Siargao Island is the ultimate surf capital of Asia.
Surfing in Siargao
Siargao is home to the best surfing in the Philippines. Surfers have been
making the pilgrimage to Siargao for decades to test their skill at Cloud 9,
which is ranked as one of the top 10 waves in the world. What lots of
travelers don’t know is that there are many high quality Siargao surf
breaks — you just have to know where to find them. Siargao has 27 km
of coastline that’s exposed to swell.
Once a well-kept secret in surfing circles, the island of Siargao has slowly become one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Discover.
Premium travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Siargao the world's most beautiful island in 2018 and all the flights to the tiny, tear-shaped island have been increasing ever since.
With a total land area of only 437 square kilometers, the entire Siargao Island can be circumnavigated in less than a day. World-class surf spots, sparkling white sand islets, turquoise tide pools, and palm tree-laden lagoons are just within meters of each other. Add to that: They're all within the vicinity of newly opened resorts and restaurants offering local and global cuisine.
Surfing took the world by storm in the 1970s, but nobody knew about the waves in Siargao then. It wasn't until the start of the early 80s that nomadic surfers took a chance on the Philippines to escape the fast-developing surf mecca of Bali, Indonesia. Those who knew where to look had found surfing's pot of gold in a barreling right-hander known today as Cloud 9. Then in 1992, a famous surf photographer by the name of John Callahan visited, documented, and published photos of the waves in an American surfer magazine. It didn't take long for the world to come knocking at Siargao's door with hopes of surfing her perfect waves.
Even when there are no waves. Siargao has many beautiful beaches and pristine coves and those who tread further than the bustling towns of General Luna and Catangan will discover this destination's hidden attractions:
Sohoton Cove is a 60-hectare cove in Bucas Grande Island and is about a one hour boat ride from the port in Dapa. It's the idyllic definition of paradise: towering limestone hills covered in tropical plants and hardwood trees like the magcono, aptly called ironwood, framing a shoreline of white sand and tiny shells.
Hagukan Cave produces an echoing sound similar to a human snore-haguk, in the local tongue-when the waves lap against its walls. To enter the cave, one must swim through a narrow passageway leading to water with a luminescent sapphire glow. Nearby, another cave called the Magkukuob Cave is covered in shimmering stalactites and stalagmites. To exit the cave, one has to climb up a cliff and jump off!
For more advanced spelunking, the Balitas Cave and the Crystal Cave offer challenging paths. But arriving in the belly of these caves is a worthy reward: crystal formations and cool, clear water. Once inside, the cawing of swiftlets, locally known as balinsasayaw birds, reverberate.
Island-hopping is also a popular activity in Siargao because its nearby islands each offer a paradise of their own. The triple island tour to Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island is worth blocking off your entire day for.
THE LARGEST MANGROVE RESERVATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Amazing sheer numbers – 4871 hectares, one of the largest contiguous blocks of mangrove forest in the country. Del Carmen had 4,269 ha of mangrove cover. As of 2018 – it has reached a total mangrove area of 4,871 ha. and growing, covering 27 kilometers in length and at least 500 meters in width.
LEXIAS SURF CAMP
(opening Dec 2020)
The hostel property is made-up of clustered rooms (16 mix and ladies dorm rooms with 128 beds + 10 Private rooms).
The Pavilion-this is the social hub overlooking coconut plantations. Here, Lexias signature bar-Nolita Bar & Bistro, is located, as well as the infinity swimming pool.