WHERE TO STAY ON SIARGAO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES
Siargao is pretty straightforward when it comes to picking a region to stay because 90% of people choose to stay somewhere near General Luna. All of the bars, restaurants, tours, ports, and hotels are near General Luna and Cloud 9 surf break. There are a couple of other regions you could stay in like Pacifico or Sohoton Cove but unless you are purposely looking for isolation, General Luna is your spot. So what are my suggestions for where to stay in Siargao…?
In this blog post, I will first and foremost give you the top-rated hotels, resorts, and hostels in General Luna. I will then make some suggestions about where to stay outside of General Luna like Pacifico and Sohoton Cove. I’ve stayed in all of the above regions multiple times and am confident in the accommodations I am recommending below based on location, quality, and atmosphere.
WHERE TO STAY ON SIARGAO ISLAND
First, I’ll tell you where I stayed on my first trip to Siargao (I stayed for 40 days). I managed to find an Airbnb. It was 4 blocks back from the beach, had wi-fi, A/C, a private bathroom, patio and inside were just two bunk beds. It was super basic and I stayed here with two mates and my sister. It was 900 USD for the entire month, which we split four ways so it was just $225 each. There’s a photo below of our sweet Airbnb pad on Siargao Island.
This guide on the best places to stay on Siargao is categorized into three different areas of Siargao and one area outside the island. There’s plenty on offer, from luxury resorts to cheap accommodation on Siargao Island. It depends on what your budget is, what kind of person you are, and then what kind of activities you like to do. Here’s a quick guide to finding your place in the island.
Here’s a quick summary to start!
- If you want to be in the center of Siargao’s food and night scene, stay in General Luna.
- If you want to relax, recharge, and unwind, the town of Malinao is a perfect place for you.
- Instead of trying to navigate the hectic southern scene, settle down for a few days in Pacifico.
- If experiencing the island-hopping tour in Sohoton is your goal, you probably need to stay at one of the accommodations in Socorro.
AREA: GENERAL LUNA
The town of General Luna is the best spot on Siargao Island. Truth be told, this area does not only boast surfing hotspots, particularly Cloud 9 but also offers a lively party scene. When the sun goes down, the nightlife starts to kick in. This is one of the reasons why travelers pick the area. It has a variety of beach resorts, homestays or hostels, restaurants, and bars. Here are my accommodation picks for you.
Lampara Siargao Boutique Hostel (Value): Lampara Siargao is an oceanfront boutique hostel conveniently situated on the exotic island of Siargao. The lounge area has a calm atmosphere where guests can chill and enjoy the cool island breeze and sea views of General Luna. With its air-conditioned glamping tents and 8-bed mixed dorms with lockers and hot showers, guests will be assured to have comfort and convenience. Lampara’s staff are amazing and they will treat you like a family. This is the kind of place you wish you had booked after you see it when you arrive. It’s literally everything you want and needs on Siargao.
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Kalipay Resort (Good atmosphere): Set amidst the town of General Luna, this place is absolutely beautiful that you would wish for staying here longer. It has a chill and unique vibe with modern comforts included. Kalipay Resort lets you enjoy the island life but you still stay in a luxury resort (although not too over the top) It’s the island life but still your best life! It is not also far from the best restaurants in General Luna so it’s pretty much convenient place. I think for western travelers who want all the comforts in between their adventures this is a pretty good find.
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White Banana Club (Value) The best budget but value option accommodation on Siargao Island is called The White Banana Club in General Luna. For just $20 a night you can grab yourself a dorm room. The key attraction here is the vibe. People actually come to visit this place as it hosts sunset sessions on Fridays and there is always something social happening here, which is why people come to Siargao for the good vibes. It’s very clean and has a huge chill-out area with hammocks and bean bags for those post-surf siesta sessions.
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Hiraya Surf Hostel (Cozy): Hiraya Surf Hostel in General Luna provides adults-only accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a beautiful garden, and a bar. Located 3 minutes away from Cloud 9 Surfing Area (insane location), the hostel offers a great vibe and is equipped with fully-airconditioned bunk beds, private bathrooms, and a bar where guests can chill and chitchat. The hosts are super accommodating and they can arrange everything for their guests from island tours, motor rentals and surfing lessons for a hassle-free stay.
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Malinao is not too far from the hustle-bustle of General Luna. Here you’ll be treated to white sand beaches, both luxurious and affordable resorts, and stunning scenery. Snorkeling, sunbathing, and watching sunsets over the islands of Guyam and Dako are some of the things you can do in the area. If you rent a motorbike this is pretty ideal as you get to enjoy peace and quiet but can still visit all the restaurants and parties in General Luna.
Nay Palad Hideaway (Luxury): Nay Palad Hideaway is one of the most luxurious accommodations in the Philippines. With its beautiful outdoor pool, terrace with either garden or ocean views, comfy seating areas, and an iPad in each room for guest use. Everything is on point from the best quality food, great hospitality, an array of activities, and elegant villas. It’s one of the most picturesque and what we would call ‘Instagrammable’ from every angle.
You will get total privacy and you will be treated like royalty. The spa area is nothing but pure serenity and nature. The hanging white wicker pods on the coconut trees are perfect for swinging and even for your Instagram post. If there is one place on Siargao that I would highly, highly recommend if you are not worried about the price it is Nay Palad. It is a classic Bali style of accommodation and honestly, it is picture-perfect! You need to book this one well in advance as within two-months it is almost always booked out that far ahead.
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Surfing Carabao Beach Houses (Couple Pick): For those who are looking for some romantic, private and quiet place, this property is an ideal place. Surfing Carabao offers spacious bungalows with ocean views and a communal kitchen for the guest to use. The beach here is exceptional where you can chill and relax while watching the sunset- just footsteps away from your hut. GL is only 10 minutes away by motorbike if you want to grab some delicious bites. The hosts are very welcoming and I loved how they care for the environment by recycling waste and offering reusable tote bags to their guests. This is another place you need to book in advance. It’s almost always booked out at least 2-months in advance during peak season.
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The Village Siargao (Value): This place is perfect for all kinds of travelers such as couples, small families, and solo travelers who are looking for an affordable yet comfortable staycation. This B&B accommodation is located on the tranquil side of General Luna. The porch is the guests’ favorite spot to hang out while sipping their morning brewed coffee. The hosts are very friendly and they are quick to respond to all guests’ needs and requests such as arranging island hopping, tricycle rides, and many more.
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Pure serenity makes it worth the drive to the Northeastern part of Siargao. Pacifico, which many of may not know as you focused on the fame of Cloud 9. Unlike General Luna, there are not many accommodations in this region but you can still find some awesome places to stay at. You will enjoy the long stretch of white sand to yourself, countless palm trees, and the relaxing sound of the Pacific Ocean’s waves crashing on the shore. It is near the Magpupungko Rockpool and Taktak waterfall. I visited up here several times and even did a beach clean-up one day on the beach. It’s about as ‘island-style’ as it comes and for a few days, this would be absolute bliss.
Grotto Gardens (Tranquil): If you want to experience and taste a simple local life, stay at Grotto Gardens. It is a beautiful and quiet accommodation with a nice view near the mangroves. It offers an amazing view from bungalows and the host family is very hospitable. They will cook delicious meals for you, help you with activities such as the firefly tour, and even invite you during a special family occasion such as a birthday. This place is recommended if you are exploring Pacifico beach, Magpupungko Rockpools, and Sugba Lagoon.
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Calypso Surf and Dive (Budget-friendly): Set on beautiful Pacifico in the northeastern part of Siargao Island, Calypso Surf and Dive is a family-run jungle house. It is quiet and away from the bustling sound of General Luna. This place is ideal for a professional surfer who does not want to be in crowded General Luna or for travelers who crave not to be disturbed by phone or internet connection. Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Calypso Surf and Dive.
AREA: Socorro (Bucas Grande)
Socorro is in Surigao del Norte and the lone town in the islands of Bucas Grande. If doing an island hopping tour in Sohoton Cove and Lagoon is on your bucket list, it is more convenient if you stay in the town of Socorro in Surigao del Norte. It only takes an hour boat ride from Dapa port on Siargao island and 30 minutes away from Hayanggabon port in Surigao. You can do a day trip from Siargao but I stayed overnight as I am suggesting. You can see my full blog post guide about Sohoton Cove here.
This area is absolutely insane with incredible lagoons and caves. I can hardly believe it is still not overflowing with tourists when I look at how amazing it is. Check out my photos below if you don’t believe me.
Club Tara Resort (Unbelievable Location): Club Tara is a once-in-a-lifetime accommodation with over the water bungalows situated in paradise. You couldn’t get a more picturesque resort and you will be pretty much the only people out there as most others are only making a day-trip. Here you will have access to snorkeling, kayaking, diving boards, boat trips, and the lagoon… all from off your patio.
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Serenity Oceanside Guest House (Value/Family Pick): Serenity Oceanside is a guesthouse with a relaxing view of the sea and cool ambiance. You can walk barefoot on its’ white and clean sand. The location is best when you are planning to go to Sohoton Cove. The guesthouse has large and clean rooms. Personally, it’s a perfect place to stay if you need seclusion. The staff is super nice and kind.
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Elena Hostel and Cafe (Budget): Elena Hostel and Café is an inn with 2 classy decorated rooms. Its location is off the beaten path within the islands of Bucas Grande but you here you can find true paradise. Fishing, playing table tennis and darts, hiking, and cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Elena Hostel and Cafe. They offer tour package in SIARGAO & Sohoton National Park. They are flexible in your time schedule. Your stay and experience worth it. Recommended for family and friends tour.
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