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Strike a Pose at the Most Instagrammable Places in Siargao

by Bea Carmela

Siargao is our country’s most talked about gem of an island in recent years, and for good reason.

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There is something in the hum of the place that brings people a sense of openness and community. And with the beautiful island's bounty of stunning natural attractions to explore, you've probably had a few of them pop up on your feed. Here are some of Siargao's most Instagrammed spots, with a caveat: these photos don't do them justice!

1. Sugba Lagoon

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If you’ve seen that photo of your friends in Siargao jumping off a plank-like diving board into the bluest water ever, you’re looking at Sugba Lagoon. It’s a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding because of the still waters and the two-story structure that houses the diving board. You can get there either by yourself with packed lunch in tow, or by going with a tour group that will also prepare a lunch buffet for your crew at ₱1500 a head (which also covers the ₱100 entrance, travel, and usually equipment).

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Sugba Lagoon
Del Carmen
(0936) 540 5103
siargaoislandph@gmail.com
Open daily, 8 AM - 4 PM

2. Magpupungko Rock Pools

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Easily one of the most photographed spots in Siargao, the Magpupungko Rock Pools are fascinating for their aquamarine colors and clear, still waters collected in rock formations that create natural pools of sea water. The stunning formations are sharp, however, so we recommend exploring them with water shoes, sandals, or slippers on (if your slippers have a strap on the back, all the better). It’s a long way from the general tourist area of General Luna, so you’ll either have to rent a van service or motorbike (₱300-500 a day).

Magpupungko Rock Pools
Pilar
(0936) 446 8767

3. Guyam Island

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Guyam Island is a beautiful, small, privately owned island that is often part of island-hopping packages that go for around ₱1000-2000 per head, including lunch as well as trips to Naked Island and Daku Island (though Guyam stands out as a favorite). It costs ₱10 per head to hang out for the day, but that is usually covered by your tour operator of choice. The private island is ideal for snorkeling because of the interesting coral formations and clear waters that surround it, but it also makes for a great location to watch the sunset while enjoying some cold ones (that you’ve brought yourselves in a cooler; just ask your tour guide).

4. Sohoton Cove

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On one of the lesser tread paths in Siargao is Bucas Grande, also known as the Sohoton Cove National Park, technically found in the town of Socorro but reachable from Siargao if you’re already in the area by ferry (only ₱100). There, you can go spelunking in the Bolitas Caves, cliff-diving, swimming amongst stingless jellyfish (around April-June only), see waterfalls, and so much more. And of course, there’s Sohoton Cove itself via boat with its maze of limestone islets. With so much to do there, your best bet is to book a tour for ₱500-2000 depending on the size of your group.

Sohoton Cove
(0929) 125 0809
info@sohotoncove.ph

5. Cloud 9

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Cloud 9 is the internationally acclaimed surf spot serious surfers have been traveling from all over the world to visit for over a decade, well before Siargao was even on our radars. That also makes it not necessarily beginner-friendly, especially during competition season. But when the waves are more easygoing, you can meet up with an instructor (we suggest hitting up Surfista as a reliable surf school, though you can also ask one of the many instructors hanging around the area if you’re feeling brave enough) and hit their picturesque two-storey boardwalk (only ₱50 entrance) to reach the waves. The natural high you'll feel will be unlike any other!

Cloud 9
General Luna

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About Bea
Bea Carmela is a healthy-ish writer who enjoys traveling to dive, hike, and do yoga.

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