Hail to the best pizza place in Siargao

It will be a shame to visit Siargao and skip Kermit, the island stop for wonderful cocktail concoctions, the best pizza in town and perfect tropical resto-bar setting.

Kermit’s hands on owner Gianni Grifoni with his little one at Kermit

Kermit in General Luna, Siargao, is a lively resto-bar where it seems everyone around knows everybody. But it’s not for this reason alone that you should go. The open deck you walk onto barefoot fitted with loungy seats and sunken chairs is prolly the most relaxed spot I’ve been to recently. While the area is exclusive to guests staying at Kermit and the affable owner Gianni Grifoni’s personal guests, there is a rustic tropical space next to it where you can grab a seat to eat or drink or both.

Local curates Siargao

When islander Elaine Abonal is on a break from teaching surfing in Siargao, you’ll catch her on road trips, swimming in wild islands and eating at her favorite dining places

Elaine enjoying a day out in Dako Island

I was born and raised
 in Manila but I’ve been frequenting Siargao
 for the past 13 years.
At first I would stay for one month, then one month became two, and later on it stretched longer. In 2016, we started renting a house and got ourselves a dog.

My goal is to provide the best way to teach surfing in Siargao.
At Surfista Travels, we cover all bases when we teach, from theory to safety to etiquette. We do photo analysis. Surfista’s emphasis is for one to become a learned surfer.

Harana restaurant: Lazy times and delightful eats

Harana restaurant: Lazy times and delightful eats

Surfer Luke Landrigan loves Harana’s food and vibe. He says he likes ordering their poke bowl

It feels like time has stopped. At least this is how I felt when I visited resort-restaurant Harana on my visit to Siargao. Guests are sprawled on beanbags or cocooned in a hammock, whiling away on their smartphone as they wait for the waves to come up to do the more exciting kind of “surfing.” One guest rubs a resident dog’s tummy, saying hello.

Chill R&B music plays in the background—tame enough to not disturb napping guests—as I sip my cup of joe. Harana restaurant is a large open air native-themed space, hugging the wonderful sea breeze. There are wooden chairs and tables, colorful beanbags and low tables, distinctive hung woven lamps, and a vibrant bar manned by friendly staf.


Breakfasts here area delight. We had very good tocino, homemade honey and salt-cured pork and chicken meat served with egg and garlic rice, and arroz caldo, fascinating for its annatto oil drizzling and unusual toppings of dried fish, string beans and water spinach. There were grilled eggplant, international breakfast served with two eggs, bread, fruits and bacon salted just right. The Harana Fried Rice was remarkable.

Breakfasts are as beautiful as these: fresh fruits and vegetables, tortang along (grilled then pan-fried eggplant), dried fish, rice and egg


Ginger tea, fruit shakes, calamansi juice, softdrinks, beer, and an extensive liquor collection.

The basics
About Php300 (USD6) per person. Haranasurf.com, tel + 63998 849 5461

Story by Monica De Leon; photos by Daniel Soriano



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