(SPOT.ph) Even before Boracay began its six-month closure, the local goverment of Surigao del Norte—home of world-famous Siargao Island—already knew how to take care of its tourist destinations. In 2017, they started the Annual Environmental Recovery and Rehabilitation program aimed at doing just that. Covered, in particular, is Sugba Lagoon, which will be closed to the public from January 10 to February 10 in preparation for the summer season.
Sugba Lagoon in the municipality of Del Carmen is known for its calm waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. It's ideal for kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and snorkeling, but thrill-seekers also have the option of jumping off a three-meter-high diving board. It's a popular stopover for lunch since it has a two-storey pavilion where guests can order the freshest seafood.
Legend has it that the lagoon used to be covered with fog, making it appear that the water gives off smoke. This is why this natural wonder is named after the Sebwano word for grill or inihaw.
In 2018, Sugba Lagoon was closed for maintenance from February 5 to March 5. The pavilion's sewage system was also upgraded to accommodate the growing number of tourists.
How to get there: Direct flights are available from Manila to Siargao Airport in Barangay Sayak, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte. You can take a boat from the port to Caob Island, where Sugba Lagoon is located.