The Secret Lagoon on Siargao Island The Philippines
Siargao is the world known surf capital of the Philippines. It is a remote island that is entirely covered in coconut palm trees and all around the island are tourist spots all worth discovering. And although the popular Siargao tourist spots are worth the hype, there are still loads of overlooked spots on this undeveloped tropical paradise.
Over the past few years, thanks to the likes of Instagram and other social media, some tourist attractions have gained more and more popularity. However, there are still tourist spots in Siargao that are off the list of many visitors. One of the places to visit in Siargao is the Secret Lagoon. Not that it’s any secret. In fact you are bound to pass by this huge pool surrounded in a tropical landscape and mangroves.
Where to Stay in Siargao
We usually choose our accommodation close to the tourist spots. However, in Siargao things are a bit different. There is one main tourist area and all of Siargao’s tourist spots are scattered around the island. Therefore, the best option is to stay in General Luna which is Siargao’s favourite area. General Luna is also home to the world class surf beach Cloud 9. There are loads of restaurants, hip bars, cafes and accommodation to suit any budget. We were paying 10 Euro per night for a double room just to give an idea of cheap prices.
Wherever you stay you will need to venture out to reach the tourist spots. So you may consider going further North of Siargao in a village called Pacifico. Pacifico is another of Siargao’s tourist areas. However, it isn’t as popular as General Luna. But there are still a decent amount of restaurants and accommodations.
How to Get Around Siargao
With a scooter. That is the best way to get yourself to Siargao’s best corners and all the tourist spots. Scooters and motorbikes are the main mode of transport for both locals and tourists. Roads are good throughout the island. In General Luna there are loads of motorbike rental shops and prices start at around 500 PHP (€8.92) 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 (€4.90) per day for 7 days.
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 (€35.66) for the day.
Where is the Secret Lagoon on Siargao
Siargao’s Secret Lagoon is a 20 minute ride out of General Luna. However, the place doesn’t have a name and isn’t listed on Google.Maps. Therefore, I will tell you the best way to get there.
If you write down San Vincent Ferrer Chapel on Google.Maps, the directions will get you to Malinao Road. Less than 100 metres from the chapel, there is a Y intersection. Keep on the left and you will be cruising along Malinao Union Road. Where on one side you’ll have tropical scenery and on the other mangroves. 4 minutes from the intersection there is a curve around mangroves and the lagoon. A big bamboo barge will indicate you’re in the right place.
Map of Secret Lagoon Siargao
Secret (Guiwan) Beach
Further down the road from Secret Lagoon there is also Secret Beach. That is the official name of this popular surfing spot. Unlike the lagoon which I decided to name ‘secret’.
It was on our way to Secret Beach that we first saw the lagoon surrounded with mangroves, exotic plants and trees and a huge barge floating in the middle. I was driving so I only managed to get snippets of the place. That was enough to entice me.
Our Experience at the Secret Lagoon
An hour or so later we were on our way back to General Luna and given it was still mid afternoon stopped to check out our latest addition. Local teens had gathered on the barge and for the sake of not intruding, I was about to drive off when one guy came running asking us to join them. He even helped Jacqueline cross over a rocky pier leading to the barge.
An easier way of getting to the wooden barge is by boat from Doot Beach. The boat trip costs 150 Pesos and is through the scenic mangroves. The barge is also accessible from the road though at certain times of the day the rocky pier is completely covered with water. And the last part of the path, it’s just some bamboo branches tied together. Jacqueline had tried to walk over these branches but fell off and landed in the water.
We ended up joining the group of locals while they had a little party. We were also offered rum along with local snacks. Filipinos are always a happy bunch and love a good time out. I guess this was one of those unexpected surprises that you expect when in a country like the Philippines.
While we sat on the wooden barge with our feet dipped into the clear water, our new friends pointed to patches in the water which is where fresh water mixes with the salty. And watched Siargao’s eagles eyeing their prey high in the sky.
And for the Lagoon, well it isn’t that much of a secret since it’s on the side of a road leading to a popular surf spot. But we were the only tourists. And it is surrounded in a diverse landscape that shifts from jungle to lagoon and mangroves.