MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS ON SIARGAO ISLAND
Magpupungko Rock Pools on Siargao Island are one of the most popular things to do and easily my favorite day trip on the island. Just a 45-minute moped drive from the main tourist area of General Luna, the rock pools are exposed at low tide and are an awesome spot for hours of exploring and cliff jumping.
Magpupungko Beach, Siargao Map
To get to Magpupungko Rock Pools from General Luna you will need to drive your moped for 45 minutes or you can visit as part of a tour or with a rental van. The drive to the tidal rock pools is incredibly scenic and I highly suggest driving up on the moped. The roads in Siargao are unbelievable smooth and something we compliment every time we go on an island adventure. A moped can be rented on Siargao for $5-6 USD per day.
On the way, you will pass the Tayangban Cave Pool, which is worth stopping at. You can swim through the caves and go cliff jumping from seven meters.
When to visit the Magpupungko Rock Pools
The timing of your visit is imperative. In fact, if you are even an hour or two late it may ruin the entire experience for you. The Magpupungko rock pools are tidal pools. This means they are exposed during low tide and submerged at high tide. You can click here to check the daily tides for Pilar, the region where the rock pools are found.
I suggest arriving an hour before low tide and then enjoying the rock pools for an hour or so either side of low tide.
It’s important to note that the tides change dramatically each day. If like me, you are unfamiliar with how often the tides can change it can actually change more than an hour later each day. Make sure you check the tide time and trust it.
Magpupungko Rock Pools Cost
The entrance fee for the rock pools is 50 pesos or $1 USD. This gets you access to the rock pools and also Magapupungko Beach, which is worth it in itself. You will also need to hand over 20 pesos for parking, assuming you drove a moped from General Luna.
Magapupungko Rock Pools
Inside the beach area, there are lots of small restaurants serving local style dishes and we ate there on several occasions. For a couple of bucks, you can get a rice and curry, adobo or other Filipino style dishes.
Continue to walk past the huts and follow the trail along the coast for a couple of minutes and you will arrive at the Magapupungko Rock Pools.
The crystal clear blue water had me speechless. This is an epic little area, with coves, caves, and cliff jumping spots aplenty. There are multiple spots to get your backflip on if you are into a bit of a jump. I advise wearing water shoes or just regular shoes like me as the rocks are very jagged and sharp to climb.
If cliff jumping isn’t your thing, there is still a ton of adventure to be had at the rock pools. We swam through small caves, under ledges and explored all the different coves above and below the surface. There is too much to explore here.
If you swim or walk along the reef around the corner you will find the iconic balancing rock formation, which sits on the edge of the tide pools.
You may want to consider bringing a dry bag as there is no spot to put your belongings other than the entrance and you can’t really keep an eye on it while you explore. We just asked a local if he would keep an eye on it and as I’ve always experienced in the Philippines he did and shook my hand with a smile when we came back.
After exploring the rock pools, head back down and grab a feed at the restaurant and then enjoy Magpupungko Beach. Although there is a lot of reefs there is enough sand to enjoy a dip. The beach is a beautiful long stretch of sand, which is of course surrounded by coconut palms.