With different kinds of travellers heading over to Siargao, Philippines to experience the top attractions and best destinations of the teardrop-shaped island, some property owners have been setting themselves apart from high-end hotels by providing excellent facilities and services at affordable room rates. Here are some of the best.
sailfishbay surf & big game fishing lodge, Surigao del Norte
With room rates ranging between 600 to 800 Philippine pesos (USD11-15), this hostel located in the heart of the small village of Pacifico is definitely a good steal for backpackers. Sailfish Bay Surf & Big Game Fishing Lodge has become popular among travellers because of its excellent and convenient location – providing easy access to the city’s best spots. Apart from its functional features, backpackers can also enjoy the hostel’s recreational activities such as massages, water sports, and a games room. While most travellers are focused on visiting Cloud 9, this less-crowded beach can satisfy their thirst for the ocean breeze.
While most travellers head to Siargao to surf, the island surely offers more than that. Calypso Surf and Dive goes beyond their name as they offer backpacker guests fresh fish on their menu on a daily basis. Apart from diving experiences that one could get during their stay, this hostel also provides island-hopping and special destination tours in their very own private native boat. Backpackers can enjoy their facilities and head to the beachfront to surf at shared room rates starting at less than 500 Philippine pesos (USD10)!
If convenience and ease of access are what you’re looking for, then Bakhaw Bed & Breakfast is the place you should strongly consider. It’s right beside the Siargao Airport and they have various tour packages to several beaches and surfing destinations – helping you get the most out of your stay in Siargao Island! With room rates starting at 1,500 Philippine Pesos (USD28), this hostel has high-quality facilities and services to ensure you’ll get a memorable and relaxing experience at the country’s Surf Capital.
Not only is it famous for being a fusion-focused restaurant on the island, their bunkbed rooms (which was introduced in 2016) have become popular among backpackers who want to stay at the beachfront at a budget-friendly cost. It would definitely exceed your expectations when it comes to backpacker hostels as they have high-end fixtures, luxurious air-conditioned rooms, and the place gives off a chill ambience – making it one of the hostels with the best value for shared rooms on the island. And, during windy days where it’s impossible to surf, Viento Del Mar will help you learn about kitesurfing at their very own kitesurfing school!
If you love waking up to the beauty of the ocean view and experiencing outdoors, Yama Beachfront House has guest rooms that are only a one-minute walk to the beach. Their apartments have a Sun terrace and within the vicinity there’s also a garden and a picnic area where you can sit back and relax. The property has been attracting backpackers for its quiet and chill ambience as well as affordable rates – each room can accommodate up to three guests and each will only need to pay less than 1,000 Philippine pesos (USD19) for day.
At Vivo Inn, each cottage exhibits the classic Filipino style and décor, and offers a spacious room that guarantees utmost comfort and a relaxing vibe to guests – making each person feel right at home. Less than an hour’s drive away from Siargao Airport, this backpacker hostel is attracting guests for its convenient location as it is only a short walk away from the popular surf spot called Cloud 9. As they know that quality of water on the island is usually salty, hard, and can be harsh on the skin, they have installed their very own water and filtration system to ensure that guests will always get a pleasant bath.
Patrick’s on the Beach is a lush tropical beachfront that lets guests enjoy the beautiful beach view and experience serenity – making it a favourite place to stay on Siargao Island. To accommodate all kinds of travellers, they have budget-friendly accommodations for those who seek affordability. These include dorm accommodations categorised into three – for male, for female, and a mixed dormitory, where there’s a private bathroom with safe and lockers also available. They have hammock accommodations as well, and you can bring your own tent and stay within a garden-like area a few metres away from the beach. As one of the established resorts in Siargao, Patrick’s on the Beach is also a go-to place for surfers seeking a less crowded environment.