Here are four things you can do in Siargao if you can’t pop up on a board just yet
1. Horseback riding
Horseback riding was introduced by Ian Sarraga, who owns riding outfitter Magic Rides (+63 917 312 1979), as a way of fusing his two passions — horses and the island that he loves. He then ferried four horses from his hometown of Bukidnon and set up a new stable at General Luna’s Chill Out Beach Bar and Cottages, where folks can sign up for riding adventures.
Beginners usually opt for the Pesangan beach trail, where maneuvering the horses on a simple and smooth path along the shore is relatively easy. A guide is always on hand to ensure a rider’s safety. For experienced riders, Magic Rides offers more challenging beach trails on Malinao beach (a four-hour session, as traveling to and from the stables takes two hours), or the inland trail up the rugged hills of Tawin-Tawin, a route that Ian himself thoroughly enjoys. “You see different landscapes like rice paddies and hills,” he tells us as we trot leisurely past resort-fronts. “The vistas from hilltops to sea, with all the little islets, are simply stunning.”