When it comes to pristine white beaches and enchanting natural wonders, our country is basically a gold mine. The Philippines and the rest of the world have heard of Palawan and Boracay time and time again, but apart from these must-visit local destinations, we have one more achingly gorgeous island that also boasts of crystal clear waters, picture-perfect sand bars, coral reefs, waterfalls, and beautiful rock formations and lagoons, among many others—and in case you still need us to spell it out for you, yep, we’re talking about the newest It vacation spot: Siargao.
This teardrop-shaped island in the province of Surigao del Norte, aka the surfing capital of the Philippines, is finally starting to claim its rightful place in the limelight. Celebrities and bloggers alike—including Erich Gonzales, Bela Padilla, Maxine Medina, Kryz Uy, and many more—have been spotted having the time of their lives while soaking up some sun in Siargao.
Their double tap-worthy Instagram pics are proof that it truly is today’s coolest local destination. And mind you, there’s more to this slice of paradise than just surfing! Below, we list down some other things you ought to include in your itinerary:
1. Go island hopping.
You can find Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island just off the shores of Siargao. A day tour can easily be arranged through most resorts, and we highly suggest you do so because these are not to be missed—think powdery white sand and glistening turquoise waters. Imagine that, plus a sumptuous lunch by the beach!
2. Eat, eat, and eat!
Craving seafood? Well, you’ve come to the right place because Siargao is basically seafood heaven! There’s a public market in General Luna where you can buy the day's fresh catch, and for a small fee, you can have your resort prepare and cook them for you. Once you’ve had enough of fish, don’t worry, because you won’t run out of food options here, too; from pancakes to pizza, there’s plenty to choose from!
3. Visit the Magpupungko tide pools.
The Magpupungko tide pools, found in the town of Pilar, are a sight to behold. It looks like an infinity pool with a large reef parting it from the ocean. These natural pools are surrounded by rock formations, and what makes them even more majestic is the fact that they only show up during low tide. So if luck (and proper timing) is on your side, then you’re in for a glorious treat!
4. Rent a bike and explore Siargao like a local.
The island is brimming with so many beautiful sceneries waiting to be discovered—houses built on water, deserted beaches, waterfalls, and endless rice fields. Rent a bike, feel free to explore the island like one of the locals, and take home lots of memories and pictures!
5. Unleash your adventurous side.
You can go snorkeling with the stingless jellyfish. You can go diving to relish the island’s beautiful marine life. You can go spelunking, too! If surfing is not your thing, there are several other activities that you can try to make the most out of your stay in Siargao. You can even check out the lagoons and hire a boat to Suhoton Cove in Bucas Grande Island. While you’re at it, don’t forget to re-apply sunblock every three to four hours during your packed itinerary!
6. Or, you know, you can simply chill by the beach.
Who said you have to do anything anyway? If you want to take things easy and just have a nice, quiet sojourn, Siargao is the perfect place for that, too.
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.