THE ULTIMATE SIARGAO ITINERARY!
Siargao Island was recently awarded for being the BEST island in the world (2018/2019) and since then it has 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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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 to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
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 Siargao itinerary. 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 is an incredible place to consider for your Siargao itinerary. 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 on a budget during their Siargao itinerary.
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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#1 CLOUD 9 SIARGAO
Cloud 9 Siargao is rated as the best surf break in the Philippines and it is one of my favorite 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.
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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Cloud 9 – Siargao Itinerary
Cloud 9 surf break – Things to do in Siargao
Cloud 9 Pier – Itinerary for Siargao
#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
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.
Be sure to time your visit to Magpupungko correctly or you will be disappointed. To check the Magpupungko tide times in advance Click Here.
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.
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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Magpupungko Rock Pools – Siargao Itinerary
Magpupungko Rockpools – Siargao Blog
SIARGAO ISLAND ITINERARY
#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 itinerary and discover the unique twin cenotes, bat caves and emerald rock pools on a canyoneering adventure at Tayangban Cave.
WHERE IS TAYANGBAN CAVE
Tayangban Cave is located in Pilar, a small village in the center 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.
ARRIVING AT TAYANGBAN CAVE POOL
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 100 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 waterproof camera with us to capture 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 itinerary!
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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Tayangban Cave Pools – Siargao Itinerary
Tayangban Cave Pool – Itinerary of Siargao
#4 PALM TREE SWING IN SIARGAO
The palm tree swing 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.
HOW TO FIND THE BENT PALM TREE SIARGAO
The bent palm tree swing 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 Maasin bridge, you’ll be able to spot the Insta-famous palm tree poking out over the Maasin River Siargao.
The Maasin Secret River is fed from the nearby mountains and weaves its way downstream through a small village known as Maasin.
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The bent palm tree – Siargao Itinerary
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.
My buddy Jake took the trail along the right-hand side of the Maasin River to reach the base of the bent palm Siargao while Jade paddled out in 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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Palm tree rope swing – Siargao Travel Itinerary
Maasin River – Siargao Island Itinerary
#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.
WHERE TO BOOK A SIARGAO ISLAND HOPPING TOUR
I personally booked my Siargao Island Hopping Tour online in advance with Klook.
This particular tour is the most top-rated Siargao Island Hopping Tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
The tour includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat between Daku Island, Guyam Island and Naked Island. All this for less than $30 USD.
# 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 colorful reef with some good snorkeling 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.
Naked Island – Where to go in Siargao
Naked Island – Siargao Itinerary
# 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.
Exploring Daku Island was one of my most memorable 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 with my drone.
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 adventure into your Siargao Tour Itinerary!
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Daku Island – Siargao Travel Guide
Eye on the prize – Siargao Itinerary
Exploring Daku Island – Itinerary for Siargao
# GUYAM ISLAND
The last stop on the Siargao itinerary 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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Guyam Island – Siargao itinerary
Guyam Island – To do in Siargao
#6 SUGBA LAGOON
A day trip to Sugba Lagoon was one of the best adventures I had during my two-week Siargao itinerary 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!
WHERE TO BOOK A SUGBA LAGOON TOUR
The easiest way to book a Sugba Lagoon Tour is online in advance with Klook.
This particular tour is the most top-rated Sugba Lagoon Tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
The tour includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island and Pamomoan Island. All this for less than $20 USD.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SUGBA LAGOON
The tour includes a hotel pick-up in General Luna to make the 45-minute drive to the Del Carmen Pier.
From here you will jump in a longtail boat over to Sugba Lagoon which 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 paddleboards and bamboo rafts for as little as 300 pesos per hour.
Continuing on from Sugba Lagoon to Kawhagan Island, the trip takes around 20-minutes and our captain beached the boat on the sandbar on arrival. We had the entire sandbar to ourselves for a while before some other groups arrived at Kawhagan Island for lunch.
The glistening white sandbar is completely exposed on low-tide and there is a small wooden hut to hang out in. There is also a small local restaurant on Kawhagan Island selling traditional Filipino dishes such as pork adobo and grilled fish with rice for as little as 350 pesos. Drinks and snacks are also available for purchase.
The last stop of the tour is Pamomoan Island which was newly opened to the public (October 2019) and ultimately it is one of Siargao’s best-kept beaches. Spend some time here enjoying the unspoiled sandy shores and azure waters before making the journey back to General Luna before dusk.
Full Blog Post ∼ Sugba Lagoon
Sugba Lagoon – Siargao Itinerary
Sugba Lagoon – Itinerary in Siargao
Kawhagan Island – Siargao Itinerary
Kawhagan Island sandbar
#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.
WHERE TO BOOK A SOHOTON COVE TOUR
The easiest way to book a Sohoton Cove Tour is online in advance with Klook.
This particular tour is the most top-rated Sohoton Cove Tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
The tour includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Sohoton Cove, Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island. All this for less than $45 USD.
ARRIVING AT SOHOTON COVE NATIONAL PARK
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!!
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.
Sohoton Cove – Siargao Island Itinerary
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 color.
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Hagukan Cave – Things to do in Siargao
The next stop on the Sohoton Cave tour during your Siargao itinerary 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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Makukuob Cave & Diving Board – Siargao Tour Itinerary
The next stop on the Sohoton Cove itinerary is 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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Jellyfish Sanctuary – Siargao Tourist Spots
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.
Club Tara Diving Board – Siargao Itinerary
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.
The Sohoton Cove Tour is by far one of the best things to do in Siargao!
Note: Crystal Cave, Club Tara Diving Board & Titikan Lake are not included in the Sohoton Cove Tour operated by Klook. If you wish to visit these add-on locations you will have to organise a private tour to Sohoton Cove at one of the tour desks in General Luna.
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Titikan Lake – Siargao Travel Blog
Sohoton National Park – Siargao Itinerary
#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 colorful coral reefs that this location has to offer.
WHERE TO BOOK A CORREGIDOR TOUR
I booked my Corregidor tour with Secret Spot Siargao Hostel. Adi, the owner of the hostel, organises Corregidor day tours with a private boat and skipper that will take you over to Corregidor Island Philippines for around 1500 pesos.
The tour includes a return boat ride to Corregidor Island, entrance fees, a guide, lunch, drinks and good times!
Alternatively, you can book a Corregidor Island Tour online in advance with Klook which includes a full day of island-hopping to Corregidor Island, Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island. All of this for less than $40 USD.
Corregidor Island – Siargao Itinerary
MY EXPERIENCE 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 colorful 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 snorkeling in the azure 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.
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After lunch, we hiked to the other side of the island, passing by a palm tree rainforest and a small village in the center of 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 spectacular landscapes I have ever seen.
Coconut palm trees, rolling hills, long grass, herds of water buffaloes and secluded beaches. I literally felt like I was dreaming… My friends and I were in awe and speechless about what laid in front of our eyes!
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Corregidor Island – Siargao Itinerary
Casolian Island – Siargao Blog
Basketball with the locals – Siargao Itinerary
#9 PACIFICO BEACH
Pacifico Beach Siargao is a cruisey surf town with white sand beaches, tropical palm trees and world-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.
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:
- Sunrise Palm Tree Viewpoint
- Palm Tree Road Siargao
- Palm Tree Swing Siargao
- Tayangban Cave Pool
- Magpupungko Rock Pools
- Pacifico Beach
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PACIFICO BEACH SIARGAO
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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Pacifico Beach – What to do in Siargao
Pacifico Beach – Siargao Itinerary
Pacifico Beach – Where to go in Siargao
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#10 SECRET BEACH SIARGAO
Secret Beach Siargao, also known as Guiwan Beach, is one of my favorite 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!
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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Secret Beach – Siargao Itinerary
Sunset at Secret Beach Siargao – What to do in Siargao
Arriving at Secret Beach – Things to do in Siargao
#11 DOOT BEACH SIARGAO
Doot Beach is one of my favorite 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.
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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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Doot Beach – Siargao Travel Guide
Drone shot near Doot Beach – Siargao Itinerary
SIARGAO TRAVEL ITINERARY
#12 SUNRISE PALM TREE VIEWPOINT
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 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.
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.
Sunrise Viewpoint – What to do in Siargao
Sea Of Palms Viewpoint – Siargao Itinerary
#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 Tree Swing.
If you are heading here from General Luna, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive.
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Palm Tree Road – Siargao Itinerary
Palm tree road Siargao – To Do Siargao
#14 NATURAL JACUZZI POOL ON HANOYOY ISLAND
The Natural Jacuzzi Pool on Hanoyoy Island (Jacuzzi Island) is up there with one of my favorite 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 this 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.
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.
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Natural Jacuzzi Pool – Siargao Itinerary
Hanoyoy Island – Siargao Tour
#15 SANTA MONICA PIER
Last but not least on this Siargao itinerary is Santa Monica Pier which is one of the best places to see in Siargao! Head north-west from General Luna 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.
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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Santa Monica Pier – Siargao Tour Itinerary
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.
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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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SIARGAO TRANSPORTATION – GETTING AROUND
The best way to get around the island during your Siargao itinerary 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 the time you plan to spend 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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MORE PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDES
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SIARGAO
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF SIARGAO ITINERARY
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.