Just outside of the popular streets and surfing bays in General Luna there is a white sand beach dotted with all sorts of palm trees right next to a crystal clear small coast.
When you first set foot on this beach you will feel as if you’re on some remote tropical paradise.
The name of this place is Doot Beach and is still kind of a secret.
Doot beach is Siargao’s best beach if you’re looking for somewhere not for surfing.
Where is Doot Beach on Siargao
Doot beach is at the end of a gravel road along the coast further down from General Luna, the main tourist area of Siargao.
The ride takes roughly 10 minutes from General Luna.
If you ride along the coast you will come to a dead end and see a beach closed off with a bamboo fence.
Inside is Doot Beach.
At the side of the road is the parking area and is where you should park your bike.
Doot Beach on Map
The green points on map are other tourist spots located close to Doot beach.
- Cloud 9 surfing area (located north of General Luna)
- The ‘Secret’ Lagoon
- The scenic Secret Beach
- Sunset in Dapa
Other Things To Do on Siargao
Island Hopping Tour
We highly recommend adding this Siargao island hopping tour to your itinerary. It only takes a short boat trip to reach beautiful islands near Siargao.
Siargao Land Tour
This land tour is an epic day of adventure along Siargao’s coconut roads stopping at Sugba Lagoon and other on land tourist spots.
More things to do on Siargao island?
Our Experience at Doot Beach
It took us three attempts to finally reach Doot Beach.
We had only heard good things of this place and how our friends would spend whole afternoons and stay until sunset.
However, our friends gave us some kind of indication but for them the name of this place was Secret Beach. I guess they didn’t see much tourists and thought it must be a secret place.
However, Siargao does have its own Secret Beach which is located further to the west from Doot Beach.
But this so-called Secret Beach unlike Doot Beach is not so much secret.
We did come once and were ever so close. But when we saw the bamboo fence and some workers inside, thought it was a construction site. Another time we ended up on the opposite side of the bay but we couldn’t cross over.
On our third attempt we succeeded.
After all Doot beach isn’t that hard to find and on Google.Maps the point is actually correct.
Enjoy a refreshing dip & Relax under the shade
We had only seen the beach from the opposite side on our second attempt.
But when we were actually standing under the shady coconut trees with our feet sinking into the soft white sand, we pictured exactly what our friends had told us.
And knew why they really loved Doot Beach for it is simply amazing and somewhere to chill out and relax.
And in fact once at Doot Beach we stayed for the whole afternoon.
Early afternoon the sea was low tide so we had a brief nap under the shade of coconut trees.
Before settling under coconut trees make sure there’s no coconuts hanging above your head. You don’t want to get hit by a falling coconut.
Later our friends joined and we all cooled off in the now shallow refreshing sea.
The sea is shallow even at high tide and perfect for a dip.
Doot Beach is a favourite place with Filipinos. But tourists don’t often come here.
And you can expect to find a guy selling cold beer out of a styrofoam cooler, someone selling sort of crunchy pita. And even rent a hammock to hang between two coconut trees to relax to the sound of the ocean and rustling of the palm leaves right over your head.
From Doot Beach you can take a small boat along the scenic mangrove to the Secret Lagoon. All about the Secret Lagoon in this guide.
The boat trip costs 150 PHP ($3.12).
Best Area to Stay in Siargao
Siargao is straightforward when it comes to deciding where to stay.
There is one main tourist area and is in the Southern part of Siargao.
Siargao’s popular tourist area is General Luna and is the best place to stay if you want loads of cool cafeterias, restaurants, hip bars and accommodation to suit different budgets.
These are our top picks for where to stay in General Luna.
SINAG HOSTEL: The location, ambience and most importantly the hosts have all contributed to making this one of the best hostels around. Guests have the facility of a kitchenette and can chill out and get to know other travelers in the lounge area. This property offers double or quadruple rooms and bunk beds.
BULAN VILLAS SIARGAO: This resort offers accommodation in the form of wooden Asian style villas surrounding a pool and garden. Guest can enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, an onsite bar and restaurant. Beside the villas, this property offers standard rooms, ideal for those on a budget but want to base themselves in a luxurious resort.
MANGO TREES SIARGAO: A great choice for couples, families or groups since each unit can accommodate a minimum of 4 people and up to 8. With an outdoor infinity pool, barbecue area, lounge and garden you can enjoy and take full advantage of the facilities at this stunning property. And don’t worry about preparing your breakfasts, the hosts offer an a la carte breakfast each day.
General Luna is big so we have broken down this town into different areas and provided lodging recommendations for each.
However, if you’re looking for somewhere less popular, I suggest going to North Siargao in a seaside town named Pacifico.
Pacifico is one of Siargao’s up and coming tourist areas. There are just a handful of restaurants, cafeterias and accommodation. But has great surfing spots that aren’t that crowded and offers the laid back island vibe that tropical islands tend to offer.
No matter which of these two areas you choose to stay in, you will still need to get out of town to reach Siargao’s tourist spots.
Our accommodation was mostly in General Luna and spent the last 2 nights in Pacifico. In our opinion, that was the best way to explore North Siargao.
How to get Around Siargao
One way to get yourself to Siargao’s best corners and tourist spots is with a scooter.
Roads are good throughout the island.
In General Luna there are loads of motorbike rental shops and prices start at around 500 PHP ($10.41) per day. And the longer you keep it, the less the price per day.
However, we found the best prices in Dapa and paid 275 PHP ($5.72) per day for 7 days.
Dapa is where the ferry terminal is located. When you arrive on Siargao, walk out of the ferry terminal and on your right you’ll see a big sign for scooter rental.
An alternative for those who aren’t comfortable riding a scooter is to rent a tricycle with driver. This is the more expensive option and will cost 2000 PHP ($41.63) for the day.
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