The Maasin River palm tree rope swing in Siargao is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the entire island. If you’ve heard of Siargao, you probably know it’s got some of the best surf in the world, and easily takes first place in the Philippines. But there’s more to Siargao than big waves, in fact, non-surfers can find plenty to do without ever hopping on a board.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about the famous palm tree rope swing in Siargao before adding this iconic spot to your Siargao itinerary.
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HOW TO GET TO THE MAASIN RIVER PALM TREE ROPE SWING IN SIARGAO
The best way to get around Siargao is by motorbike. There are rentals everywhere but if you’re looking for a reliable rental, Fat Lips have scooters starting at $8 a day or XRMs for $7, including 2 helmets. Their motorbikes also come with surfboard racks for those of you who do want to catch some waves.
What was once a secret spot is now clearly marked on Google Maps so you won’t have any trouble finding the palm tree rope swing in Siargao. Just head towards the town of Maasin until you reach the bright red bridge with the flags. Park along the road and head underneath the bridge to the entrance booth.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
The entrance fee to the palm tree rope swing in Siargao is $0.40 and includes an unlimited amount of jumps. There’s a few souvenir stalls under the bridge where you can pick up a T-shirt or bracelet, as well as a carinderia (eatery) just nearby if you’ve worked up an appetite. If you’re wanting to do the full island tour but you want someone else to take the ropes, Klook offer the Siargao land tour for $40, which will take you to Coconut Road & Viewpoint, Maasin River & Sugba Lagoon.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE PALM TREE ROPE SWING SIARGAO
Siargao skyrocketed to popularity in 2018 when Boracay closed for 6 months and flocks of tourists focused their attention on Siargao instead. This put Siargao in the fast lane to become the world’s best island as voted by Condé Nast readers in 2019. Great news for the island, bad news for secret spots like the palm tree rope swing in Siargao.
What once required some serious trekking to get to is now visited by hundreds of tourists a day. Don’t get us wrong, the palm tree rope swing in Siargao is still beautiful and a must visit while you’re on the island, but we’d hate for you to go there expecting the same scene as many old blog posts describe from 2017.
When it comes to actually swinging off the palm tree, you’re guaranteed a lot of fun. The guides will help you up the tree, step by step, and teach you how to swing (roll) off if you’ve never done it before. Even if you have swung on your fair share of rope swings, this one’s a little different. There’s no platform to jump from, you have to scale the palm tree and swing off the trunk. Most rookies just roll off and hold on for dear life (ahem, Zowie), but the more skilled can swing from higher or even jump off the highest point of the trunk if they dare (like Carson, show off).
Aside from going full Tarzan, you can also get an iconic pic for your IG with the palm tree rope swing in Siargao behind you. There’s even a raft you can float on to up the aesthetic of your jungle photo. For the best lighting, we recommend coming at either sunrise or sunset. This photo was taken at around 5pm when the swing was closed for jumping, with the sun setting behind the palm tree. For more Instagrammable spots in Siargao, you can check out this post!
The palm tree rope swing in Siargao is one of the most visited spots on the island, and for good reason. It’d be a crying shame to go to Siargao and miss out on the famous rope swing. If you’re planning your Siargao itinerary and wondering where to stay, keep reading for our top picks for luxury, mid and budget.
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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. Read on for 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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