Have you heard of a place called Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools in Siargao Island? Now this is a nice spot. Siargao Island itself is full of hidden gems, it turns out, and you can really have a great time away from the crowd in General Luna.
Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools (photo by Brenna Bustamante)
Why visit Magpupungko beach and Tidal Pools?
Magpupungko Beach during high tide
This place should definitely be on the list of things to see on Siargao Island. The island’s edge is absolutely beautiful here. With crystalline green waters and white sandy beaches, it’s hard to beat. But beyond the normal beach benefits, the Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools are a haven for people who like to explore the water.
Alternate path to Magpupungko Rock Pool
The rocks have been worn away in interesting and unique formations. Some larger rocks appear to balance on small necks of rock that are being worn away from underneath them. It’s truly a sight to see. During low tide, the pools are still and calm, separated from the ocean by reefs and rocks underwater that protect the pools from the exciting waves. This is the real attraction and it’s worth it to go and see the pools for yourself.
Fun under the sun
Getting There and Accommodation
The Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools are located in the tiny town of Pilar, where a handful of fisherman live. Don’t expect much. I met some tourists who were traveling with a tent and had plans to set up on the beach for the night. But the majority of visitors stay in General Luna, like me. See my post on Buddha’s Surf Resort for details on my stay, which was great. The trip to the Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools is about two hours from General Luna, so start early and plan for a day at the beach. Pack a picnic, too, because it’s slim pickings around here.
Pilar Siargao Tourism Center
Additionally, you should book transportation in advance. Habal-habal are around and abundant, but if you try to find someone to take you that morning, you’ll find that the prices are much higher than if you plan ahead. Jeepneys are also around, but not as common and usually full to bursting.
The Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pools is completely natural, its natures perfect example of infinity pool. This is a place that people who like being off the beaten path will appreciate. All too often the best and most beautiful spots are overloaded with tourists. Not here. Most likely you’ll have serenity and enjoy a slow and relaxing day, swimming in the clear and still pool and enjoying the beauty that Siargao Island has to offer.
- Check if its hight tide or low tide before you visit the place to make sure that the rock pool is calm and good for swimming.
- Habal-Habal rental is normally ranging from 800 – 1,000 roundtrip with a maximum of two passengers.
- The beach area is maintained by the locals and theres an entrance fee of P50 per person