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Paradise hopping : The tear drop-shaped island of Siargao

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Philippines is known for having a lot of wonderful beaches, particularly the ones with pure white sand. Tourists from different parts of the world explore the beauty of these islands. Most likely of them really say that beaches located in the Philippines are worth going to. From the food, the night life, the resorts, and of course the beach itself, the time of travel you will take is definitely worth it.

Siargao is already featured at many tourist vlogs that we can see online. The saying "what you see is what you get" can be proved by this amazing island. Who doesn't want to temporarily have a day-off from the stressful vibe that city gives? Most of the people specially those who use to have a city life aim to wander beaches in the countryside. Now, buckle your seat belts up, have your ear plugs with you, a cup of coffee and your visa, passport and tickets ready― virtually.

The gem of Surigao del Norte

Siargao Island is located in the province of Surigao del Norte. It is considered to be one of the biggest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao. It has an area of 437 square kilometers. It consists of 48 islands distributed into nine municipalities : San Isidro, Santa Monica, Burgos, Gen. luna, Pilar, San Benito, Dapa, Del Carmen, and Socorro. This island also has a prospective for seaweed propagation. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, and tons of coconut palms. The pure white sand dancing with the wind offshore is what attracts the tourists.

Trivia : The name "Siargao" came from the visayan translation "siargaw or saliargaw" which is actually a specie of mangrove that exists in the island.

Surfing Capital of the Philippines

Hailed as the Surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao is being visited for surfing and playing with the waves. When surfers hear about Siargao, they will probably tell you that it is a dream surfing place. All year round, surfers enjoy the surfing spot but commonly, a lot prefer to go around month of September to November, or end of ber months. The reason behind this is the waves in these following months is much higher (8-12 ft).

Must try foods in Siargao

In every travels, food will always be a vital thing we should prioritize. The food reflects the colorful tradition of a particular place. Here listed below the different food you don't have to miss out when experiencing a Siargao life.

  • Pan De Coco - a Filipino bread with a sweetened shredded coconut filling

  • Bulalo - a beef dish with cabbage and potatoes, served hot and it really has tasty soup

  • Smoothie bowls - a mixture of fresh fruits, yogurt, corn flakes and other toppings of your choice is a delight while hanging out

  • Binakol rice - basically, binakol is a chicken soup cooked in a bamboo. Binakol rice is a perfect pair for any dish

  • Chicken Inasal - it is a chicken barbeque, marinated by different liquid and powdery herbs and spices for 24 hours or more

  • Halo-halo - this dessert consisting beans, ube halaya, leche flan, jelly, corn topped with ice and milk is a perfect beat-the-heat food during afternoon time

  • Coconut cold brew - since you are in an island with lots of coconut palms, a coffee drink with a hint of coconut flavor is indeed a must try.

Street nightlife

After a long day of exploring the waves, it is time to relax and have extra fun in the many resto-bars. Siargao provides different bars where in you can spend your peaceful night time with your friends and loved ones. You can check them out if you wanted to!

  • Rum Bar - if you are into Japanese food, this place is perfect for you. There are many activities you can do ; jamming, as there are bands and locale singers who perform, dancing with the upbeat music, and socializing with the other people.

  • Bravo Beach Resort Siargao - serving spanish food, they have authentic spanish cuisine. In fact, the main chef David Lopez was awarded by Tatler as the 'Best Restaurant in the Philippines 20 4’. Better to find it out!

  • Hanigad Beach Bar - sunsets are indeed what we want to see after a long day. At Hanigad Beach Bar, you can reserve your spot for chilling and hanging out. Of course, the music will complete the vibe. Just sit and enjoy your drink.

  • Jungle Disco - bringing the vibrant night life into the next level, this bar offers colorful with a kick drinks. It is known as the "tattoo bar" and most of the tourists experience the Jingle Disco nightlife.

Highlights of Siargao Trip

Siargao is indeed a piece of heaven on Earth. The waves and the sand will surely leave a mark of memories in one's body. Siargao is just one of the beaches that dominates the beach trip suggestions that you can see on different blogs, vlogs, instagram and different social media platforms. Aside the picture-perfect scenery that the island has, it also serve as an escape from the stressful routine we commonly do. To enjoy it more, much better to take your friends, cousins, your loved one and your family with you. A good company will make it even enjoyable.

Also, being a responsible traveler is a must. We should always remember that we visit their place to enjoy and seek for peaceful adventure. In return, we should treat the locales as much as they respectfully treat us. Emphasizing the importance of cleanliness, discipline and being alert all the time. We must also respect the tradition of the natives who live in the places we go to. If we follow the restrictions and minded of the reminders by our guides, undoubtedly, we will achieve the calmness we hope throughout our adventure.

Some of us hinder ourselves from enjoying. Due to tons of work and load of things we need to comply, we forget to take a break. Giving yourself time to breath and relax is important. A friendly reminder is to take it easy. Unleash the stress you carry and for once, allow yourself to experience a cozy beach trips at least for a while.

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