Siargao, Asia’s Nr. 1 Island
Things To Do:
Cloud 9 (surfing and boardwalk)
Go out and surf! It’s Siargao afterall! A surf instructor costs 500 php for an hour. We also had another guy take photos with our gopro for 300 php. At Jacking Horse you get beginner waves and you can try out your surfing skills. Try to go when the tide is high or middle high for good waves. So early morning and late afternoon. The tide is the highest at 6am and 6pm and is the lowest at 12 noon and midnight.
Check out this website for tide info:
The boardwalk is three stories high and is a good place to rest after surfing. You can also observe the waves and the surfers from up there and the breeze really gets you into vacation mode. At low tide, you can go down to the crystal blue natural pools and take a dip there.
Explore the Island (crocodile marsh, coconut trees)
Go To The Secret Beach
You need to walk through the coconut farm for around 8 minutes to get to the beach and it is by far the nicest walk I’ve done on this island. Starting 4pm, surfers will stop by the secret beach and ride the waves. This spot is way less touristy than Cloud 9 and you can enjoy a tourist free beach with some surfers having fun. I got most of my shots here, as it was really beautiful and local.
Explore the Enchanted River
The bent tree stands out from all other trees and the locals made a swing out of it so kids can play and jump into the river. This is what i hoped my childhood would look like. I envy those kids.
Mapupungko Rock Pools
The entrance to the beach costs 50 php/person and there are a lot of food stalls offering snacks, lunch and even souvenirs, t-shirts and beach gear. The best time to witness the rock pools is when the water is the lowest. So at 12 noon. But this is not really the best time to go, as the pool will be packed with tourists. I would wait a few hours, the water will rise a bit, but it’s still possible to see the clear blue water.