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Introducing Siargao

Initially drawn to Siargao (shar-gow) by good year-round waves and a tranquillity and beauty lost in other Philippine islands, a small group of passionate Aussie, American and European surfers are still living the good life. There's been an uptick of recent development in the form of several midsized condos and hotels; however, laid-back resorts happily making do with the tourists who find them are still the norm. Besides surfers looking for the next challenge on their international wanderjahr, low-key do-it-yourself types do well here. There are rock pools, mangrove swamps, offshore islands with strange rock formations and wildlife, waterfalls, forests and hammock sitting, usually the coda to any day.

The port is in the main township of Dapa. On arrival you’ll probably want to head straight over towards one of the resorts located along the newly paved (and unnecessarily wide) road between General Luna (known locally as GL) and ‘Cloud Nine’.