TAKTAK FALLS: THE ONLY WATERFALL ON SIARGAO ISLAND
Heading up to TakTak waterfall in Santa Monica is a full- day adventure to the north part of the island. From General Luna the waterfall is 1.5-hour drive but is well worth the effort. We enjoyed the waterfall to ourselves. Cliff jumping, tree jumping, and exploration to the top of the falls were the highlights of the adventure.
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How to get to TakTak Waterfall on Siargao
To get to TakTak Waterfall from the tourist region of General Luna, you will need a moped or a vehicle. The drive took us 1.5 hours but like always it was a scenic cruise on this beautiful island. There are island tours that include TakTak waterfall as one of the stops but there is no need for a tour guide for this adventure.
When you reach the point Google maps sends you to there are two, awkwardly worded signs in both directions. The sign says “TakTak Waterfall 500m turn right”. This actually means turn right straight away and the waterfall is 500m in off the main road. We thought it meant drive 500m further and it is on the right.
Below is the Google map location you can use for directions:
How much is the entrance fee for TakTak falls?
Once you turn off the main road, follow the dirt road for a few hundred meters. There will be a small hut where you will need to pay 25 pesos, which is only 50 US cents. A 10 pesos parking fee for mopeds also applies. Once you have paid there is another 150m to drive along the dirt road before you reach the only waterfall on Siargao.
When we arrived at the waterfall, there was no-one else around. At first glance, we haven’t blown away. However, we had been blessed to visit the epic Tiu Kelep Waterfall on Lombok just a few weeks earlier. This isn’t the most epic waterfall you will ever visit but it’s good fun nonetheless.
The waterfall is about 15 meters in height and has a few small ledges, which I don’t advise scaling… but we did. There is a tree that overhangs the pool below that falls. It’s about 5 meters above the pool and if you jump into the right area you can make a safe landing. The pool below isn’t too deep and only in a few spots is it safe enough to jump in.
When we were done jumping from the tree with the local kids we decided to make our way to the top of the waterfall. We chose the worst possible route up the steep hill and regretted it immediately. There is a small path to the left of the waterfall, which we found on the way down.
After cutting up our feet on the sharp vines during the climb up we chilled atop the waterfall looking out over the pool. Jorden even made the jump from halfway up the waterfall after ambling down.
TakTak waterfall ended up being a cool little spot to hang for half a day. You could easily come, look and leave all within 20 minutes but if you explore to the top of the falls and do all of the cliff and tree jumps you will make the long journey from General Luna count. After visiting TakTak waterfall we headed to Alegria beach to cool off and drink some freshly harvested coconuts.
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.