Nestled in the south east region of the Philippines, is this little island with a big reputation. A dream destination to many, this island possesses crystal clear waters, captivating rock formations, fine powdery sand, and more little untouched islands so beautiful, they can heal any traveler’s weary soul.
I, for one, have dreamed so long of reaching Siargao, but with its distance from Manila and the costly flights going there, it just wasn’t happening yet for me…until recently.
When the captain announced we were about to land, I looked outside the window and what I saw, sprawled beneath us, was an abundant field of coconut trees. Everything was emerald. “Finally, Siargao. We have met,” was the first thing I thought.
Summer season is almost upon us, and I am sure many of you have started (if you haven’t already yet) planning your adventures. Whether this enchanting island has always been on your bucket list or this article would only be the first time you’d be hearing of it, here I share 10 photos of Siargao I’m very well sure will make you want to book a flight there as soon as possible.
Ready? This is Siargao.
10. The lush emerald trees ready to greet you welcome.
Is it just me or are trees more beautiful in Siargao? As we drove along the highway from the airport, I couldn’t help but notice the trees lining the way. So lush, so green, so…inviting.
9. Enjoy super chill beaches like this.
If you’re kind of an introvert like me and prefer quiet, uncrowded beaches over party islands, you will find heaven in Siargao. The beaches are not only drop dead gorgeous (look at those pretty palm trees!), they’re also so serene. You’d definitely get your peaceful fix here.
8. See the world-famous Cloud 9 boardwalk in person.
You haven’t been to Siargao if you haven’t been here.
This is the famous Cloud 9 surf spot, and this is the boardwalk surfers tread with their colorful boards tucked under their arms to get to the waves. Surfers from around the world come here for the waves. International surfing competitions are regularly held here, too.
The ride was low when I was there, but on Siargao’s best days, the waves here are larger than life, barreled, and perfectly shaped like a number nine–hence the name Cloud 9. I take it as a word play, too, because have you been surfing before? Riding waves is pretty damn euphoric.
7. Find your own kubo.
I see it everywhere online–photos of these super chill huts sprinkled about the island. And look! I found one! Such a great spot to just sit, put some music on, open a few bottles of cold beer, and spend the day away doing absolutely nothing but just being present on this beautiful island.
6. Learn to ride the waves.
Game for a surf? Siargao, after all, is the surfing capital of the Philippines. If you’ve never surfed before, that’s no problem at all. Most resorts here offer surfing lessons for beginners.
5. Be mesmerized by the island’s landscapes and rock formations.
The mesmerizing views in Siargao will make you feel small and grand, both at the same time. And this is just the surface. There are so much more beauty in Siargao to discover.
4. Observe island life.
As a city dweller, I’ve always been quite drawn to the simplicity of island life. Someday, I dream of moving to some quiet island myself, but for now, I shall be content living vicariously through observing the locals in islands I visit.
In Siargao, the locals walk around with huge smiles on their faces. The kids play on the beach. Even the dogs seem to be extra cute and friendly here. When you do go to Siargao, don’t just snap pictures and leave. Observe the life on the island and discover why this place is so special.
3. Uncover the alchemy of the island.
So many people have come to Siargao only to find themselves so deeply beguiled by the island they never found the heart to leave. There are so many of them. Filipinos and foreigners alike. Folks who’ve left their bustling city lives to move here, restless travelers who’ve found stillness here, or those simply still trying to find themselves.
2. Explore, explore, explore.
Whether by yourself, with best friends, or new friends you’ll meet in the island, explore, explore, explore. I’ve been told you always find something special in Siargao.
1. Just take it all in.
It’s not everyday you wake up to a place as enigmatic as this. So when you get to Siargao, and I sincerely hope you do, I hope you find the will to be present. To be all here.
Paradise is now within reach.
Ready to experience the magic of Siargao for yourself? SkyJet Airlines now flies direct to Siargao Island. Yes, direct. No more connecting flights, no more layovers. Just one hour of fast, convenient, and comfortable flight aboard their 80-seater, four-engine planes. Have I mentioned the spacious leg room? Yup, no cramped seats here. Just pure comfort.
SkyJet Airlines had its maiden flight to Siargao island last February 22, boarded by members of the media and VIPs such as the Philippines’ Department of Transportation Secretary, Arthur Tugade, and Hon. Dino Reyes-Chua, Mayor of Noveleta, Cavite and President of SkyJet Airlines. Known personalities were also present, such as director and producer Paul Soriano.
SkyJet Airlines’s maiden flight to Siargao—a destination that was once hard to reach—was significant, in more ways than one. Aside from further promoting Siargao as a tourist destination, it also further establishes what SkyJet Airlines has always been about—connecting places and people.
SkyJet Airlines flies to Siargao Airport four times a week from Manila. Book now through www.flyskyjetair.com.