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Siargao: The Hidden Gem of the Philippines

Siargao

One of the destinations right at the top of my dream travel list is the Philippines. (I can’t wait until I finally visit in October this year!) There are so many fabulous islands that I keep on getting mixed up with each other – think amazing beaches, gorgeous clear water and so many water sports! And another one that I’ll be adding to my list is Siargao, thanks to this post from Van, who runs the extra-colourful travel blog TravelVan.me. Okay, over to Van…

I moved to the Philippines to finish school and when we have vacations, I usually take a trip somewhere, somehow. One of my favorite places is Siargao. Last year I stayed for 3 days and it wasn’t enough; this time I stayed for 5 days and it still wasn’t enough! Maybe I’ll build a house there one day. Siargao is simply amazing.

Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pool

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About an hour away from General Luna [a town on the southeast coast of Siargao, where most accommodation is located] you reach the Magpupungko Beach and Tidal pool in Pilar. The best time to go is during low tide. During high tide the rock pool is under-water and hidden. If you venture out in the surrounding areas you can find little pools where you can also sit and check out the tiny fish that are pretty much trapped in the pool.

Siargao

Siargao

Tayangban Cave Pool

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Going back to General Luna you can stop over at the Tayangban Cave Pool. This cave pool has cool fresh water and it’s shaded by the trees and rocks surrounding it. It was very refreshing coming here right after Magpupungko.

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Surfing in Cloud 9

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Siargao is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Surfers come here from all over the globe. They also have competitions in September. The best time to go surfing is around September to November. For beginners the best time to go is June – August. There’s more than 15 surf areas on and offshore. This place if awesome for beginners and experts.

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SUP in the Mangroves

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Stand-up paddle boarding was probably the highlight of my trip. It was amazing being there and being engulfed by nature. It was quiet and serene. You can hear the birds talk to each other. It felt like I was in a movie.

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Here’s a video:

Island Hopping in Siargao

Here’s a video:

Check out more of Van’s adventures (she’s currently road tripping in the US) at TravelVan.me.

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