Saturday, March 26, 2011


I never thought that I would be able to visit Siargao! Thanks to my job, I was given the opportunity to visit this faraway island paradise famous for its wondrous waves surfers all over the world flock to.

If you're a surfer or simply want to see world-class surfers in action, the best time to visit Siargao is in the months of September to November, where the waves perfect for surfing. This is also the time when tournaments are held, participated by surfing superstars from different countries.

Getting there is quite exhausting. You can take a flight from Manila to Surigao del Norte and ride a boat going to Siargao Island. The boat ride is kind of an adventure with big waves and strong currents shaking your not-so-large sea vessel.

The other option is to take a flight to Cebu, and transfer to another smaller plane (Cebu Pacific - like the ones that land in Caticlan) going to Siargao. No more boat rides.

In our case, we took a flight from Manila to Cebu and got an ex-deal from a flying school that would take us to Siargao. That means, riding on a Cessna plane with a student pilot (mostly, foreigners) and an instructor, and me as the only passenger. (Each staff was assigned a plane individually).

At first, I was so nervous! The wind up there can easily make your ride a turbulent one... but as we ascend higher and higher (almost 10,000 feet), the ride became smoother and pleasant!

Siargao is a delight! I am surprised to see so many foreigners there, mostly Europeans, Aussies and Japanese. There were only a handful of Pinoy tourists and surfers. There are a number of beaches that cater to everyone's needs - for surfers and swimmers alike. The hostels / lodgings are cheap enough (fan rooms are only 500-700 pesos per day, air-conditioned rooms range from 1000 - 1500 pesos).

Cessna plane - Cebu to Siargao
(approx. 1 hour)

spectacular views of the islands
(somewhere between Cebu - Surigao)

Mangroves in Siargao

Siargao Island
(the white line is a main road)

The student pilot (girl) and her instructor
that took me to Siargao!

foreigners outnumber Pinoy tourists

the only public transportion
in the island - Habal-Habal

The Nude Beach for swimming
(No nude swimmers here. Locals call
this Nude Beach because it is treeless)

The wooden bridge going
to the famous Cloud 9 -
the best surfing spot in Siargao

a statue of a boy surfer in Cloud 9

The surfers' playground!
Not so good wave that day.

a great place to unwind.
Owned by an Aussie who
settled here since the 90s.