Cloud 9 Siargao is rated as the best surf break in the Philippines. Whether you are a die-hard surfer or not, a visit to Cloud 9 on Siargao beach will definitely make your day, especially around sunrise or sunset.
WHERE IS CLOUD 9 SIARGAO
Cloud 9 surf is located on the south-east corner of Siargao island in the Philippines. Cloud Nine surf can be found in the small town of General Luna, the most popular place to stay in Siargao.
From Siargao Airport to Cloud 9 it is approximately a one hour drive. My friends and I jumped in a tuk-tuk directly outside the airport and made our way to General Luna. The tuk-tuk cost us 500 pesos total.
SIARGAO TRANSPORTATION – GETTING AROUND
The best way to get around Siargao island is on a scooter. The cost for a scooter rental is around 300-400 pesos per day or for a monthly rental you’ll get a cheaper rate of 200-300 pesos per day. Most accommodations will be more than happy to help you to organise a scooter rental for your time spent on Siargao island.
Petrol can be found on the side of the road out the front of small local houses/businesses in the majority of the main villages on Siargao. Petrol is sold in 1-litre glass bottles for 60 pesos per bottle.
CLOUD 9 – SIARGAO PHILIPPINES MAP
Early morning surf at Cloud 9 Siargao
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 in 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 at Cloud 9 Siargao. If you happen to be in Siargao around this time, 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 Cloud 9 Siargao 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.
When I arrived in General Luna Siargao, the first thing on my list of things to do was to head straight to the Cloud 9 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 spots.
There is a small, white sand beach dotted with palm trees at the beginning of the Cloud 9 Siargao 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 of Cloud 9 Siargao called ‘Jacking Horse’, perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers.
Looking for something to eat before or after a surf at Cloud 9 Siargao? There is a small cafe on Siragao beach, next to the pier, called ‘Cafe Loka’. My friends and I ordered some toasted sandwiches for a late afternoon snack that cost us 250 pesos each. Cafe Loka also serves coffee, fresh juices and salads.
Drone shot of my first sunset at Cloud 9 Siargao
Surfboard rentals on Siargao Beach – Cloud 9 surf
The Cloud 9 boardwalk
BEST TIME OF DAY TO VISIT CLOUD 9 SIARGAO
As always, my favourite 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 watching a sunrise or a sunset from the pier at Cloud 9 Siargao.
If you want to avoid surfing in a crowd, the earlier you paddle out to the Cloud 9 wave the better as it is one of the more popular Siargao surf spots.
If you plan to go swimming at the beach or around the pier at Cloud 9 Siargao, it is best visited on a high tide so there is deep enough water to get submerged in.
Sunrise from the pier at Cloud 9 Siargao
Drone shot of Cloud 9 Siargao
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to visiting Siargao. This week I based myself at the Secret Spot Siargao Hostel, a short 10-minute drive to the Cloud 9 surf break.
Adi, the owner of the hostel, is a yoga teacher and seasoned traveller who has set up this eco-friendly accommodation that welcomes anyone and everyone to stay during their visit to the beautiful Siargao Philippines.
The Secret Spot Siargao Hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, spacious living area, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor chill zone and hanging hammocks in the garden.
For all other Siargao accommodation options, you can browse Booking.com to find something that best suits you.
Chilling in a hammock at Secret Spot Siargao Hostel
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR CLOUD 9 SIARGAO
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Cloud 9 Siargao please leave me a comment below!
Happy Adventuring 🙂