SIARGAO; an island off the coast of Surigao del Norte. With nine (9) municipalities, Siargao is best known as the Philippines’ surfing capital. But that didn’t stop there, the white beaches, enchanted lagoon, naked island, coves and caves are just a few of what I personally experienced in Siargao.
A jargon that means “euphoria” or being on top of the world. But for tourist and surfers, it is way more than that. Though it gives a relatively short wave, the fact that it barrels nearly the whole way — that guarantees satisfaction.
Cloud 9 is best during mid to high tides, but for beginners like me a mid-tide is enough. Surfing when the tide is extremely shallow brings risk to getting hurt since the water has precious corals underneath and most have rough texture with sharp edges.
A short day-trip boat ride from Del Carmen municipality (or General Luna municipality). Sugba lagoon is one spectacular lagoon surrounded by green mountains. It has deep blue-green waters – just enough beauty to lure one to swim.
Before heading to the lagoon, it is advisable to bring packed lunch since the resort no longer cater food services anymore. (Check municipal ordinance)
Here, one can have a paddle boat ride for only P300 or bamboo float ride, if one prefers to float with friends. Never leave Sugba Lagoon without plunging into the waters. There is no need to worry for the water keeps one afloat even without the vest.
Siargao isn’t only for surfers but for nature lovers as well. The clean turquoise waters surrounding Daku Island and Guyam Island are proofs that Siargao is an Island of paradise.
Are you a sea food lover? Daku Island serves fresh fish: grilled, fresh, adobo, tinola – name it and the locals can have it cooked for you. For shell-lovers, they also serve huge oh lala shells (Kinason), try the adobo kinason to satisfy your cravings. Your tummy will surely leave the place happy.
Chill in one of magpupungko’s rock pools while admiring the roaring waves just a few meters away from you. These stunning pools only show up during low tides.
To sum it up, Siargao is the place that keeps me want to come back year after year. I just can’t help but adore and admire God’s beautiful, if not impeccable, gift that all of us can truly enjoy. Happy vacay!