Located on the northeastern part of Mindanao is Siargao Island, a tear-drop shaped island facing the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Deep. It is one of the many islands that comprise the province of Surigao del Norte.
Because of the huge waves rolling on its shores, which can reach up to nine feet high, Siargao became an instant hit among international and local surfers. One of the island's most popular surfing wave is known as "Cloud 9" which can be found in the town of General Luna where the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte is held every September.
Aside from surfing, Siargao Island also boasts of other natural attractions such as fine white beaches, sandbars, water caves, lagoons, dive sites, rock formations, and mangrove forests.
The laid-back and rustic ambiance of the island, as well as the cheap accommodations and dining options made the island a preferred travel destination by both local and foreign tourists seeking a quiet but adventure-filled vacation.
Here are some of Siargao Island's most popular tourist attractions:
General Luna Beach – known for its sugar fine white beaches that stretch 27 kilometers, stunningly sapphire seas and natural coral barriers which keeps the inlet water placid - a perfect destination for surfers and sun-worshipers.
Cloud 9, General Luna – the waves that made the island a world-class surfing destination.
Guyam and Daku Islets, General Luna - islets untouched by urbanization, a tropical paradise featuring powdery-white sand, palm trees and waters teeming with marine life.
Naked Island, General Luna - a sand bar known for its powdery white sands and breath taking views.
Del Carmen Swamps – a vast and well-preserved mangrove forest which serves as a sanctuary to the endangered salt water crocodiles (Crocodylus Porosus) and other rare species of Philippine flora and fauna.
Sohoton Cave, Socorro – a magnificent cave with a lagoon inside that is accessible only during low tides.
Magpupungko Rock Formation, Pilar - fascinating limestone and granite rock formations
Santa Monica Waterfalls, Sta. Monica – a secluded waterfalls amidst verdant vegetation. Truly, a sight to behold.
Corregidor Marine Sanctuary, Dapa – a marine sanctuary home to lush sea grass beds and healthy coral reefs, well-preserved marine species and a rich diversity of marine flora and fauna.
Pacifico Surfing Site, San Isidro – a neophyte surfer's paradise because of its smaller swells.
Mam-on Beach – an excellent diving and snorkeling site, featuring amazing coral reefs and abundant marine life.