Adventures and Sports

High on a Wave at Siargao’s Cloud 9!

, Siargao

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 25, 2014

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During August to September when the southwest “Habagat” wind is prevailing, surfers from all over the Philippines and the world flock to Siargao.

But all year long, the waves are up and surfers still come here to hone their skills and be one with the waves.

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The surfing areas are categorized as such: Jockeying Horse for the beginners, Quicksilver for the intermediate class, and Cloud 9 for the professionals.

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A boardwalk for non-surfers, spectators, and photographers can take you very near where the waves are at Cloud 9.

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Being a non-surfer, all I did was oooh and ahhh at the big waves and cheered on for surfers to make it on top of the board and the wave and barrel in.

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For beginners, surfing lessons are offered by local surfers at Php300/hour, while surfboard rental is at Php200/hour.

Children as young as 8 years old are allowed to take lessons and as long as adults are willing to learn, persevere, and go where the waves are, they’re in for the lessons.

What to Expect and What to Bring

It's a long walk over the rocky exposed corals before you hit the waves. Slather on some sunblock with SPF 100 and wear protective foot gear.

Make sure you have bottled water with you at all times.

Just right off the boardwalk is the Boardwalk Hotel which also offers kiteboarding lessons, surfboard rentals, kayaking day tours, in addition to the accommodations, of course.

Other resorts dot the General Luna shoreline, with rates ranging from Php 1,000/day to 12,000/day.

For those allergic to crustaceans (crab, lobster, shrimps, etc.), don’t forget to bring your antihistamine or anti-allergy tablets.

Fresh fish is readily available.

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The sunset in Cloud 9 is breathtaking as it gently ends another day of spirited surfing.

How to Get There

By air: PAL has daily flights from Manila to Surigao City.

By sea: Passenger boats and RORO vessels are available daily at 6:00am and 12:00noon, via PPA Port for RORO, and Boulevard Port for boats.

By land from Davao City, Surigao City is 8 hours away. Bus fare is Php500 from Davao City to Butuan, and from Butuan City to Surigao City is Php195.

From Surigao City, Siargao is 2 hours away by boat. Boat fare is Php200/head to Dapa in Siargao. Van rental around the island is Php4,000/day.

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