Secret Beach Siargao, also known as Guiwan Beach, is one of my favorite beaches on Siargao island. A short 15 minute drive south of General Luna, you can discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Siargao!
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HOW TO GET TO SECRET BEACH SIARGAO
From General Luna, head south-east along Malinao-Union Rd towards Dapa Town. At first, the road leads inland and then back down the mountain to the coast road and this is where Secret Beach Siargao can be found.
We got lost a couple of times trying to find the turnoff for Secret Beach Siargao until a local man driving past stopped to point us in the right direction. Also, if you see some other people with surfboards heading in the same direction, follow them as they will most likely know be heading for a surf at Secret Beach Siargao.
I took a photo of the tiny little sign that is nailed to a palm tree at the entrance to Secret Beach Siargao (Guiwan Beach), so keep a sharp eye out for this along Union Rd. If you hit Dapa town you’ve gone too far.
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The entrance to Secret Beach Siargao (Guiwan Beach)
Surfing at Secret Beach Siargao
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH SIARGAO
It’s an easy 10 minute walk from the main road down to the shoreline at Guiwan Beach. We parked our scooters on the side of the road and followed the dirt trail that threads between a forest of tall coconut palm trees, eventually emerging at the beautiful Secret Beach Siargao.
We threw down a rug on the sand, waxed up the surfboards and paddled out. There wasn’t much swell around on this day but it was so refreshing to jump in the crystal clear water at Secret Beach Siargao.
When there is swell, there are two right-hand point breaks at Guiwan Beach, more suited for longboarding.
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Waiting for waves at Siargao Secret Beach
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After a surf, Jake climbed one of the palm trees on Siargao Secret Beach and harvested us all a coconut each! The palm trees have foot holes cut into the sides of their trunks making them quite easy to climb if you are willing to scale one to the top for a fresh coconut.
We spent a couple of hours at Secret Beach Siargao exploring the coastline, drinking coconuts and then witnessing an unforgettable sunset over the horizon.
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The coconut forest at Secret Beach Siargao
Arriving at Secret Beach Siargao
Fresh coconuts down on Guiwan Beach – Siargao Secret Beach
Sunset at Secret Beach Siargao
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to finding the best places to stay Siargao! General Luna has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Siargao to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Nay Palad Hideaway Villas
Nay Palad Hideaway offers the perfect ‘island resort vibe’ that you may be seeking for your visit to Siargao. Choose either a sea view or a garden view luxurious room, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoy your very own private palm tree fringed beach! On top of this, resort guests can make use of the complimentary paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, bicycles and even jump on board an island hopping tour.
Luxury: Isla Cabana Resort
An awesome 4-star resort located in General Luna on the beachfront. Isla Cabana boasts an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sun terrace that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. These private villas come fitted with king-sized beds, an en suite bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge and sitting area. Book a treatment at the in-house spa or make use of the free activities available such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing or cycling.
Mid Range: Sunset Bay Beach Villas
Sunset Bay provides beachside villas that are comfortable and peaceful, overlooking the Philippine Sea. The famous Cloud 9 surf break is just a few minutes walk away. The villas are air-conditioned with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, kitchen, fridge and stovetop. Perfect for solo travellers or couples.
Mid Range: Kokai Resort
Nestled within lush gardens, you’ll get the ultimate jungle vibes here at Kokai Resort. There is a sun terrace, in-house restaurant, free wifi and motorbike rental available. Kokai Resort has both dorms and private bungalows on offer, perfect for those who are traveling on a budget.
Budget: Secret Spot Siargao
I personally stayed at Secret Spot Siargao and I can’t recommend this place enough. The Secret Spot Siargao Hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, spacious living area, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor chill zone, free wifi and hanging hammocks in the garden.
Budget: Balay Hayahay Hostel
Balay Hayahay is a budget-friendly hostel centrally located in General Luna. There are dorm rooms and private rooms available in tee-pee style bamboo huts just minutes walk to the beach. This hostel also features a shared kitchen and chill-out zone with hammocks. The perfect place to stay with friends or for solo travelers.
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BEST SIARGAO TOURS
Siargao Island Hopping Tour
Spend the day island hopping between three tropical islands known as Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island, just a short boat trip off the coast of General Luna in Siargao. All this for less than $30 USD.
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Siargao Land Tour
The Siargao Land Tour is the best way to see the Siargao hotspots in one day. Visit the Coconut Tree Viewpoint in the morning, followed by the Palm Tree Rope Swing, Magpupungko Rock Pools and ending at the famous Sugba Lagoon! All this for less than $30 USD.
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Sohoton Cove Tour
Sohoton Cove is a must-do day trip during your visit to Siargao! The tour includes a full day of island hopping to Sohoton Cove, Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island, with lunch. All this for less than $45 USD.
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Sugba Lagoon Tour
Sugba Lagoon offers an unforgettable experience at one of the bluest lagoons you will ever see! The tour includes a full day of island hopping to Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island and Pamomoan Island, with lunch. All this for less than $20 USD.
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Corregidor Island Tour
Corregidor Island is a dreamy tropical paradise just off the coast of General Luna in Siargao. Explore the grassy hills and colorful coral reefs on Corregidor Island before island-hopping to Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island, including lunch. All of this for less than $40 USD.
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Another option for accommodation in Siargao is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Siargao Island.
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