Don’t Go To Siargao

Aug 8, 2017 by

The first person that tried to convinced me to go to Siargao is my friend Cristabel. I wasn’t easily convinced about Siargao because I thought it was all about surfing and the laid-back-backpacking life which I’m sure I’m not too keen on doing. But as years pass I started noticing how often Cristabel (and her husband Manuel) would visit Siargao and never ceasing to tell me amazing stories about the island life and all that it has to offer. A few years later more friends were going to Siargao and would come back gushing about it, as if it were some mystical place every traveler must visit for reasons only a real traveler would know. I started mentioning to Kevin I wanted to go to Siargao, but our schedules would always get in the way. Until finally, we found a perfect excuse to drop all work stuff and book a flight to Siargao: My 37th birthday. 

And Siargao did not disappoint.

I can write a novella describing my Siargao romance in an extremely limited number of days (we had 4 days to spare before work officially began), but it would take away the soul of one’s Siargao experience which is an indescribably beautiful place.

That’s why I don’t want you to go to Siargo. I don’t want it to be the next Boracay where tourists painfully, slowly, take away its sublime mystique. Siargao is beautiful primarily because it is far away from the maddening crowd. But if you do insist on visiting Siargao, please respect it and love it and just enjoy everything that its unadulterated form has to offer.

Siargao is for those who seek adventure in its most unpretentious form. It’s a haven for those who refuse to be slaves of time, but allow being slaves of tides. Frequented mostly by Caucasians, goodwill comes easy and the vibe is extremely conducive for newfound friendships. Days in Siargao move very slowly, but it has to be. It gives everyone the chance to savor every moment worthy of being away from the decay of our urban lives.

I will go back to Siargao, only this time I shall explore more and do more (and stay longer). And thanks for convincing me, Cristabel.

At Cloud 9 Boardwalk where surfers catch waves on the island. Just one out of the many spots available for surfing.

At Cloud 9 Boardwalk where surfers catch waves on the island. Just one out of the many spots available for surfing.

View from Cloud 9 Boardwalk. The wooden structure is a viewdeck both for surfers and spectators.

View from Cloud 9 Boardwalk. The wooden structure is a view deck both for surfers and spectators.

On a clear day at Cloud 9.

On a clear day at Cloud 9.

A surfer takes a break at Cloud 9.

A surfer takes a break at Cloud 9.

Resort View at Cafe Loka near Cloud 9.

Resort View at Cafe Loka near Cloud 9.

Kevin goes on his Day 2 surfing lessons at Beach Break.

Kevin goes on his Day 2 surfing lessons at Beach Break.

As expected, me and my lazy ass decided to just sleep on the boat while Kevin goes on a 2-hour surfing spree. I did take a few waves and even stood on my first wave in good balance but dammit I'm way too lazy to paddle back and forth and wait for waves. Hahaha!

As expected, me and my lazy ass decided to just sleep on the boat while Kevin goes on a 2-hour surfing spree. I did take a few waves and even stood on my first wave in good balance but dammit I’m way too lazy to paddle back and forth and wait for waves. Hahaha!

Parties in Siargao are scheduled on a day-to-day basis. A specific bar is assigned to hold a party on a specific day, making everyone converge in one spot til the wee hours of the morning. This is one of the beast features of Siargao. The party scene! It's so rustic, it's so weirdly cinematic and everything else goes blurry the following day! Hahaha!

Parties in Siargao are scheduled on a day-to-day basis. A specific bar is assigned to hold a party on a specific day, making everyone converge in one spot til the wee hours of the morning. This is one of the beast features of Siargao. The party scene! It’s so rustic, it’s so weirdly cinematic and everything else goes blurry the following day! Hahaha!

One of the party places in Siargao called The Octopus Bar is unbelievably rustic but the crowd is crazy. Look at the ceiling and what it's made of. hahaha!

One of the party places in Siargao called The Octopus Bar is unbelievably rustic but the crowd is crazy. Look at the ceiling and what it’s made of. hahaha!

Seeing Octopus Bar from the outside made me think of a dilapidated structure with ruins for walls. But the party inside would beat any club you can find in Manila! Hahaha!

Seeing Octopus Bar from the outside made me think of a dilapidated structure with ruins for walls. But the party inside would beat any club you can find in Manila! Hahaha!

Spotted at Rum Bar: Jericho Rosales. The lady beside him is Dani Barretto.

Spotted at Rum Bar: Jericho Rosales. The lady beside him is Dani Barretto.

Spotted bartending was Bea Padilla.

Spotted bartending was Bea Padilla.

KERMIT is one of most amazing restaurants you will ever experience. Owned by an Italian, their food is truly Italian. Loved everything about this place.

KERMIT is one of most amazing restaurants you will ever experience. Owned by an Italian, their food is truly Italian. Loved everything about this place.

Margherita Pizza with olives, onions, salami, & speck ham.

Margherita Pizza with olives, onions, salami, & speck ham.

Magpupungko Rock Flats.

Magpupungko Rock Flats.

Magpupungko Rock Flats Pool

Magpupungko Rock Flats Pool

That's Siargao for you, guys. And I haven't even finished seeing everything there. Not yet.

That’s Siargao for you, guys. And I haven’t even finished seeing everything there. Not yet.

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