SIARGAO ITINERARY – THE ULTIMATE SIARGAO TRAVEL GUIDE

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Siargao Itinerary

Siargao Island was recently awarded for being the BEST island in the world (2018/2019) and since then, it has now become the most popular island in the Philippines!

Siargao is an island that is almost completely covered in coconut palm trees and surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, making it a hard to beat’ tropical destination.

Siargao Philippines is more commonly known for its world-class surf breaks, such as Cloud 9, though there are plenty more fantastic things to do in Siargao other than surfing.

I spent 2-weeks in Siargao exploring this teardrop-shaped island located in the south of the Philippines and have put together The Ultimate Siargao Travel Guide which includes all the must-see spots to add to your Siargao Itinerary.

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 SIARGAO ACCOMMODATION

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 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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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 travellers.

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#1 CLOUD 9 SIARGAO

Cloud 9 Siargao is rated as the best surf break in the Philippines and it is one of my favourite things to do in Siargao. Whether you are a die-hard surfer or not, a visit to Cloud 9 on Siargao beach will definitely make your day, especially around sunrise or sunset.

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WHERE IS CLOUD 9 SIARGAO

Cloud 9 surf is located on the south-east corner of Siargao island in the Philippines. Cloud Nine surf can be found in the small town of General Luna, the most popular place to stay in Siargao.

From Siargao Airport to Cloud 9 it is approximately a one hour drive. My friends and I jumped in a tuk-tuk directly outside the airport and made our way to General Luna. The tuk-tuk cost us 500 pesos in total.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT CLOUD NINE SIARGAO

Cloud 9 is home to the ‘Cloud 9 Surfing Cup’, a WSL surf event that occurs every year in the peak of the Siargao surfing season between late September and early October.

Each year, professional surfers from around the world compete against each other on the barreling right-hand wave at Cloud 9 Siargao. If you happen to be in Siargao around this time, you can expect big crowds and lots of parties. If you are not a big surfer and don’t like crowds, this wouldn’t be the best time to visit Siargao.

The best time to surf Cloud 9 Siargao is on a mid to high tide. It gets very shallow on low tide and the reef beneath the Cloud 9 wave is very sharp.

When I arrived in General Luna Siargao, the first thing on my Siargao Itinerary was to head straight to the Cloud 9 boardwalk to watch the sunset. A long wooden pier stretches out across the reef which ends at a 3-story viewing platform that overlooks the Cloud 9 wave, a popular Siargao tourist spot.

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#2 MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS

Magpupungko Siargao is a natural rock pool, best visited on low tide, that can be found on the east coast of Siargao island. Magpupungko is one of the more popular Siargao tourist spots, and it’s easy to see why I have added it to this Siargao Itinerary.

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WHERE IS MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOL & HOW TO GET THERE

Magpupungko Siargao is a 45-minute drive from General Luna, the main tourist hub here on Siargao island.

On the same road out to Magpupungko Rock Pools, there are four awesome locations that I recommend checking out along the way. They are the Sea of Palms Viewpoint, Palm Tree Road Siargao, Siargao Rope Swing and Tayangban Cave Pool.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT MAGPUPUNGKO SIARGAO

Magpupungko Rock Pools are tidal, meaning that they are only accessible on low tide when they are exposed. If you arrive at Magpupungko Siargao on a high tide you will not be able to see or even be permitted access to the natural pools for safety reasons.

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My friends and I arrived at Magpupungko Rock Pools in the morning and there is a small entrance fee of 50 pesos to visit the Magpupungko Rock Pools.

As Magpupungko is one of the more popular spots on everyone’s Siargao Itinerary, you will most likely be sharing the rock pools with a large number of people. Please don’t be deterred by the busyness of this beautiful location as the Magpupungko Rock Pools are very large and can accommodate for its popularity.

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My friends and I spent a couple of hours at Magpupungko Siargao and we enjoyed some cliff jumping, swimming through small caves and exploring the surrounding rocky coastline.

Note: If you are planning to do some cliff jumping at Magpupungko, take a pair of waterproof reef shoes or old walking shoes to climb up on to the rock formations as they are very sharp and jagged.

The water in the Magpupungko Rock Pools is up to three meters deep so you won’t have to worry about hitting the bottom when cliff jumping.

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#3 TAYANGBAN CAVE POOLS

Tayangban Cave Pool is one of the best inland experiences I had during my visit to Siargao Island. Be sure to add Tayangban Cave Pools to your Siargao Island Itinerary and discover the unique twin cenotes, bat caves and emerald rock pools on a canyoneering adventure at Tayangban Cave.

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WHERE IS TAYANGBAN CAVE

Tayangban Cave is located in Pilar, a small village in the centre of Siargao Island. To get to Tayangban Cave Pool from the popular Siargao tourist spot, General Luna, it is approximately a 30-minute drive in the same direction as Magpupungko Rock Pools.

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There is a simple hut at the entrance to Tayangban Cave which acts as the ticket office. Tayangban Cave is managed by the property owners who charge a small fee of 70 pesos to explore Tayangban Cave Pool and this includes a must-have guide.

My friends and I left our bags in the hut under the supervision of the Tayangban Cave staff and we followed our guide down the steps to the entrance of the cave.

If you have a dry bag it is possible to take your phone and camera equipment with you,  if you don’t have one be prepared for it to get wet. We decided to just take a GoPro Hero 7 waterproof camera with us to capture our all the fun at Tayangban Cave Pool.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT TAYANGBAN CAVE

We followed our local guide through a tiny crack in the rock and down into the freshwater pools running through the Tayangban Cave. The water was about waist deep and we were aided by our guide who led the way through the darkness with his single torch.

There are anchored ropes and some bamboo structures to help you through some of the deeper sections of the Tayangban Cave Pool. Inside the cave, we could hear the echoing sounds of bats that hung from the ceiling and we spotted ancient stalactites in the shape of ice pinnacles.

After about 15 -minutes canyoneering through the Tayangban Cave, we reached the light at the end of the tunnel which opened up into a unique cenote. Definitely not what I expected to see during my Siargao trip!

Once we reached the end of Tayangban Cave we followed the way through a small canyon to an incredible emerald green rock pool surrounded by vines and lush trees.

There are two cliff jumping spots to choose from at the rock pool, one is from a 2-meter high rock and the second is from the cliff edge which is 5-meters high.

Firstly, check the water is clear first before you jump and secondly, ask your guide where you should aim to land. The depth of the rock pool is 3-4 meters so the chances of hitting the bottom are slim.

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#4 THE BENT PALM TREE SIARGAO

The bent palm tree in Siargao has gone viral on Instagram since it was discovered on the Maasin River in 2017. If you are looking for the ultimate adventure, be sure to add this epic palm tree rope swing to your Siargao Itinerary.

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HOW TO FIND THE BENT PALM TREE SIARGAO

The bent palm tree in Siargao is not hard to find BUT it can be easily missed.

From the popular Siargao tourist spot, General Luna, it is a 17km drive that takes around 30-minutes to get to the Siargao swing.

As soon as you get to the bright red Maasin Bridge stop here and don’t go any further. From the red bridge, you’ll be able to spot the Insta-famous palm tree poking out over the Maasin River Siargao.

The Maasin Secret River runs off the nearby mountains and weaves its way downstream through a small village known as Maasin.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE BENT PALM TREE IN SIARGAO

My friends and I arrived at the coconut swing Siargao at around 7am and we had this epic spot all to ourselves with no other tourists in sight.

A few friendly locals from Maasin village came to greet us and offered us their small wooden boats to go for a paddle up the Maasin River Siargao. So we paid the local man 150 pesos to use his boat for an hour to get some photos of the Siargao river swing.

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My buddy Jake took the bush track located on the right-hand side of the Maasin River to reach the base of the bent palm Siargao and Jade paddled out on the wooden boat.

Jake swung from the bent coconut tree Siargao multiple times while I was standing back on the Maasin Bridge to shoot photos. After many attempts, we managed to get the shot we were after!

The Maasin River beneath the rope swing Siargao is around two meters deep so it’s safe enough to swing and jump without having to worry about hitting the bottom.

During our visit, a group of local kids were showing off their backflips and were overly excited to play with us on the palm tree rope swing in Siargao, which is their everyday playground.

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#5 SIARGAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

The next thing you will want to add to your itinerary in Siargao is a 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.

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WHERE TO BOOK A SIARGAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

The easiest way to book a Siargao Island Hopping tour is to head to the pier in General Luna, Siargao and find a local Filipino who has a boat.

I guarantee before you even have time to park your scooter there will be half a dozen locals calling out to you, offering Siargao island hopping tours. It’s then a matter of choosing your preferred boat driver and bartering a good price.

My friends and I went down to the General Luna pier at around 7am to organise a boat and driver for our Siargao Island Hopping tour.

We picked our guy and bartered the price with him from 1500 pesos down to 1300 pesos, this includes a full-day travelling between Daku Island, Guyam Island and Naked Island. We were a group of three people and split the cost of the Siargao island hopping tour between us.

# NAKED ISLAND

The first stop of the day on the Siargao island hopping tour is Naked Island. The name of this island gives it away, being nothing more than just a tiny naked sandbar in the middle of the ocean with no trees and no other signs of life.

Naked Island is surrounded by a colourful reef with some good snorkelling to be had. Other than walking around the island in a matter of minutes and swimming with the fish, there is not much else to do on Naked Island Siargao but it was a good spot to send my DJI Mavic Pro Drone up in the air to get some aerial shots.

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# DAKU ISLAND

Daku island is the next stop on the Island Hopping Siargao itinerary, just a short 20-minute boat ride from Naked Island.

Our captain beached the boat on the sandbar at Daku Island and my friends and I were quickly off on foot to explore. There is a 100 peso entrance fee per boat when arriving at Daku Island and the man in charge of collecting monies will be sure to make himself known to you.

Exploring Daku Island was one of my best highlights during my visit to Siargao Island, and that’s saying something!

I had so much fun exploring around the island, climbing coconut palms, swimming in turquoise waters and getting some unreal shots on land and in the air.

This island is insanely beautiful and I am still now trying to come to terms with the fact that Daku Island actually exists! You’re definitely going to want to add this island hopping tour into your Siargao Tour Itinerary!

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# GUYAM ISLAND

The last stop on the Siargao Island Hopping tour is Guyam Island. When I think of the words ‘tropical island’ and ‘paradise’, Guyam Island comes to mind.

This tiny little island in the middle of the ocean is covered in a miniature coconut palm tree forest and surrounded by glistening white sand and a shallow, rocky reef. I mean come one – how is this place even real?

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#6 SUGBA LAGOON

A day trip to Sugba Lagoon was one of the top highlights during my two-week visit to Siargao Island which is why I have added it to my Siargao Travel Blog. The Sugba Lagoon is a popular Siargao tourist spot that offers an unforgettable experience at one of the bluest lagoons I have ever seen!

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WHERE IS SUGBA LAGOON SIARGAO & HOW TO GET THERE

Sugba Lagoon Siargao is located on Caob Island, a short 20-minute boat ride from Del Carmen, the main city in Siargao. The drive from General Luna to Del Carmen is approximately 45-minutes.

There are two options to get to Sugba Lagoon from General Luna:

Option #1

In General Luna, you can book a tour via your accommodation or private tour operators to go from General Luna to Sugba Lagoon. This includes return transport from General Luna to Del Carmen and a return boat transfer from the Del Carmen pier to Sugba Lagoon. This option will cost you around 1500 pesos per person.

Option #2

The cheaper option, the way my friends and I went, is to find your own way from General Luna to Del Carmen on a scooter. When you arrive at the Del Carmen pier there is a ticket office with a set price of 1500 pesos for the entrance fee and the boat transfer to Sugba Lagoon. The boat can fit up to 6 passengers, meaning you can split the cost of the boat. My best advice would be to gather some people in General Luna to join you in advance or alternatively, head to the Del Carmen pier and find a group of people with a spare spot on their boat.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SUGBA LAGOON

Sugba Lagoon is open from 8am, Monday to Sunday. My friends and I arrived at 8am sharp and we were the first in line at the Del Carmen pier to purchase our tickets for the boat ride over to Sugba Lagoon.

The longtail boat over to Sugba Lagoon Siargao zig-zags in and out of the mangroves and the journey takes approximately 20-minutes. You’ll know when you have arrived when you see a big sign reading ‘Welcome to Sugba Lagoon’ at the entrance to the cove.

We were the first boat to arrive at Sugba Lagoon and we knew we had to be quick to get some photos jumping off the diving board before the crowds started rolling in.

There is a floating pontoon house in the middle of Sugba Lagoon which is a good place to leave your bags safely and go swimming. We rented a table for 50 pesos and left our bags there while we were off exploring the Sugba Lagoon. The local women working at Sugba Lagoon will keep an eye on your bags so don’t worry.

Jake, Jade and I took turns in throwing ourselves off the diving board into Sugba Lagoon. The diving board is not the only point of interest at Sugba Lagoon, there are also a number of other water activities to try.

You can rent out kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and bamboo rafts for as little as 300 pesos per hour.

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#7 SOHOTON COVE NATIONAL PARK

A day trip to Sohoton National Park in Surigao Del Norte is a must-do day trip on your Siargao Itinerary! On one of the last days we had left in Siargao, my friends and I decided to take a boat to the nearby island of Socorro to visit the natural wonders of Sohoton Cove and it turned out to be the biggest and best adventure we had that week.

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HOW TO GET TO SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK

The easiest way to book a Sohoton Cove Tour is to head to the pier in General Luna, Siargao and find a local Filipino who has a boat. I’ll say this again, before you even have time to park your scooter there will be half a dozen locals calling out to you, offering Siargao island hopping tours. It’s then a matter of choosing your preferred boat driver and bartering a good price.

My friends and I pre-organised a boat and driver the day before heading to Sohoton Island for 4500 pesos. (I recommend you do this also to secure a boat). We had a group of six people to split the cost between us.

The following morning we met our boat driver at the General Luna pier at 6am to make the 2-hour boat journey over to Sohoton National Park.

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As the boat entered Sohoton Cove we cruised through the Titikan Lagoon before docking at the pier at Sohoton Cove National Park. The water was bluer than I had ever imagined – and I mean SERIOUSLY BLUE!!

There is a ticket office upon arrival to the pier at Sohoton National Park where you’ll have to pay for the entrance fee,  safety equipment and additional charges for the smaller boats that will take you on the Sohoton Cave tour.

In total, we each paid an additional 530 pesos which included all of the above-mentioned costs.

If you have a drone camera I would recommend sending it up from this spot. I flew my DJI Mavic Pro Drone as soon as I arrived at the pier at the beginning of our Sohoton Cove Tour and captured some aerial shots of the phenomenal surrounding landscapes.

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE SOHOTON CAVE TOUR

The first stop inside the Sohoton Nation Park is the Hagukan Cave. This cave is insanely epic, to say the least.

To enter the Hagukan Cave we had to jump off the boat and dive down two meters, swim under a rock ledge and then swim up into the cave pool on the other side.

I had to hold my breath for about five to ten seconds and my guide led the way into the cave. Once inside it was quite dark and hard to see but then our guides told us to start splashing around and the water started glowing an electric blue colour.

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The next stop on the Sohoton Cave tour is the Magkukuob Cave. This spot was super cool with a 5-meter diving board as the main attraction.

To get up to the diving board we had to swim through a small entrance, trek our way through the Magkukuob Cave which then emerges through an opening at the top of the cliff. I took some photos of my friends throwing themselves off of the 5-meter cliff jump before joining in on the fun myself.

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The next stop on the Sohoton Cave Siargao Itinerary was the Jellyfish Sanctuary. We were split up into pairs to jump on board a smaller wooden boat with a guide and they paddled us around the corner to the Jellyfish Sanctuary.

When we arrived we jumped into the water and spotted dozens of little orange jellyfish bobbing around in the water. They are safe to touch and they are non-stinging jellyfish.

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We jumped back on board the original boat that we arrived on from Siargao and kindly asked our boat captain to take us to Crystal Cave. 

We cruised across the Titikan Lagoon once again to the opposite side of the bay before tucking into yet another beautiful blue lagoon. Our captain beached the boat at the entrance to the Crystal Cave and we paid a small fee of 100 pesos to enter.

It was so dark inside the Crystal Cave that I didn’t manage to take any decent photos, though I can tell you that it was filled with impressive icicle-shaped stalactites and hundreds of bats.

Before leaving Sohoton National Park to make the journey back to Siargao our captain took us across the lagoon to the Club Tara Resort Diving Board. 

The resort looked abandoned with no other tourists in sight and only a few local Filipino’s hanging out on the deck. Our captain anchored the boat and we swam over to the 5-m diving board, that is attached to the resort, where we spent a good hour or so throwing ourselves over the edge, one by one.

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After the copious amounts of fun we had on the diving board we found a dirt trail that leads behind the resort and over a small ridge to Titikan Lake. It is definitely worth checking out as the hike to the lake only takes 5-minutes and it was the quietest and most peaceful spot we had discovered that day.

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Unfortunately, our Sohoton National Park Tour came to an end and we jumped back on board our boat for the 2-hour journey back to Siargao. On the cruise back, the last rays of sun painted the sky bright orange and I couldn’t have imagined a better ending to a perfect day.

The Sohoton Cove Tour is by far one of the best things to do in Siargao!

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#8 CORREGIDOR ISLAND TOUR

Corregidor Island, also known as Casolian Island, is a dreamy tropical island only 45-minutes by boat from Siargao. Make sure to add the Corregidor tour to your Siargao Itinerary and explore the incredible landscapes and colourful coral reefs that this location has to offer.

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WHERE TO BOOK A CORREGIDOR TOUR

I booked my Corregidor tour with Secret Spot Siargao Hostel. Adi, the owner of the hostel, organisers Corregidor day tours with a private boat and skipper that will take you over to Corregidor Island Philippines for only 1,300 pesos.

This is far cheaper than any other boat company in General Luna. The tour includes a return boat ride to Corregidor Island, entrance fees, a guide, lunch, drinks and good times!

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE CORREGIDOR TOUR

At 10am, my friends and I jumped on our private boat that was waiting on the beach directly in front of the Secret Spot Siargao Hostel. The journey over to Corregidor Island is 45-minutes, passing Naked Island and Hanoyoy Island along the way.

The skipper beached the boat on Corregidor Beach, a glistening white sand coastline complemented by a palm tree forest, turquoise water and a colourful reef. I was in disbelief of how incredibly beautiful this island is before I even stepped foot off the boat.

The first few hours on the Corregidor tour were spent snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, climbing palm trees and enjoying a freshly cooked barbeque lunch and cold beers.

The local residents of Corregidor offer cooking services on the island, so we handed over our food and they prepared a feast for us all. The cost for the cooks is included in the Corregidor tour price.

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After lunch, a hike to the other side of the island is included in the Corregidor tour. My friends and I followed our guide into the palm tree rainforest, passing by the only village on the island.

There were kids playing basketball, teenagers singing karaoke from their homes and elderly people watering their gardens. The beautifully slow pace of life on this island is something else!

We continued past the village to a pebbly beach and followed a trail that leads up a grass hill. At the top was one of the most majestic and interesting landscapes I have ever seen.

Coconut palm trees, rolling hills, long grass, water buffaloes and secluded beaches. I literally felt like I was dreaming… My friends and I were in awe and speechless of what we had discovered.

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#9 PACIFICO BEACH

Pacifico Beach Siargao is a cruisey surf town with white sand beaches, tropical palm trees and A-class surf breaks on the north-eastern tip of Siargao Island. Make the drive away from the popular Siargao tourist spot, General Luna, and enjoy some peace and quiet among the tropical paradise of Pacifico Beach.

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WHERE IS PACIFICO BEACH SIARGAO

Pacifico Beach is located on the north-eastern coastline of Siargao Island. Pacifico Beach is approximately a 1-hour drive from General Luna. Follow the Siargao Circumferential Rd and you won’t get lost.

In my opinion, you don’t want to go directly to Pacifico Beach as there are so many awesome locations worth stopping at along the way. If you leave early enough from General Luna you can make a big adventure day out of it.

See below for an ideal one-day Siargao itinerary of things to see and do on the way to Pacifico Beach:

WHAT TO EXPECT AT PACIFICO BEACH SIARGAO

The village at Pacifico Beach is a sleepy surf town nestled beneath a coconut palm tree rainforest. This small coastal town in Siargao’s north is the perfect spot to surf, eat, sleep and repeat!

Pacifico Beach is one of the best Siargao surf spots on the island. Many surfers flock here to surf the A-class reef breaks just a short paddle out from the shoreline.

There are a small handful of surf breaks at Pacifico Beach Siargao, all within a couple of minutes walk from each other. Take your pick of left-hand or right-hand waves that are best surfed on mid to low tides.

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#10 SECRET BEACH SIARGAO

Secret Beach Siargao, also known as Guiwan Beach, is one of my favourite beaches on Siargao island and a must-see location on your Siargao Itinerary. A short 15-minute drive south of General Luna is this tucked away slice of paradise waiting to be discovered!

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HOW TO FIND 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 where Secret Beach Siargao is.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH SIARGAO (GUIWAN BEACH)

It’s a 10-minute easy trek 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. When there is swell, there are two right-hand point breaks to choose from at Guiwan Beach which is more suited for longboarding.

After a surf, Jake climbed one of the palm trees 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 experiencing an unforgettable sunset over the horizon.

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#11 DOOT BEACH SIARGAO

Doot Beach is one of my favourite chill spots on Siargao island and a must-see spot on your Siargao Itinerary. Doot Beach is one of the least touristy locations in Siargao, surprisingly only a 10-minute drive from General Luna.

Doot Beach Siargao is a 10-minute drive south-east of General Luna. Follow the coastal road right to the end and this is where Doot Beach can be found.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT DOOT BEACH SIARGAO

The drive down to Doot Beach Siargao is a scenic journey down a dirt trail lined with coconut palm trees. When you reach the end of the road you’ll see a sign reading ‘private property.’

We visited Doot Beach with a local Filipino who knew the property owner and said it was completely fine to access Doot Beach Siargao as long as we took all of our rubbish away with us and left only footprints.

My friends and I spent a couple of hours exploring the unique Doot Beach Siargao. Palm trees are dotted around the beach perfect for climbing to the top for a fresh coconut, small boats lay in the bay, relaxing and secluded swimming areas can be found as well as an impressive mangrove forest across the freshwater river.

When we visited Doot Beach Siargao there happened to be a local Filipino taking a dip in the ocean next to his boat. We asked him if he would kindly take us over to the small canals between the mangroves and he happily did so. For a 30-minute boat ride, he only asked for 150 pesos. Bloody bargain if you ask me!

Doot Beach is best visited on high-tide and it is also one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Siargao!

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#12 SUNRISE VIEWPOINT AT THE PALM TREE FOREST

The sunrise viewpoint overlooking the Sea of Palms is a must-see location to add to your Siargao Itinerary. My friends and I stumbled across this incredible viewpoint as we made our way towards the Instafamous Palm Tree Road and the Palm Tree Rope Swing on Siargao Island.

We were stopped in our tracks when we arrived at this insanely beautiful viewpoint to witness an unforgettable sunrise and foggy mist settling in over the Palm Tree Forest.

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WHERE TO FIND THE SUNRISE VIEWPOINT

The Sea of Palms sunrise viewpoint is approximately a 30-minute drive from General Luna in the direction of Pacifico Beach. I guarantee you won’t miss it as you come around a sharp bend on the Siargao Circumferential Rd that opens up to this elevated viewpoint above the coconut palm tree forest.

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#13 PALM TREE ROAD IN SIARGAO

Siargao Island has countless amounts of palm tree-lined roads but there is one road, in particular, that is Instafamous and makes for the ultimate photo.

This spot is best shot with a Mavic Pro Drone Camera to capture the surrounding landscape. Regardless if you have a drone or not, the Palm Tree Road Siargao is still one of the most photogenic locations on the island which is why I have added it to this Siargao Blog.

WHERE TO FIND THE PALM TREE ROAD ON SIARGAO

Palm Tree Road Siargao is located on the Siargao Circumferential Rd, just 30-seconds around the corner from the See Of Palms Viewpoint and approximately 2-minutes before the Siargao Rope Swing.

If you are heading here from General Luna, it is a 30-minute drive.

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#14 NATURAL JACUZZI POOL ON HANOYOY ISLAND

The Natural Jacuzzi Pool on Hanoyoy Island (Jacuzzi Island) is up there with one of my favourite locations to visit on Siargao island!

It is a spot that isn’t very well known but it is equally as awesome as some of the more popular locations on the Siargao Itinerary.

The Natural Jacuzzi pools on Hanoyoy Island are tidal, meaning that they are only accessible on low tide when they are exposed. My friends and I spent a couple of hours sunbaking and swimming in the Natural Jacuzzi Pool on Hanoyoy Island.

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HOW TO GET TO HANOYOY ISLAND

The only way to get to Hanoyoy Island is to walk across the reef from the Siargao mainland on low-tide. The best entrance point to walk across the reef is directly in front of Bayud Boutique Resort, which can be found on Google Maps.

You can also check when low-tide is on Siargao Island before heading over to Hanoyoy Island by Clicking Here.

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#15 SANTA MONICA PIER

Santa Monica Pier is one of the best things to do in Siargao! Head north to watch the sunset at Santa Monica Pier as it is one of few worthy locations that faces west to be able to watch the sun drop behind the horizon overlooking the Dinigat Sound Ocean.

The Santa Monica Pier stretches approximately 500m out off-the Siargao mainland and it’s an awesome spot to send up the Mavic Pro Drone Camera to get some aerial shots.

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WHERE IS SANTA MONICA PIER

Santa Monica Pier is located on the north-west tip of Siargao Island. From General Luna, it is a 50km drive that takes around 1-hour and 15-minutes. If you are heading to Santa Monica Pier from Pacifico Beach it is a short 30-minute drive.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT SIARGAO

The peak tourist season in Siargao is in the dry season which is between the months of March and October. The off-peak season in Siargao is during the wet season which is generally between November and February.

For surfers visiting Siargao Island, the best months for surfing is during the swell season which is August through to November.

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 Siargao 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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I hope this Siargao Itinerary finds you well and if you have any questions at all about Siargao Island please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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8 Comments

  1. Janna
    September 9, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Hi! May i know how much did you spend for the 2week stay in Siargao?

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      September 12, 2019 / 8:27 am

      Hello, I can’t remember exactly but I would budget around $30 a day. Enjoy Siargao!

  2. Jasmine
    September 18, 2019 / 3:38 am

    Just came across your blog as I am visiting Siargao Island next week. This guide is very helpful! the photos and the tips were of great help!

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      September 18, 2019 / 7:06 am

      Hey, that’s awesome! I hope you can get to all the spots, you’re going to love Siargao!

  3. Charlene Maglasang
    September 26, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    I’l be visiting siargao on november. Your blog is very helpful. Thank you for the tips.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      September 29, 2019 / 10:35 am

      Awesome, glad you liked the article! Enjoy Siargao

  4. Sarah Lincoln
    September 30, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Thanks for this blog! Going to Siargao next month and this is super helpful 😀

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      October 4, 2019 / 2:27 pm

      You are most welcome! Enjoy Siargao!

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