Siargao Island – More Than Just Surfing





When our hosts in Siargao Island took us to see the famed Cloud 9 resorts, I was somewhat disheartened because the cathedral-like waves I was hoping to see were non-existent. All I saw were very small waves suitable to newbie surfers. Our host explained that it is not yet surfing season so the waves are not here yet. Still I felt sad because if I couldn’t see the waves, then why are we in Siargao for? Turns out, I worried prematurely.
[ad#agile336]

To the Cloud 9 observation deck

To the Cloud 9 observation deck

Very Crowded Cloud 9

Crowd9

The following day, we woke up really early to explore an island that’s almost shouting distance from GL. The very small island is named Guyam. Folks say that some American wanted to buy it but the owner refused fearing that the island may not be very accessible to the locals once it’s owned by a foreigner.

Teenie-weenie boat

6 of us in this banca. Seriously?

Guyam Island is an uninhabited island that’s suitable for swimming. Personally I think it’s very limited. Although it has white sands and the water is crystal clear, the thing is, there are a lot of seaweeds that turn off most finicky swimmers, like this blogger. There are clean spots but these are very close to the beach so unless you’re a little child, you’ll find the swimming experience a bit unsatisfying. Still when we were there, the sun was shining really bright and the sky was a delightful blue color, too perfect for sunbathing. So sunbathe I did, though my natural pigmentation begs the question, what for?

No other folks but us in Guyam

No other folks but us in Guyam


Seaweeds!  Ick!

Seaweeds! Ick!


An elf enjoying the view.. and the beer.

An elf enjoying the view.. and the beer.


Sunbathing? Really??

Sunbathing? Really??


After a few minutes of rolling around in the sand, drinking beer and listening to music, our host suggested that we go to another island. He said that we’ll be heading to Daku Island a nearby island where we can buy freshly caught fish and we could still swim some more. I was open to the idea so we boarded our little boat and put-putted our way to Daku Island.
I iz watching u...

I iz watching u...


Now Daku Island is a revelation. If there’s ever a beach that can be called sexy, this is it. It has its curves in all the right places. I’m not sure if it looks like the way it looks all year round, but today, the beach looked fierce, as if wearing killer stiletto heels (and nothing else) to seduce anyone within spitting distance.
Lucky locals

Lucky locals


Killer curves

Killer curves


Its sand is powdery white, and it has very large areas for swimming. Guyam’s swimming spots can be considered midgets when compared to Daku’s swimming area. The water’s color is a very tempting aquamarine blue and very warm too! And because it’s not yet surfing season, we practically had the beach to ourselves.
Vivid colors

Vivid colors


Crystal Clear Waters

Crystal Clear Waters


Unfortunately, we weren’t very lucky with the fresh fish we were hoping to get. Still, we frolicked under the sun the entire day. We watched the beach turn from low tide, then high tide then we swam some more. As the water flowed in, the winds turned to the other side of the island, leaving us with calm water that’s just absolutely perfect for swimming. It’s like being in Boracay minus the crowd, and cheaper too!
Heaven's a beach!

Heaven's a beach!


More, more!

More, more!


I could live here.

I could live here.


I think folks who think of Siargao Island only as a surf spot is missing a whole lot!
[ad#agile336]

22 Comments… add one

  • onepieceepisodes Aug 31, 2009

    I like this post.. ang ganda talaga ng sariling atin.

  • Cinnamon Sep 1, 2009

    Where, may I ask is Siargao? Is it close to the island of Cebu? Do you have a map of it?

  • pinoytraveller Sep 1, 2009

    Hi Cinnamon, Siargao is in Surigao. That's in Mindanao. Depending on where you're from, there's an airport in Surigao. If you're place doesn't have a direct flight to Surigao, then you can go through the airport in Butuan City.

  • Nikki Sep 2, 2009

    How Beautiful!

  • vinaykiran Sep 2, 2009

    Wow…. wonderful beach

  • byahemj Sep 2, 2009

    whoah! really cool beach photos.

  • Paulo Baron Sep 2, 2009

    nice blog.looking at all your pictures…feels like paradise!

  • dmobile215 Sep 2, 2009

    Love that water fall look.. pretty cool!

  • jacquelinegh Sep 2, 2009

    It is so peaceful. I wish I could take a vacation.

  • image_of_purity Sep 3, 2009

    omg…..what a beautiful beach…i agreed with you man it just like heaven..

  • pinoytraveller Sep 3, 2009

    Jacqueline, this would be just the spot for you.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 3, 2009

    Paulo, what are you waiting for? Visit them yourself! :)

  • pinoytraveller Sep 3, 2009

    mj, swimming in those beaches is waaaay cooler.

  • lauresal Sep 3, 2009

    Wow. The water is aqua marine. Just lovely.

  • xea Sep 4, 2009

    He he very cool!

  • issue tracking Sep 16, 2009

    Wonderful place!!

  • travelingtoindonesia Sep 20, 2009

    Hello friend, nice posts you have here.I always dreaming to visit Philipine and of course enjoy the beach.Hehehe. Hope ill get my way soon to get there. Tanks for share.

    How about exchange link and follow? Please let me know soon.

  • travelingtoindonesia Sep 20, 2009
  • Isis Sep 22, 2009

    Hey I just saw the video you posted at Jan Geronimo's blog. I love it! I also love the song. It sounded a little familiar. Is it from a local (Mindanao) band?

  • pinoytraveller Sep 22, 2009

    Hi Isis, I think they're part of bisrock. Enchin is the band's name. :)

  • Travel Blog Oct 4, 2009

    Amazing place. I've always liked the sea/ocean. Pretty far from my country, but it does look amazing indeed.

  • pinoytraveller Oct 6, 2009

    Perhaps you could visit our islands one of these days.

Leave me a message