Nestled in the southeastern portion of the Philippines, Siargao is undoubtedly a surfer's mecca with its legendary waves luring world class surfers from all over the world to its shores. But, there is more to this gem of a destination than meets the eye. The laid-back vibe of this island paradise also offers an abundance of alternative activities that are non-surfer friendly.
Spend an idyllic afternoon exploring the nearby islands of Siargao. A 15-minute boat ride from the town of General Luna brings you to 3 spots where you can find pristine beaches, powdery-white sands, aquamarine waters. Start off with Naked Island to find a vast expanse of white sand surrounded by a crystal clear waters. Next, head to Guyam Island, an idyllic sanctuary which is home to a small beach, some kubos and a couple dozen palm trees. Stop at Daku Island for a lunch of freshly caught grilled seafood.
Carve out some quiet time for yourself with some yoga. The warmth of the sand, sound of the waves, smell of the ocean, and the gentleness of the wind creates an environment that can help bring you to a calmer, more peaceful place. Plus, because sand isn’t a stable surface (it moves and shifts underneath you), you need to compensate by making small adjustments to maintain each pose by engaging more muscles than normal, giving the workout a higher level of difficulty.
Alternatively, you can also hop on top a paddle board and glide over the serene waters of Sugba Lagoon. This hidden gem can be found in the town of Del Carmen on the west side of Siargao amidst a thick growth of mangroves. Aside from it meditative qualities, the gentle drift across the lagoon provides a gentle form of strength training, which is effective without being strenuous.
Get on a bike and explore Siargao’s quaint surfer town. Pedalling within the town yields an abundance of hidden gems waiting for you to discover. A gentle afternoon ride through lush greenery allows you to immerse yourself in a picturesque provincial life, where people wave a warm greeting as you cycle past them.
For the adrenaline junkies, a jump of a massive boulder into a natural salt pool just might be the ticket. Located in the Municipality of Pilar, the Magpupungko Tidal Wave Pool is best visited during lowtide where the rock formations are exposed.
Swimming with the jellyfish is a surreal experience that one should experience in this lifetime. From General Luna, take a 2-hour boat ride to Bucas Grande where a serene sanctuary of stingless jellyfish awaits you. A little reminder: Do not apply sunblock before taking a dip though, as the chemicals in the cream are lethal to the jellyfish.
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