Cloud 9 Siargao is rated as the best surf break in the Philippines and it’s also one of the most popular spots to hang out on Siargao Island. Whether you’re a die-hard surfer or not, a visit to Cloud 9 will definitely make your day, especially around sunrise or sunset.
I have put together this complete guide of Cloud 9 Siargao which includes everything you need to know before you go!
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WHERE IS CLOUD 9 SIARGAO?
Cloud 9 is located in General Luna, the southeast corner of Siargao Island in the Philippines.
From Siargao Airport to Cloud 9, it’s approximately a one-hour drive. It’s easy enough to jump in a tuk-tuk directly outside the airport and make the journey to General Luna. The tuk-tuk cost is around 500 pesos total.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CLOUD NINE SIARGAO
Cloud 9 is home to the ‘Cloud 9 Surfing Cup’, a WSL surf event that occurs every year at the peak of the Siargao surfing season between late September and early October.
Each year, professional surfers from around the world compete against each other on the barreling right-hand wave.
If you happen to be in Siargao around the time of the surfing tournament, you can expect big crowds and lots of parties. If you are not a big surfer and don’t like crowds, this wouldn’t be the best time to visit Siargao.
The best time to surf is on a mid to high tide. It gets very shallow on low tide and the reef beneath the Cloud 9 wave is very sharp and unforgiving. To check the tide times in advance, Click Here.
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Cloud 9 Pier
The Cloud 9 boardwalk
THINGS TO DO AT CLOUD 9
When I arrived in General Luna, the first thing on my list of things to do was to head straight to the Cloud 9 Siargao boardwalk to watch the sunset. A long wooden pier stretches out across the reef which ends at a 3-story viewing platform that overlooks the Cloud 9 wave, a popular Siargao tourist spot.
There is a white sand beach dotted with palm trees at the beginning of the pier where you can find a number of surf shacks that rent out surfboards. Surfboard rental is 200 pesos per hour or 500 pesos for a full day.
Be aware that Cloud 9 surf is an expert wave and not recommended for beginners. There is a smaller break to the left called ‘Jacking Horse’, perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers.
Looking for something to eat before or after a surf? There is a small cafe on the beach next to the pier called ‘Cafe Loka’ that serves coffee, fresh juices, and salads.
Sunset in Siargao
Surfboard rentals on Cloud 9 Beach
Beautiful scenes at Cloud 9
BEST TIME OF DAY TO VISIT
As always, my favorite time of day is at sunrise for the early morning glow and at sunset for that smooth golden hour. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed when experiencing a sunrise or a sunset from the pier.
If you want to avoid surfing in a crowd, the earlier you paddle out to the Cloud 9 wave the better as it’s one of the more popular surf spots.
If you plan to go swimming at the beach or around the pier, it’s best visited on a high tide so there is deep enough water to get submerged in.
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Sunrise at the pier
Cloud 9 Wave
Drone shot of Cloud 9 Siargao
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to finding the best places to stay in Siargao! General Luna has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Nay Palad Hideaway Villas
Nay Palad Hideaway offers the perfect ‘island resort vibe’ that you may be seeking. Choose either a sea view or a garden view luxurious room, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, and enjoy your very own private palm tree-fringed beach! On top of this, resort guests can make use of the complimentary paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, bicycles, and even jump on board an island hopping tour.
Luxury: Isla Cabana Resort
An awesome 4-star resort located in General Luna on the beachfront. Isla Cabana boasts an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sun terrace that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. These private villas come fitted with king-sized beds, an en suite bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, and sitting area. Book a treatment at the in-house spa or make use of the free activities available such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, or cycling.
Mid Range: Sunset Bay Beach Villas
Sunset Bay provides beachside villas that are comfortable and peaceful, overlooking the Philippine Sea. The famous Cloud 9 is just a few minute’s walk away. The villas are air-conditioned with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, kitchen, fridge, and stovetop. Perfect for solo travelers or couples.
Mid Range: Kokai Resort
Nestled within lush gardens, you’ll get the ultimate jungle vibes here at Kokai Resort. There is a sun terrace, in-house restaurant, free wifi, and motorbike rental available. Kokai Resort has both dorms and private bungalows on offer, perfect for those on a budget.
Budget: Secret Spot Siargao
I personally stayed at Secret Spot and I can’t recommend this place enough. The hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, a spacious living area, a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor chill zone, free wifi, and hanging hammocks in the garden.
Budget: Balay Hayahay Hostel
Balay Hayahay is a budget-friendly hostel centrally located in General Luna. There are dorm rooms and private rooms available in tee-pee-style bamboo huts just a minute walk to the beach. This hostel also features a shared kitchen and chill-out zone with hammocks. The perfect place to stay with friends or for solo travelers.
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BEST SIARGAO TOURS
Siargao Island Hopping Tour
Spend the day island hopping between three tropical islands known as Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, just a short boat trip off the coast of General Luna. All this for less than $30 USD.
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Siargao Land Tour
The Siargao Land Tour is the best way to see the hotspots in one day. Visit the Coconut Tree Viewpoint in the morning, followed by the Palm Tree Rope Swing, Magpupungko Rock Pools, and ending at the famous Sugba Lagoon! All this for less than $30 USD.
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Sohoton Cove Tour
Sohoton Cove is a must-do day trip during your visit! The tour includes a full day of island hopping to Sohoton Cove, Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, with lunch. All this for less than $45 USD.
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Sugba Lagoon Tour
Sugba Lagoon offers an unforgettable experience at one of the bluest lagoons you will ever see! The tour includes a full day of island hopping to Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island, and Pamomoan Island, with lunch. All this for less than $20 USD.
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Corregidor Island Tour
Corregidor Island is a dreamy tropical paradise just off the coast of General Luna. Explore the grassy hills and colorful coral reefs on Corregidor Island before island-hopping to Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, including lunch. All of this for less than $40 USD.
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