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Siargao: Surf, shore and more

Siargao: Surf, shore and more

SINCE the late 1990s, Siargao has been synonymous to surfing, and for good reason. A tear-dropped island northeast of Surigao del Norte province, it is the country’s surfing mecca and named by the prestigious CNNGo as the world’s eighth best surfing site.

Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island
Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island

Siargao’s signature surf spot is Cloud 9 in General Luna town, it is acclaimed as a perfect barreling right hand reef break, but with razor-sharp coral at the ocean bed. Named after the popular chocolate candy bar with which foreign surfers subsisted on when it was yet a best-kept secret, this spot has been luring the world’s best every September in the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup to wow the crowd and bring home handsome cash prizes in the process.

Today, it is not so much of an apocryphal story to say that surfers are like walking on Cloud 9 when they ride the 16-foot waves.


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