Ever since I’d seen a a video of Siargao from One Way Ticket, I’d been excited to visit Magpupungko Pool. Hali, meanwhile, was excited to surf in the world-famous Cloud 9 in General Luna. So you can imagine how looking forward we were to these visits.
Magpupungko Pool is located inside Buddha’s Surf Resort in Pilar, Siargao. It is about a 2-hour ride from our homestay in Del Carmen. For those who are commuting, to get here you can flag a motorcycle from General Luna. It will cost you about P1000 or less for a round-trip fare.
There is a cheap entrance fee of P50, and tables and cottages are offered at reasonable rates as well. I think the resort is still on its developmental phase; the rest rooms are still under construction.
Magpupungko Pool stands true to its promise. From afar it looks just a regular pool beside the beach, but as you get near you’ll start to appreciate how the rock formations serve as a natural pool during low tide, the picturesque view offered by stones peeking from the water and the clear emerald water.
You can even see fishes inside the natural pool.
There was never a dull moment when we were at Magpupungko Pool. We swam and took group shots underwater. I think this place is non-threatening to newbie swimmers; the pool isn’t that wide and you can easily swim to nearby rocks when necessary.
I am thoroughly in love with this place.
There’s also a huge rock that you can climb if you want to cliff dive (Hali says it’s not cliff diving because the rock is too low). It goes without saying that the best time to go here is during low tide; otherwise the pool won’t be visible.
Cloud 9 Resort, General Luna
After lunch time, we went to the boardwalk on Cloud 9 Resort in General Luna — for surfing, of course.
During our visit, surfing activities had already started past 1 PM, at high tide. For P500 we get a surfing board and an instructor for an hour. Most of us split this hour with a buddy.
Outside the resort, there are also a number of shops selling souvenirs, shirts and surfing-related items such as boards and rash guards. Most people buy pasalubong here.
I had never tried surfing in Baler or La Union, so I asked Hali how is Cloud 9 different from the ones he’d been to. He said in General Luna it’s possible to surf far from the shore, and the sea water is definitely clearer compared to the two mentioned. This surfing haven also hurls consistent big waves, the very reason Siargao is a regular host for global surfing competitions.
I meant to surf, but I was not feeling well. Hali pushed through alone. (Hali, sometime in the future you will see me on a surfboard, don’t worry. Also you will be humbly amazed by my natural water skills and will probably call me a “water goddess.”)
The sunset caught up with us, and it was beautiful. A large rainbow showed up in the middle of the sea before we were all dowsed with heavy rainfall. We went home still damp.
This visit to two of Siargao Island’s best spots marked our last day in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.
P.S. This post is part of our 5-day Cebu-Siargao series. See other places we’ve been to in this trip:
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