Secret Beach On Siargao Island – A Complete Guide

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Secret Beach Siargao (also known as Guiwan Beach) is one of my favorite beaches on Siargao Island.

A short 15-minute drive south of General Luna, discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Siargao!

I have put together this complete guide to visiting Guiwan Beach including where to find it, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.

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WHERE IS SECRET BEACH SIARGAO?

From General Luna, head south-east along Malinao-Union Rd towards Dapa Town.

At first, the road leads inland and then back down the mountain to the coast road and this is where Secret Beach Siargao can be found.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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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.

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Most accommodations in General Luna will be more than happy to help you to organize a scooter rental for your time spent on Siargao Island.

We got lost a couple of times trying to find the turnoff for Secret Beach Siargao until a local man driving past stopped to point us in the right direction.

Also, if you see some other people with surfboards heading in the same direction, follow them as they will most likely be heading for a surf at Siargao Secret Beach.

I took a photo of the tiny little sign that is nailed to a palm tree at the entrance which reads Guiwan Surfing Area, so keep a sharp eye out for this sign along Union Rd. If you hit Dapa town you’ve gone too far.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH SIARGAO

It’s an easy 10-minute walk from the main road down to reach the shoreline at Guiwan Beach.

We parked our scooters on the side of the road and followed the dirt trail that threads between a forest of tall coconut palm trees, eventually emerging at the beautiful Secret Beach Siargao.

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We threw down a rug on the sand, waxed up the surfboards, and paddled out. There wasn’t much swell around on this day but it was so refreshing to jump in the crystal clear water.

When there is swell, there are two right-hand point breaks at Guiwan Beach, more suited for longboarding.

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After a surf, Jake climbed one of the palm trees along the beach and harvested us all a coconut each!

The palm trees have foot holes cut into the sides of their trunks making them quite easy to climb if you are willing to scale one to the top for a fresh coconut.

We spent a couple of hours here exploring the coastline, drinking coconuts, and then witnessing an unforgettable sunset over the horizon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Secret Beach Siargao (Guiwan Beach) please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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