The Scenic Little Hawaii in North Siargao
Siargao is a remote island in the South of the Philippines. It is known mostly as a surfing destination. After all, Siargao does boast the best waves in the Philippines. However, beside surfing there are loads of other cool activities, tourist spots and exciting things to do all over Siargao. And surprisingly, a few of the best tourist spots seem to have been forgotten. One of these places is a landscape unlike any other in Siargao and we only found this place by chance. Rice fields surrounded in palm trees and small mountains, the place is named Little Hawaii.
Where to Stay in Siargao
Where to stay in Siargao is straightforward. In the South of Siargao there is General Luna which is the main tourist area. Restaurants, cool cafeterias and hip bars are dotted all along the streets of General Luna. And you can find some good deals on accommodation too. I would suggest you spend at least a couple of nights in General Luna and explore the Southern part of Siargao.
There is a handful of accommodation in Dapa. The ferry terminal is in Dapa and prices may be cheaper than General Luna. However the town isn’t really catered to tourists.
Another option is travel further North of Siargao and stay in Pacifico or Burgos. North Siargao is still undeveloped. However, demand is on the rise and you will find a decent amount of accommodation and a few restaurants and cafeterias. You will also be close to Siargao’s less visited tourist spots.
How to get Around Siargao
With a scooter. That is the best way to get yourself to Siargao’s best corners and all the tourist spots. Scooters and motorbikes are the main mode of transport for both locals and tourists. Roads are good throughout the island. In General Luna there are loads of motorbike rental shops and prices start at around 500 PHP (€8.92) per day. And the longer you keep it, the less the price per day. However, we found the best prices in Dapa and paid 275 PHP (€4.90) per day for 7 days.
An alternative for those who aren’t comfortable riding a scooter is to rent a tricycle with driver. This is the more expensive option and will cost 2000 PHP (€35.66) for the day.
Where is Little Hawaii Siargao
In the North of Siargao there is a small coastal Municipality named Burgos which is also known as the Little Hawaii of Siargao. However, the actual ‘Little Hawaii Siargao‘ point on Google.Maps is further inland on higher ground. From the small town in Burgos there is only one street that travels inland. It is more of a dirt track that leads into farmland, rice fields and a stunning tropical landscape all hidden in the mountains. The 2 km journey is doable by scooter however if you are an inexperienced rider, I would suggest you dump the bike and hike for around 30 minutes.
Little Hawaii Siargao
It wasn’t until we had a long conversation with two locals that we found out about little Hawaii. In fact, we got a whole list of hidden places in the North of Siargao back when we were staying in General Luna. And Little Hawaii was definitely the best. So once we arrived in the North of Siargao, we made a route to check out all of these hidden places that we had never heard of before.
The ride from General Luna to Pacifico in North Siargao was amazing. All along we were surrounded in huge palm trees, endless rice fields and cruised along the coast with crashing waves. The journey was over an hour but there is no doubt that the scene compensated for our sore bums. Not long after arriving and dumping our bags in our small hut, we were back out ticking off the list. And little Hawaii was the first stop.
Epic Landscape at Little Hawaii
Little Hawaii is next to the charming coastal village of Burgos. There is one road that leads further inland and we found it in no time. However, this was more like an off road uphill trail rather than suitable for our little scooter. But, it is surprising how stubborn those little 125cc can be and brought us both up the dirt trail. And then back down hill. Now facing this stunning landscape, we could see where this place got it’s name from. A carabao soaking in a small mud pond surrounded in rice fields and a background covered in palm trees. Never been to Hawaii but this is what I would have imagined if in the country side.
Little Hawaii isn’t really a tourist spot but an epic landscape and will make for a great adventure while in North Siargao. We came during mid day. Although we were stoked by such surroundings, I would say it would be best to come early morning. The mid day sun will be scorching and if you’re looking for some cool photographs, then morning is best.