Ever wonder where is a tear-drop shaped island located in which holds the title as the surfing capital of the Philippines? Well, well, well....It is situated in Siargao Island, Philippines!
Siargao Island is located on the eastern part of the Philippines, facing the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Deep, in the province of Surigao del Norte.
Siargao Island offers a wide range of spots. From coral reef islets to white sand beaches offshore. From mangrove rivers (In fact, it is the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao) to emerald lagoons. From cliffs to rain forests and caves. Name them all!
Now, who's up for a more nerve-cracking, more exciting and more adventurous trip? I recommend the "Cloud 9". Don't worry, its not the typical chocolate food.
Cloud 9 is best known to the world as one of the best surfing destinations in Siargao Island having a reputation for its thick, perfect, hollow tubes that international surfers call it a special wave. The provincial government of Surigao del Norte sponsors the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition held in Cloud 9. Visitors around the globe including bests of the surfers gather here just to experience its perfect great waves.
The wave was discovered by traveling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named and made famous by American photographer John S. Callahan, who published the first major feature on Siargao Island in the United States- based Surfer magazine in March 1993, and hundreds of his photos in many other books and magazines since his first visit in 1992 (wikipedia.org).
Just forget about Boracay and Dakak White Islands. Trust me, you'll be surprised to see the wonders of this Island.
Check these photos:
Thanks to Elaine Mae Ajoc Punay and Laurice Grace Bael for the photos.