We decided to opt out to our last itinerary and go for a day of exploring General Luna, hotel stay and surfing. Just because we wanted to chill out on our last day in Siargao. After exploring the town proper, we went ahead to Cloud 9.
Cloud 9 is considered as the surfing capital of the country and a lot of surfing competitions were held here. The most sought destination of professional or newbie surfers. Surf instructors are all locals and I can assure you, they are really good surfers.
There are a lot of surfing packages available and are offered from hotels or along the shore of Cloud 9. We prefer to ask Doods (tour guide) to introduce us instead to some of the surf instructors he knows. Surf lesson cost P400/ each (surfboard included).
First, learn the basics for 20 minutes or so. I’ve already surfed before on La Union but it’s already been 6 months since my last surfed. And the current is much stronger here in Siargao compared in La Union. And I don’t even know how to swim (poor me haha!). If some of your friends don’t want to go surfing, they could stay behind in the tower.
And now it’s time to try the real stuff. I’m a beginner, we went to the right side of the Cloud 9 which they called “Jacking Horse”.
Jacking Horse has great beginner wave compared to Quicksilver. The take off is good but since the waves are too strong, it’s hard to paddle back. Good thing my instructor helps me to paddle back. Surfing will take an hour to finish.
Good time to surf is September to November or all year round (except summer months). And here’s the sunset photo I’ve captured in Cloud 9.