MI OLA brand ambassador Giulia Manfrini (@guiliamanfrini) is one of our surf brand ambassadors that RIPS! From Portugal, Costa Rica, Bali, Maldives, to Siargao, Giulia is a former lawyer who left it all to surf around the world. Start packing your bikinis now, because after reading Giulia's surf guide to Siargao in the Philippines you'll want to hop on the next plane!
Where to Surf:
Siargao has become famous for Cloud9, one of the best waves in the world. It is a heavy barreling right hander, breaking right in front of the famous Beachwalk.From Cloud9, you can easily access less challenging Quiksilver and Jacking Horse.
Take a short boat ride and get to Stimpy’s and Rock Island, a left and right handers for experienced surfers, breaking opposite to each other, next to two little uninhabited islands in the middle of the ocean.
Daku Island offers a fun and mellow right hander, perfect for a longboard, and just a short boat ride from General Luna.
Guian is again a great spot for longboard and beginners.
There are many more breaks (reef) for all surfing skills! Just head to Siargao and start the search ;)
When to Surf:
Surf in Philippines is known to be quite fickle, however when it’s on, it’s on! For guaranteed waves, head to Siargao during the prime surf season, September to December (September is also the month when the WSL Surfing competition takes place in Cloud9). December to April can be pretty windy and rainy, but still very consistent. April to August surf might be very small (perfect for longboards), but it can happen to have legendary unexpected swells, like the one of last July!
Siargao remained a well kept secret for years. Nowadays it is one of the most popular destinations for surfing in the Philippines! The area of General Luna has become pretty crowded, with a lot of trendy restaurants and hotels. The most famous surf spots Cloud9, Quicksilver, Rock Island and Stimpies are crowded during surfing season. However, there are still a lot of unridden waves for the most adventurous surfers who don’t mind a longer paddle or a drive in the palm forest!
Siargao offers many other activities apart from surfing! Join a boat island hopping trip to the gorgeous gems of Dako, Guyam and Naked Island, jump into the Mangpupungko Pools at low tide, Stand Up Paddle in the Mangroves in Sugba Lagoon, Snorkel and Hike in Corregidor Island (Marine Reserve), go for a drunk Carabao ride, try the local food (don’t miss the Coconut Bread freshly baked in the streets of General Luna) or just get your bike and get lost in the middle of the island surrounded by palm trees!!!
The climate in Siargao is tropical warmth year round. The rainy monsoon season is November to April, and the sun shines during all the other months. June and July are the sunniest months of the year, but also the less consistent with surf. The water is always warm, Pack your MI OLA bikinis and get ready to shred!
Where to Stay:
If you want to indulge in ultimate luxury, choose the all inclusive resort Nay Palad and don’t reach for your wallet anymore until you are back home! Everything is included, from food and drink to spa treatments, surfing and many activities and excursions!
If you are more on a budget, opt for Kermit Siargao (book in advance, it’s always full!), where Gianni & Rosie will welcome you as part of the family and offer the best pizza and Italian food on the island!
How to Get There:
To reach Siargao, there are new daily domestic direct flights from Manila with Fly Sky Jet Air. Otherwise with Cebu Pacific there are direct flights from Cebu or flights from Manila (with stop in Cebu).
Have you been to Siargao? We'd love to hear your tips too! Now go on and start packing your bags for an epic surf trip to the Philippines! See you at the break!
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