If you’ve been to Siargao, you’ve probably heard of the Maasin River palm tree rope swing, but there’s another secret bent palm tree in Siargao that’ll up your IG game tenfold. Keep reading to find out where to find the secret bent palm tree in Siargao and everything to expect while you’re there.
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HOW TO GET TO THE SECRET BENT PALM TREE 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.
The secret bent palm tree in Siargao is in Talisay, about 15-20 minutes from General Luna. Follow our Google Maps pin to the turn off and keep an eye out for the blue chapel. This dirt road next to the chapel is where you’ll need to turn down. Motorbikes and narrow cars will be fine to make it all the way to the beach, but big cars will have to be left on the main road. Once you get to the beach, the secret bent palm tree is to the right of the parking area.
WHEN TO GO TO THE SECRET BENT PALM TREE IN SIARGAO
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning when to visit the secret bent palm tree in Siargao is the tide. You want to avoid low tide here, since the sand makes way to a not so pretty looking bed of rocks. The first time Carson went (in another life, before Zowie… how dare he?) it was low tide and not nearly as Instagrammable as when we went to shoot in 2020. You’ll also want to go at sunrise or sunset for that golden glow on the horizon.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE SECRET BENT PALM TREE SIARGAO
Unlike most places in Siargao, this little spot has managed to stay pretty low key. People tend to go to the other bent palm tree for their iconic Siargao pic, but we really love how quiet this beach is. We went late and had the whole beach to ourselves.
Be careful when you’re up on the tree, it may not look high but falling and landing on the rocks below the water is a nice way to smash your kneecaps. Aside from being home to the secret bent palm tree of Siargao, Talisay Beach is also a good little beginners surf spot that won’t be anywhere near as crowded as Secret Beach just up the road. While you’re planning your Siargao itinerary, keep scrolling to see our top picks for accommodation for any 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. 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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