Monday , May 21, 2018

Siargao for non-surfers

Surfing Lessons (Photo by N.S. Villaflor)

SIARGAO may be dubbed as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” but that doesn’t mean catching waves is the only thing to do in this paradise. There's so much more Siargao and its neighboring islands has to offer aside from its swells. Here are some activities you can do that won't involve any wipeouts in the water.

Take a dip in the Magpupungko Tidal Pools

As its name suggests, these majestic pools only appear during low tide and are submerged in high tide so make sure to ask a local or your tour guide when the best time to visit is on the particular day you intend to go. It’s almost an hour drive from General Luna, so make sure to clarify beforehand.

Go island hopping

Siargao is surrounded by tiny yet equally stunning islands. The usual island-hopping tours in Siargao make three stops: Guyam, Daku and Naked Island. All three have crystal-clear waters that make each one hard to leave behind. These group tours usually include a plentiful seafood lunch.

Taste local eats

For huge foodies, there are plenty of good eats on the island. There’s Kermit famed for its brick oven pizza and pastas, Shaka for a healthy smoothie bowl and then there's the local wet market for the island's freshest catch of the day.

Party with locals and tourists

The nightly parties in the island have a scheduled rotation, meaning, there is an assigned resort to host the party each night such as Art Night at Viento del Mar on Tuesdays or Acoustic Night at Buddha's Surf Resort on Thursdays. You can party every night if you want to but of course, party responsibly!

Stand-up paddle in Sugba Lagoon

Stand-up paddle in this majestic body of water in the town of Del Carmen, home to one of the largest mangrove systems in the Philippines. Take a moment to enjoy the tranquility of this not-so hidden gem and its expansive, still waters.

Visit Corregidor Island

Just about a 30-minute longtail boat ride away from General Luna is Corregidor Island. Aside from the beautiful beaches it is lined with, the island is also a great place for a hike because of its elevation.

Join a clean-up drive

How about lending a hand in keeping this paradise beautiful and pristine as it is? There are several organizations that hold regular clean-up sessions along the beaches on the island, one of which is the Siargao Environmental Association (SEA Movement).

Take surfing lessons

It seems counterintuitive to put surfing lessons on a list for non-surfers but it would be a wasted opportunity not to give surfing a try in no less than the surfing capital. You never know, you might even enjoy it and end up taking more sessions. If you don’t, at least you have bragging rights and a good story to tell!