Siargao Island in the south of the Philippines is what dreams are made of. My husband and I had heard great things about Siargao and knew we had to visit. We spent 5 days on the island surfing, exploring and taking time out – it was such a great trip!
The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the lack of tourists. We were told Siargao continues to get busier with tourists but it seemed virtually untouched and really raw which we absolutely loved. The island is entirely covered with palm trees and everything from the roads to the houses have a rugged vibe about them.
Surfing Siargao Style – Riding the Waves at Sunrise
Siargao is primarily known for being the surfing capital of the Philippines. My husband is a keen surfer and I do my best to catch a wave or two. We woke up most mornings at 4am to start the day surfing. Cloud 9 is the most famous surf break on Siargao and was a great place for beginners (me!) as the surf was a lot smaller when we visited in July.
Even if you don’t surf, you can still watch surfers from the Cloud 9 surfing tower. Another great beach for beginners is at Jacking Horse. This is a great spot to pay for surfing lessons on a longboard. Other notable surf spots on the island include: Pacifico, Rock Island and Guyan; but we spent most of our time at the iconic Cloud 9.
Exploring Sugba Lagoon & Beautiful Little Islands
Island life is all about taking each day as it comes with no rigid plans. In between our days of surfing we did two touristy things during our stay. The first was our trip to Sugba Lagoon. We stopped off on the way for lunch at a virtually deserted island and then continued onto the Lagoon.
Sugba Lagoon is probably the most popular attraction on the island. The lagoon is surrounded by epic mountains where you can go swimming in beautiful warm waters. The pontoon house has a cool little diving board that you can jump on which is heaps of fun. Activities here include renting a big wooden raft, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming and relaxing in the café.
The other trip we did was an island-hopping trip on a long-tail boat from General Luna. We visited three islands which had the most insane coloured water. The cutest was called Guyam Island – a tiny little oasis covered entirely in palm trees.
Our day spent island-hopping was possibly the highlight of our trip. We booked our own private boat and left early in the morning to have the islands basically to ourselves which we loved. Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island are the three stops on the boat tour which included a nice seafood lunch too.
Why Siargao Should be on your Travel Bucket-List
Speaking of food. The only qualm I had with Siargao was the food. But in all fairness, I am a little fussy. I am gluten and dairy free and for health reasons can’t eat many carbs. A lot of the food in Siargao was meat, rice, pasta and pizza. While my husband wasn’t complaining, I felt like there weren’t many healthy options. The mangoes were to die for though!
Along with the surf, tasty mangoes, and amazing islands we found the local people to be so beautiful. Particularly my surf instructor Kelvin – born and bred from Siargao. He took us out surfing every morning at Cloud 9 and was an absolute legend! I believe the most important part of travel is the people you meet and respecting the locals who are kind enough to share their homes.
I miss Siargao. It truly is one of the world’s most beautiful tropical islands. Spending 5 days here was amazing but there was definitely more to see – will have to stay longer next time!