The Philippines is an archipelago endowed with rich natural resources. One of its attractions are its waters that makes them perfect for water activities like surfing. For surfers looking for an alternative surfing spot, Siargao is the place to be. The site has been adjudged as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” because of its various world class surfing attractions.
Siargao has big quality and consistent waves eight months a year beginning from October until May. The best time of the year is from November until May when the waves coming from the northeastern swell deliver waves of up to 7 feet. Here are some of Siargao’s surfing sites.
Probably the most acclaimed surfing spot in the country, Cloud 9 has been hailed as the 8th best surf spot in the world. It consists of barreling right hand reef breaks but has razor sharp corals at its bed. Cloud 9 is recommended for advanced surfers only.
Reachable via a 5-minute boat ride from General Luna, Guyam Island boasts of several breaks at your disposal. It provides the perfect location for those who are tired with looking for waves at adjacent beaches.
As the name implies, Jacking Horse has waves that really jack up at its peak onto a shallow reef then reforms on the inner reef. The best time to surf is from medium to high tide.
La Janoza, Mamon, Antokon, Anajauan Island
A short boat ride will take you to one of these islands. It boasts of 4 – 5 perfect breaks including a 150m beach break on Mamon Island.
How To Get There
Siargao can be reached via air and water through various points. From Manila, you can book a flight to Siargao via Cebu. Cebu Pacific has daily flights from Monday to Friday. While there are transits in Cebu, you can request for your baggage to be sent to Siargao.
The standard baggage allowance is 15kg so you need to pay if you exceed that limit. A surfboard may cost you around PhP 1000 each way.
The more cost effective option to reach Siargao is by taking a flight from Manila to Surigao and then ride a boat going to Siargao. This is more affordable but will take more time. Air Philippines has daily flights from Manila to Surigao. Once there, you have to ride the ferry to Siargao. The plane leaves Manila at 11:30 am and the last ferry leaves Surigao before 12 noon. If you miss the ferry, you will have to stay overnight in Surigao.
From Cebu, you can make a direct flight to Siargao. The standard baggage allowance is 15kg so you need to pay if you exceed that limit. A surfboard may cost you around PhP 1000 each way.