Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte. It has a land area of approximately 437 square kilometers. The east coast is relatively straight with one deep inlet, Port Pilar. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches. The neighboring islands and islets have ...
Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao, at Del Carmen. Long stretches of wetlands indicate a potential for commercial seaweed propagation. Siargao Island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait.
One of the best known surfing waves on Siargao and the Philippines, with a worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes is "Cloud 9". This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte. Wiki
Siargao Island News
It's been 2 years since my first trip to Siargao, Philippines. While this island is still relatively untouched in most areas, it is growing more and more popular as word (slash youtube videos) get around. This island is the known as the surf capital of the Philippines, and has the most beautiful coconut tree forests, white sand beaches (obviously in the Philippines) and amazing and welcoming people.
While looking at the Philippine map, I noticed that Surigao City is just across Southern Leyte and it made me realize that travelling to Siargao from Tacloban would be possible. Since then, I wanted to go there alone even before the Siargao movie but I was hesitant because I was worried about my safety. Until one day I got an invite from two of my cebu-based friends. The plane ticket was expensive at that time so I just decided to go there via land trip. Little did I know that this would be the best trip I'd ever have (despite all the challenges I've faced on my way going there).
The local government of Siargao Island launched a campaign which would rid their area of plastic waste by turning this waste into eco-bricks.
Last May 1, local government officials; together with public schools executives; non-government organizations; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) groups, conducted an eco-bricks starter workshop in General Luna, Surigao Del Norte.
Eco-bricks, which are made of plastic bottles containing pieces of used plastics, could be used as blocks to build furniture and simple buildings.
"This initiative aims to transform plastic waste into build ...
Siargao boasts spectacular seascape and landscape, a haven for nature-lovers who are tired of chaotic urban life and want to experience a laid-back island vibe. Branded as the countrys surfing capital, it offers unparalleled waves making it a go-to destination for surfers from across the globe.
The islands tourism industry has unprecedentedly skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. But while its taking off, tourism stakeholders on cloud nine need to take part in nature conservation, so they wont be drowned by a wave of insurmountable environmental problems being experienced by Boracay an ...
The officials and technical men of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday started their "on the ground" inventory and validation of all emerging tourism sites in northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region to avert a similar problem in Boracay.
All provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs and CENROs) spread all over the region will formulate management and development plans in their respective jurisdictions, particularly the towns that are maintaining tourism spots.
They also started coordinating with the local officials and oth ...
Single-use plastic bags are no longer allowed in this town, the first to do so in the entire Surigao del Norte.
The municipal council approved the ban in late February, amid mounting calls from local conservationists.
Eladio Napil, officer-in-charge of Pilar Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office explained that plastic is not biodegradable, an eyesore and especially harmful to sensitive marine ecosystems. He said plastic materials are destroying the environment of the towns coastal areas.
"The towns goal is to discourage single-use bags and encourage the use of reusable ba ...