Philippines

20 Sept - 2 Oct 2019

There’s a theory that real adventure only starts when you’re someplace you can’t get to easily. The kind of place that isn’t a tourist trap, so you can enjoy the major sights without being trampled by others.

After several stopovers and a propeller plane ride, you’ll arrive in a paradise often described as Bali 30 years ago - undiscovered by hordes of tourist and international hotel chains.

Arrival in paradise

Siargao is a completely different world compared to South East Asia’s usual hotspots. The environment, the pace of life, and the people create a truly idyllic setting. You’ll find the locals are smiling and kind, and they speak good English. Unlike many other tourist destinations, there are no “tourist prices” here. The locals are very environmentally conscious as they know the natural environment is their most important treasure. Plastic waste and plastic bottles are not common here, straws were banned here way before European countries even started discussions about the idea.
Within moments of arriving, you’ll get in the flow of this way of life, where everyone gets around by habal-habal (a type of motorbike with a roof that’s kind of like a tuk-tuk) on the roads and by traditional boat between the islands. You’ll even take a boat when zipping between the best beaches and surf spots.
One of the highlights of the trip is heading to the local market to buy all kinds of fresh fish, seafood, fruits, and vegetables. We’ll then take our haul over to a breathtakingly beautiful island where a local family will cook a delicious traditional meal for us to enjoy on a white sandy beach.
Siargao

Surfing over a coral reef

The island is surrounded by world-class reefs and turquoise water. For those seeking the ultimate Siargao experience, it’s worth taking the board out. All beginners get their own personal instructor because surfing on reef-breaks can be dangerous for newbies. By the end of the trip, your surfing will improve more than you’ve ever imagined, and you’ll definitely form a close bond with your instructor. Experienced surfers will be able to surf the perfect tubes of Siargao’s world-famous Cloud 9 surf spot. We planned the itinerary so those who don’t want to surf also have a magical time. We will visit lagoons by boat, climb caves, canoe in a jungle, and of course, sunbathe on the pristine beaches.

Head to the party in a boat

The locals love to party, and there’s always a mix of surfers and locals enjoying themselves at one of the island parties. In fact, there are parties in a different venue every night, sometimes even offshore on a tiny island, which we’ll reach by boat. Did you know that rum is cheaper than cola on Siargao? Yep, that’s right - ordering a double rum and coke will be cheaper than ordering just a coke. Not to mention triple rum-cokes... Still, you’ll want to keep track of your drinks so that you’re ready to surf early the next morning! After spending 10 days in paradise you will fall so deeply in love with Siargao you’ll want to keep this amazing destination a secret to make sure it remains unspoiled.
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Pilipinas– Island Hopping Surf

20 Sept - 2 Oct 2019

€1490

Info

ABILITY LEVEL

beginner, intermediate, advanced

Best suited for

couples, family, solo traveler, groups

WEATHER

the tropical climate, sun, 28-35°C

Meeting point

Siargao airport / upon agreement in case of group travel

SURF CONDITIONS

forgiving reef breaks, 28°C sea temperature. 35 different surf spots within reach or a short boat ride away, from beginner-appropriate to the world famous Cloud 9 for advanced surfers.

SURF PACKAGE

surfboard renting, surf guiding (each beginner needs a private surf instructor in the water)

accommodation

fancy wooden houses by the beach for 8 people (double room available for an extra 200 EUR / person)

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

habal-habal, tuk-tuk, scooter and minivan

FREE TIME/NIGHTLIFE

palm tree jungle parties, crawling through caves, massage, chilling in stunning locations

HOW BIG IS THE GROUP?

up to 16 people

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodation, breakfast, surf renting, surf theory lessons, surf guiding for intermediates, alternative programs, transportation within the islands, airport transfers in Siargao

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

flight ticket, insurance, vaccines, private instructor for beginners (120 EUR/person for 7x2 hours long sessions), lunch, dinner, alcohol, visa

Application deadline

4 months prior to the trip

INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN

40% upon application, 60% 2 months prior arrival

Schedule

ARRIVAL

From most European countries the fastest way to reach Siargao is through Cebu, the second largest city of the Philippines. As Cebu is not one of the most pleasant cities in Southeast Asia, we prefer to stay in a nice hotel close to the airport for a good night’s sleep. Next morning we continue our way to Paradise with an amazingly cool 70-seat propeller plane full of locals.

SURF SURF SURF

On this trip, surf classes are personalised - each beginner surf student will have their own teacher who will pay full attention to them. This results in very fast learning and improvement, making surfing safe for beginners - even on the tricky waves that break on the reefs. More experienced surfers will be guided by boat captains to the best spots in the area. There will be a total of 7 theoretical and practical surf lessons during the week, 5 of which will be with a private instructor.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Before and after surfing you can enjoy a big fish dinner on the White Beach, where you can also take a ride on a hand-carved boat into the jungle, climb through magnificent natural caves, chill at the bars and smoothie places, or party ‘til the morning on an uninhabited virgin island.

PARTY HARD

There is a unique pattern of nightlife in Siargao, with a fixed party timetable. Every day a different hotel, bar, or even a tiny uninhabited island will be the venue for the party, which will definitely be filled with locals and visitors of the island. Surprisingly cheap rum cokes fuel the festivities.

GREEN ISLAND

Locals of Siargao work hard to preserve the natural resources and beauty of the island. There is even a local NGO called the Siargao Environmental Awareness (SEA) Movement aiming to maintain a healthy and clean environment, with directions such as marine conservation. You'll find a breathtaking environmental consciousness on the island: no plastic bottles, but rather big water bubbles (even in the restaurants), metal straws, and selective waste collection.

SUPERFOOD

Siargao has a surprisingly large number of great restaurants, cafes, and bars. Widespread chia seed, banana, blueberry, acai smoothie bowls paired with coconut milk latte macchiatos are made for showing off on Instagram, but you can always choose less trendy, but nonetheless delicious, dishes. There are great Italian, Japanese, and Mexican restaurants close to our accommodation, as well as numerous nice local spots where they will grill fresh fish you choose on site.
Send us your application! Once we receive your details, we will send you the booking information. To confirm your booking, a deposit of 40% of the price of the given trip (or the full balance if within two months of the departure date) is required. This can be done by bank transfer.

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