As I was planning my 1 month trip back to the Philippines, my friend Elaine (from Surfista Travels) sent a message out on Facebook saying she would managing a new resort in Siargao. To my luck, it was perfect timing for when I’d be in the country. I booked my flights and made room reservations.
Siargao isn’t the simplest of places to get to, but with a little planning its not that bad either. From Manila you take a flight to Cebu, then a connecting flight to Siargao, which only runs on Mondays and Fridays. To get here on any other day of the week you can fly to Surigao and take a boat to the Island.
Only a 5 minute motorbike ride to Cloud 9, the well known surf break, Buddha’s Surf Resort is situated in a quiet and peaceful stretch across the street from the water. There are no huge swells in the water near the resort, but its perfect for Paddle Boarding and Kite Surfing, if the winds are right. Kyron, the Tazzie pro surfer that lives next door, can rent you a board or bring you out for a lesson. FYI – he can also make wicked surf movies of you to make you look like a seasoned pro.
The rooms are clean and quiet. Perfect for unwinding after a day in sun. Each comes complete with Air-Con and hot water.
Before dinner, sit back and relax on your own patio chairs and stare up into the hypnotic swaying of the Coconut tree leaves.
I spent a lot of time hanging out in the restaurant, which had just opened a few days before I arrived. Have a beer. Watch and wave at people passing by on the road. Grab a bite to eat. Meet the locals and other guests.
Catch up on some work (or Facebook) on the Wifi that’s available throughout the resort. Surprisingly, the signal was the strongest for me in my room. That’s always a plus. As much as I like being on an island far away from everything, its great to still be connected to the outside world.
Last but not least, the staff. Always friendly and always smiling! The girls will make you feel at home and make you want to keep coming back. Even if you don’t stay here at the resort, drop by for a beer or a bite to eat and say Hello!