Benchmark DetailsDate: 03/08/2017Evaluator: Carl KishView 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 Surf is able to provide Gawad Kalinga villagers with job opportunities and purchase natural beauty products and handicrafts from them for use in the resort.

Harana Surf Resort joined STOKE in March 2014 when their team was first beginning to design the project and now after close to a year of operations, they have been benchmarked and are working towards STOKE certification by the 2017/18 surf season.