Aloha vibes in a Filipino surfing utopia
Experience the country's magical zen, serene beauty, friendly people, and the World class waves which are easily on a par with Indonesia when the swells align.
With over 15 breaks situated around the small town of General Luna in Siargao, the Surf Camp is set up for all abilities. Whether you're dipping your toes into the world of surfing and looking to master the basics, or you're an intermediate surfer looking to escape to crystal clear waters and push your surfing to the next level, our 2 week surfing adventure will give you the best chance to experience all that this surfing paradise has to offer.
What to Expect
The age-old sun will quickly become your essence of time in Siargao. Forget the normal constraints of daily living as you kick back to the aloha island vibes that this place has in abundance. With daybreak at 5:30 am, paddling out for a sunrise session in warm waters will be your daily blissful wake-up call. Based right at the water's edge in Kawili, we will be in a prime location to get the first piece of the wave action, before returning stoked to a hearty breakfast...we feel there's no better way to start the day!
General Luna is the funky little town where we base ourselves and is home to a seriously chill vibe, which we're sure you'll grow to love. During the days you're free to walk the empty beaches, embrace a hammock and good book, or jump on a bike and check out the market and its various foody delights (the coconut bread is a must). We want you to embrace all this island has to offer so rest assured we'll be taking you on a few fun excursions both on land and sea throughout the trip.
- A beautifully designed shared Dorm Room located 50m from the water's edge (room upgrades are possible)
- Return Airport Transfers (from Siargao)
- Welcome Dinner & Welcome Pack
- Daily Breakfast meal to fuel your surf
- Trip Leaders throughout the whole camp 24/7
- 5 x 2-hour surf lessons per week
- Surfboard hire
- Daily free surfs outside of the lesson times
- All surf transport during lessons, including boats when needed
- Video/Photo Surf Analysis once a week
- A Facebook Album of your Surfing photos
There’s more than just surfing on offer in the Philippines, all of which will help ensure your adventure is one to remember, therefore all of the following is included in our packages:
- ISLAND HOPPING TOUR - Following a morning surf, we'll tour to the local islands, snorkelling along the way and BBQ our catch of the day! This trip is always in the first few days and really helps build solid friendships for the rest of the trip.
- SUGBA LAGOON - A short drive from General Luna, we travel by boat into this spectacular lagoon nestled between the Mountains. Withing the Lagoon we relax, jump off the diving board and have a swim, followed by a second trip to a lunch stop at one of the most beautiful isolated island in the heart of the ocean.
- - This event is subject to Wave Conditions, but if nature aligns you'll see some of the Philippines' best surfers compete at Cloud 9 in the Siargao National Surf Cup. The atmosphere is electric with street performances, food stalls and good vibes all round.
- LOCAL FILIPINO MASSAGE - After a few days of solid surfing, relax and soothe your muscles with a local massage.
A strong essence of surf culture lies in Siargao following its discovery by a few surf pioneers and photographers in the early 80s. The infamous heavy barrelling right-hander known as Cloud 9 put Siargao firmly on the global map after it was named and photographed by John Callahan in 1992. Callahan named the spot after the local "Cloud 9" no-melt chocolate bar that they used to buy in General Luna to fuel their surfs. Ever since a plethora of waves have been discovered and there seems to be no slowing down on new discoveries...
Paddling out for a sunrise session and finding with you and your friends on a peak is a daily occurrence. With less competition in the water and no hostility of drop-ins, it lets you relax in the water and focus your mind on your surf.
Kawili Resort is our home for the trip. The word “Kawili” is a Visayan word meaning “a nostalgic feeling of affection”. When people say that they have Kawili for a place it means they miss it and want to go back there. We hope that this is how you will feel after staying with us here.
We will be staying in the Dorm room that fits up to twelve people comfortably (Room Upgrades are available at an additional cost.) The beds are arranged in a bunk bed style where each bed has its own socket and reading lamp.
The room is equipped with two sinks, two bathrooms and two toilets so the guests can utilize each comfortably, and will be the perfect place to rest following a hard days surfing. It's quite possibly the best Dorm room we've seen on the planet.
Kawili's full breakfast menu will be on offer to you, with everything from a traditional fry up to mango pancakes, traditional rice, egg and fried fish Filipino dishes and many more. Shakes and Coffee are on offer for an additional cost.
Kawili is a small resort with a very relaxed atmosphere, so instead of having an evening menu, they cook a family style dinner some nights. That means we always use daily fresh ingredients where we can request what we want. Rest assured your trip leaders will take you out for dinner at the best places in the area.
There are two international airports in the Philippines; Manila and Cebu. You may need to stay overnight in one of these cities in order to make your connecting flight to Siargao, where we will pick you up. Unless you plan on doing some sightseeing, we recommend staying near the airport as traffic levels can be quite hectic.
Flights to Siargao are weather sensitive as they have a fairly basic airport. Disruptions in flight times are frequent, but please beware of this in advance, give yourself plenty of time to get home and just go with the flow.
See FAQs for recommended flights. For immunisation advice, please check your local health clinic.
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
Surf and uncover the magic
Eagerly excited to explore new grounds, your first week will be spent getting to know these new lands, your new surf buddies, the surf spots, and just sinking into the magical vibe of Siargao. Your Trip Leaders will give you the lowdown in detail at the welcome meal where you'll meet your partners in stoke for the coming fortnight. Surfing will naturally be the main agenda, and as soon as you've washed away your jet lag in the ocean, we will go Island Hopping to feast on some BBQ food, snorkel and embrace the beauty of these lands. In between some solid surfs, take some time out to enjoy a Local Filipino Massage. By the end of the week once you're familiarized in the water we shall push your water confidence to new levels.
Progression in the water and more exploration
By the second week your arms will be paddle fit, your mind focused and through our world class coaching you'll be ripping the many world class waves Siargao has to offer. Your trip leaders and local guides will take you further afield to new surf spots. As the swell permits, we shall go on an excursion to Sugba Lagoon. The week will draw to a close with a big going away dinner at Kawili, celebrating the new friends and awesome times had.
What past riders say
A good mix of surfing and non surfing actives, great people, great place to stayCraig Sladden
Siargao 2017 - this was hands down one of the best trips I've been on. The surf was super fun, varied with a number of breaks, challenging at times - the trip leaders and local guides made sure everyone made the most of it. The island is pure perfection and has so much to offer. Gwilym ensured that we got to experience as much of the magic as possible with awesome excursions and experiences, and immersion into local life and the local surf scene. An all encompassing trip - leaves you yearning to go back!!Deepa
Siargao was amazing and so was the trip! A huge thank you to the trip leaders Gwil and Chad, who went out of their way to ensure we had the time of our lives on the island. Very impressed with the dedicated surf instructors at Harana who did their utmost to take our surf to the next level and keep us safe in the water. Very well organized, beautiful accommodation, awesome vibes, good food, surf in best spots possible, awesome extra activities – couldn’t have asked for more. Salamat!Ramune Chomskyte
Massive thanks to Gwil and Chad for making the trip so epic! Made some great friends and spent most of the time laughing. We scored incredible waves and I learnt so much from the surf coaching. I loved Siargao and definitely want to return!Lucy Theobald
I had the best time in the Philippines with Ticket to Ride. Big ups to Gwil and Chad our trip leaders for 3 weeks of awesome surfing and coaching, island life and such fun times. Thanks to everyone else on the trip, and all the welcoming Siargao locals for an unforgettable time, I hope to share some waves in the future again. I had such a good time with Ticket to Ride that I applied for a job with them after the trip, and I am now stoked to be joining their winter team as a Lodge Assistant in Meribel, France!Michaela Vokroj
The Ticket to Ride team can cater to your individual needs. So whether you're a total beginner or an absolute ripper, it really doesn't matter. Please speak to one of our experienced Trip Advisors regarding your level, so that we can group similarly skill level surfers together for maximum progression.
Simply boardies or bikini and you're ready to rip in these warm waters.
The Philippines is made up of multiple micro-climates meaning some parts of the country are in the middle of the wet season, whilst other parts are not. Fear not as August to December is the surf season for Siargao. We may encounter the odd shower or thunderstorm as we are still nestled on an island in the middle of the pacific, but expect mostly sunshine and pumping waves.
You can enter the Philippines without a visa for an initial period of 30 days. You can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow an initial 59 day stay.
You can apply to extend your stay at the offices of the Bureau of Immigration. Overstaying without the proper authority is a serious matter and can lead to detention pending payment of outstanding fees and fines and voluntary deportation at your own expense.
BRING CASH! There's an atm in General Luna which is fickle, therefore you need to bring an ample amount of Philippine Pesos with you when coming to the island. There are cashpoints in Dapa and in Del Carmen which are 20 minutes drive away, however they're also sometimes offline and run out of money. There are certain places in General Luna that can offer you cashback for a % fee so rest assured you won't be stuck should all other options be unavailable.
Some places take credit cards but not all, so we recommend always having some loose cash with you.
The food in Siargao is incredible, and you can indulge in a local dish for about 200 PHP which is around £3. There are a load of good restaurants in the various resorts dotted around General Luna, and for an awesome lunch or dinner and a couple drinks (soft drinks or beer) you'll be getting change from 650 PHP which is around £9.
A daily breakfast is provided by Harana Surf Resort where you can order any meal you wish off the menu. Great coffee and shakes are available at your own cost. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and we'll ensure you're fuelled for those heavy paddle sessions.
At first glance you may think that getting to Siargao mean an array of long haul flights and long stop overs. Fear not as we here at Ticket to Ride are going to make it easy for you.
We advise using Skyscanner or Kayak in order to book your International flights. Many of our trippers will be based in the UK, however we are happy to advise anyone who’s flying from all corners of the globe.
We realise that Siargao may not be the easiest destination on the planet to get to, but rest assured its worth the flight hours!
Whether you're flying into Manila or Cebu, the basic International flight plan goes as follows.
- Depart your home country in order to arrive in Manila or Cebu the night before the start of your trip on 8th/30th September (depending on Trip booked). Therefore, aim to arrive in Manila or Cebu on 7th/29th September 2019.
- Stay a night in Manila or Cebu (please check below for Hotel advice)
- Book a domestic flight on the morning of the 8th/30th September from Manila or Cebu, to Siargao Island.
For return flight information please look below.
- Depart your home country in order to arrive in Manila the night before the start of your trip on 8th/30th September (depending on Trip booked). Therefore, aim to arrive in Manila on 7th/29th September 2019.
- Stay a night in Manila. If you would like to stay in the centre of Manila, then book for the night of the 7th/29th September. If you would like to stay nearby the airport, book near NAIA Terminal 1
- Book a domestic flight on the morning of the 8th/30th September from Manila, to Siargao Island. Book via Cebu Pacific Air from Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) to Siargao Island (IAO).
- Arrive in Siargao Island (IAO) on the 8th/30th of September where you will be greeted by your Trip Leaders.
There are limited number of flights to the island daily, so please book early. If possible, book the 12:30 PM Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Siargao, as having everyone on the same flight is far easier logistically.
- Depart your home country in order to arrive in Cebu the night before the start of your trip on 8th/30th September (depending on Trip booked). Therefore, aim to arrive in Manila on 7th/29th September 2019.
- Stay a night in Cebu. Pre Book to stay at Red Planet Cebu via Booking.com for the night of the 7th/29th September.
- Book a domestic flight on the morning of the 8th/30th September from Cebu, to Siargao Island. Book a flight via Philippines Air from Mactan Cebu International (CEB) to Siargao Island (IAO).
- Arrive in Siargao Island (IAO) on the 8th/30th September where you will be greeted by your Trip Leaders.
If you are flying from Cebu to Siargao as opposed to Manila to Siargao, please contact us in advance.
We advise for you to catch the 14:30 Flight from Cebu to Siargao so that you arrive at the same time as those coming from Manila.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Either way you're heading to a tropical paradise and Island life be harsh.You will certainly need sun tan lotion, mosquito spray isn't a bad shout, aloe vera cream to keep your skin soothed in the sun, some sunglasses, a hat, plenty of boardies or bikinis, thin tops for the baking sun, flip flops, shoes for your travel here and when you're on an adventure, reef boots are also advised. Apart from that bring yourself and some good vibes and we're in for some fun!
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.