Known as the “Surfing Capital” of the Philippines, this hidden gem of paradise in the Philippines will surely find a way to your heart. Located at the off coast of Surigao Del Norte, Siargao is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters and covered in coconut palm trees. There is no doubt that Siargao is a tropical dream destination, whether you are a local or international traveler, or surfer and non-surfers alike. This island boasts some of the most influential surf breaks in the world for its reliable surfing conditions.
Apart from the famed surf breaks, Siargao has its exceptional charm that attracts and excites every wanderlust that travels the province. Along with the picturesque scene, the warm and friendly locals inhabiting the island are on a mission to preserve the magic of Siargao’s pristine white beaches, breathtaking lagoons, and lush green coconut trees.
These are the ten awesome things to add on your bucket list as you visit Siargao:
1. Surf Cloud 9’s World Famous Waves
Cloud 9 is Siargao’s most famous surfing spot for its barreling right-hand waves and thick hollow tubes that can make every experienced surfer’s heart skip a beat. It is also the most commercialized area because it is the favorite venue of local and international surfers to showcase their talents during the International Surfing Competition. If you want to catch the ocean in its best surfing condition, we suggest that you travel from September to December.
2. Get a Tan on Naked Island
Surfing isn’t the only thing to do in a surfing capital. Lounge and swim in the sparkling waters of Naked Island, bar in the shallows, and work upon your tan lines. The naked island is a 200-meter long strip of sand in the middle of the Pacific that is completely bare where there are no trees or shrubs to give you shade. Who needs a shadow on this beautiful island Layer on sunscreen and enjoy the venture.
3. Take a Leap at Sugba Lagoon
Here you will find this astounding destination in the middle of mangroves surrounded by mountains. Sugba Lagoon is a gem tucked in the quiet town of Del Carmen in Siargao. The lagoon offers a stunning 4,000-hectare turquoise swimming spot where you can dive in the water and chill in this perfect isolation. Don’t miss a chance of diving in the most iconic landmark of Sugba lagoon; it features the coco lumber diving board. Make sure to take a photo before taking a dip in the crisp, cold waters.
4. Explore the Enchanting Sohoton Cove National Park
Sohoton Cove National Park will surely leave you speechless for its majestic beauty. It has a blue lagoon that is frequently compared to the ones in Palawan. You will be astonished by the massive and stunning limestone formations, together with blue waters. Watch the number of harmless jellyfish as they merrily swim around your boat.
5. Swim in the Magpupungko Rock Pools
Magpupungko Rock Pools are exposed during the low tide and submerged during the high tide. Travel at the right time to get picturesque views of crystal clear water and jump on the cliff of the jagged rocks. Another activity you can enjoy here is exploring the fascinating caves adjoining the pools.
6. Feast at Mama’s Grill
Taste the best barbecue at a locally and family-owned joint served in Siargao. Here is where you can feast some fresh plates of seafood and mouthwatering barbecue best paired with rice and beer. Their menu also offers pork belly, pork chops, chicken legs, sausages, and vegetables dripping in sweet and spicy sauce. While Mama’s grill is not fancy, the food will certainly not disappoint you.
7. Enjoy the Tropical Paradise of Daku Island
Another Siargao’s claim to fame, Daku Island, is well-known for its breathtaking turquoise blue seawater with plenty of fish and coral reefs. Don’t be afraid to get lost under the coconut palm trees as you roam around the island because the locals are amiable and accommodating. Activities you can enjoy here aside from swimming are snorkeling, diving, and island hopping.
8. Go Canyoneering in Tayabangan Cave Pool
The Tayabangan Cave Pool, also known as Kantoloi Twin Cenotes go as deep as over 100 meters. You will start by entering a dark cave and wading through chest-deep water, where you can also see the pillar formations. It is undoubtedly a destination for every adventurous traveler as there no helmets or life jackets provided when canyoneering. If you need more excitement, jump off a seven-meter cliff that leads you off the 18 feet deep water.
9. Chill in the Cool Waters of Taktak Falls
If you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy a peaceful ambiance, head to the only waterfall in Siargao – Taktak Falls. Thanks to the generous shade provided by the trees, the cold air will approach you as you reach the chilly waters of the falls. Taktak Falls is 15-meters high, its water cascades down a rocky cliff into a small blue, green basin where you can jump and swim in the water.
10. Swing in the Maasin’s Bent Coconut Tree Rope
Your Siargao experience will not be complete without a photo at the most iconic curved rope swing at the Maasin River. We suggest visiting the place early morning so you can have it all to yourself and get a chance to feel like Tarzan as you swing through the ropes and plunge into the calm river. Apart from the swing, you can also rent a boat so you can paddle around and capture a photo of the raw beauty of the area.
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