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Kid-friendly Travel Guide to Siargao: Surfing, Best Beach Hotels & How to Get to Siargao

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Siargao, in the Philippines, is a paradise island with the perfect mix of natural beauty, kid-friendly activities, and delicious food. From the best hotels in Siargao to things to do with kids like surfing, here’s all you need to know to plan your trip!

Siargao is an island in the Philippines, renowned for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. But that’s not all – Siargao is also a world-class surfing destination. The island is home to the famous Cloud 9 surf break, which attracts surfers from all around the world. The powerful waves and consistent swells make it a paradise for both seasoned surfers and beginners eager to learn. Our family chose this spot so the kids could learn to surf and the adults could enjoy the stunning island vibes, and go snorkelling and swimming to discover hidden gems like Sugba Lagoon and Naked Island. Plus, this family-friendly destination offers delicious food, an array of trendy hipster shops and wallet-friendly accommodations. Here are our tips on Siargao so you can plan your trip!

    Read more: Family Travel in the Philippines

Things to Do in Siargao


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Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, this thriving Asian surf destination has something to offer. For those starting out, Siargao is an ideal destination as you can find waves suitable for all skill levels. Plus, the quality of teaching here is exceptional, as it is locally governed, and instructors have to undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet high standards. We’d recommend pre-booking resorts like Buddha’s Surf Resort or Harana Surf School that offers a surf camp with daily lessons and accommodation. Confident surfers can simply pay around $7 per day to rent a surf board and conquer the waves!

Pro tip: After a few days of catching waves, why not take your surf game to the next level with an ice bath for optimal muscle recovery? Swing by Mujo Ice Bath & Juicery for a refreshing and totally awesome experience. 

Explore the island

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One of the best parts of our trip to Siargao was hopping on a scooter and exploring the island. Driving through the lush green jungle and tunnels of towering coconut palms was an absolute favourite for our family. Here are some must-visit spots on the island:

  • Alegria Beach: This secluded beach offers a tranquil setting and is perfect for swimming. The scenic drive along the coast will take your breath away.
  • Cloud9 Pier: This is a beautiful spot to catch stunning sunrises and sunsets or watch the surfers ride the waves.
  • Tanyangban Cave: Explore an eerie wet cave, watch out for bats and emerge into a beautiful rock pool surrounded by nature. Perfect for cliff jumping!
  • Magupunko Rock Pools: These magnificent blue rock pools are only visible during low tide. Arrive early to avoid the crowds, and enjoy the pools and the nearby beach for a relaxing day.
  • Maasin River: This picturesque river is surrounded by lush greenery and tall mangrove trees. Take a refreshing dip or go on a relaxing boat ride.

Go island hopping

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Join an island hopping tour where you’ll get to explore surrounding islands, discover hidden beaches and experience the beauty of crystal-clear waters. Head to Sohoton Cove for its enchanting lagoons, limestone formations and vibrant marine life. Check out Naked Island, a bare stretch of sand surrounded by turquoise waters, where you can relax and swim with the kids. Stop by Daku Island, a beautiful beach with white sand and clear waters, for swimming, snorkelling, beach games and delicious seafood.

Kids will love the tide pools at Guyam Islands, while the grown-ups can unwind on its powdery sandy shore. For a less crowded destination, make your way to Mam-on Island, where you’ll be treated to pristine beaches and turquoise waters. A group island hopping tour in Siargao costs from $36 to $60 per person, while a private island hopping tour can range from $95 to $191.

Sassy Mama tip: Make sure to bring sun protection, towels, snacks and drinking water for the family. The tour guide will provide you with life jackets and snorkelling gear, so you can pack light.

Shopping in Siargao

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Shopping in Siargao offers a unique and laid-back experience, and you’ll find a diverse array of local products, beachwear, surf gear and handmade crafts. General Luna Market is located in the town centre of General Luna, where you can find fresh produce, local delicacies and basic necessities. Surfers will love the plethora of surf shops that offer a range of gear and equipment. There are also boutiques and beachwear shops with trendy swimwear, resort wear, accessories and locally-made products, including pieces that reflect the island’s laid-back and bohemian vibe.

Siargao is known for its skilled artisans who create beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs, so look out for shops selling woven baskets, jewellery, shell crafts, wood carvings and artwork that you can take home as mementos. You can also find plenty of organic and local products at affordable prices. Keep an eye out for the Siargao night markets, especially if you’re visiting during peak tourist seasons, to soak in the vibrant and lively atmosphere.

Sassy Mama tip: Don’t forget to practice your bargaining skills in Siargao, especially at local markets and stalls.

Where to Eat in Siargao

Shaka Cafe

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If you’re looking for some fuel for your action packed day, Shaka is where you’ll find your healthy fix of power bowls, shakes, cold pressed juices and coffee. The Insta-worthy power bowls are served in coconut shells, with freshly cut colourful fruits. My favourite order was the Bom Dia! Made with acai, banana, mango, pineapple, berries, coconut milk, and handmade granola.

Shaka Cafe, Cloud 9, 8419 General Luna, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines, +63 929 422 8956,


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Looking for Mexican-inspired cuisine? CEV serves excellent ceviche and kinilaw with super fresh, unique flavours and ingredients. We loved the Mexican inspired Santa Fe with chilli garlic popcorn, avocado, calamansi juice, fried bananas and crushed tortilla chips.

CEV, Loose Keys Moto Culture, Purok 5, General Luna, 8419 General Luna, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines,


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L’Osteria is a beachfront restaurant with an open kitchen, pizza oven and a bright and modern dining area inside with candlelit al fresco dining in the garden. In our opinion, the pizzas are among the best on the island. Must-try items include their pizzas (of course!) and tiramisu!

L’Osteria, Tuason Point, Bgy. Catangnan, 8419 Catangnan, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines, +63 917 892 3537,

Big Belly Burgers Siargao

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If you’re in the mood for a mouthwatering burger, crispy fries, and a side of local brews head to Big Belly Burgers. This laid-back hotspot is the perfect destination to satisfy your burger cravings.

Big Belly Burgers, Siargao Island, Tourism Rd, Purok 5, General Luna, 8419 Surigao del Norte, Philippines,

BS Siargao

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As one of the best brunch spots in Siargao, this restaurant offers a diverse menu of uncomplicated and timeless brunch dishes. From corned beef breakfast burritos to Korean fried chicken burgers and fluffy pancakes with caramel and bananas, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

BS Siargao, Poblacion, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines,

Where to Stay: Best Siargao Hotels & Resorts

For families seeking the vibrant energy and excitement of the island, staying in or around Cloud9 and General Luna is a fantastic choice. Here, you’ll be close to the famous surf spots, bustling markets, and a variety of dining options. On the other hand, if you prefer a more serene and tranquil experience, Siargao also offers secluded accommodations tucked away from the hustle and bustle, where you can relax and recharge amidst the island’s natural beauty.

Nay Palad Hideaway: 5-star Siargao resort

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The only 5-star resort on the island, the Nay Palad Hideaway offers an incredibly unique, personalised and luxurious experience. While Nay Palad Hideaway is known for its luxurious and exclusive accommodations, it also offers a range of activities and amenities that cater to families with children.

Nay Palad Hideaway, Malinao, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, 8419, Philippines, +63 917 701 7840,

Siago Beach Resort

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This charming boutique hotel may be petite with just a handful of rooms, but it is gorgeous. Nestled in a prime location, it offers the perfect blend of tranquillity and convenience. We stayed in the Siago beachfront villa and loved how spacious and comfortable it was. The food there is also excellent. Don’t miss their delicious breakfast!

Siago Beach Resort, Purok V, Tourism Rd., General Luna, Surigao Del Norte 8419, Siargao Island, WhatsApp: (+63) 917 590 9315,

Bravo Beach Resort Siargao

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Bravo Beach Resort is a beachfront getaway with a swimming pool and a fantastic vibe. The restaurant serves delicious food, and you can enjoy watching skateboarders practice at the nearby skateboard park.

Bravo Beach Resort, Tourism Road, Barangay 5, General Luna, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines, Tel: (+63) 999 877 8518,

Siargao Bleu

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Siargao Bleu is a Balinese-inspired resort and is the only spa resort on this island. They have 40 rooms with floating cottages overlooking the 1,600 square-metre pool, deluxe garden view and terrace rooms.

Siargao Bleu, Barangay Catangnan, General Luna, Siargao Islands, Philippines, +63 917 772 4188, +63 948 869 0977,

Soul Tribe Beach Retreat

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Situated in the quiet Malinao neighbourhood, this eco-conscious retreat offers beach cabanas and some glamping options too. With the location being away from all the action of General Luna, you can expect communal dinners, chilled nights spent around the fire pit, and days spent relaxing in your hammock or the pool. There are also yoga classes and day trips available for booking.

Soul Tribe Beach Retreat, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines,

Harana Surf Resort

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With a fantastic surf school, good food and the finest coffee in General Luna, this is a great place to stay! Harana offers affordable family villas, deluxe rooms and a community youth villa. The Harana bar also hosts one of the weekly parties with live music.

Harana Surf Resort, Siargao Island, 2 Tuason Point, Brgy, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines,

Kermit Siargao

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Kermit’s is set back away from the beach, with a tropical oasis vibe. There’s a range of rooms for all different budgets and the food here is fantastic. You won’t need to worry that the restaurant and bar fill up quickly, as guests have the comfort of a cosy guest-only chill out area next to all the action.

Kermit Siargao, Tourism Road, General Luna, Caraga, Philippines, +63 917 655 0548, +63 920 968 9934,

How to get from Singapore to Siargao

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Travelling from Singapore to Siargao requires a minimum of two flights. First, you’ll catch a flight to either Cebu or Manila, followed by a connecting flight to Siargao airport. The flights to Manila and Cebu are around 4 hours. From there, it’s just a short flight of 1 or 2 hours to reach Siargao. With strategic planning and timing, you can minimise waiting time and complete the entire journey in about 6 to 7 hours, depending on how long your layover is. We recommend flying via Cebu rather than Manila. Since the airport in Cebu is much smaller than the one in Manila, you’ll likely get to enjoy a smoother travel experience with fewer chances of delays.

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Getting around Siargao

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Upon arriving at the airport in Siargao, you’ll find plenty of shared or private taxi vans. If you’re heading to General Luna, a shared taxi van costs around $7 per person each way, while a private car will be around $24. For larger groups, hiring a van is a great option. For smaller families, you can opt for a motorcycle taxi, known as a habal-habal, or rent a scooter. Most hotels on the island offer assistance in organising transportation and can help to arrange organised tours if you prefer. Just remember, safety is paramount when travelling with children, so ensure you have the appropriate helmets and safety gear for everyone.

So, are you ready for your next family adventure to Siargao? 

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Featured Image Credit: Soultribe Beach Retreat via Instagram (top left), NAY PALAD Hideaway via Instagram (top right), Emilie de Cannart (bottom)

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