Siargao has been named as one of the best surfing spots in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. The magazine ranked Cloud Nine in Siargao Island as the fifth best surfing spot in the world, due to its “thick hollow tube waves”.
“While certainly not the only must-catch wave in the area, surfers have been chasing down Cloud Nine’s thick walls since the 1980s,” the report said.
The travel magazine also praised the nearby Jacking Horse as another great surfing destination, but without the crowds.
Cloud Nine joins legendary surfing destinations such as Australia’s Bondi Beach; Les Cavaliers in Anglet, France; and Huntington Beach and Mavericks Beach both in California, in the top five.
Also on the list are Nazare in Portugal; Playa Grande in Costa Rica, Pipeline, Oahu in Hawaii; Jeffreys Bay in South Africa; and Tofino, Vancouver Island in Canada.
Siargao is composed of 48 islands and islets, which are divided into nine municipalities. It is in the province of Surigao del Norte in Mindanao.
Despite martial law being imposed throughout the region, local officials have assured tourists that the island is safe.