Siargao's Paradise Beaches and Cloud 9

Like everyone else, I first thought that Siargao is only the conyo version of Surigao. ^_^
Good thing I was enlightened that Siargao Island is really a part of the province Surigao Del Norte.


So what's to see in the island of Siargao?

the paradise beaches in Dako, Naked, and Guyam Islands

the world-class surfing spot in Cloud 9

and the stingless jellyfish in Bucas Grande
this alone already convinced me to go!


I asked my kaladkarin travel blogger friend Donnie to join me and explore his very first Mindanao destination. Since the direct flights to Siargao from Manila is super expensive, and Surigao flights are very rare on sale, we booked Manila-Butuan flights instead. This means a 1.5-hour plane ride to Butuan, a 3-hour bus ride to Surigao City, a 2-hour boat ride to Dapa, and a 40-min habal-habal ride to General Luna. Joy ride!

finally reaching Siargao
the luxury of being jobless, we have all the time to travel

Upon arriving in General Luna, we immediately started our island hopping activity. The 3 most famous and nearest islands are the target. The standard rate is P1,500 for the boat rental.


Naked Island
Called so because the island is bare. No trees and nipa huts are found in Naked Island. This pristine island is composed of fine white sands and some rocks. Isolated and untouched beauty it is.

approaching the naked island

paradise beach #1 in Siargao

donnie and I enjoying the island all by ourselves

we're so tempted to swim but there isn't a place to change clothes

the blogger in action


Dako Island
This beach made me confused, it's so beautiful that I surely had to re-arrange my rankings for the best beaches in the Philippines.

crystal clear water
so you sailed away.. sume-senti! ^_^

fine and white sand

paradise beach #2 in Siargao

Donnie and I were both so delighted that we immediately changed to our swim outfits. But first, pictorial of course. There are no other tourists but us!

coconut trees = instant coconut juice

my much wanted shaded area

every color, every hue..

We didn't bother to have our lunch as we're more excited to dip into the water.

Dako Island, one of the finest beaches I've been to

patong-patong na sunburn, and i dont care!

and Im wearing this swimsuit again, yay!
i need to exercise, bochog pa din ng tiyan ko. ^_^

This beach currently ranks 4th in my top beaches list. I will create a separate blog entry for that, soon!


Guyam Island
The favorite island for overnight trips. Many locals say this is their favorite. As for Donnie and I, our hearts still belong to Dako Island.

crystal clear water of Guyam Island

huts and open-cottages are available for the overnight stay

paradise beach #3 in Siargao

We had our lunch here and soaked again into the water.
This island hopping activity in Siargao made me more overwhelmed how beautiful the Philippines is. Agree?


Cloud 9
Donnie and I transferred to Cloud 9, the world class surfing spot in the Philippines. We saw more foreigners in this area more than Pinoy tourists. Places like these make me feel proud that tourists all over the world hassle themselves just to reach this little place. Cloud 9 must be really good. And indeed, it was.

almost sunset time

the famous boardwalk at Cloud 9

We were kinda surprised that spectators need to walk in this boardwalk to watch the surfers do some tricks. Ang layo! Here in Luzon surfing spots, the waves, swell, and break points are just some meters away from the shore. Oh well, the newbie in me was just surprised.

the boardwalk and the viewing area

the 9-shaped waves are the playground of these dare devil surfers

Since it was already dark, Donnie and I decided to take our surfing lessons on the next morning. For that night, we stayed at Point 303, one of the cheap yet decent accommodations in Cloud 9 area. The spacious fan room with ensuite bathroom costs us P750. Not bad. For sure there are other cheaper accommodations around, pero tinatamad na kami maghanap ng iba. Toinks!

the morning after, surfing time!

Surfing lessons costs P500/hour, inclusive of the boat rental. It's a bit pricier compared to the lessons in Baler and La Union. With all due respect, I like it more how the surf teachers in Luzon give instructions to newbies.

the rocky shore
the seabed is full of stones as well. ang sakit sa katawan pag hulog sa board.

Despite these, we can't leave Siargao without trying to surf. So here goes.

Donnie's first time ever to surf, woohoo!

And as expected, he got to stand up on his very first try.

donnie: "ito na ba yung tinatawag nilang surfing?"

After he got tired, it's now my turn. Kaloka si kuya instructor, basta ka nalang itutulak ng walang warning man lang. Hehe

surfing in Siargao
super zoom lens needed to take a good shot

Since there are designated surfing areas for newbies and pros, I didn't really feel the waves that form the shape 9. The spot for newbies are not challenging at all. Boring siya. And I hate the rocks in the sea bed. Ang sakit sa paa. With all due respect, I liked Baler more. I struggled for my life everytime I surf. Haha


Overall, it was overwhelming to finally reach Siargao and see the paradise beaches and surf in the world famous Cloud 9. Thanks to Nathalie of My Wandering Soles for assisting us all throughout. See you in Manila, i-tour kita sa 168 Mall and Tutuban. ^_^

78 responses:

Chyng said...

and now im struggling to save my skin. #sagipkutismovement!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

CebuPac has direct flights to Siargao, pero super mahal... :)
We stayed in Pacific Inn, it cost us 500/night, aircon with private T&B... :) share ko lang... :)

Ang ganda ng mga islands, sayang, we don't have much time to do it.. kakainggit lang... I wanna get naked in naked island pa naman... hehehe!

Ang layo nga ng break dyan... compared to Baler and La Union..

I agree, one of the best surf instructor I had is from La Union... :)

1st time lang ni Donnie, at 1 try nakatayo na kagad? ang galing! clap clap clap! :)

Yun lang nga mahirap dyan, corals reefs ang ilalim... hehehe!

Cheers Chyng and Donnie! Sayang di tayo nag-abot.. Hope to see both of you soon...

Ryan Mach I Pinoy Wandering Boy said...

Huwow! Ang ganda-ganda-ganda-ganda naman dyan!

vin said...

ikaw na ang jobless na lumalamyerda haha. siargao is love!

abeng said...

"with all due respect" :)
ang bongga p din ng skin tone mo pero mukhang mas flawless si kaladkarin donnie na travelmate mo
looking forward to our lafangan teh!

Chyng said...

@mervin,

thanks for the correction. oo nga, merong direct flight to siargao. toinks! =)

Sumi Go said...

I haven't been to Siargao, but those beaches are just wonderful! Super clear ng waters at talagang picturesque! Di bale ate Chyng, ayos lang ang sunburn, you get to enjoy travelling and island hopping naman ;) Ako nga desperate na magka-sunburn.. Di pa ko nagbi-beach matatapos na ang summer! >.< #summerpahabolouting

Calvin said...

panalo yung mga beach ah!! ano pa pwedeng magawa maliban sa sarfing? kamusta naman mga pagkain?

michi said...

natawa naman ko sa conyo version ng surigao. ganda nga diyan pero super mahal pala flights. di ko carry ang joy ride dahil may anak ako. hehe!

Chyng said...

@calvin,
at food talaga ang concern mo? hehe well naenjoy ko ang P15 na monggo at P25 na chicken wings sa palengke! =(

KULAPITOT said...

hahahahaha ,the best part is nung nagswimsuitv ka! HOOOOT!

Calvin said...

di ba mura seafoods? di ba parang gensan?

Chyng said...

^ mahal! very touristy ang siargao. dolyares nga ang rates. pero sympre pag pinoy ka mejo adjusted ng kaunti ang presyo..

khantotantra said...

pa-ra-i-so!!!!

Ang gondo-gondo!

Sarap mag beach bum, magtampisaw sa malinaw na tubig. Lalo na kung konti lang kayo sa isla. weeeeeeeeee

WANDER SHUGAH said...

I was supposed to be here this week for the roxy womens cup :) My couchsurfer didnt made her way to mindanao >.< Sad but im going there on june! Yay! :) ah ohh tlga! ganda lng! and as always ang ganda ng photos! <3 galiiing ni donnie! bka sa pgtayo tlga ako mahihirapan :P

pack up and drift said...

Eeehh. hang ganda. Gusto ko ng mag surf ule..

Mr. Chan said...

as usual, ang gaganda lng ng mga kuha at pinupuntahan mo Chyng :)

I like that Song. The best you ever had.

Untied Escape said...

Ang ganda ng Beach!!! Grabee!!!

Jeng said...

hanggaaandda chyng! inggit to the nth level :D so syempre meron na naman nasa listahan ko. part 2! sama ako! hehehe!

Neil ♥ Irish said...

inggit!!!!!!!!!! Matatapos na summer ni hindi man lang natalamsikan ng maalat na tubig ang balat ko!

Mitch said...

One of the finest and most powdery beach sand.. Ganda! ubod!

pusang kalye said...

I honestly tyhought Siargao is only about surf and no beaches.When i saw your pic on facebook and the caption one of the best beaches you've een to-----I was not too jumpy to belive that.But when I saw this post and all those white sand, CONFIRMED!I am a beliver.Siargao should be on my list of must see places now. :)

tabian said...

while reading and viewing the pics ms chyng nagrereminisce ako sa time na pumunta kami...nakakamiss yung beach!!! ^____^

kim buenafe said...

the islands of siargao are worth a visit. super gandaaa! looking forward to read your top beaches entry, chyng!

marxtermind said...

Ang ganda lang nung beach.

Ang laki nung waves kaya lang bakit parang hindi masyado sa beginners! :(

Photo Cache said...

ang gaganda ng mga beaches, world class calibre. sa buhangin palang sulit na.

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Traveling Morion said...

Lam q nasa Siargao din aq ng pumunta kau jejeje, ganda ng siargao noh? Very photogenic! Naikot namin ang buong island ng 5 hours, hav u been to Taktak falls?

docgelo said...

Lotion lang SPF at least 15! higher SPF of course is better!

love the blue & all the summer hues! :D

killerfillers said...

wow naman pala talaga ang Siargao. Mag-aabang ako ng seat sale para dito.

Adventurousfeet said...

Ang saya naman ng trip na to! Ang Ganda ng beach! Mga next year pplanuhin ko to. At ang seksi ng nagsulat! asan ang tyan?! Wala!! :)

gillboard said...

as always chyng, nakakainggit nanaman ang byahe mo.

Kristeta  (kalokang Pinay) said...

Naku naman! Naiyak lang ako sa pride at inggit sa ganda ng pinasyalan nyo! Ang ganda talaga ng Pilipinas! Sana makapunta din kami dyan one day - but for now you're amazing pictures will have to do.
Breathtaking!
Thanks for visiting my blog =)

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow...astig...gusto ko yung joyride na ginawa nyo...

next year nasa bucket list of travels ko na yan....hehehehe...

btw...prang diko naman napansin na botchog ka...^_^

Anonymous said...

Hi i love ur blog,imagine i got to read your blog frm d very beginning. It took me 3days to finish it. Para ngang kilala na kita i love how you see the world very lyt na parang easy breezy. Keep it up. Hope to meet u someday!

-ontarit :-)

Chyng said...

^ hi ontarit!

wow naman, im flatered. thank you!
di ka ba naman napagalitan sa ofis dahil pumetix ka sa blog na to? hehe seriously, thank you for reading and for the kind words. =)

ardee sean said...

parang gusto ko magnekkid sa island.. hahaha.. gaganda ng mga islands, nakalista na to sa papasyalan.. :P

ken | fullpacked.com said...

wow. ikaw na ang modelo ng buko..haha
pero ang ganda ng mga shots mo.
o sadyang maganda ang lugar.

Anonymous said...

Me again so happy you replied teehee! Im a stay at home mom, keep your blog coming natapos ko na kc.
I hope to meet you soon,(feeling close noh?)
btw im an active (bfore) gt member

regards

ontarit

McRICH said...

i would really love to go to siargao in the future and ma-try din ang surfing don. grabe andami nyong pera ni donnie, e last time i heard, kaka-resign mo lang :) sabagay there's no feeling like being one with nature and just enjoying the moment to commune with God's creation!

Ichan said...

Ayus nga daw jan sa Siargao for surfing! astig! =)

ian said...

Ang ganda! Kasama na 'to sa list ng pupuntahan ko.

OLAN | The Travel Teller said...

Super ganda ng Photos... Indeed, siargao is one of the best giftsbto the people of Mindanao.

Ian | Going Places said...

I super love the beach pics! Summer na summer! Kaiingit, kasi 1 month to go na lang matatapos na ang summer hindi pa din ako nakakakita ng dagat...

blissfulguro said...

wooow! i've been waiting for this post... ang bongga ni donnie ha! first time nakatayo na agad! hehe...

wearing a 2-pc. swimsuit crossed!

miss you guys :)

Shashi and Beij said...

Ganda ng Siargao!

Gusto ko din matuto mag-surf pero sa La Union or Baler muna siguro. :)

Donnie Ray said...

hanggang ngayon hindi pa ako makagetover sa ganda ng isla. as in, ang GWANDA!

yung tipong parang ang yaman at ang ganda ko kasi kami lang 2 ni Chyng sa isla.

ayoko pa pumunta ng ibang beach baka maicompare ko lang.

panalo ang Siargao!

♥♥♥irene♥♥♥ said...

ang ganda! sobrang clear ng water. i wanna go there! =)

Diamond R said...

Pambihira ang ganda namang ng mga islands na yan.

Mhie @ Travelentz said...

Wow, the place is inviting talaga. Ang ganda ng beach.

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Panalo lang talaga! Wah parang gusto ko tuloy magbook ng flight bigla!

mercy said...

Hi Chyng,
Nice...ang ganda ng Siargao,sobrang bagay sa attire mo ... nice pics... God Bless gurl!

Anonymous said...

Super ganda ng Siargao... Nice ...
God bless U gurl!!

joei ♥ said...

Ang ganda! And the waves.. Wow!

Rizalenio said...

Wit wew (sipol)!!! :) Pangposter yun ah. :)

The best ang mga photos mo as always, Chyng.

Ingat lagi sa mga trips.

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

diyan ikinasal ang kababata kong si Contessa na ang napangasawa taga belgium......akalain mo bang mula sa leyte si Contessa tapos diyan pa sila magpakasal....eh kasi ang lalaki surfer sa belgium,hehe...si Contessa magaling sumayaw kasi nagtuturo iyon ng sayaw..

Theonoski said...

napapadalas surfing trip mo chyng ah! isa kana bang certified surfing chick?

jeanny said...

ikaw na ang surfer!!!

Ang galing. How I wish I am that brave to try surfing :-)

Donnie Ray said...

bigla ko lang naalala yung buko juice na binenta satin.. P20 fresh na fresh talaga.. yun ang isa sa mga bongga dun!

tara na bumalik sa Siargao! ^_^

Bound for Two said...

Waa. i never expected may ganitong pristine beaches ang Siargao...

Kasama nato sa bucketlist namin...

Dami na naming utang sa Pinas.

Good Luck pla sa show nyo #PHL360!

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

super ganda ng mga shots mo of Siargo but my fave are the sexiness shots in yellow/white bathing suit!

Vanessa Lingan said...

isang magandang beach nanaman ang napuntahan mo ate Chyng! Grabe ka na talaga :)

Riz said...

HOmaygad!! super ganda Chyng!! Sana makasama ako sa mga trip mo!! Lav et panalo ka tlga!!! :)

kat said...

Ay akala ko Sep pa Siargao mo. Pls let me know if you drop by my beloved city (Butuan)again.

Dong Ho said...

i missed siargao this year kaya sulit tong basahin. gusto ko rin makita yung mga jellyfish dun.

Tomas said...

wow nice pics! i think first time here. tagal magload s pc ko mabilis naman net? anyway its worth the wait :)

nathalie said...

Sige ha shopping tayo dyan next month... hehehe

Galing naman ni Donnie for a first timer! You should visit Siargao during surfing season, too crowded nga lang. :(

Of all 3, fave island ko si Guyam, may shade kasi..I heard na may interested buyer kay Daku Is. at gagawing high end resort...waaah di naman sana. :(

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I didn't even try getting any surfing lessons when I visited Siargao some years ago. Iba iba rin naman ang surfing teachers, nataon lang yata kayo doon sa di magaling.

As for the islands, I like Daku too - was surprised to find a village there. Swerte nga nila at ang ganda ng kanila frontyard na white sand beach.

Gina Dela Cruz said...

Huwaaaw! Ang dami ko pa dapat mapuntahan sa Pinas. Siargao it is!

Clap, clap to Donnie and you Chyng, kayo na! :D

Rae said...

Grabe, gagawan ko ng paraan makapunta dito. Kahit mahal pa.

Coolice said...

Wow! Chyng, I read your post earlier today and just this afternoon Siargao was featured in Travel: More Fun in the Philippines. It was fun watching the show 'coz it was like converting your post to a video. Keep sharing, Chyng!

MM Miranda said...

MS.CHYNG may travel expesnes breakdown po kayo? :)

Chyng said...

^ hi,
sorry wala. check mo nalang yung expenses jan sa blog, yun na mismo yung prices. =)

lakbay philippines said...

paradise beaches indeed of sirgao's islands!

i love getting tanned in naked island. pwede naman jan mag hubad para magbihis, para naman sulit ang naked island experience hahaha.
dako island has become my number one ultimate beach bumming spot, haven't been to calaguas and boracay yet.

Renevic Amago said...

guyam island clear water is unbelievable. hangganda nia...

Pam said...

Ms. Chyng, thank you so much for inspiring me to travel. Pinapanood namin bawat episode ng PHL360 kasi nandun ka.

Chyng said...

^ hi Pam,
thanks ha. im flattered. hope you'll blog again. =)

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