Happiness Philippines

Happiness travel & tours

Happiness Philippines! Founded by adventurous childhood friends who found paradise and built a family of like-minded souls. We believe travel is a feast for the soul, and we aim to share it with you!

Ditch the boring tours and embark on unforgettable adventures with Happiness Philippines! We’re not just about comfy beds (though we have those too) – we’re about creating experiences that ignite your soul.

From island-hopping adventures in El Nido’s turquoise waters to chasing waves on Siargao’s legendary breaks, we craft curated tours led by passionate locals. the Philippines awaits!

Think beyond the tourist traps and delve into authentic experiences. We’ll be your Filipino travel buddies, navigating the spirited culture, translating hidden gems, and ensuring every moment is filled with laughter, discovery, and joy.

We’re spreading happiness one experience at a time! Join the family and redefine your travel experience with Happiness Philippines!


El Nido

Discover a slice of heaven in El Nido, where the air is filled with excitement and relaxation. Surrender to the captivating atmosphere, where turquoise waters and lush greenery create a magical backdrop. Indulge in the thrill of island hopping, exploring hidden lagoons, and snorkeling amidst vibrant coral reefs. Unwind on pristine beaches, basking in the warm sunshine and enjoying breathtaking sunsets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and savor delicious seafood delicacies. Get ready for an unforgettable journey filled with adventure, serenity, and unforgettable memories in El Nido.


Welcome to Manila, a bustling metropolis that dances to the rhythm of its own beat. Get swept away by the vibrant energy that fills the air, as the city comes alive with a colorful tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavors. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of cultures, where heritage meets modernity. Explore the bustling streets, taste the mouthwatering cuisine, and uncover the hidden gems that make Manila an unforgettable destination. From historical landmarks to exciting nightlife, Manila offers a vibrant experience that will leave you craving for more.


Indulge in the island vibes of Boracay, where every moment feels like a carefree escape. Feel the soft sand between your toes as you stroll along the shoreline, with the gentle ocean breeze rustling through your hair. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of the turquoise waters, and let the palm trees sway to the rhythm of your relaxation. Whether you're lounging by the beach, exploring the vibrant underwater world, or savoring the delicious local cuisine, Boracay is the perfect destination for those seeking an unforgettable island getaway.


Siargao, where the island groove meets pure paradise! Get ready to be swept away into a world of endless adventure and laid-back charm. Feel the rhythm of the island as you ride the legendary waves that make surfers' dreams come true. Immerse yourself in the vibrant beachside bars, where the music flows like the tides and the energy never fades. Discover hidden lagoons and secret pathways that lead to breathtaking vistas, making each step a picturesque moment. Indulge in the local delicacies, from fresh seafood to tropical fruits, and let the flavors dance on your taste buds. Siargao is not just an island, it's a vibe you won't be able to resist!


Forget fancy resorts, Siquijor was a barefoot paradise. Turquoise coves hid like secrets, their water clear enough to see gossiping fish. We devoured fresh feasts under swaying palms, the locals' laughter as warm as the sun. Days were splashes in hidden waterfalls, haggling in the market, and witnessing ancient rituals under the watchful eyes of incense smoke. Fireflies twinkled like a million stars as we fumbled through Visayan phrases, forging connections under a sky ablaze with wonder. Siquijor wasn't a trip, it was a technicolor adventure that etched itself onto our hearts.


Experience the magical wonders of Cebu Island, a place where dreams come to life! Discover breathtaking landscapes, from mystical waterfalls nestled in lush jungles to pristine beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and warm hospitality of the locals as you embark on unforgettable adventures. Whether you're seeking exhilarating water sports, serene nature trails, or authentic local cuisine, Cebu Island has something to offer every traveler. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime in this extraordinary destination.

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17 Days vacation


The Philippines is a tropical paradise with over 7,000 islands. You can enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, or explore the culture, history, and nature. Whether you want to relax, adventure, or party, the Philippines has it all. Come and discover this amazing country for yourself.

13 Days vacation Perfect for families


Unforgettable Memories Whether it’s sunset cruises, zip-lining over rice terraces, or stargazing on secluded beaches, the Philippines promises a family vacation filled with laughter, wonder, and cherished moments.

3 weeks vacation for couples:


Escape to the Philippines, where romance awaits you on every island. Explore the stunning beaches and the majestic mountains. Enjoy the delicious cuisine, the lively festivals, and the friendly people. Experience the magic of nature, culture, and love in this tropical paradise

30 DAYS VACATION For nature lovers


Forget the ordinary, embrace the extraordinary. Journey through the Philippines, a tapestry of nature’s wonders and cultural gems. Hike misty mountain trails, meet playful tarsier monkeys, and sail beneath limestone cliffs. Discover ancient wisdom in bustling markets, witness the fiery Ati-Atihan festival, and savor the flavors of island life. Prepare for a kaleidoscope of experiences that will ignite your senses.

Escape the ordinary, embrace the extraordinary with
Happiness Travel & Tours!

Tired of the same old vacation routine? Stuck in a cycle of overpriced resorts and tourist traps? You deserve better, and Happiness Travel & Tours is here to deliver!

Imagine this: waking up to the gentle rhythm of waves, the enchanting aroma of local delicacies, and the thrilling prospect of exploring hidden waterfalls. We’re not just talking about another vacation; we’re talking about an immersive Philippine adventure designed to spark joy and unforgettable memories.

Forget the planning headaches! We, your Filipino travel family, will handle all the nitty-gritty details. No more deciphering cryptic maps, scouring unreliable websites, or haggling in unfamiliar markets (unless you want to, then we’ll be your secret weapon!).

Think of us as your fun-loving auntie and uncle, whisking you away to the heart of the Philippines. We’ll navigate the vibrant culture, translate any tricky Tagalog phrases (no “mystery meat” surprises!), and ensure you get the best deals on authentic experiences.

So ditch the stress and book with Happiness! We’ll be your vacation buddies on the ground, ensuring your trip is worry-free and overflowing with laughter, adventure, and maybe even a karaoke night or two. Think of it as the ultimate family reunion, minus the awkward questions about your love life and career choices.

Choose Happiness Travel & Tours – where your vacation is our priority, and your endless smiles are our family tradition!

Your hosts


barak moshe

laya director and co-host

An avid surfer, water sports enthusiast, and an ex-professional soccer player who grew up leading the team of Israel in the most prestigious tournaments. Born and raised in the mediterranean coast, Barak developed a deep love and connection to the ocean from an early age.

Throughout the past decade Barak has surfed in some of the world’s most iconic surf destinations, from the powerful breaks of Puerto Escondido to the tropical breaks of Siargao. These experiences have not only shaped his surfing abilities but have also given him a deep appreciation for the diverse cultures and environments that surround these coastal havens.



Ekim manacap


Surf’s up, laptops down!

If you don’t see him in the water, he’s probably at happiness, working hard or hardly working on the screen reading forecasts!

Born and raised in Cebu, the Cebuano surfer by day, graphic designer by night – he seeks inspiration and recharges his creativity in the water. Blowing off steam thru surf has guided him through ups and downs very much like the tides and winds flow freely like his creativity.

Don’t be shy to say hi and ask consent before touching his afro. xoxo



To apply for a Laya  experience an initial deposit is requested to reserve your space. The remaining amount is paid a month prior to arrival (See Payment Plans option just added to our experiences).

Private and shared rooms availability are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your reservations early to receive your preferred accommodation. We reserve the right to refuse bookings at our discretion.

Please double check availability before booking your flight tickets. Laya Surf Retreats doesn’t include the airfare. We do offer concierge services to help you make all the arrangements needed. If you decide to extend your stay in the area, we can guide you on how to achieve your most desired vacation, from lodging to all sort of inspiring and fun activities.
To enter and exit the Philippines, you must bring a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration date. Most of the countries are not required to issue a Visa to enter but please double-check with your embassy before booking an experience with us. During the check-in of your flight, you might be asked to show a return ticket from the Philippines before 90 days since the arrival date. All clients must be +18 years old and have medical insurance issued by their own travel agent to join any Laya Surf Retreats experience.

Citizens/residents from ALL countries are currently allowed to enter the Philippines.

LAYA Surf Retreat Terms and Conditions 

  • Registration and Payment:
  1. To secure a spot in our retreats, participants are required to finalize the registration process and submit a non-refundable (but transferable) down payment/reservation deposit of 25% from the total amount.
  2. The outstanding balance should be settled entirely no later than 30 days before the starting date of the retreat. 
  3. Failure to make full payment by the specified deadline may result in the cancellation of the participant’s reservation without a refund. 
  • Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy: (excluding the 25% down payment and transaction fee)

  • For cancellations made 90-60 days before the retreat date, a full refund will be provided.
  • For cancellations made 59-30 days before the retreat date, a 50% refund will be offered.
  • For cancellations made 29-0 days before the retreat date, no refund will be granted.

Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receiving a valid refund request.

  • Retreat Changes:
  1. The organizers reserve the right to modify the retreat schedule, activities, or accommodations if necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.
  2. Any significant changes to the retreat will be communicated to participants as soon as possible.
  • Health and Safety:
  1. Participants are required to disclose any relevant health conditions or medical history that may impact their participation in the retreat.
  2. Participants must follow all safety guidelines and instructions provided by the retreat organizers and instructors during the retreat.
  3. The organizers reserve the right to remove any participant from the retreat if their health or behavior poses a risk to themselves or others, with no entitlement to a refund.
  • Travel and Insurance:
  1. Participants are responsible for getting to the location which was decided by the retreat organizers. 
  2. It is strongly recommended that participants purchase comprehensive travel insurance, including trip cancellation and medical coverage, to protect against unforeseen events.
  • Code of Conduct:
  1. Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and cooperative manner throughout the retreat.
  2. Any participant engaging in disruptive or inappropriate behavior, including substance abuse, will be subject to immediate dismissal from the retreat with no refund.
  • Media Consent:
  1. By participating in the retreat, participants grant the organizers the right to use any photographs, videos, or testimonials taken during the retreat for promotional and marketing purposes.
  • Liability:
  1. The organizers shall not be held liable for any personal injury, loss, damage, or theft of personal belongings that may occur during the retreat.
  2. Participants are responsible for their own well-being and safety during the retreat.
  • Legal Jurisdiction:
  1. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the country of the Philippines.

b. Any disputes arising out of or in connection with the retreat shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in General Luna City, Philippines, Surigao Del Norte.

All the activities supplied by Laya Surf Retreats carry with them a degree of risk both to people and equipment, even though enjoyed under proper supervision by qualified instructors. They are also some activities that require those taking part to have a reasonable standard of health and fitness. 

All clients must inform of any medical conditions, illnesses or allergies they may have and any prescribed medication they might be taking prior booking. 

No one should participate in any activity if they are suffering from a heart condition or are pregnant. 

No client should in any circumstances take part in an activity while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, which may adversely affect their physical abilities.

After reserving your space, we will send out Liability Release Forms for you to fill up and sign before starting the trip.

There will be NO exceptions to this policy.

Once you book your Laya Surf Retreat, you will receive a Welcome Kit with helpful information you might need for the week. This includes informative description of the area, tips on what to pack, extra activities to explore and much more. 



Please fill out the form below, or contact us directly at layasurfretreat@happinessphilippines.com