Siargao Closes Famous Sugba Lagoon for Rehabilitation

It's just for a month!

( A boom in local tourism is often like a double-edged sword: on one hand, it adds to the popularity and economy of a tourist destination; but on the other, the influx of crowd threatens the cleanliness and beauty of our natural wonders. In an effort to keep intact one of Siargao Island's most popular attractions, the Mangrove Protection & Information Center of Del Carmen announced the month-long closure of Sugba Lagoon from January 10 to February 10.

The municipality's Annual Environmental Recovery and Rehabilitation started in 2017, and has since been a tradition initiated by the local government. No boats and visitors are allowed in the area during the duration of the closure.

Tourists love to jump off the diving board that's about four meters above the lagoon.
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

Sugba Lagoon is known for its calm waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. It's ideal for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and snorkeling, but thrill-seekers also have the option of jumping off a three-meter-high diving board. Tourists often make it a stopover for lunch, feasting on the freshest seafood cooked by locals and served inside the two-storey pavilion on stilts above the lagoon.

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.

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.

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