In all our time in the Philippines, this has got to be one of the most bizarre adventures we’ve ever been on. Not just because we found a secret cave in Siargao, but also for the fact that we were shown the way by a group of children, in the pouring rain, with no idea what to expect.
If you’ve seen all the must-visit spots in Siargao and you still have some time left, you definitely need to add this secret cave in Siargao to your to-do list!
HOW TO FIND THE SECRET CAVE IN SIARGAO
Our journey to the secret cave in Siargao started at Conseulo Elementary School, just past the turn off for the Siargao Wakepark. The location for Consuelo Elementary School on Google Maps is wrong, so you can follow the below map instead.
Our local friend Djee found this cave and offered to guide us, which is the only reason we knew it existed. We could attempt to give you directions, but our best advice is to get a local guide. You can get in touch with Djee on his Facebook page here.
We had to walk through the elementary school to the rice field out the back, which is how we inadvertently picked up a group of young boys on their lunch break. They had been to the cave before and knew the way, so they were excited to join our adventure. It’s not every day you hike to a secret cave in Siargao with a bunch of 12 year olds, but such is life here in the Philippines!
After around 30 minutes of pretty slow paced walking through rice fields, bananas and coconut trees, we made it to the final hurdle. The secret cave in Siargao sits atop a steep incline of thick tropical rainforest, but we all managed with just a few scrapes and slides. We recommend dressing for the occasion, which we did not. Flip flops made it a slippery climb, worsened by the torrential rain that came out of nowhere.
OUR EXPERIENCE AT THE SECRET CAVE IN SIARGAO
15 minutes later we made it to the secret cave in Siargao. The entrance to the cave is pretty big, and very… well, cave-like. There were plenty of bats and stalactites, and remnants of campfires were proof of local visitors.
The cave actually goes deeper through a tunnel at the back, however this is where our adventure was cut short. Coiled up on a rock at the entrance of the tunnel was a huge black snake, just having a snooze. The boys and Zowie ran screaming, and the snake disappeared from its spot. Since we weren’t sure where it was hiding, we ran out of there like bats out of hell. Pardon the pun.
The secret cave in Siargao is a must-visit for anyone craving a little raw adventure outside of the regular tourist spots. It’s a shot trek and we had plenty of daylight left to explore other areas of the island.
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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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