TAYANGBAN CAVE POOL ON SIARGAO ISLAND
Tayangban Cave Pool was one of the highlights of my many adventures throughout Siargao. It was one of the best caving experiences I have had in Asia. For 15 minutes you swim and float in darkness, only aided by torches. Bats fly around you until you finally emerge to the open cave pool where you can cliff jump from seven meters.
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How to get to Tayangban Cave Pool
Tayangban Cave Pool is a 30-minute moped drive from General Luna, which is the main tourist area. The drive is scenic and worth the journey in itself. You will pass by farm fields, cruise through small towns and even have sweeping views of thousands of coconut palms. We combined the Tayangban Cave Pool with Magpupungko Tide pools, which are only another 10 minutes of driving.
Tayangban Cave Pool Cost
When we arrived at the Tayangban Cave Pool it was a small family setup. A few guys sat in a hut waiting for the next cavers to arrive. They told us the fee was 70 pesos (1.50 USD) but that we would need a guide. You do actually need a guide it isn’t just a money-making scheme as you will be navigating caves in the dark. Our guide was a funny guy and we ended up tipping him 100 pesos each ($2 USD). All up including the tip and the entrance fee we spend 170 pesos each or $3.50 USD. They looked after our bags with all of our camera gear and valuables in their house while we were in the caves.
Tayangban Cave Pool experience
We didn’t know what to expect as we headed inside the small opening. It seemed as if we were just in a backyard or a mangrove swamp. Caving in Asia is often hit and miss but we ended up having a blast in what is the best Siargao cave.
Immediately after descending through the opening, we were chest deep in water. We swam through the dark caves, guided by a solitary torch. From time to time bats swooped down on us and eerie noises shot out from the distance. The water was mostly chest height so you could walk through in most sections if you prefer.
The cave opened up after fifteen minutes with a huge archway that helped to breach the darkness and welcome us back to the sunlight. It was then just a short swim to the open pool, which is the end of the tour. Many people call it a day here but there is a cliff jump spot into the 18ft deep water. That was a big bonus for us!
We spent the next half hour flipping and jumping through the vines into the emerald water below. Check the water first for any debris but it was a relatively safe jump into a big open hole. I’ve posted my friend @danandmoore Instagram video from our jump session at Tayangban Cave Pool below.
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.