SECRET BEACH ON SIARGAO ISLAND – PHILIPPINES

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Secret Beach Siargao, also known as Guiwan Beach, is one of my favourite beaches on Siargao island. A short fifteen-minute drive south of the more popular Siargao tourist spot, 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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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH SIARGAO

It’s an easy ten-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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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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SIARGAO ACCOMMODATION

General Luna is the place to be when it comes to visiting Siargao! General Luna has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Siargao to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. 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.

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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 snorkelling, kayaking, fishing or cycling.

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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.

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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 travelling on a budget.

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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.

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SIARGAO TRANSPORTATION – GETTING AROUND

The best way to get around Siargao island is on a scooter. The cost for a scooter rental is around 300-400 pesos per day or for a monthly rental you’ll get a cheaper rate of 200-300 pesos per day. Most accommodations will be more than happy to help you to organise a scooter rental for your time spent on Siargao island.

Petrol can be found on the side of the road out the front of small local houses/businesses in the majority of the main villages on Siargao. Petrol is sold in 1-litre glass bottles for 60 pesos per bottle.

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