Oh Siargao!! I can’t say enough lovely things about this gorgeous island, but I will definitely try my best to provide the ways of how Siargao took my breath away.
When I was first asked where I wanted to go during my one month stay in the Philippines, my immediate thought was Siargao Island. I’ve seen quite a lot of different forms of social media promoting this small island in the province of Surigao del Norte, and I was very intrigued.
My first day in Siargao was spent island hopping. Our first stop was Sohoton Cove, which was about 2 hours away from island’s capital, General Luna. I adored this cove because I had a few firsts experiences at this incredible island. First, I had the opportunity to hold up close a jellyfish and actually swim in the same body of water as them (don’t worry these type of jellyfish don’t sting, so it’s perfectly same to come in contact with them).
Afterwards, we made our way to another part of the cove where we submerged ourselves for about 8 seconds (with the help our our amazing guides of course), and end up inside the magnificent Hagukan Cave! Unfortunately, because I lacked proper equipment I wasn’t able to take pictures inside the cave. However believe me, the water inside the cave was literally glowing green!!
Anyways once we saw the underwater cave, we headed to yet another cave called Magkuku-ob Cave. But this time, we’re pretty much rock climbing inside and exiting by jumping off 16 ft.cliff and right into the water! It definitely seemed quite overwhelming to rock climb in a cave, because of two reasons. 1) It’s a cave, meaning it’ll be pitch black and 2) I didn’t have my glasses with me, so I was kind of blind. However, thank goodness for our kind tour guide because he helped both myself and my cousin successfully rock climb inside the cave. So, once we got out of the cave, the only thing left was to jump! Mind you, the only time I’ve jumped off from some kind of diving board was probably in the community pool and even that wasn’t even that high, so I don’t count that. Nevertheless, I did end up jumping off the board and let me tell you how extremely proud I was of myself because I felt just this rush of energy afterwards! Also, this first “jumping off from high places and into the water” experience just escalated to me doing this how many more times in Siargao! Stay Tuned!