Siargao (Shar-Gaw) is an Island on the East Coast of the Philippines. It is in the shape of a pear or a tear-drop and is part of the Province of Surigao del Norte. It has a land area of about 437 square kilometres.
Siargao is situated at a coordinate of 9°52′N 126°03′E. It is composed of municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar,San Isidro, Santa Monica and Socorro.
Siargao contains the largest mangrove forest in Mindanao, at Del Carmen. Having these beautiful mangroves allows for some excellent adventures through various streams and lagoons. The island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait.
Offshore in General Luna, a classic tropical island called Guyam Island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Next to Guyam is it’s big brother called Daku Island which translated means “Big Island”. Off to the right of Daku Island lies a shining white sand bar island called Pansukian or Naked island.
The Island’s Pacific-facing reefs are situated on the edge of the Philippine Trench, and the extremely deep offshore waters assure the ocean swells have undiluted power when they encounter the many coral and rock reefs. Siargao has excellent surfing conditions, particularly during the southwest “habagat” monsoon from August to November, when the prevailing wind is offshore.
Our humble resort is situated in the Municipality of General Luna which is home to the Famous Cloud 9 surf break. It is actually in front of another slightly unknown surf break called Tuason. It is a quick left that has some powerful and long breaks and huge barrels when it is working. It is more suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers.
Like the rest of the Philippines, Siargao’s residents are what makes it more fun here. There is a population of about 150,000 people on the island. The people are extremely friendly to tourists and most can speak up to four different languages. These languages include, English, Filipino (Tagalog), Visayan and their island dialect, Siargao-non. Hang out for a bit and experience their kind and friendly spirits!
HERE ARE SOME FUN STATS ON SIARGAO