Overnight Siargao: 36 Hours in the City

Been dying to visit the Surf Capital of the Philippines, Siargao? Check out this guide for the best island experience of your life as well as recommendations for a side trip to Cebu.

There are two ways to reach Siargao, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and possibly my favorite island in the country: you can either take a plane to Surigao City and then a bumpy, 3-hour and sea sickness-inducing boat ride to Siargao, or fly to Cebu City and take a once- or twice-a-day connecting flight to the island. We chose the latter, not just out of convenience, but also to check out the vibrant city of Cebu and its blossoming food scene.

Cebu City is located in the Central Visayas region, and is one of the more metropolitan places in the country outside of Manila. This highly populated and bustling city is most known for the bright and colorful Sinulog Festival, in honor of the Sto. Niño, handmade guitars, being a jump-off point to whale shark watching areas, and of course, the succulent lechon.

For a plateful of this delicious, slow-roasted pork, I recommend the following:

  • Rico’s
  • CnT (can be found around the city)
  • Zubuchon (there several branches around the city)
  • Boneless Lechon (takeout only stalls can be found around the city)
  • Chona’s
  • Ayer’s

For more classic restaurants, the Abaca Group has opened some awesome concepts featuring anything from Italian to Vietnamese cuisine:

  • Phat Pho: Crossroads, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
  • Maya: Crossroads Mall, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
  • Beqaa: A. S. Fortuna St, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • The Abaca Resort: Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu
  • Luncheonette: Don Mariano Cui St, Cebu City, Cebu
  • The Abaca Baking Company: Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
  • Tavolata: A. S. Fortuna St, Mandaue City, Cebu

Local delicacies, eateries, and street bites:

  • The Sugbu Mercado Pop-Up (open Thursday-Sunday): Garden Bloc, Inez Villa St, Apas, Cebu City, Cebu
  • Tuslob Buwa
  • Pungko Pungko sa Fuente
  • La Lucha Taqueria: Mango Square, Juana Osmeña St, Cebu City, Cebu
  • Larsian Barbecue: Don Mariano Cui St, Cebu City, Cebu
  • STK Ta Bay: 6 A. Climaco St, Cebu City, Cebu

Coffee:

  • Yolk: Tan Kim Building, 80 Tres Borces Padres St, Cebu City, Cebu
  • 32 Umber Cafe and Co: The Forum, 6000, Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City, Cebu

Nightlife and Drinks:

  • La Maison Rose: Gorordo Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
  • The Distillery: Unit H, Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

Once you’ve had your fill of Cebu, head on over to Siargao.

Upon arrival at Siargao, your first instinct might be to grab your board and hit the beach at Cloud 9. After a long day of catching waves, here are some of my favorite places to stay:

  • Bravo: Barangay 5, Tourism Rd, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
  • Harana Surf Resort: 2 Tuason Point, Brgy. Catangnan,, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
  • Kermit Surf Resort: Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines, General Luna, 8417
  • Siargao Inn: Pangpang, Sta. Ines, Siargao Island, General Luna 8419
  • Greenhouse: Cloud 9, Siargao, Surigao del Norte
  • Kalinaw: General Luna, Surigao del Norte
  • Dedon Island: 8419 Malinao Rd, General Luna, Surigao del Norte

Island activities can get your stomach grumbling. For some small bites and street food, check these out all around island:

  • Pan de surf
  • Buko (coconut) pie
  • Spicy Saang (spider shells) by Nang Bebe
  • Kilawin (Filipino-style ceviche)

International eats:

  • Bravo
  • Shaka: General Luna, Surigao del Norte
  • Miguel’s Taqueria: General Luna, Surigao del Norte
  • Cafe Loka: Tourism Rd, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
  • Barrel Bar: Purok 5, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
  • CFC: Cloud 9, Surigao del Norte
  • Greenhouse
  • Kermit Surf Resort

Nightlife:

  • Viento del Mar: Purok 5, Tourism Road,, General Luna, Siargao, 8419
  • The Jungle: General Luna, Surigao del Norte

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Enjoy Siargao!

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