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When the de­sire to get away from it all strikes, and you hap­pen to love aqua­ma­rine wa­ter, per­fect beaches, lush forests and great surf, Siar­gao Is­land in the Philip­pines is the place to go. Siar­gao is in the Philip­pines Sea about 800 km south­east of Manila in the prov­ince of Suri­gao del Norte. It is easy to get to by air and, once there, feel the lay­ers of work worry and life in general just peel away. The surf here is phe­nom­e­nal with breaks for ev­ery­one from be­gin­ners to World Surf League pros who just love the Cloud 9 break and in fact com­pete here every year. Away from the waves, visit Mag­pupungko rock pools, swim, SUP or pad­dle at the pris­tine and ridicu­lously scenic Sugba La­goon (pic­tured here), cave dive at Tayang­ban Cave Pool, visit TakTak Falls, swim or snorkel at Tik­tikan La­goon or go is­land hop­ping to Guyam, Daku and Naked is­lands. Guyam Is­land, pic­tured on our front cover, is a place Robin­son Cru­soe would have been happy liv­ing on. Swim, snorkel, surf on this tiny slice of par­adise that you can walk around in 15 min­utes and, for a real treat, there are huts un­der the co­conut palms to stay in. Siar­gao is a hid­den gem, one of many in the Philip­pines – plan a visit be­fore the world dis­cov­ers it.

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