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Siargao Island - A Perfect Surfing Destination

Updated on May 12, 2013

Siargao Island - The Surfing Capital of the Philippines

......the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines"

It hosts international surfing events yearly. Its waves combines the best quality features of the top-rated waves of Hawaii's fabled "pipeline" and the top-billed waves of Indonesia. Its huge, powerful rollers have been ranked among the top five breaks in the world, including the "Cloud Nine" which is considered one of the world's top surfing waves.

A Glimpse of Paradise!

A Glimpse of Paradise!
A Glimpse of Paradise!

Island Location

...tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte. It has a land mass of approximately 437 kilometers. The east coast is relatively straight with one deep inlet, Port Pilar. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches. The neighboring islands and islets have similar landforms.

The Island

Siargao Island, contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao, at Del Carmen. Long stretches of wetlands indicate a potential for commercial seaweed propagation. 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.

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.

Temperature: 952N, 12603'E

Look at the Majestic Cloud Nine Waves

Look at the Majestic Cloud Nine Waves
Look at the Majestic Cloud Nine Waves

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Cloud Nine

...the best known surfing wave on Siargao with a worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes.

The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named and made famous by American photographer John S. Callahan, who published the first major feature on Siargao Island in the US based Surfer magazine in March 1993, and hundreds of his photos in many other books and magazines since his first visit in 1992. Callahan has put the island on the international map and has drawn thousands of surfers and tourists to Siargao.

There are several other quality waves on Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity than any other, indeed in the Philippines as a whole. It is the only wave easily accessible without a boat, leading to overcrowding and the nickname of "Crowd 9" among surfers worldwide.

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Siargao Cup

...eager foreign and locally owned accommodation and tourist facilities have profited from the magazine publicity and the influx of visitors drawn by the annual Siargao Cup competition in September.

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Natural Homemade Moisturizer

~Essential when you are at the beach or even at the comfort of your home...

A moisturizer is very useful to make the skin soft. A lot of moisturizer brands are available in the supermarkets. But, you can make your own!

Honey-Lemon Moisturizer~

Honey is an excellent Homemade Moisturizer. Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water. So honey is a natural fit for a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Because honey is also an anti-irritant, it is suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products.

  • Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, and 3-tablespoon youghurt.
  • Stir in 1 whipped egg white.
  • Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes.
  • Then wash off with lukewarm water.

Homemade Moisturizer For Oily, acne-prone skin!

A good toner/astringent is witch hazel which is a very inexpensive alternative to the pricey products with cosmetic names. You can use it with a mild inexpensive moisturizer such as Cetaphil daily for a nice complexion.

  • Mix 1 medium sized apple (grated) with 5 Tb sp. honey. smooth over skin,

    let sit for about 10 minutes, and then wash off with COOL water.

  • Just apply fresh fruit to your face is good. Your skin absorbs the

    vitamins and minerals.

  • Leave on for 10 minutes or so, then wash off.

Siargao Island - A Perfect Surfing Destination by Naiza Oclares is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
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I would love to hear from you. Thanks a lot!

Do you want to visit Siargao someday?

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      fennirose 4 years ago

      A new place to visit! Thanks for this!

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice. New place I need to put on my list of places to visit! Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      good stuff

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      arik1982 6 years ago

      cool lens check out this lens on fcs fins

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      momscorner 6 years ago

      fantastic lens about surfing in siargao, the philippines. thank you.

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      momscorner 6 years ago

      fantastic lens about surfing in siargao, the philippines. thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey check our site too! Siargao is indeed a tropical jewel! home of the free-spirited and adrenaline rushing adventurers... hope to see you in the island!

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Sounds lovely!

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      PalawanHotels 7 years ago

      yes Surigao is definitely a place for surf! please pay a visit if your a surfer!

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      chardey 7 years ago

      Yes, I love to visit Siargao. We're planning to go with my family this summer.

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      QuiverFoam 7 years ago

      My next surf trip is this area for sure.

      Quiver Foam

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      yosurfer com 8 years ago

      Cool info. I was doing a write up of Cloud 9 last week at

      Sounds like an awesome spot

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      ms4jah 8 years ago

      a beautiful hollow wave that I never new about before. Nice lens

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Love the lens - great info & pictures of the island,I have never been in Indonesia, so maybe it's time to pack my surfboard and go.

      If you have the chance check out my Vacations Islands blog

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      DanteRosin 9 years ago

      That looks beautiful! I'm reviewing California's beaches on my

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      This is a great lens. I appreciate all the useful info.Build Niche eBay Affiliate Stores That Make You Money

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      ebizsalez 10 years ago

      thats an awesome looking lens. very nice pics and videos. surely a nice place to be.

      from fellow lens: bigsaveontravel

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      Aika 10 years ago

      I would love to go to this place. This is rocking cool! 5 stars

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      GramaBarb 10 years ago from Vancouver

      Great lens! Makes me want to pack my suitcase and go there! Maybe someday I will. :) 5*'s! Your cafepress store was fun to browse too - I'll be back.