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Q&A with Harvey, a Siargao Local

Exactly how do you plan an authentic travel experience? You ask those who know the place by heart, of course. On our Living La Vida Locals series, we feature trusted locals and their insider tips and experiences.

For Siargao, we interviewed self-taught user interface designer Harvey Enrile.

Photo courtesy of Bren Fuentes @brenstormin

What’s the best way to get around Siargao?

Rent a motorbike to get around places. Make sure you know how to ride one and that you always wear a helmet. Renting one for the whole day would cost around ₱400-500. If you don’t know how to ride one, there is always a habal-habal available.

What’s a local dish that every traveler needs to try?

Pan de Coco or Choco Lanay for your afternoon snacks! They are freshly baked bread with coconut jam or sweet native chocolate inside. It’s best to get them early in the afternoon—they sell out fast!

What’s a big no-no for those traveling there?

Respect the place and don’t litter. Always bring a reusable water bottle and an eco bag. As much as possible, avoid using single-use plastic.

What’s the best tip you can give to a first-time traveler to Siargao?

Stay a week, at least.

What are some of its secret spots or hidden gems?

Secret! Visit Mapupungko, Sohoton Cave, and Sugba Lagoon—a lot of resorts organize group tours there.

What are the best ways to get to know the locals more?

Eat where the locals eat. Learn to surf and hire a local guide. You’ll never have a hard time getting to know the locals. A nod or a simple greeting is also a good start. You'll have friends in no time.

What are the real souvenir(s) that one should bring back from Siargao?

Memories and friends! The new friends you make and the fun memories are what will make you come back.

What do you love most about Siargao?

Hmm, that’s a hard one.

I don’t think there’s that one thing that I love, but definitely, there are a lot of things I love about Siargao: the surf, the vibe, and the community.

If you can describe Siargao in just one word, what would it be?

Laidback.

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