Beautiful Beach Sunset from Siargao Island

The Simple Life in Siargao: A Surf Board and a Blue Horizon



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We were very lucky to stay at the Siargao Sands Beach resort for our surf trip to Cloud 9. Thanks again to Tom and Jay for putting us up at their place before it was officially open to the public!

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The view from the beach in front of the Siargao Sands beach resort. Tom and Jay (the owners and good friends of my friend Sande) were very kind to open up their place for us to stay at while we were on the island.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    A pretty nice place to do not much of anything in particular.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    With panoramic views of the Pacific and a beautiful stretch of uncrowded white sand.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Before it became an overpriced health tonic, coconuts were free to pick up on a beach like this and drink.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Pretty easy to frame the Pacific views with the palm trees at Siargao Sands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Just above the high tide line, the dense canopy of Mindanao palm trees blocks out the sun. There's definitely an almost prehistoric feeling when you visit Siargao, it's so undeveloped. You'd almost expect a brontosaurus to stick it's head through the palm fronds off in the distance.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Even in the tropics, trees have to battle for access to sunlight. Coconut trees like this one have solved that problem by going taller (and leaning out further) than their competitors.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    I used the fisheye lens to take in the uncrowded panorama of the Siargao Sands Resort.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Another view from the beach in front of Siargao Sands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    I walked around in this grove of palm trees while we were getting ready to go out to surf one morning.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    I guess this is how coconut trees spread from island to island? Eventually the high tide is going to take this one out to sea. If it's luck it will wash up on dry land and grow.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Coconuts, coconuts, coconuts on the beach in front of Siargao Sands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Easy to frame a Mindanao sunset in the fronts from this palm tree on the beach at Siargao Sands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    There's a few small communities scattered around these more remote parts of Siargao. This local ferry boat was coming in to land just before the sun dropped below the horizon.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Do pooches love sunsets? I'd reckon this guy does.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Surfing all day is a pretty powerful driver for an appetite. Yes, that is an entire suckling pig that the five of us are disintegrating in the middle of the table.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Beachy sweet at Siargao Sands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    After the sun dropped below the horizon, the colors went from bright yellow to these beautiful shades of pink and orange.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Another local boat ferry some local Siargao islanders further up the seemingly endless coastine.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Can't resist messing around with the crazy angles you can get with a fisheye lens.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    No mom, there aren't any veggies here, just beer, a roasted pig, and rice. Not winning any Martha Stuart awards with that diet!

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Great light in the late afternoon at Siargao Sands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Nothing wrong with the simple joys of an empty beach and a great sunset.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Sunup on another day of surfing Siargao and nothing but Blue Horizons.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Low tide and you can see the exposed coral outcrops in the shallow water.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Loved the way the morning light reflected off the white sand to give these coconuts a bright glow.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The coconut telegraph is alive and well in Siargao.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The view to the East from Siargao Sands Beach Resort.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Another one from a Siargao morning just before we launched the boat for our surf trip.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    No skyscrapers here, just towering palm trees stretching into a cobalt sky.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The groves of palm trees just beside Siargao Sands has a dense carpet of undergrowth shaded by the canopy above.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Low tide left only a few inches of water for our boat to negotiate. Next stop from here--the open Pacific.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Palm trees, coconuts, white sand, and nice waves.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    A pretty optimistic view to wake up to every morning.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    and the vertical version.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Yeah, that's about what it feels like.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    That tree is probably just about perfect for a rope swing or hammock.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The Siargao Sands beach bungalows blend in with the background of all the palm trees in Siargao.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Palm trees are a pretty perfect frame for a Pacific Ocean horizon.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The view from our beach bungalow at the Siargao Sands resort.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Local style for a laid-back surf camp in Siargao.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Not sure what the fisheye really adds to this scene, but it's always fun to mess around with it.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Sande takes our hammock for a spin.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    This place has looked pretty much the same for the past few thousand years.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Had to put down the surf board for a minute to catch this scene before we went out for the day's exploration of the islands.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Last light on the beach at the Siargao Sands resort.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    The brilliant light of the late afternoon silhouetted this grove of palm trees on the horizon with beautiful yellow and orange light.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Some might dismiss this as a postcard, but to me that's kind of the point.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Sunset view from the Siargao Sands resort beach.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Next stop, San Francisco.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Palm tree panorama in Siargao.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    We had a full quiver of boards ready for the day's surf trip around Cloud 9.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Another shot of that beautifully empty beach.

  • Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines

    Siargao Island Beach Resort, Philippines
    Didn't Tom Hanks name his coconut 'Wilson'?