LOOK: A Boat-Shaped Resort Only in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines
Ida Damo | Feb 19, 2016
If you worked in the shipping and fishing industry for a long time, what would your house be like?
Shaped like a ship, Arka Hayahay in General Luna, Siargao Island is your newest home in the surfing capital of the Philippines. The resort houses a ship and is a family's tribute to the years that the head of the family alloted to the shipping industry.
This teardrop-shaped island is site for international and national surfing cups from which homegrown surfers emerge as champions.
Arka' shape blends well with the sea and the surf from which it stands.
Within its 1,700 square-meter lot are 15 comfortable rooms to choose from to guarantee restful sleep.
The breathtaking view of the beach and the sea can be seen from the resort. Many of my waking hours were spent watching the sunrise as I lay down on the loungers.
When it is time for breakfast, you can have the fluffiest pancakes topped with blueberries or mangoes on top. Arka’s restaurant also serves the very nutritious “happy meal” of pitaya (dragon fruit), oats, chia and bananas. Their fresh coconut milk shake has also become a favorite.
The staff and crew are very warm and welcoming and would grant your request like laundry for a very minimal fee.
From Arka, the famous Cloud 9 is just 5 minutes away by mopeds. Go ahead and drive it on your own or have yourself driven. The waves are calling.
Siargao’s other surfing spots are also within reach by motorcycle and then by boat. After an action-packed day of surfing and roaming around Siargao’s beaches, the Arka Hayahay would welcome you home.
How to get there:
PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Surigao City.
Siargao Island can be reached by boat from Surigao City. Roro or M/V Fortune Angels to Dapa cost from Php200 for Economy B and Php250 for Economy A. Terminal fee is Php10. Dapa Express also plies the route at Php250 from the Surigao City Port.
From Dapa, ride the motorcycle for Arka at PhP80.
You can reach Arka at 0918-331-2008 and look for Leah or Yel.
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