Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the province of Surigao del Norte. It also happens to be one of the Philippine’s best kept secrets. Thanks to its excellent surf breaks, Siargao has been quietly on the radar of the surfing community - the legendary Cloud 9 barreling wave counts Kelly Slater and Antony Kiedis among its riders. Outside of the tight-knit surfing community however, this tropical paradise has managed to stay just that. Eventually, word always gets out of course, and as with Bali three decades ago, where there are surfers, the cool crowd soon follows. Slowly the island is beginning see a throng of eco-entrepreneurs arriving and opening up eco-aware independent hotels, surf-yoga retreats and coffee roasters. Visitors can expect to try their hand at surfing, swim with stingless jellyfish in crystal clear lagoons, find their zen in down-dog, paddle board through lush mangroves or simply relax and soak up the sun whilst sipping on a green detox juice. Hurry, the secret’s out!
Best Time to Visit
The dry season runs from March to October, so this is the ideal period to visit. For Marlin and Sailfish fishing, visit between March and May. For keen surfers, the biggest waves can be found between July and November.