Nothing says “tropical island getaway” quite like narrow roads, thousands of palm trees and waves crashing in the distance. If that’s what you’re looking for, then Coconut Road in Siargao has the answer. But, before you start wondering why this Coconut Road looks so different to other photos you may have seen, we should let you know that this is another palm lined road in Siargao. And personally, we think it’s better.
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HOW TO FIND THE COCONUT ROAD SIARGAO
What was once secret is now on Google Maps, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding this Coconut Road in Siargao. On Google Maps, it’s labeled as ‘Coconut Plantation’, just a little up the road from Pacifico Beach. It’s about an hour’s drive from General Luna, but it would be a wasted Siargao trip if you didn’t visit the north of the island anyway. It’s the perfect pit stop on your way to the secret cliff jumping spot in Santa Monica, or just a little farther beyond the Pacifico Beach Lighthouse.
OUR EXPERIENCE AT THE COCONUT ROAD SIARGAO
From ground level, Coconut Road Siargao is pretty nondescript. It looks like just about any other road in Siargao, but it’s what’s above that makes all the difference. To get the most out of your visit, you’ll need a drone. If you don’t have one, buy one, borrow one, just get your hands on one (legally, of course). Our drone is our favourite camera for our travels, and we recommend getting the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
There’s usually a few other cars/motorbikes pulled over, all getting their Instagram shots. For the safety of yourself and others, please park way off to the side and try to avoid standing in the middle of the road in front of oncoming traffic. We also recommend lathering yourself in mosquito repellent, as we got eaten alive!
No matter which way you point the drone, north or south, you’ll be rewarded with killer views. From above, you’ll soon realise why it’s called Coconut Plantation. Coconuts. For. Days. The beautiful Pacifico Beach and the rugged landscape are about as Siargao-esque as it gets, which is why we really prefer this Coconut Road over the more famous one.
PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR PALM TREE ROAD SIARGAO
We made a couple mistakes shooting Coconut Road Siargao, but we’re sharing them so you don’t have to make them too! First and foremost, lighting is everything. We left it a little too late and only had about 10 minutes of tasty golden hour before the sun dipped below the mountains on the west. Ideally, you want to give yourself more time or if you’re an early riser, this would be an epic spot for sunrise.
By the time we shot this beach photo, it had already lost its glow, but what we actually want to highlight here is the tide. This photo would be a hundred times better at high tide to cover up all the seaweed and rocks. If you can time proper lighting and high tide, you’re in for a treat.
Well, there you have it! Our guide to Coconut Road in Siargao, one of our favourite drone photography spots on the whole island. Don’t forget to save this to your Pinterest for later inspo, and keep scrolling to plan the rest of your Siargao trip with our accommodation recommendations and more travel guides below.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
There’s no shortage of places to stay in Siargao, from the fanciest of 5 star resorts to some seriously sketchy hostels. General Luna is where all the action is at and where you’ll find the majority of accommodation, but no matter where you end up in Siargao, you’re bound to find somewhere to lay your head. Check out our top picks for budget, mid-scale and luxury accommodation in Siargao.
LUXURY: Nay Palad Hideaway
Nay Palad isn’t just one of the best resorts in Siargao, it’s up there as one of the best resorts in Asia. With such a coveted title comes a hefty nightly rate, but everything is included. From your exclusive luxe bungalow to dinner and drinks in the tree house, island hopping on their private speed boat to day trips around the island. Zowie is crying at the time of writing this because she wants to stay here so badly.
MID-SCALE: Tropical Temple Siargao
Tropical Temple Siargao is a native style, mid-scale hotel in the heart of General Luna. Lush gardens, comfortable accommodation and an outdoor pool, Tropical Temple is a sweet place to stay if you’re looking for something a bit fancier than a hostel without breaking the bank.
BUDGET: Hiraya Surf Hostel
If you’re a solo backpacker looking for a cheap hostel near Cloud 9, Hiraya Surf Hostel is your best bet. This dormitory only hostel is all about good vibes, boasting a swimming pool, aircon dorms and hot and cold showers. There’s a few requirements to meet though – no groups larger than 3 people, must be aged between 18 – 35 and minimum 3 night stay.
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