Surfing in Siargao and other adventure-filled things to do in the surfing capital of the Philippines for all kinds of travelers that do not cost an arm and a leg.
How to get to Siargao The most convenient way of getting to Siargao from Manila is flying to either Surigao or straight to Siargao.
Siargao, a laid-back town, has not fully succumbed to the wonders of technology just yet. There are no ATMs, no urban banks, stores open and close early, a ghostown at 7PM when residents are busy watching telenovelas, very rare jeepneys or any other type of transportation, decent restaurants are those that can be found in expensive resorts of Cloud 9, and a lot more. Given all these, what’s left to do in Siargao? Well, I came up with a pretty long list of the stuff you can do during your stay in the surfing capital of the Philippines.
I had long dreamt of witnessing the world-renowned tubes and barrels of Cloud 9. So when I won a contest by Dispatch Magazine last May 2011 with round trip plane tickets to any local destination I prefer as prize, I, without thinking twice, chose Siargao.
During the early eighties and while in Bali, famous surfers Steve Jones and Tony Arroza told another legendary surfer and traveler Mike Boyum about this island in Siargao called Pansukian. Little did they know that Boyum not only visited Pansukian but went as far as today’s Cloud 9.
I know why you’re all here. You saw the words topless and naked. I am so sorry to rain on your parade but, unfortunately, you won’t be seeing anything here that’s naked aside from the islet that is Pansukian or Naked Island.
On our third day in Siargao, we were told by Wave Cave’s lodge caretaker, Kuya Manny, that our three-part island hopping activities will kick off in Guyam Island. In the Bicol region, guyam means langgam or ant. And so when the word guyam was mentioned I immediately thought of an ant and its minuscule size. Wonderful beaches really make me ecstatic that I sometimes forget things including asking why Guyam was named as such.