Certification DetailsDate: 03/26/2019Evaluator: Ellie LovettView Bio

2 Tuason Point, Brgy. Catangnan
General Luna, Siargao Island
Surigao del Norte, Philippines
+63 998 849 5461

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Harana Surf Resort
Siargao, Philippines
Surf Serenaded

(Featured image: Gaps Sabuero)

One step on the Harana Surf Resort grounds and you’ll know why they named it after “harana”—the Filipino word for “serenade”. Positioned on the eastern end of a small island in the Philippines called Siargao, Harana Surf features three types of lodging options, a restaurant/bar, and expansive gardens between your doorstep and the sea.

With 32 surf breaks for all types of surfers; island hopping to Guyam, Daku or Pansukian; diving near Sohoton Caves; relaxing near the crystal blue Magpopongko rock pools; paddle boarding in the largest mangrove reserve in the Philippines; hanging with friendly locals; and much more, there’s quite a bit to keep you busy between sampling local recipes at their restaurant and resting your head before another day of adventure (or relaxation) in their sustainably designed accommodations with beautiful vernacular architecture.

The best time of year for surf is during the southwest “habagat” monsoon season from August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore and the famous Cloud 9 surf break is firing. When you’re not frothing in the surf, Harana coordinates several volunteer opportunities that you can support including tree planting, homebuilding, beach cleanups, medical missions, or teaching kids to read or get creative in art classes. Thanks to their local nonprofit partner, Gawad Kalinga, who is working to eradicate poverty for 5 million families by 2024, Harana is able to provide Gawad Kalinga villagers with job opportunities and purchase natural beauty products and handicrafts from them for use in the resort.

Sustainability Management
Section Performance - 69%
Social and Economic Impacts Management
Section Performance - 73%
Cultural Heritage Impacts Management
Section Performance - 82%
Environmental Impacts Management
Section Performance - 72%
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Commitment to a Sustainable Future

As one of STOKE’s first Members before Harana Surf even had architectural plans, it has been a long journey from concept to building to operations and training, but we are proud to say we did it right from the beginning.

The STOKE standard guided our team to best practices and helped us recognize are challenges going forward. In the years leading up to recertification, we are focused on achieving the following:

  • Seek more partners in collaboration with SEA to get a proper waste management and recycling facility on the island with political support.
  • Continue in the fight against dynamite fishing and policy advocacy for enforcement.
  • Install rooftop solar or micro-wind on-site to meet some of the resort’s energy needs.
  • Invest in more rainwater harvesting infrastructure as we grow.

Thank you for learning about Harana’s story and our beautiful home. We hope to see you on Siargao soon!

Ian Sermonia, Co-Founder