Petra | Jordan. A rose-red city half as old as time
San Vicente | Palawan. Counting solitary strides.
Taj Mahal | India. A teardrop on the cheek of time
Catanduanes Island. Postcard-pretty slideshow.
Keep Kalm (at Kalanggaman Island | Leyte).
Nikko | Japan. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil in this UNESCO heritage town.
Counting temples in Bagan | Myanmar.
Chasing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
Where to Stay? | Luxury, Backpacking & Glamping
Inaul Festival | Maguindanao. In homage of a weaving tradition
Rishikesh | India. a morning walk inside the Beatle's Ashram
Cairo | Egypt. a surreal moment at the great pyramids of giza

Diving Me Crazy at Sugba Lagoon | Siargao



The hard rain the previous night made me doubt if the morning’s gloomy sky would turn better. Minutes into our boat ride from Del Carmen port and all my dreads of bad weather evaporated into the sinewy glow of the torrid sun. I’ve heard raves about our next destination before, but I’ve chosen not to stroke my curiosity of how it look like. Because I prefer Siargao to surprise me, I avoided seeing videos and photographs of the teeming beautiful nature of the island–except for the surf scene it is known for.  A drone shot of the fine white sands of Daku, Guyam and Naked Islands might have captured my gaze a few times, but Sugba Lagoon hasn’t caught my eye yet–but it won’t be for long.

Marky Ramone Go

After a 40 minute drive from General Luna to Del Carmen and another hour and a half of boat ride, we smoothly cruised into a water passageway leading to scattered small islands shrouded by lush greens. Our guide explained to us that Sugba Lagoon is part of a protected 4,000-hectare nature sanctuary that also boast the second largest Mangrove forest in the Philippines.

Michelle Lim of cebu pacific air

With early morning sheen of the sun bouncing off the island’s thick trees, the water appeared a charming medley of green and the blue reflection of the sky.  As our boat quietly sliced through the waters creating minimal ripples, my anticipation of finally laying eyes on Sugba Lagoon cuts through my consciousness like a Zen knife.

Karla Ramos

A state of calmness quickly prevailed over me. I was amazed at how magnificent Mother Nature formed these azure colored waters that snakes around the scattered islets off the coast of Del Carmen. Inching nearer, the waters became greener and the first thing I noticed as we approached the makeshift wooden jetty was the lone pontoon house docked with colorful kayaks.

Jomie Naynes

It is also there where you can rent stand-up paddle-boards, kayaks and other inflatable flotation. After renting a table to put our things, our group dispersed quickly with each one hurrying to start playing with the water. I started off with the paddle-board then shifting to a kayak before spending most of my time on the diving platform.

Ailene dela Rosa of Stratworks

There couldn’t be more than 50 people that day, but the sheer size of the lagoon still afforded us a sense of isolation especially during our single kayaking session. The 8-feet wooden board built adjacent to the walking platform became our playground after our lunch consisting of adobo squids, liempo, steamed shrimps and crabs. 

Levy Amosin

Everyone just egged others to jump and when someone exhibited apprehensions–as if right on cue–two little girls’ displaying bravado, showed the way. They took turns jumping into the water more than a dozen times, to the astonishment of everybody including their mom. “Mommy, we’re going to jump again”, the older girl would declare the moment they swam back to the dais.

Marky Ramone Go with Gabbie Malvar, Michele Lim, Kaiz Belga

I was supposed to jump a couple of times but buoyed by the courage of the kids, I ended up walking back to the platform several times. It was fun just diving yourself crazy at the clear and warm waters of Sugba Lagoon. Now, I can’t stop dreaming about building a small house by the lake someday–and yes, with a diving platform to go with it.