MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS AND BEACH, SIARGAO SURIGAO DEL NORTE. Magpupungko beach and rock pools should definitely be on top of the list of places to visit in Siargao. While getting there from General Luna could be a bit too long (more than an hour,) one shouldn’t be discouraged by the long ride because it is well worth it. This spot is such a rare and unique nature site. Cliché as it may sound but the rock pools are really amazing. Prior to my visit, I’ve seen how pretty they are in pictures. In reality, the rock pools, as well as the scenery, are incredibly awesome.
To see the natural pools at their prettiest, it is best to go there during low tide. The rock pools are actually a part of a large reef which separates them from the sea. As the water level goes down, the reef as well as the rock edges of the tidal pools become more visible, defining lovely natural swimming pools with crystal clear and deep water that is great for swimming and diving. Low tide usually occurs early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
One needs to be very careful when walking though, because the rocks can be slippery, irregular and razor-sharp. I slipped and fell during my visit. Luckily, I only had a few minor cuts on one of my legs and the camera I was holding was waterproof.
Magpupungko beach compliments the rocky shores where the pools are located. The beach has soft and powdery creamy white sand. There are picnic huts available for rent and you can buy food from the restaurant managed by the caretakers or bring your own.
Magpupungko is a great spot to spend a day on the beach. In our case however, we left before lunch time since one of us needs to catch the 1PM flight to Cebu.
Entrance Fee: Php50 | Habal-Habal with Driver: Standard rate is Php1,000. Haggle a bit and you may found someone who would give you a ride for Php700. Don’t forget to treat your driver to lunch. MAGPUPUNGKO ROCK POOLS AND BEACH, SIARGAO SURIGAO DEL NORTE