Sun, sea, and sand. Home to over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is absolute heaven for those who love to be one with nature. With hundreds of beaches to choose from, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice in the Pearl of the Orient. But the country’s surfing capital holds something extra special and has people flocking from all corners of the world. Meet Siargao Island.
Situated in the Caraga region of Mindanao is the province of Surigao del Norte. The province is made up of three major islands – Dinagat Islands, Bucas Grance Island and of course, Siargao Island.
The Surf Capital of The Philippines
Siargao is best known for one thing – surfing. It isn’t named the Philippines’ surfing capital for no reason at all. Siargao’s main attraction dates back all the way to the 1980s, when foreigners, Steve Jones and Tony Arruza ended up on the island in search for the ‘perfect wave’. Right within the municipality of General Luna, they found it – the perfect wave. That perfect wave is what most people know as Cloud 9 today. Now, Cloud 9 and Siargao Island itself have become top surf destinations for surfers locally and around the world.
Before the establishment of the local airport in 2011, getting to Siargao was quite the journey. In fact, one had to make multiple transfers from land and sea – most commonly, a ferry ride from Cebu. But today, it is thankfully much more accessible – you no longer have to tread high and low just to get to the paradise that awaits you.
It wasn’t until more recently that the stunning island of Siargao began gaining traction amongst tourists all over the world. Furthermore, thanks to the 2017 Philippine independent film, Siargao that featured the island’s beauty seamlessly, the island has gained more visitors, luring them to see its natural charm for themselves.
While the landscapes of Siargao are bound to leave you in awe, I bet you’ve never seen the tear-dropped shaped island from atop. In this photo series, we show you the beauty of Siargao Island From Above.