Taktak Falls is the only waterfall on Siargao island in the Philippines and is located around 1 1/2 hours ride North from General Luna.
You will need your own wheels for the journey. Though there are tours that include Taktak Falls in their daily itinerary.
Plan to spend a whole day exploring and cruising along streets full of palm trees and exotic beaches.
On your way to North Siargao, you are bound to pass by a few other amazing tourist spots.
And while you cruise the countryside, an ever-changing scene of tropical jungle, rice fields and ocean will make this epic ride amazing.
How to Get to Taktak Falls
One way to get around the island is with your own wheels. And since most of Siargao is undeveloped, you will find it straight forward to navigate around.
You can rent a scooter in General Luna. Prices start at around 500 Pesos (9.65$) and you can negotiate your way for a discount if you’ll renting it for longer than a day.
But if you want a reasonable price, I suggest you get out of town and head towards the port. We rented our scooter right after we got off the ferry in Dapa at 275 Pesos (5.31$) per day.
You may also want to check at a tour agency and see what daily activities they offer. I know that I saw Taktak Falls advertised. However, not all companies will include the fall in their itinerary.
Taktak Falls is on the Northern tip of Siargao. To drive there it should take around 1.5 hours but don’t worry. The scene and different landscapes are amazing.
Google.Maps will get you right in front of the street that leads to Taktak. You can then drive your bike into the parking area.
Things To Do En route to Taktak Falls
If you’re getting to Taktak Falls from General Luna, these tourist spots are on the way.
- Coconut Trees View Deck
- The Bent Palm Tree Swing
- Tayangban Cave & Pool opposite
- Magpupungko Rock Pools
- Pacifico Beach
- Alegria Beach
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?
Taktak Falls Entrance Fee
Just before you reach Taktak Falls, you will see a sign that will lead you in the right direction. You will need to make a turn off the main road. And a few metres ahead you will see a barrier and a lady taking care of the tickets.
The entrance fee is 25 Pesos (0.48$). And on the way in there is a shack with a variety a packed snacks.
Taktak Falls Siargao
Instead of driving up to Taktak Falls and heading back down to General Luna, we spent 2 nights in a laid back seaside village in the North.
The name of this place is Pacifico. And although it is rather isolated, it is increasingly becoming an alternative to General Luna.
We were already in North Siargao, so we didn’t really need to get up super early to be in time for sunrise.
The cruise along a palm fringed coast, isolated villages and surfing spots took just over 20 minutes.
The fall is located at the end of a street just off Siargao’s Circumferential Road. And there is lots of parking inside.
No cars or other vehicles were around when we arrived.
From the parking area it takes about 5 minutes to walk right in front of Taktak Waterfall.
The only people were a maintenance crew that take really good care of the place. One guy even scoops out leaves from the pool.
Unlike other waterfalls in the Philippines, Tak-Tak Falls doesn’t have that milky blue colour.
We had got used to that and had actually expected this to be similar.
The water is clear mostly at the shallow parts and in the morning it was rather chilly.
Surprisingly, Jacqueline was the one who immediately headed towards the pool while I was wandering all around the place.
The surrounding area is partly man made and does contrast with the overall landscape. However, this may have been the only way to contain the water and create a pool surrounded in tropical jungle.
While at the waterfall, I realized Jacqueline had been put in the same place for some time. It turns out she was sitting right beneath a small sulphuric stream of warm water (check the first image in this post for the exact location of the warm sulphuric stream).
Tak-Tak is a pretty fall and we spent a couple of hours here, swimming, relaxing by the pool and having fun under the water spray on an early morning.
It would be worth the drive if you include other tourist spots along the way. Or else if you’re in north Siargao, like us, it will only be a short drive away.
Where to Stay in Siargao
Siargao is a straight forward island when it comes to choosing where to stay.
Most tourists that come to Siargao stay somewhere around General Luna. Restaurants, hip bars, cafes and hundreds of accommodation to suite any budget are all located in General Luna.
I would say that if it is your first time in Siargao, General Luna is the best place to stay. I have to stay, that the options on where to sleep, eat and drink are endless.
These are our personal top picks in General Luna, Siargao.
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.
There is another option for accommodation.
That is to go further North of Siargao in a charming seaside village called Pacifico or next to it, is Burgos. Pacifico is where we spent our last 2 nights in Siargao.
Just be aware that both Pacifico and Burgos are isolated and there isn’t so many tourist amenities like restaurants, cafes and bars.
There are 4 cafes in the North that we know of and about the same amount of restaurants. And although you may be limited, each and every restaurant and cafe served the best meals we had in all Siargao.
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