorts happily making do with the tourists who find them – and it’s a self-selected group. Besides surfers looking for the next challenge on their international wanderjahr, low-key do-it-yourself types do well here. There are rock pools, mangrove swamps, offshore islands with strange rock formations and wildlife, waterfalls, forests and hammock sitting, usually the coda to any day.
The port is in the main township of Dapa. On arrival you’ll probably want to head straight over towards one of the resorts located along the dirt road between General Luna (known locally as GL) and ‘Cloud Nine’. Mem’s, right by the pier, is an acceptable place to bed for the night if you want convenience for an early-morning ferry.