Just have a look at this place – it is a world class surf destination that is affordable and promises to offer us an exceptional trip. Having been to The Philippines twice SCUBA diving over the last few years, I fell in love with these islands - the locals are friendly and you can expect wonderful service at this resort. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive (see below) and this trip will represent fantastic value. I have shifted the timing of the trip to June-July. September cuts out the senior students and the 3 week holiday in July gives more students the chance for this remarkable experience. The surf isn’t huge in July, but looking at some of the photos and videos, I think this might be a good thing as Cloud 9 can get …well.. quite big. There are various other breaks around Siargao Island to explore as well. A key feature is the Cloud 9 boardwalk right at the resort beach which leads out to the break and the huge viewing platform – it is a great show here even when not surfing! ! The resort holds a maximum of 20 guests, and I feel confident we can fill a large chunk of it –maybe we can even make it exclusively ours for 9 days.
TOTAL ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE: Covers airfares; all meals; all transfers; all taxes; all accommodation charges; surfingâ€ŚEVERYTHINGâ€Ś $2795
Geographic Location Mainland General Luna is situated at the southern side of Sergio Island, Province of Surigao del Norte. It is bounded on the north by the Municipality of Pilar, on the south by the small islands of Daku and La Januza, on the west by the Municipality of Dapa and on the east by the Philippine Sea. It is 16 kilometers away from the Municipality of Dapa (the entry point to the island) and approximately 40 nautical miles from Surigao City.
The weather The weather is basically relatively constant all year round with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. Although there are no great variations in the climate, it can be divided into two seasons, the rainy season from December to February and dry season for the rest of the year.
Accommodation Sagana resort consists of 6 individual cottages with self-contained bathrooms and caters for a maximum of 20 guests. 4 cottages are fan cooled and 2 have air conditioning. The individual cottages all vary in size and are set in lush, tropical gardens. Bed linen, towels and mosquito nets are provided and cottages are cleaned daily. Each cottage has its own large verandah to relax and hammock supplied. There is a back up generator in case of brown outs which occasionally happens on the island. Sagana resort also has the only swimming pool on the island and is available for in-house guests only. There is a shallow children's pool attached to the main salt water pool. Restaurant Sagana resort has gone to great lengths to offer a high standard of food and has established itself as having the best food on the island. The restaurant caters for in-house guests only and provides breakfast, lunch and dinner daily cooked by their own aussie chef. There will be individual table settings for intimate dining or also a long table that can seat up to 10 for a group or family to share. The dinner menu changes daily which allows guests to sample a variety of international influenced cuisine, from japanese to european and australian to filipino style meals. Sagana are also happy to adapt meals to suit individual eating requirements. Seafood is abundantly available and includes freshly caught fish such as tuna, marlin, spanish mackerel as well as mud crabs and prawns locally farmed on the island. Meat and vegetarian options are always available on the menu. The bar fridges are always fully stocked with a variety of cold San Miguel beer. Softdrinks and imported wine are also available. Activities and entertainment Sagana Resort has an entertainment area in the Restaurant. It offers Satellite TV, Billiard/Pool table, Video, DVD, & Stereo. Sagana resort offers more than the perfect wave. Day trips to secluded islands can be arranged, or else hop on a habal-habal (motorbike) and travel around the island for a right seeing adventure. Scuba diving, kayaking, & fishing trips (bring your own rod) are available, can be booked by Sagana resort.
The Surf Generally, the best months for surf in this area are August through to the beginning of November. This is when we get the most typhoon swells and the best winds. During May, June, and July, the surf is generally smaller, but when itâ€™s on the conditions are ideal. From December to April the winds are often strong and cross shore, BUT the swell is always pretty big and some surfers prefer this time of year.
Sagana Resort Cloud 9 Siargao Island, in the Philippines, is the hidden jewel of the Pacific. ... and it's the home of the Famous CLOUD 9. 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 with the plenty activities including snorkeling, island hopping, waterfalls, swimming holes and of course awesome waves and friendly locals.
SURFING SPOTS Cloud 9 Cloud 9 is situated directly in front of Sagana Resort, no boats needed. The wave is a great right hander that can be both fun and challenging. Although it is a relatively short wave, the fact that it barrels nearly the whole way guarantees satisfaction. Just check out the photos (all Cloud 9). Jacking Horse Somewhat fickle right hander that can be really fun on it's day. Dependent on swell direction, but when small is a great wave for beginners.
Tuason Left Some consider this the best left on the island. Hollow and shallow and only good over 3 feet. Beginners need not apply.
Rock Island (Tuesday Rock) Long fun forgiving right hander about a 10min boat ride from Sagana Resort. When it is on this wave is so much fun and as long as any on the island
Stimpies World class left hander, also 10min from Sagana Resort. This spot is Epic. Big or Small Stimpies is what you picture when dreaming of tropical surf.
Pacifico Another for the goofy footers. 1 hour boat ride from Sagana Resort. Long workable left that works on all tides.
Within 2 hours boat ride there are approximately 10 world class breaks, which are always uncrowded and well worth the trip. There are also a few well- guarded secret spots that can be found if you look hard enough.
Other Activities The surroundings of Siargao offers a lot of nice untouched and pristine places to visit. - Lagoon of Pansukian in front of the resort - Caub at the west part of the island - La Janoza islets facing the Pacific Ocean - Sohoton's amazing caves and cliffs You can explore them by boat and ocean kayak and experience a unique tropical adventure. The area is pure tropics with the usual activities, snorkelling, island hopping, waterfalls, swimming holes and of course waves.
The DEAL….. $2795 includes everything all taxes and airfares
accommodation (1 night Cebu; 8 nights Siargao Island) superb meals transfers surfing. Travel insurance is also included for Peninsula School students and staff.
To book onto this trip you must complete the booking form attached and return to me, Alan Wiggs, (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Peninsula School.
Deposits ($440 per person) must be in no later than December 1 2013. Please direct any inquiries to Mr. A. Wiggs at school 9788-7777 (or A.H. on 9787-1613) or e-mail me at email@example.com . The resort only holds 20 guests maximum, so make sure you don’t miss out and deposit early. You can either mail your deposit to me at – Alan Wiggs Peninsula School Private Bag 3 Mt. Eliza 3930. Or pay via direct debit as below; or call Ian Lockwood at Allways Dive Expeditions to pay by Credit Card (9885-8863)