Reclining on white powdery sand beaches, surrounded by clear turquoise waters that stretch far as the eye can see, all without a care in the world sounds like a dream vacation for many – it’s a way for us to put aside our phones and disconnect from our busy, interconnected lives.
Did the Maldives pop into your head? It’s not surprising seeing as it is probably at the top of the list of many go-to beach destinations. But if you’re like me and often travel on a budget, scaling down from that is a must.
Enter Siargao Island. Though hailed as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”, Siargao is often glossed over by beach bums, being in the shadow of crowd-pleaser Boracay Island. But with its dazzlingly white beaches and clear turquoise waters, Siargao more than holds its own as an island paradise worthy of a visit.
1Pristine Waters, Breathtaking Lagoons & Stunning White Beaches
Located in the province of Surigao del Norte, Siargao is home to pristine waters, breathtaking lagoons and stunning white beaches. Its renowned waves have drawn in an innumerable number of surfers from all over the world.
It’s surfing spots and year-round waves are what attracts people, but what makes Siargao special is well, precisely its lack of exposure. The island feels pure, untainted by the throngs of opportunistic vendors or rave parties that go on forever into the night.
Here, one can truly soak in the tranquility of nature. With uninhabited islets dotted around, Siargao is peaceful and detached from the going-ons of a commercialised and cosmopolitan city.
Whether you’re an avid surfer, or just want to have a quick and cheap beach getaway, Siargao fits the bill in so many ways. Fair warning though, the island is slowly creeping up in popularity, so its days of obscurity may soon be long gone.