With its barreling waves perfect for board tricks and numerous surf spots along its coast, Siargao in Surigao del Norte is regarded by many as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.
Pro surfers from around the world fly to this small island on the eastern seaboard every September just to battle it out with fellow riders and experience the exhilaration that the wind and the sea bring.
But don't let its title fool you because at the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, you don't really have to surf to have some fun.
We round up other activities that can convince travelers of all kinds to visit Siargao Island:
Enjoy the view from the boardwalk as the sky changes colors
The boardwalk right in front of Cloud 9—one of the island's many surf spots—is the perfect place to watch the break of dawn.
You may also catch early-morning surfers seeking their first wave of the day.
Go island-hopping off the coast of General Luna
You can get on a boat from the municipality of General Luna and visit nearby landforms—Naked Island, a sandbar that changes its shape with the shifting of the tide; Guyam Island, a small island covered with about a hundred coconut trees; and Daku Island, which is a popular spot for lunch.
Daku or dako is a Visayan word for big, an apt name for the largest island of the three. The island-hopping rate is at P1,000/head for groups of more than five.
Find your Zen while paddleboarding at Sugba Lagoon
Sugba Lagoon in the municipality of Del Carmen is known for its calm waters surrounded by limestone cliffs.
It's ideal for kayaking, paddling, and snorkeling.
But, if you're up for a thrill, you can try jumping off the diving board and into the clear turquoise water of the lagoon.
There's also a two-story pavilion where you can rent a table for a sumptuous lunch.
To get there, you can book a boat from the port of Del Carmen and go to Caob Island where Sugba Lagoon is located.
Tour fee is around P2,000, which is often inclusive of van transfer from General Luna to Del Carmen, boat transfer to Sugba Lagoon, lunch, entrance fee, and board rental.
Try rock-diving at the Magpupungko Tidal Pool
Locals say that magpupungko means "sitting on top" or nakapatong, a fitting name for Magpupungko Formation which looks like a huge rock sitting on top of a flat one.
During low tide, one side of the beach turns into a natural sea-water pool with underwater walls separating the blue-green crevice from the Pacific.
The side nearest the rocks is also deeper than the rest of the tidal pool, creating a good spot for diving.
Explore the rich marine life of Siargao Island
Blue Cathedral is one of the most popular dive sites not only in Siargao but the world.
To enter this underwater rock formation, you have to descend into a vertical hole that's about 20 meters in diameter.
It has the size of a large church, thus the name. You can also try snorkeling near Daku Island, La Janosa Island, and Sohoton Cove and marvel at the beautiful underwater world of Siargao.
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