Siargao Island is long known to be the Philippines’ surfing capital. The uninterrupted wind in the Pacific provokes strong waves that break into huge swells. These swells go up as high as 7 feet on average, enough for advanced surfers to dance along to the upbeat rhythm of the ocean. Most of these sought-after surf breaks occur in Cloud 9 beach.
Cloud 9 was named after a chocolate bar of the same name. Two Australian surfers bought the said chocolate bar in this part of General Luna and when they saw the swells, they called it Cloud 9. The beach was known as Cloud 9 ever since.
July 22, 2017 — By the trailhead of Cloud 9’s wooden boardwalk are surf instructors awaiting the arrival of the tourists. The boardwalk leads the tourists to a three-floor wooden viewing deck where surfers in action are within sight. The flock of surfers in ready positions looked like dots floating aimlessly in the ocean.
Finally, when the tenacious bodies of waves approach the mainland, the surfers respond to it in excitement. Some are wiped out while a few stood firmly on their boards. Together with a number of surfboards leaning on handrails and bags sitting on the floor, the non-surfer crowd finds refuge inside the deck and watches.
Should the guests want to be refreshed after a day of surfing, there is a cafe place named “Cafe Loka” just nearby the boardwalk. The average drink ranges from ₱100 to ₱180.
This trip was part of a media familiarization tour sponsored by Municipality of Del Carmen Tourism and Skyjet Airlines. Itinerary and expense are not published.
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