Siargao Island is blessed with a slew of surfing spots that it has certainly something to offer to everyone, from beginners to veterans.
Siargao has good quality, consistent big waves from October to May; from November to March, the waves swell to an average of around 7ft.
September is the month for the National and International Surfing Cups in Cloud 9, one of the best surfing havens in the world.
1) Cloud 9
No list of Philippine surfing havens will miss this one. Rated as the 8th best surf spot in the world, Cloud 9 is recommended for advanced surfers, as it has a perfect barreling right hand reef break but with razor sharp coral at the bed of the ocean.
Cloud 9 is located along Siargao’s General Luna strip.
Caridad is located in between the towns of Pilar and San isidro. It is best surfed during the east and north swells in November to March. It has a sweet left hand reef break which produces barrels.
No, it's not named because you'll meet your demise here while surfing. It was named as such because it's located right in front of the General Luna Cemetery. Live life to the fullest here with its good left and right breaks.
4) Guyam Island
Located just 5 minutes by boat from General Luna, Guyam has several several breaks to choose from. When the Cloud 9 crowd seems too much for you, this is the perfect spot to surf.
5) Jacking Horse or Jockeying Horse
Located just a stone’s throw away from Cloud 9’s punishing waves is Jacking Horse. Its powerful waves jacks on its peak and smashes onto a shallow reef, before reforming on the inner reef. Best from medium to high tide.
North of General Luna is Pacifico, another world-class barreling reef break. Pacifico is a long, hollow, and consistent left hander located on the northern part of Siargao Island.
Famous for its Magpupungko Rock, Pilar has two awesome left-hand reef breaks. It's an hour and a half boat ride from General Luna, and isn't as crowded as the General Luna surf spots. This is a great place to surf during north east swells.
8) Rock Island
Rock Island is accessible by boat and is best during low tide. It has a huge and clean right hander, which barrels and can hold double over headers. It breaks about 200 yards off Rock Island.
Stimpy’s is recommended for experts only. Stimpy’s on a big swell has a ferocious perfect tubing wave, which breaks hard into very shallow water. It's accessible by boat only.
10. Tuason’s Point
Just right next to Cloud 9, Tuason’s Point is another outstanding surf spot for seriously heavy, powerful, and hard-breaking waves.
How to Get There
PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Surigao City.
Siargao Island can be reached by boat from Surigao City. Roro or M/V Fortune Angels to Dapa cost from Php180 (US$4.18) for Economy B and Php220 (US$5.12) for Economy A. Terminal fee is Php10 (US$0.24). Dapa Express also plies the route at Php200 (US$4.65) from the Surigao City Port.
Van rental around the island is Php4,000 (US$93)/day.