April 11, 2016

Siargao Island: A haven for surfers and non-surfers alike

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  • Ask anyone in the country about Siargao and you’ll surely hear the words “Surfing Capital of the Philippines.” With near-perfect surf conditions year round, both local and foreign surfers flock to this island off the coast of Surigao del Norte.



    SURFING IS THIS ISLAND’S thing. No other island in the country is as closely tied to surfing as Siargao Island. (Photo via wayph.com)


    This doesn’t mean that the island can only be enjoyed by surfers. Non-surfers can have as much fun in Siargao sans taking surf lessons.


    Where to stay

    General Luna is deemed as the place to stay in Siargao. Accommodation will never be an issue; there are so many resorts on the island that you’ll surely find one that suits your needs.

    Those on a budget will appreciate the large number of inns and lodges that can be found in General Luna. If you’re on the hunt for a little more luxury, there’s Isla Cabana. Posh and cozy cabanas merely steps away from the beach make this resort a prime option for anyone headed to Siargao Island.

    Another go-to resort is Kermit Surf and Dive EcoCamp. It’s a very popular resort in General Luna with rooms just as beautiful as Isla Cabana at prices everyone can afford.


    What to do

    Surfing is tops for any to-do list in Siargao. P500 for a one-hour surf lesson with an instructor and board rental may not seem like much, but it’s worth every penny as you get to experience why Siargao is synonymous with surfing.



    SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL. These are the best words to describe Guyam Island. (Photo via wayph.com)


    Not fond of shooting the curl or hanging ten? You can go island hopping and visit Guyam Island, Daku, Island, and Naked Island. Naked Island is basically a sand bank surrounded by the waters of the Pacific. Guyam is a small, uninhabited island that’s perfect for beach bumming and snorkeling.



    DINE ON THE BEACH with views as stunning as any other in the country. (Photo via wayph.com)


    Daku Island, on the other hand, is where you go to eat during your island hopping expedition. Here, you can enjoy seafood feast fit for a king in the comfort of your own hut while you take in magnificent views of the island.

    Crocodile watching is yet another thing you can do in Siargao. It’s not featured in any travel guide as the local tourism office has yet to open it to the public, but they will accommodate you if you ask. It’s done at night, though, so be sure you’re not too afraid of the dark.


    Places of interest

    Apart from the beach and its year-round waves, Siargao is also known for the Magpupungko rock formation. The rock formations look fantastic; the pool’s crystal clear water in varying shades of blue and green make this place a go-to for anyone visiting Siargao Island. It’s only an hour away from General Luna with a P50 entrance fee.



    NATURAL POOL WITH STUNNING VIEWS make Magpupungko a place that should not be missed. (Photo via siargao-island-philippines.com)


    Need a dip away from the ocean? Then hop on a habal-habal/tricycle and take a one and a half hour ride to Santa Monica, where you can find Taktak Falls. Don’t mind the muddy water: Instagram-worthy scenery combined with refreshingly cool water make Taktak Falls a must-visit in Siargao.

    Yes, Siargao is known for being the country’s surf capital, but non-surfers will never feel left out.


    How to get there and Getting around

    Right now, the best way to get to Siargao Island is by plane. You’ll be travelling for a total of three hours, with a stop in Cebu.

    Want to get around the island? You can rent a motorcycle for as low as P350 a day minus the gas. If you’re not too fond of driving, you can also hire a habal-habal to take you around the island. Just strike a deal with the driver and you’re good to go.


    Source: Lakwatsero, Biyahe ni Drew via GMA News Online, Just One Way Ticket

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