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South Asia - Siargao Islands

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Cloud 9 Surf Wave

General Luna
Siargao, Surigao, Philippines

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Overview of Cloud 9 Surf Wave

Siargao Island faces the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Deep, the second deepest water in the world, at more than 11 km below sea level. The area is pure tropics for activities like snorkeling, island hopping, waterfalls, swimming holes and of course, the awesome waves and friendly locals.

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. The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in the late 1980's, and named and made well-known by American photographer John S. Callahan, who published the first major feature on Siargao Island in the US based Surfer Magazine in March 1993 and hundreds of photos in many other books and magazines since. Callahan has returned to the island many times since his first visit in 1992, and his efforts to photograph and publish surfing related and general location material from Siargao island in books and magazines around the world has put the island on the international map and drawn thousands of surfers and tourists to Siargao island.

There are several other excellent waves in Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity than any other waves in the area, indeed in the Philippines as a whole. It is the only wave in the area easy to get to without a boat, leading to overcrowding and the nickname of 'Crowd 9' among surfers worldwide as keen foreign and locally owned accommodation and tourist facilities attempt to profit from the magazine publicity and the annual arrival of visitors drawn by the Siargao Cup competition in September.

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Angelica Louise A. wrote about Cabugan Adventure Resort:

"'When they say adventure they really meant adventure because before you can reach the place you have to experience the highs and lows of the very rough road, walk to a small pathway alongside the mangroves to the small boat (during low tide that is but when it's high tide then you don't have to endure the long walk), and have to climb a few high steps to reach the resort and enjoy the spectacular view of the mountains and rivers. The beach is not that promising but staying there is worth every penny. And guess what, during low tides you can walk directly to the opposite island which is the Magic Island Resort and not just that on the other side of Cabugan Adventure Resort where the small boats usually docks there is a spot where you can swim with small fishes and enjoy the view of other small boats passing by and vast rivers and mountains. I would definitely go back to Cabugan Adventure Resort and again enjoy what the resort can offer. And by the way, the staffs there are very friendly and would treat you like family.'

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