Magpupungko is a natural rock pool, best visited on low tide, that can be found on the east coast of Siargao Island.
It’s one of the most popular tourist spots that can’t be missed on your list of places to visit in Siargao.
I have put together this complete guide to visiting Magpupungko Rock Pools including how to get there, the best time to visit, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOL?
Magpupungko Siargao is a 45-minute drive from General Luna, the main tourist hub.
The drive from General Luna to this natural attraction takes approximately 45 minutes.
HOW TO GET HERE
One of the most common ways to get here is on a scooter.
The cost for a scooter rental in General Luna is around 300-400 pesos per day, or for a monthly rental, you’ll get a cheaper rate of around 200-300 pesos per day.
BOOK A TOUR
Another alternative to visiting this remarkable vista is to book a full-day tour to see the highlights on Siargao.
The Siargao Land Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
This tour covers the top Instagram spots in Siargao including the Coconut Tree Viewpoint in the morning, followed by the Palm Tree Rope Swing, the rock pools, and ending at the famous Sugba Lagoon!
Book Now → Siargao Land Tour
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Magpupungko Rock Pools are tidal, meaning that they are only accessible at low tide when they are exposed.
If you arrive at a high tide you will not be able to see or even be permitted access to the natural pools for safety reasons.
Be sure to time your visit correctly or you will be disappointed. To check the tide times in advance, Click here.
My friends and I arrived in the morning after having already visited the above-mentioned locations along the way.
As these rockpools are one of the most popular Siargao tourist spots you will most likely be sharing the rock pools with a lot of people.
Please don’t be deterred by the crowds at this beautiful location as there is plenty of space for everyone.
Marveling at the view
Backflipping into the pools
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MAGPUPUNGKO
My friends and I spent a couple of hours at this awesome location and we enjoyed some cliff jumping, swimming through small caves, and exploring the surrounding rocky coastline.
Note: If you are planning to do some cliff jumping, be sure to take a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes or old shoes to climb up onto the rock formations as they are very sharp, jagged, and unforgiving.
The water in the Magpupungko Rock Pools is up to 3 meters deep so you won’t have to worry about hitting the bottom when cliff jumping.
Before leaving, we grabbed some lunch and a coconut shake for $4 from one of the local restaurants under the shady palm trees along Magpupungko Beach.
An aerial perspective
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to searching for the best places to stay in Siargao!
There are hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Nay Palad Hideaway Villas
Nay Palad Hideaway offers the perfect ‘island resort vibe’ that you may be seeking. Choose either a sea view or a garden view luxurious room, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, and enjoy your very own private palm tree-fringed beach! On top of this, resort guests can make use of the complimentary paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, bicycles, and even jump on board an island hopping tour.
Luxury: Isla Cabana Resort
An awesome 4-star resort located in General Luna on the beachfront. Isla Cabana boasts an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sun terrace that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. These private villas come fitted with king-sized beds, an en suite bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, and sitting area. Book a treatment at the in-house spa or make use of the free activities available such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, or cycling.
Mid Range: Sunset Bay Beach Villas
Sunset Bay provides beachside villas that are comfortable and peaceful, overlooking the Philippine Sea. The famous Cloud 9 Siargao is just a few minute’s walk away. The villas are air-conditioned with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, kitchen, fridge, and stovetop. Perfect for solo travelers or couples.
Mid Range: Kokai Resort
Nestled within lush gardens, you’ll get the ultimate jungle vibes here at Kokai Resort. There is a sun terrace, in-house restaurant, free wifi, and motorbike rental available. Kokai Resort has both dorms and private bungalows on offer, perfect for those on a budget.
Budget: Secret Spot Siargao
I personally stayed at Secret Spot and I can’t recommend this place enough. The hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, a spacious living area, a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor chill zone, free wifi, and hanging hammocks in the garden.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE PHILIPPINES
When visiting the Philippines, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Philippines sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP
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