PACIFICO SIARGAO - Surfy Vibes in an Unspoilt Local Town
Along the coast of Northern Siargao, amidst lush jungle and meters away from a long, white palm fringed beach, there is Pacifico. A laid back seaside village. Pacifico boasts one of the best professional surfing spots and flaunts the natural beauty of Siargao island through an unspoilt scenery.
Unlike General Luna, Pacifico doesn’t get that much attention since it is rather isolated and is merely catered to tourists. A handful of accommodations, exceptional cafeterias and local eateries and grills serving amazing dishes are what you’ll find.
But for those that want to see the real side of Siargao, be just a few minutes ride away from popular tourist spots and just chill out on deserted beaches under the palms, Pacifico in North Siargao is pure bliss.
Pacifico, Burgos & Alegria | Towns in North Siargao
North Siargao is dotted with little charming seaside towns. Burgos and Alegria are the next 2 towns after Pacifico. Each town has a couple of accommodations, a good local eatery and it was surprising to find there are quite a few exceptional cafes serving healthy and tasty food.
Pacifico Siargao on Map
Surf in Siargao | One of the Best Things To Do in Pacifico
When it comes to the best water sports in the Philippines, the surf in Siargao takes the spot. After all, Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. And boasts the best waves and swells all along the Eastern coast. Up north of Siargao island you will find some great spots to surf. Starting from Pacifico all the way to the Northern tip of Siargao, the East coast offers undisturbed spots to surf.
Surf in North Siargao offers ideal waves and swells for the professional surfer since they are rated as expert waves. Considering this is a less frequented part of Siargao, surfers won’t have the hassle and stress of avoiding other surfers which isn’t the case in the south. The most popular surfing spots in north Siargao are Pacifico, Burgos and on the Northern tip of Siargao there is an unnamed surfing area known as Secret Beach. Surprisingly, Secret Beach seems to be the most popular surf spot in North Siargao. Just to give you an idea of what popular means to North Siargao, there were around 8 surfers on our visit.
Tip: Surf in Siargao is one of the island’s top activities. However, if you’re an amateur surfer stick to the Southern region where there are smaller swells. North Siargao is for the expert surfer.
Here is a quick summary of this blog post:
. How to get to Pacifico in North Siargao
. Accommodation in Pacifico and North Siargao
. Things to do in Pacifico and North Siargao
. Best cafes in North Siargao
. Day trip itinerary to North Siargao
How to get to Pacifico in North Siargao
It should take around 1 hour to drive from General Luna to Pacifico. And the best way to get there would be with your own scooter. Note that once you get out of General Luna, the roads are basically empty so it is quite simple to ride 1 hour up to Pacifico.
If you’re not riding a scooter another option is by habal-habal, tricycle or jeepney. You can find habal-habal (which is a motorcycle taxi) and tricycles in General Luna and should cost around 600 Pesos (€10.44). However, the drivers don’t really want to head so far out of town so you will probably be offered a higher price or declined completely.
Third option is with a jeepney which is a Filipino local bus. Head into Dapa Town, this is where the jeepneys leave or pass from. Ask when is the next trip and keep in mind that the 1 hour travel time will be more due to the jeepney making multiple stops to drop off other passengers and any goods that can be loaded on board.
Tip: At the end of this blog post I have included a list of the best tourist spots en route from General Luna to Pacifico.
Accommodation in Pacifico and North Siargao
Pacifico and North Siargao in General is an undeveloped part of the island. A few accommodations and low key properties are scattered around the Northern region along with a handful of properties by the beach and in unique locations.
Here is a list of the best accommodations in Pacifico and North Siargao. But before I start, I want to tell you where we stayed.
Pacifico Huna Surf: this was where we slept during our 2 night stay in Pacifico. The property is a kind of low key surf resort just a few steps away from Pacifico Beach and the surfing area. Private rooms with own bathroom and shared hostel style rooms are available. Huts are built around a lounge area and there is a small kitchen with fridge where guests can prepare a light meal. Surf boards are available for rental and the friendly locals running the place will be more than happy to help with organizing or suggesting things to do in the area.
Freedom Society: Situated halfway between Pacifico Beach and the town of San Isidro, Freedom Society is a quaint property offering shared or private rooms with an open air bathroom. This is definitely one of the highlights here at Freedom Society. Each bungalow comes with its private little terrace. And on site you will also get a restaurant and bar and guests can stay connected with their available free wifi.
Bamboo Garden Bar & Lodging: If you are travelling in a larger group or with your family, then Bamboo Garden is a great option. This property is located directly on the beach and offers stunning views over the ocean. An onsite bar, restaurant and a beautiful garden surround the beach houses. And to have a front porch facing the ocean and sun rising in the distance is definitely one of this property’s best features.
La Cabane Tangbo: La Cabane Tangbo is located in a remote area of Santa Monica on the Northern tip of Siargao. Hidden away in a tropical landscape, a coconut plantation and looking onto rice-fields, you will get total privacy in a beautiful setting. The hosts of the place are a family of surfers which can help in pointing out their favourite surf spots. Guest at La Cabane can enjoy the lounge area and chill out on a hammock overlooking rice fields.
Jungle Garden Siargao: Standing alone at the top of a hill there is Jungle Garden Siargao. Conveniently located in a town named Burgos, guests will be right in the middle of Pacifico and Alegria beach further North. The options here are 1 bedroom huts built in an eco friendly way that blends in with the surrounding landscape. Yet again, guests won’t need to go too far for a healthy snack or meal. An onsite cafe is another great place where to eat while in North Siargao.
Tip: Most of these accommodations do not provide internet access so you might want to get mobile data.
Best Cafes in North Siargao
Although Northern Siargao is rather isolated, you will be surprised to find a handful of cafes. But not just any cafe. We found them to be excellent and some of the best we came across in all of Siargao. Here is a list of the cafes in North Siargao, there may be a few more but these are the ones we visited.
La Cabane (Sta. Monica): the owners of this place are surfers themselves, kids and all the family. La Cabane is set amidst a coconut plantation and from the cafes garden you will be looking onto a beautiful rice field. They serve excellent coffees and shakes and we tried their vegan cakes and biscuits which were pretty amazing. I have listed this place as an accommodation option too.
Lokal (Burgos): the concept is simple, they serve great drinks, snacks and light vegan meals and that’s about it. Everything is freshly baked, grilled or served fresh and reasonably priced. Lokal is the go to cafe in North Siargao.
Jungle Cafe (Burgos): we came to jungle cafe on our last day in North Siargao. We had a long ride back down to General Luna so opted for their big surfers breakfast. Scrambled eggs, fried tomatoes, hummus, bread and a tasty yogurt. This place is also listed as an accommodation option.
Things to do in Pacifico & North Siargao
Things to do in Pacifico itself are limited to the beach, surfing and hanging out at the local cafe. But since you will be already in this remote part of Siargao, a 20 minute ride will get you to pretty much all the tourist spots.
Things To Do in Pacifico & North Siargao on Map
* Things To Do in Pacifico and the rest of North Siargao are marked in red.
** Things To Do en route to Pacifico are marked in yellow.
*** Cafes / Eateries in North Siargao are marked in green.
Magpupungko Rock Pool
Magpupungko is a natural rock pool on the east coast of Siargao. The pool comes to be when the tide drifts out leaving this big hole in the seabed exposed. Therefore, during high tide all you’ll see is the ocean. But come low tide and you will be rewarded with a natural pool so clear and so blue you won’t believe your eyes. So just keep in mind that you will need to know the tidal times to see this tourist spot. Surfers will definitely know what time the tide will be out.
I am not going to say much about this activity in Siargao since during our time on the island, Magpupungko rock pools was closed. The closure came due to Magpupungko being the island’s favourite tourist spot with crowds flocking over each day. To preserve the natural landscape authorities shut the place down for a week or 2. I will update this post when we personally visit Magpupungko rock pools.
Pacifico beach is just a stone throw away from the town. In fact, most accommodation and restaurants are right by the bay area. Or directly on the beach sheltered with leafy palms. Pacifico is a long stretch of white sand sloping into the ocean. The beach is mostly known as one of the surf areas in Siargao. However, if you’re not into surf, you can definitely take a dip in the calm waters close to shore. Pacifico beach is lined with leafy green palm trees and coconut trees. This makes it ideal to hang out sheltered from the exotic heat of the sun.
Tak Tak Falls
There is just one waterfall on Siargao named Tak Tak Falls. If you’re in Pacifico it takes 25 minutes cruising along North Siargao’s coast. Once you’ve reached the tip of Siargao and cruising back down, look out for sign indicating the way. If you use Google.Maps the point is almost correct. Just keep an eye out for the signs. Once you reach the entry point you can leave your scooter in the parking and walk around 5 minutes.
We arrived at Tak Tak Falls and there was no one around. Just the lady at the booth and a couple of locals maintaining the area. Tak Tak isn’t the most amazing waterfall but still makes for a great activity. Making its way down the rock face, the fall drops into a large pool below. This is enough to compensate for the “not so amazing fall”. And speaking to the maintenance guys we found that it’s possible to climb up and cliff jump. We didn’t try this so can’t really say if it’s that safe.
Little Hawaii (Burgos)
Past Pacifico the next town is Burgos. At some point you most likely find out that Burgos is known as the Little Hawaii of Siargao. And if you head off the main road and make your way further inland, you will realize what is the reason behind Burgos’ similarity with Hawaii. Right behind Burgos town there is an unbelievable landscape surrounded in coconut plantations. It is mostly farmland. The trail starts off to be hidden away in a tropical landscape only to open up revealing a plateau of rice fields. If you want to get the best out of this activity try getting here for sunrise. I can tell you that you won’t regret getting up early for such a beautiful scenery.
See the fireflies just off the main area of Pacifico
North Siargao is undeveloped and undisturbed by light pollution. Head a few hundred meters out of town and the only light will be the moon and stars. This is where you will come across one of the most magical experiences. Loads of little yellow lights just floating around you. For the first time in our life we saw the fireflies. We came across this scene while we were on our way back from Alegria Beach which got us truly by surprise. We stopped our scooter and just wandered around in darkness while these little insects flickered the little yellow lights.
The Lighthouse in Pacifico
If you cruise out of Pacifico heading north and look through openings in the coconut plantation, you will see a tall, white lighthouse to your right. We saw this structure peeping out over the trees and thought it must offer an incredible view. In fact views are amazing and the swells in the ocean are huge which makes it that more exciting.
However, this ocean front tower was under construction / maintenance and entry was closed. We managed to get close enough by passing through the plantation, cutting through bushes and watching out for any potential falling coconuts. For us getting close to the lighthouse was a fun little adventure. In the future we think that it will be much easier to reach the lighthouse and enjoy the views considering the current construction works.
Secret Beach in North Siargao
Ironically, Secret Beach isn’t really that much of a secret. Surfers all know the place, locals will mention it and kids hang out on this long stretch of sand. However, Secret Beach isn’t marked on Google.Maps and there is no signs that lead to it. So in a way it can be classified as “secret”. Access to the beach is very similar to Secret Beach in the south of Siargao. You will need to make your way through a coconut tree forest and finally you’ll be on this laid back beach. I would say the wave size at Secret Beach is small to medium. However, don’t count on me, I’m no surfoligist if you know what I mean.
I can’t say Danjug Cave is the best tourist spot in Siargao. But if you’re in the area you could stop by. Danjug Cave is said to have been a hideout for pirates. And inside still remain relics and numerous objects linked to these supposed pirates. Although the pirate story may be true, I have my doubts the relics are that old.
Upon entry there is a fee of 100 Pesos (€ 1.74) per person. A guide is assigned and will walk you through a cave and explain where these relics came from. In 5 minutes this part will be over and off to a viewpoint. A good enough vantage point to see your surrounding but not that spectacular. The guide will next show you a few small turtles closed off in a small cave and the tour is over. On the way out there is a garden with tropical plants and flowers and Bonsai trees. This must have been the highlight of the whole tour. And outside is a small beach where we hung out for some time and had a go at climbing a coconut tree.
On the Northern tip of Siargao island there is a sandy beach along calm clear waters. This is one of the few beaches on the island perfect for swimming. After a day exploring North Siargao, visiting Tak Tak Falls and discovering secret beach, this was a great place to chill out. We actually came here to grab something to eat from one of the beach restaurants. Myself and Jacqueline had no idea that we would find such an amazing beach. Check out Alegria beach while in North Siargao, you could easily spend a few hours chilling out under the trees, eating and swimming in the clear water.
Day Trip Itinerary to North Siargao
All the way along your journey to North Siargao there are some of the island’s most popular tourist spots. If you wake up early enough, you can make a full adventure day out of your trip. And the way in which these tourist spots are located all make sense. You will see why in this summary of potential places to visit on your trip.
Coconut Trees View Deck Siargao: this is an incredible viewpoint around 25 minutes out of General Luna town. The view looks over a never ending coconut plantation, mountains and jungle. From here you get a perspective of why some people call Siargao the land of coconuts. Get here early for those dreamy warm colors in your photograph. Around 10 minutes would be enough here.
The Maasin River/Palm Tree Swing Siargao: just around the corner from your first stop is an Instagram favourite. The swing tied to a wonky palm tree hanging over the Maasin River. Once you reach the red steel bridge park your bike and walk along the river. You should spot the bent palm tree while you’re on the bridge. It is quite fun to drop into the Maasin river from this swing. But I would say 1 hour is enough time to enjoy the place.
Tayangban Cave Pool: 6 km away is the next tourist spot. This activity is a river that makes its way through a cave. Some parts are actually deep enough to swim, so change to your swim wear. And if you cross the street there is a turquoise pool surrounded with cliffs, vines and trees. You should spend around 1 1/2 to 2 hours tops here.
Magpupungko Rock Pool: heading to the next activity of the day you will cruise along a tropical scenery for around 20 minutes. Magpupungko is a tidal pool which means it is created by the tide. Therefore, it may be impossible to see this natural wonder depending if the tide is high or low. A crystal clear blue pool is created when the tide is swept out leaving these holes full of water. So if it happens that it is high tide, unfortunately it won’t make sense visiting. You will reach Pacifico within another 15 minutes ride. Pacifico is relatively close to Magpupungko so you could easily come back at the right time on the following day.
Things To Do South of Siargao
➳ If you also plan to stay for some days in General Luna, south of Siargao, you should put these spots on your things to do list.
Camiguin Island After Siargao?
➳ After Siargao we hopped to Camiguin, a smaller Filippino island. Camiguin is not so popular with western tourists and is the perfect balance between relaxation and fun packed days. But if you’re interested to know more on Camiguin, we have a series of travel guides which include all the information you might need.