Siargao, land of white beaches, rolling waves, glorious islands, docile cows, luscious rice paddies and tropical fish.
But which beach is best to visit? Outside General Luna and Cloud 9 most beaches are very quiet and undisturbed by tourists. You’ll need your own transport to get to these but you’ll be rewarded for sure!
Which beach should you visit?
Alegria beach is in the far north of the island. There are almost no waves and a section of the water is cordoned oﬀ for swimmers. Alegria is very calm and clear and whilst there isn’t a huge amount to see, the water is perfect for increasing confidence and relaxing with no real intent. This is very much a local beach and there are lots of local kids who might want to practice their English with you. Parking slightly further down from the hotel.
Paciﬁco beach is long and calm and at low tide it sports loads of hot, rock pools. The surf break sits quite far out so snorkellers are in no danger being hit. Deeper out are thick sea plants which hide slightly larger ﬁsh. Parking on the verge of the road.
Burgos beach is hidden by a palm forest but ﬁnd a path through and you’ll be rewarded. Parking is on the road.
Cloud 9 has a number of beach areas. The first is underneath the boardwalk area however closer to Ocean 101 restaurant there are low tide, rock pools heaving with baby ﬁsh. These pools are as hot as a bath at low tide.
Union beach is a local beach attached to the small village of Union. The beach is full of coral so I advise that you wear beach shoes. The water is clear and relatively calm.
Malinao beach is close to General Luna and overlooks the islands. The water is quite deep but usually calm and there are lots of starﬁsh, sea slugs, crabs and more to see.
Magpupunko rock pools house a huge array of marine life from ﬁsh to eels and more although they’re only accessible at low tide. I don’t advise swimming here at high tide because the currents are strong. The beach around the rock pools is long so even if you arrive at high tide, there’s something to do. There are also a number of shop and restaurant stalls to buy food and drink
If you drive, you will need to pay for parking (20 pesos) as well as entrance which is 50 pesos each.
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