When you think of Siargao, naturally you think of big waves and pro surfers. But there’s so much more to this little island on the East Coast of the Philippines and plenty of activities for non-surfers to enjoy! The abandoned lighthouse at Pacifico Beach is one of the most unique structures on the island which offers unbeatable views sweeping out over the Pacific Ocean. Read on to find out where this underrated destination is and what to expect when you visit.
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HOW TO GET TO THE PACIFICO BEACH LIGHTHOUSE
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.
The Pacifico Beach lighthouse is located at the northern end of Pacifico Beach, around an hours drive from General Luna. It’s super easy to find, just follow the Google Maps directions above to Pacifico Light House. Pacifico Beach is a must visit for both surfers and non-surfers, and the lighthouse is the cherry on top!
OUR EXPERIENCE AT THE PACIFICO BEACH SIARGAO LIGHTHOUSE
Don’t come here expecting a working lighthouse! The lighthouse at Pacifico Beach has seen better days, with it being dilapidated and covered in graffiti, but that just adds to its charm! You’ll have to climb through the broken fence to get inside which is a tetanus shot waiting to happen, so be careful. There’s also no more handrails along the stairs so once again, be careful. If you don’t like heights, this might not be the activity for you.
The view from the top is pretty spectacular, since you don’t quite realise just how blue Pacifico Beach is until you see it from above. For Zowie, as a (homesick) Aussie standing there overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it was the closest feeling to being home. Wow, corny. But seriously, it was just really nice to watch the insanely blue waves crashing towards the shore.
The Pacifico Beach lighthouse is a must visit while you’re in Siargao and it won’t take up too much of your day if you’re pressed for time. While you’re up north, you should also check out the hidden cliff jumping spot in Santa Monica which you can read about here.
If you’re still planning your Siargao itinerary and you’re wondering where to stay, keep scrolling to see our top picks for the best accommodation in Siargao. Oh and don’t forget to save this article to your Pinterest so you can find it easily later!
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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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