THE INCREDIBLE SUGBA LAGOON IN SIARGAO!
Sugba Lagoon is one of the top places to visit during your adventures in Siargao. Sugba Lagoon is a popular Siargao tourist spot that offers an unforgettable experience at one of the bluest lagoons you’ve ever seen!
I have put together this complete guide of Sugba Lagoon including where to find it, how much its costs and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS SUGBA LAGOON SIARGAO
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.
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.
Sugba Lagoon Siargao
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SUGBA LAGOON
The Sugba Lagoon 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 famous Sugba Lagoon diving board before the crowds started rolling in.
There is a floating pontoon house in the middle of Sugba Lagoon which is a base to leave your bags safely and go swimming. The local women working at Sugba Lagoon will keep an eye on your bags so there is no need to worry.
We rented a table for 50 pesos and set down our belongings while we were off exploring the Sugba Lagoon.
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Diving into Sugba Lagoon Siargao Island
Tandem jumping at Sugba Lagoon
Drone shot of Sugba Lagoon
SUGBA LAGOON – CONTINUED
My friends and I took turns in throwing ourselves off the diving board into Sugba Lagoon. More boats started to arrive and suddenly there was a queue for the diving board.
However, the diving board is not the only point of interest at Sugba Lagoon, there are still 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.
As the floating house can only accommodate 100 or so people at a time, there is a 3-hour time limit to spend at Sugba Lagoon. This is to allow for groups of people arriving and departing throughout the day.
There is no food or water available to buy at Sugba Lagoon so make sure to pack a lunch before heading over from Siargao.
Bamboo raft at Sugba Lagoon Siargao
Drone shot of Sugba Lagoon
The floating house at Sugba Lagoon Siargao
SUGBA LAGOON TO KAWHAGAN ISLAND
Our boat returned to pick us up from the floating pier at Sugba Lagoon and we jumped back on board.
The boat journey from Sugba Lagoon to Kawhagan Island takes around 20-minutes and our captain beached the boat on the sandbar on arrival. We had this spot to ourselves for an hour or so before some other groups arrived at Kawhagan Island for lunch.
The glistening white sandbar on Kawhagan Island 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 Suba Lagoon tour is Pamomoan Island which was newly opened to the public (October 2019) and ultimately it’s 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.
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Kawhagan Island – Sugba Lagoon Tour
Wooden hut on Kawhagan island
Kawhagan Island – Sugba Lagoon Tour
WHERE TO STAY NEAR SUGBA LAGOON
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 near Sugba Lagoon 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 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.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY NEAR SUGBA LAGOON, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
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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AIRBNB NEAR SUGBA LAGOON
Another option for accommodation near Sugba Lagoon is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Siargao Island.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SUGBA LAGOON
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 SUGBA LAGOON
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