The first morning I spend in Siargao makes me feel like I am living in a dream: the breeze, the soft crashing of the waves, the picturesque beachfront with a gleeful four-legged friend rolling in the sand. No, this is not a dream, I tell myself. This is just a typical morning at the cozy Bayud Boutique Resort, which is tucked away in the peaceful barangay of Malinao, General Luna.
With their rapid growth and strong online presence, it is surprising to imagine that Bayud was fully functional just a few years ago. “It was actually quite challenging when we first opened. In 2017, nobody knew about Siargao; we had only two flights a week,” recalls the resort’s owner, Nino Barbers. “We used to have rough roads and signal was inaccessible. But I think that’s the charm of Siargao, its rustic side. We actually wanted to keep the roads that way but we had to change it to concrete two months ago, because of the rise in tourism,” he says.
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April - May 2020