ALEGRIA BEACH: BEST BEACH ON SIARGAO ISLAND
General Luna is the popular tourist area of Siargao, which has surfing and a beautiful coastline. However, it can get quite busy and the reef along the coastline of the local beaches in General Luna make it hard for a relaxed day of swimming. If you are up for a scenic drive to the north, you can make your way to the secluded Alegria Beach on Siargao Island.
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How to get to Alegria Beach
From General Luna, Alegria Beach is about 1.5 hours drive. We rented mopeds and set off on a day-trip from the south to the north. The drive is incredibly scenic and you will be constantly surrounded by coconut palms. The drive up will take you past Tayangban Cave, Magpupungko Rock Pools and through the town of San Isidro. If you have time stop off at the caves or rock pools.
Just before you reach Alegria Beach the road will take you directly past TakTak falls. On our drive up we decided to stop at the falls, which is the only waterfall on Siargao Island.
The first thing I noticed at Alegria Beach on Siargao was the white sand and crystal clear water. Coconut palms lined the beach. It could have been a postcard. There were no other tourists just a few locals hanging back on the grass behind the beach. There is quite a bit of reef at this beach but there is still water deep enough to swim in, which isn’t too common on Siargao.
We flew the DJI Mavic Drone and hung out in the shallows for a few hours, recovering from our exploration of TakTak waterfall. Finally, we asked the local guys about how to climb the coconut palms and they told us not to worry. One guy leaped up the tree and brought down four big coconuts. He then smashed them open for us and was pretty happy watching us hold the coconuts over our head enjoying the free-flowing tap of coconut water splashing all over us. He never asked for anything he was just a generous local.
MORE SIARGAO TRAVEL GUIDES
I spent 40 days living on Siargao and adventured to all of the well-known spots but also ventured a little further off the beaten path and explored some truly mind-blowing parts of Siargao and Sohoton! I’ve written a huge travel guide for Siargao but also several other helpful guides about the best sunsets, cliff jump spots. You can click on any of the guides below to head straight there. Enjoy Siargao!
WHERE TO STAY ON SIARGAO ISLAND
Siargao is pretty straightforward when it comes to picking a region to stay. 90% of people choose to stay somewhere near General Luna. All of the bars, restaurants, tours, ports, and hotels are near General Luna and Cloud 9 surf break. There are a couple of other regions you could stay in like Pacifico but unless you are purposely looking for isolation, General Luna is your spot. So what are my suggestions for where to stay in General Luna?
First, I’ll tell you where I stayed. Because I stayed for over a month, I managed to find an Airbnb. It was 4 blocks back from the beach, had wi-fi, A/C, a private bathroom, patio and inside was just two bunk beds. It was super basic and I stayed here with two mates and my sister. It was 900 USD for the entire month, which we split four ways so it was just $225 each. There’s a photo below of our sweet Airbnb pad on Siargao Island.
Aside from Airbnb, which obviously isn’t for everyone, I actually personally visited and even stayed at a few different hotels during my time on Siargao. There are two standouts, luxurious resorts for those with a bit bigger budget.
- The first spot is called Nay Palad Hideaway. It really is just a magical looking place surrounded by palm trees. The architecture is. beautiful and it is like island style meets luxury. It’s perfectly located in General Luna but would give you a ton of privacy during your stay as well.
- The second spot is called Siargao Bleu Resort. I had friends stay here and visited and hung out in the pool a few times. It is right on the beach and the cool part is that the luxury villas kind of hang out over the pool making it feel like an over-water villa in the Maldives. The restaurant is pretty bomb too! (I may have snuck into the buffet breakfast once). It is one of the most popular places to stay on Siargao Island, so if you do decide to stay here definitely book early.
- The best budget option for Siargao backpackers who want a private room is called Calypso Surf and Dive. Here you can get a basic double room for just $15, which when you split with your partner makes it cheaper than the hostel. It’s got good vibes, good location and everything you would expect from a basic, cheap accommodation.
- The best budget option for dorm style/hostel accommodation on Siargao Island is called The White House in General Luna. For just $10 a night you can grab yourself a dorm bed. It’s very clean and has a huge chill out area with hammocks and bean bags for those post-surf siesta sessions.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SIARGAO ISLAND
The best time to visit Siargao depends on what you are looking for. Many consider the best time of year when the weather is best but that also means crowds. I will give you a few options below about when is the best month to visit Siargao Island:
September: Siargao hosts the ‘Cloud 9 Surfing Cup’ each September, an official WSL Pro event
July – November: The best time period for surfing in Siargao is July until November. The easterly Mindanao current provides the islands with waves that came from the deepest regions of the Pacific.
March – May: If you aren’t as interested in the surf but are craving that sun. March until May should bring you guaranteed sunny days. But it’s the Philippines so you can’t guarantee it.