The Magpupungko Rock Pools are one of the best places to swim on Siargao and for good reason. At the right tide, the fluorescent blue rock pools will appear, making this a popular spot for locals and tourists to hang out. The rock pools are deep enough to enjoy a good swim as well as some cliff jumping if you’re up for it. Here’s everything you need to know about Magpupungko Rock pools on Siargao.
How to get to Magpupungko Rock Pools on Siargao
The Magpupungko Rock Pools are an easy 50 minute drive from the main tourist hub of General Luna. The cheapest option to get there would be to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter on the island for around 350 – 500 pesos ($10 – $14 AUD) per day. Prices will generally be cheaper if your renting weekly. The roads on Siargao are great to drive on as they take you through the tropical paradise. You’ll be passing through plenty of coconut palm tree forests and local villages with friendly locals. The roads are surprisingly in good condition and incredibly smooth. You shouldn’t have any issues making your way to the rock pools.
We’d definitely recommend trying to get a scooter and driving yourself while you visit Siargao. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking and having the option to travel at your own pace is perfect for sightseeing. However, if you can’t ride a scooter, there are still options for you to get around the island. You’ll still be able to rent a driver for the day that’ll take you around to the main tourist spots, although this can be quite expensive. Private Siargao land tours start around $30 AUD and can be booked online through Klook. The tour is cheaper with the more people you have. They’ll take you around to all the famous tourist hotspots on Siargao, like the rock pools, Pacifico Beach, Tayangban Cave and plenty more!
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Magpupungko Rock Pools Entrance Fee
Entry into the rock pools will cost you 50 pesos ($1.50 AUD) per person which will also get you access to the beautiful beach. If you drove on a scooter, you’ll also have to pay 20 pesos for parking.
Best Time to Visit
Before making your way to the rock pools, be sure to check the tides and go when it is low. The rock pools are only accessible during low tide. The tides can also change quite quickly and are different everyday so a quick google search can save you a lot of disappointment.
A little tip would be to get there about an hour or so earlier as the tide is going out. You’ll be able to enjoy the rock pools to yourself for a bit before the tourists show up. If you’re there during high tide, don’t worry as you can enjoy a swim at the beautiful beach while you wait. The water at the beach is super clear and blue but it’ll only stay like this during high tide. Additionally, you can seek some shade under the handful of coconut tress and relax.
What to Expect
When it’s low tide, you can slowly make your way over to the rock pools. You can either walk through the water or along the footpath to the left side. Once you’re at the rock pools, you’ll instantly see how clear the water is. You can jump right in as the water is fairly deep and you’ll even be able to do some cliff jumping if you’re up for it. If you’re planning on cliff jumping, make sure you bring some slip on shoes. The rocks are very jagged and will be hard to navigate with bare feet.
We spent hours at the Magpupungko Rock Pools on Siargao and even came back a second time to enjoy another refreshing swim. It’s one of our favourite spots on the island for a swim. With that being said, it’s also a favourite for a lot of other people too. You’ll often find a ton of tourists and locals here on a sunny day. Although, don’t let that stop you from visiting. The rock pools are large and there are multiple. You’re sure to find a quiet spot to yourself, even amongst the crowd.
Once you’d had enough of the water, there are a handful of local beachside restaurants to grab a bite to eat. The food here is delicious and very cheap. It’s roughly 150 pesos for a meal and 30 pesos for a drink. With a tropical view this beautiful, that price is hard to beat.
The Magpupungko Rock Pools are a must if you plan on visiting Siargao. You’ll have a ton of fun in the water as you cool off from the hot weather. Definitely don’t miss out on the beautiful spot!
Where to Stay
Siargao Island Villas – Luxury: Siargao Island Villas is one of the most popular resorts to stay at on the island. All guests are sure to feel right at home with their beautiful large rooms right by the beach. The staff are also very friendly and you’ll love the tropical vibes of the resort. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxury getaway, don’t miss this place.
Amihan Bungalows – Midrange: These bungalows are a super popular place to stay for anyone looking not to break the bank while also having a super cosy, clean and comfortable room. The bungalows each have their own terrace, private bathroom, aircon and fast wifi. Amihan Bungalows is often unavailable so if you manage to find this place has a room available, definitely check it out.
LaVillas Homestay – Budget: This is where we stayed during our stay in Siargao and we definitely recommend it if you’re on a budget. For a room with a shared bathroom it costs roughly $35 AUD although you also get aircon and a very filling free breakfast. In comparison to the other places around for the price, we think this place is great! The rooms are clean and the owners are lovely.
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