The Isla Life: Swimming in Lagoons and Biking in Siargao

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao Island is known for its huge waves and chill vibe. The place is probably on every surfer’s dream destination list. But for people who don’t see surfing as their “thing” or for people who want to try the sport but is too afraid to actually do it (like me lol), there are still tons of places to go and things to do around the island. 

After almost an hour, we arrived in Magpupungko and pay a 50-peso entrance fee each. Then we went straight to the lagoons. Good thing we went there early because it was still low tide. It was the right moment to visit the place.

Most of the lagoons are deep so if you’re not an expert swimmer like me (lol I don’t know how to swim fyi), then avoid those and go for the shallower ones.

This huge rock formation is the reason why the place got its name according to our motorcycle driver/tour guide. The rock is called “Magpupungko” and when I asked him why, he didn’t know. He said it was what the elders called the rock formation. To be honest, it still doesn’t make sense to me haha

The lagoons serve as an aquarium too. You can see a lot of different fishes like these ;)
After swimming and taking pictures in Magpupungko, we went straight back to our resort, ate lunch, and rested for a while. The next place to visit was Cloud 9, the famous surfing spot. We thought of going there via motorcycle or tricycle but we opted to bike instead. 
Each of us rented a bike for 30 pesos per hour. I thought it was going to be easy and that we’ll get there in no time. Turns out, the boardwalk was about 3 kilometers away from our resort and there were a lot of ups and downs. We haven’t biked for a long time and we haven’t biked that long before. The ride really pulled our energy levels down. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the whole activity. 

It was a gloomy afternoon but that didn’t stop the surfers from doing their thing. 
After watching surfers and hanging out in the boardwalk, we decided to head back to our resort before the sky starts crying. And look at what we saw:
This golden cutie was guarding our bikes!

We capped off our last full day in the island with a good dinner at Surf N’ Dine. They have reasonably priced and delicious food. We really enjoyed their chicken platter with large french fries on the side. Too bad I didn’t get to snap a photo because the place was dimly lit. Also, I really love the vibe of the place. You can breathe in the fresh sea breeze while enjoying your meal.

There’s still so many things to do in Siargao. If you’re visiting soon, make sure to make the most out of your stay. You know, if only we can afford to stay there for a week (or a month!), we’d do that without hesitation. Words and photos definitely don’t do justice as to how beautiful the place is. Don’t miss to visit this place soon ;)

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