Siargao Through My Eyes
We spent two weeks on Siargao Island. It's called the surfing capital of Philippines, but it's great to visit even if you don't surf! There's lots of great beaches, beautiful landscapes and empty roads that wait for you to take a bike and go on an adventure.
Funny thing is that it seems that there's no motorbike helmets there at all, which was very unusual for me. It felt kind of unsafe and also my hair always got super messy because of that. I really don't understand why some people prefer to ride motorbikes without helmets. Anyway, I enjoyed riding around the island very much. There was a new beautiful landscape after every turn of the road! Like that river view from some bridge we came across.
And here's a village on the other side of that bridge. Looks really peaceful. There's a lot of small villages on the island and life seems to be pretty simple in general
It was also the first time I got a nice photo of one of those colourful jeepneys! Philippino paint the old US army jeeps really pretty
Another thing that was unusual for me to see was christian churches surrounded by palm trees. I know it's not the only country with jungles and churches, it's just was the first one for me.
We often went to visit Cloud 9 Boardwalk - meant for surfers and really good to watch them surf! And also good to just hang out and watch the waves
That's a beach just around a corner from the boardwalk
I can't surf, but I can take tons of pictures of surfers!
On our way... between the palm trees
And that's a beach in front of our hotel, Viento del Mar - it was perfect at the time of this photo, I'd say even better than the famous Boracay (cause there's no people here and there's tons of tourists in Boracay) but on low tide the water goes like a kilometer away. Don't worry though, there is a solution to that problem - rent a boat for Island Hopping (link will be here later) and it's like 10 minutes to a small island nearby where water is always perfect
There's also guys who organize horse riding on the same beach - the horses live just next door. I couldn't ride myself, unfortunately, because I burned my leg with a hot motorbike pipe (beware, bike passengers!). So I just took pictures this time...
Our balcony with the seaview! I always wanted such a chair for some reason... We also had floor-to-ceiling windows and I could watch the waves right from my bed in the morning, very relaxing start of the day, I must say!
Cozy lounge with a perfect view
And just before leaving the island we went for Drunken Carabao party finally! I was thinking about it since the day I saw it on the internet! It's really simple: you get drunk, grab a bottle and get on a carabao and up to a hill where you can do more drinking and riding. Recommended for people who like to ride animals!
All in all, Siargao is a great place to chill out and unwind - especially for those who is tired of big cities and traffic jams. People are friendly here and mangoes are tasty!
Check out our video about Siargao or photos of Island Hopping!