If you're a sea lover and well balanced on the board, then surfing in Siargao is a spot that should definitely be on your list of places to surf. The Philippines is filled with over 7,000 tropical islands, and Siargao Island (pronounce shar-GOW) is becoming the hot-spot for surfers who want to explore the tropics.
There's a couple of ways to get yourself to the island, but the easiest and fastest route is to fly from the capital, Manila. Surf tourism here has resulted in a selection of fantastic accommodation spots, so no matter your budget or comfort level there's something to suit everyone. The area boasts a strong sustainable reputation, banning single-use plastics and encouraging visitors to bring their own reusable bags. Locals can often be spotted picking up trash from the beaches or streets and one can find repurposed coconut bowls served up at cafes with wooden spoons.
The stunning palm tree scattered island is regularly compared to 'Bali in the 90s' as Siargao is the ideal setting of barrelling waves, reef-fringed azure waters, white sand beaches and also is host to many villas and resorts with the few roads connecting areas of the island.
The coastline is exposed to all the energy that the Pacific typhoon swells can conjure, these storms often track from days off the coast. This means that booming sets are washed into the many reef breaks that lace the island. The most famous of these is 'Cloud 9', which was discovered in the late '80s and has hosted a surf competition every year for the past 25 years - the annual Siargao Cup. Cloud 9 is also one of the top 10 surf sites in the world, its hollow tubes make it ideal for surfing especially when there's plenty of swell.
Travellers flock the area in search of a tropical adventure and can enjoy the funky bars catering to thirsty crowds or attend one of the numerous party hostels. You are bound to meet many people from all around the world. There is also a large amount of ex-pat business on Siargao which means you can enjoy fares at mouth-wateringly low prices. Beverages keep their end of the deal with cocktail hours but let's not forget that this is also a foodies paradise.
"Eat, sleep, surf, repeat" is a great mantra lived by almost everyone on the island. Live music, jungle parties with a daily dose of yoga and superfood cafes you are sure to enjoy all of what the tropics have to offer. September to December is prime season swell, so expect to be surfed out, sun-kissed and content on the daily.
If you're ready to feel like you're on Cloud 9, whether it's on the island or surfing the wave, Siargao is the spot where it's at!