Cloud 9 surfing area on the island of Siargao is ranked as the best surf break in the Philippines.
This surfing spot hosts Cloud 9 Siargao World Surfing Cup in October each year just off the glittering sand of this palm-fringed tropical beach.
And although this bay boasts some serious waves, closer to shore, smaller waves are perfect for beginner surfing lessons.
Cloud 9 surf spot was our favourite place to chill out at sunset time.
Although Cloud 9 Siargao doesn’t face the sunset, there is a long wooden pier with 3 levels that offers an amazing sun setting over the palm trees.
Visit Cloud 9 either for sunrise when the professional surfers have started paddling out for those big waves. Or else for sunset is still a great experience.
I have broken down all you need to know about Cloud 9 in Siargao, where to stay in Siargao and how to travel around Siargao.
Where is Cloud 9 in Siargao Located
Click on the map to be taken to Cloud Nine exact location on Google Maps.
The route on map is from Siargao airport to Cloud 9 and involves a drive of 52 minutes.
Cloud 9 is located in General Luna which is the main tourist area on Siargao. But if the location of your accommodation is in General Luna town centre, Cloud 9 is still an 11 minutes drive away.
Jacking Horse and Quicksilver are two other surfing spots close to Cloud 9 surf spot. These two spots are marked in blue on map.
Jacking Horse is a surfing spot best for beginners while Quicksilver is more suitable for advanced surfers.
More Things To Do in Siargao
Although Siargao is mainly known as a surfing destination, there are loads more things to do and interesting tourist attractions around the island.
Island Hopping Tour
We highly recommend adding this Siargao island hopping tour to your itinerary. It only takes a short boat trip to reach beautiful islands near Siargao.
Siargao Island Tour
An island tour combines Siargao’s very best tourist spots. This land tour is an epic day of adventure along Siargao’s coconuts roads stopping at various attractions along the way.
Things To Do in Cloud 9 Siargao
There are a few reasons Cloud 9 on Siargao is the most popular spot.
By day, Cloud 9 is a hub for everything that has to do with surf.
At the first light of day, pro surfers are on the way out to catch the big waves. Just watching the surfers tearing up those waves while the sun rises over the horizon is one of those great experiences Siargao tends to offer.
And if you want to try out your surfing skills, you can book a surfing class even from early morning before it gets hot and too busy.
Cloud 9 Siargao was one of our favourite places to hang out and chill after a day exploring the island.
There are a few hip bars and cafes dotted along the beach and sheltered by the palms.
Among these is Cafe Loka and boasts some of the best freshly made sandwiches, smoothies and cocktails.
However, we usually just grabbed a chilled beer from a local lady that sets up on the side and chilled out while watching the surfers catch the last waves of the day.
Cloud 9 Siargao Surfing Lessons Price
A surf lesson with an instructor costs 500 Pesos ($10.40) per hour including board hire. Jacking Horse, which is located a short walk to the left from Cloud 9, is great for beginners.
Cloud 9 Siargao Amazing Sunsets
Although Cloud 9 doesn’t face the sunset, it tends to offer a unique experience of ever-changing colours in the sky while looking over a palm fringed beach.
This is possible thanks to a 200 metre vintage pier stilted on the shallow reef.
The main purpose of the pier is a viewing deck for the yearly surfing cup. And right at the end of the wooden pier, there is a 3 level platform. From here you will be facing directly Cloud 9 surf spot and be at the same level of the palm trees and the sun setting behind them.
This was definitely one of the best sunsets that we had in Siargao.
TIP: Dapa is another great location to enjoy sunsets on Siargao island. Read this guide and add a trip to Dapa for sunset and some delicious BBQed food.
Cloud 9 Boardwalk & Tower Entrance Fee
The fee is 50 Pesos ($1.04).
Getting Around Siargao Island
Scooters are one of the best ways to get yourself to Siargao’s best corners and all the tourist spots. Scooters and motorbikes are the main mode of transport for both locals and tourists.
Roads are good throughout the island.
In General Luna there are loads of motorbike rental shops and prices start at around 500 PHP ($10.41) per day. And the longer you keep it, the less the price per day.
However, we found the best prices in Dapa and paid 275 PHP ($5.72) per day for 7 days. Dapa is where the ferry terminal is located. Walk out of the ferry terminal and you’ll see a big sign for scooter rental.
An alternative for those who aren’t comfortable riding a scooter is to rent a tricycle with a driver. This is the more expensive option and will cost 2000 PHP ($41.63) for the day.
Another option is to join a land tour. This is a hassle-free option since you don’t have to worry about organising transport and is the best way to cover the best of Siargao in a day.
Best Area to Stay in Siargao
Although Siargao is a popular island in the Philippines, there is just one main tourist area, which is General Luna.
This town will tick all the boxes. There are loads of accommodation options for different budgets and restaurants, bars and cafeterias are everywhere.
Looking for the best area to stay and accommodation in General Luna? Read this guide for all you need to know before choosing your accommodation in General Luna.
These are our top picks for where to stay in General Luna.
SINAG HOSTEL: The location, ambience and most importantly the hosts have all contributed to making this one of the best hostels around. Guests have the facility of a kitchenette and can chill out and get to know other travelers in the lounge area. This property offers double or quadruple rooms and bunk beds.
BULAN VILLAS SIARGAO: This resort offers accommodation in the form of wooden Asian style villas surrounding a pool and garden. Guest can enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, an onsite bar and restaurant. Beside the villas, this property offers standard rooms, ideal for those on a budget but want to base themselves in a luxurious resort.
MANGO TREES SIARGAO: A great choice for couples, families or groups since each unit can accommodate a minimum of 4 people and up to 8. With an outdoor infinity pool, barbecue area, lounge and garden you can enjoy and take full advantage of the facilities at this stunning property. And don’t worry about preparing your breakfasts, the hosts offer an a la carte breakfast each day.
If planning on exploring the entire island, consider spending few nights further north in Siargao. Either in the seaside town Pacifico or Burgos.
Both Burgos and Pacifico are quite isolated but still cater to tourists. There are few accommodations and a handful of cafeterias/restaurants in each village.
No matter where you choose to stay, you will need to head out of General Luna town to reach Siargao’s best tourist spots. So just keep that in mind.
Other Tourist Spots in Siargao Island
Tourist spots along the Southern Coast
Tourist spots in Central Siargao
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