When you hear Siargao, naturally you think of big waves and late night raves. But there’s more to Siargao than meets the eye. You might find it hard to believe there’s such thing as a secret spot left on Siargao, what with its thousands of tourists every year. We thought so too, until we tracked down this hidden gem that only the locals seem to know about. On the west coast of the island in the town of San Benito you’ll find a secret waterfall in Siargao, Captivate Falls.
It might already have a name, but that’s about all there is to suggest there’s a waterfall here. No sign posts, no flags, you won’t find it in any tourist brochures. When you ask someone how many waterfalls there are on Siargao, they’re likely to tell you there’s just the one, TakTak Falls. But they’re wrong. With its close proximity to the road side, we can’t believe this has stayed a secret waterfall in Siargao for so long.
GETTING TO THE SECRET WATERFALL IN SIARGAO
If you’re travelling from General Luna, it’ll take you around an hour to get to Captivate Falls. If you punch in the coordinates in the map above, it’ll lead you straight to the secret waterfall in Siargao. Park on the side of the road and head inland. You’ll find a fence, but it has an opening so you can just walk right in. You’ll see the small creek almost immediately, and from there it’s only a few metres to the waterfall.
The biggest waterfall and the best swimming spot in our opinion is the middle level, but the bottom level also has a great little swimming hople. There are three levels of waterfalls, so make sure you keep walking upwards to reach the very top. The water is super refreshing, clear and you’re likely to be the only people there, like we were. There were a few signs of past visitors, suggesting it’s probably a local hang out spot on weekends. If you want it all to yourself, we recommend going on a weekday.
Since this is a secret waterfall in Siargao, there’s no one designated to clean up after visitors, and there are no trash cans. Please do your part to keep the area untouched by taking your trash with you as you leave. We also recommend bringing insect repellent since Zowie got eaten alive by mosquitoes.
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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.