Second week in the Philippines mainly spent on Siargao Island.
Very different from Bohol and Cebu, the north part of the island is absolutely non touristic. Most of the visitors choose this place for surfing, so the most popular towns are General Luna and Cloud 9, only 10minutes drive form each other.
Best way to visit the island is by renting a motorbike and just randomly explore! You will find hidden beaches everywhere with crystal water.
Motorbikes can be easily found for 350 php /day (even if most of the resorts will try to offer theirs for 500php). We have rented ours from Surf Break, the very last café’ down on Cloud 9 beach before the pier.
They also offer full day boat trips if you want to go Island Hopping (we did it for 650 php per person and lunch is included. Just make sure they know your dietary requirements the previous day so they can cook enough food for you as well. We had delicious noodles with veggies and fruit).
Islands visited: Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island.
Weather hasn’t been the best during our stay so we haven’t done other boat trips. They were also very expensive anyway so we have decided to relax and just explore the island.
Where we stayed: Harana Surf Resort. Siargao is a very expensive place compared to other islands so do not expect to find super cheap accommodations. This resort is very nice, eco-friendly and their restaurant also offers some options that can be veganised.
Vegan eats and options:
Wheelys Vegan Café (General Luna) has a few options on their menu’. Portions are quite small and everything is a bit pricey. Our favourite was the Tiramisu Icecream.
Shaka (Cloud 9): same chain as the one in Panglao Island but only offering breakfast items (such as power bowls and smoothies).
Café Loka (Cloud 9) located on the beach, near the surfing school, offers salads and sandwiches that can be easily be veganised. Bit pricey and portions are quite small, so probably only good for a snack.
Some other vegan options can be found at Lotus Shores Yoga Retreat (General Luna) but we haven’t tried them due to the prices. The place is very beautiful, and the menu looks awesome, just too expensive for our low budget trip, this time.
Not many, unfortunately. We relied a lot on minimarkets (TAG GROCERY is the one offering a wider variety of canned food and accidentally vegan snacks), bakeries along the main road for fresh plain bread and fruit stalls for fresh veggies and fruit. MANGOES will definitely save your breakfast!
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