Siargao Island – Philippines
Siargao Island is located in the southeast of the Philippines, 800 km from the capital Manila. This is a very large island, its area is 416 square kilometers and its dimensions are 35 by 30 kilometers. For comparison, the famous island of Boracay is only 7 kilometers long and just over 500 meters. About 94,000 people live in Siargao.
Siargao is part of the province of Surigao do Norte (the group of islands in Mindanao), which, incidentally, is quite far from other popular resorts in the Philippines. There are eight villages and the same number of municipalities. The largest and most developed settlement is called General Luna (General Luna). There are no cities on the island, no big hotels, big chain stores and fast food restaurants. But there are many tropical forests (mangroves and palm trees) and a clean coastline with a rich underwater world.
In general, the landscape of Siargao Island is markedly different from other Philippine islands. Nowhere else are there so many palm trees (coconut in the first place). They are literally everywhere here – they frame the coast beautifully and get thicker as you move inland.
Siargao Island – The huge Philippine trench in this place runs on a vertical reef barrier. Therefore, this island is regularly hit by strong waves, creating excellent conditions for surfers.
First of all, Siargao is one of the ideal places for surfing in the Philippines. Waves for beginners on the local coast are available all year round, and experienced surfers can make the most of their favorite outdoor activity from August to November.
There are many surf spots on the island, the most popular being Cloud 9. Without exaggeration, it is known by surfers from all over the world. The local instructors are truly virtuous: they can easily ride the board on the waves, even if they are upside down.
Siargao Island – In addition to surfing, the island has excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving, fishing and rowing (you can always rent a kayak or kayak, and make a mini trip to some isolated lagoon). To successfully swim, dive or surf in Siargao on your own, you need to adapt to the local tide time. Here they are very strong and the ocean goes far at low tide.