Traveling to the Philippines is always geared towards fun under the sun for its popular beaches and excellent tourist destinations. Among the popular beaches tourists and travelers enjoy going to include Palawan, La Union, Punta Fuego, and Siargao among many others.
Siargao is an island paradise for backpackers and surfers who enjoy the beautiful waves of the ocean. It is located in Surigao Del Norte which is distinct and popular in itself for the island’s teardrop shape in the Philippine Sea. It is 800 kilometers Southeast of Manila with a land area of approximately 437 square kilometers. Siargao is reachable by a plane which you can get direct from Manila via Cebu Pacific Airlines.
The renowned province has been making quite a lot of noise for its booming tourism, garnering great attention from travelers across the world. Aside from surfing, there are other popular activities to check out in Siargao. Here are three of the best beach activities aside from surfing that travelers and locals can check out.
Top 3 Beach Activities to Do in Siargao
1. Catch the Cloud 9 Surf Break
Cloud 9 is the most famous wave in the Philippines which is found in Siargao. With Siargao’s warm climate and pristine coastlines, it is a tropical paradise surrounded by superb coral reefs and sandbars making it an ideal surf and dive point.
What makes the Cloud 9 a prime surf central as a tourist spot are the hollow tubes that surfers around the world come to look for in a great wave. The Cloud 9 is best to experience in Siargao from the months of November to April. It is then the extra inches of water lift surfers just above the reef, which skulks closely to the water surface.
Although Cloud 9 is a popular wave for surfers to catch, it’s not recommended for beginners to try. The Cloud 9 is a popular must-catch during surfing competitions that take place in the annual Siargao Cup which is an international surfing event that surfers across the world come to try their luck in.
2. Cliff Dive in the Tayangban Cave Pools
This hidden gem is a go-to place when in Siargao which one activity to try besides surfing the Cloud 9. Travelers and tourists flock to the cave pools for its turquoise blue waters where you can swim in and float on in the complete darkness only aided by torches at night.
There are also bats that fly over the caves until you finally emerge to the open cave pool where tourists can cliff jump down to, from as high as seven meters. This is a go-to for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies who aim to swing down or dive from cliffs 30 feet from the jump off landing.
Getting to Tayangban Cave Pool is accessible via car. Take a drive to Pilar via the Siargao Circumferential Road. Ask locals for directions since Waze is not recommended to get to the place. Be vigilant with the signs, the Tayangban Cave Pool is close to the Pagungwan Marsh.
3. Try Shaka Café’s Smoothie Bowls
Whether you’re cliff diving, surfing the cloud 9, or island hopping around Siargao, the last thing to do is to get sustenance to keep your island adventure going. The best place to get a power starter is Shaka Café where tourists and locals enjoy stopping by for the place’s smoothie and acai bowls.
Shaka Café is located in General Luna, Surigao Del Norte and is open from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM, just in time for the first and last wave of the Cloud 9 surf break. An acai smoothie bowl is a standard order among many locals and tourists which cost about Php 250 to 300 for additional coffee with your shaka bowl.
Siargao Island Paradise
Foreign tourists and locals who find themselves traveling to Siargao are up for quite an adventure with the many activities one can stumble upon in this island. Whether you’re there to catch some stellar waves, try the local acai power bowls or just up for some island hopping fun, Siargao is a five-star tourist destination that many continue to flock over and visit for a weekend getaways, vacations, and holiday trips.