The people, places and wildlife of Siargao Island, Philippines

Rice Planting in del Pilar

The recent rice harvest is finished and the last of the rice has been dried and taken to the mill. so it’s time to start growing everyone’s favorite carbohydrate again

April 12, 2017

Staring down a Yellowfin Tuna

This  fishmonger from Santa Monica came by at six o’clock this morning with the catch of the day: we got a 2.7 kilogram yellowfin tuna for a lunchtime bbq. 

April 11, 2017

10th Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament

Opening Ceremony Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament – Today, April 6, 2017 was the opening ceremony for the 10th celebration of the fishing tournament. At around

April 6, 2017

The Coleto (Sarcops calvus).

A Philippine Endemic The Coleto is another of the commonly seen birds on Siargao Island. Often spotted around forest edges and on coconut palms, the Coleto (sarcops calvus) is a Philippine endemic.

April 6, 2017

Megancub Island

Just a ten-minute boat ride from the popular tourist site of Sugba Lagoon and forty-five minutes from the port of Del Carmen, lies Megancub Island with its

April 5, 2017

Silangga (at Globe Tower)

An hour hike from the rice-farming village of Mabini (a barangay of Santa Monica) led me to one of the highest places on Siargao: the main Globe Telecom tower. The trail starts out easy enough but is quite steep and unmarked on the final approach to the top. You can’t get lost though as you […]

April 5, 2017

Time to make the chocolate.

Recently we gathered cacao pods from their trees in the barangay of Libertad  here on Siargao Island. After opening the pods to collect the nibs inside we took advantage of the excellent weather yesterday to dry them in the sun to make tablea cacao tablets for the favourite Philippine chocolate drink tsokolate.

April 5, 2017

I am not a hummingbird!

Many visitors to Siargao tell me they’ve seen a few hummingbirds around the island. However, the hummingbird’s range is actually restricted to the Western Hemisphere. What’s actually being referred to is the Olive-backed sunbird, which you’ll find in great numbers around the island. They’re the birds I see in my backyard more than any other. This […]

April 5, 2017

Building Dugout Canoes in San Isidro, Siargao

This week we’ll be visiting with our neighbours here in San Isidro as we reveal their step by step process of building dugout canoes. In addition, they are building six native river canoes with

April 5, 2017