The palm tree rope swing on Siargao is a secret local spot where you’ll find plenty of kids and locals enjoying the crystal clear water while doing tricks and flips off the rope swing. The spot has become more popular over the years and has started to gather the attention of many tourists visiting the island. If you’re looking for a super fun and adventurous way to spend the day, this is the perfect place!
How to Get to the Palm Tree Rope Swing on Siargao
The palm tree rope swing is an easy 30 minute drive from the main tourist hub of General Luna. It’s located along Maasin River and you’ll be able to spot it from the red Maasin Bridge. GPS Maasin Bridge and you shouldn’t have any issues finding it.
Getting Around Siargao
The cheapest option to get around the island is to 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.
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, rope swing, as well as Pacifico Beach and plenty more!
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Entrance & Parking Fees
The entry fee is 20 Peso per person. There is a small parking area just past the bridge where you can leave your bike for a small fee. If you’re looking to hire one of the local boats to paddle up and down Maasin River, it will cost 150 Peso for the hour.
What to Expect
The palm tree rope swing is in a central location on Siargao and you”ll definitely pass it numerous times on your adventures around the island. When we drive past during the day, we always see a fair amount of people enjoying the spot. This spot is very popular amongst locals, especially the kids. They love to jump off the bent palm tree and do tricks off the rope swing. You’ll often find a few of them hanging around in the afternoons when school is finished.
To our surprise, the water was a nice warm temperature which was great for a morning dip. The water was clear and felt quite clean. During our swim, we noticed a few other people starting to show up. There was even a local renting out little river boats to paddle up and down the river. Maasin River is part of a tour so if you want to avoid the crowds and tourists, it’s best to visit in the early mornings. It’s also the half way point to Magpupungko Rock Pools so it’s perfect for visiting after you’re done.
If you’re looking for a fun day and to try something a little more local, we definitely recommend checking this place out. You’re sure to meet some local kids and don’t be shy to join in on the fun.
Best time to visit
We visited the palm tree rope swing early in the morning to make sure we had the spot to ourselves. At sunrise, there was no one else around which was perfect. The lighting at this time was exactly what we wanted and we were able to capture the palm trees and rope swing without the harsh shadows and light. We also took the drone up and got an aerial perspective which was beautiful. The small town area and river is completely surrounded by hundreds of coconut trees. We’ve never seen so many coconut trees on an island but that’s what makes Siargao so amazing.
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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