Islands and Beaches

Magpupungko Rocks!

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Apr 17, 2013

Magpupungko has withstood time and natural challenges such as typhoons and big, angry waves. The big rock sits and looks over the sea and the waves. It may well be watching over its secret: the blue lagoon lying just a few steps from its feet.

One gazes in awe at the lagoon of blue crystal clear water, soft white sand, rock formations and corals. Fishes of different size and shape swim along its water, tempting you to just jump right in.

I did... but stayed at the sidelines and enjoyed the calm water while the Magsuroy Ta Team frolicked in the deeper parts of the lagoon simply because I did not know how to swim.

Having tested the water, I happily continued taking pictures and taking it all in in my treasure chest of memories.

Magpupungko is best appreciated during low tide when the rock formations are exposed and the lagoon is not submerged. At high tide, the lagoon is hidden while the Magpupungko Rock watches over it.

Sadly, the tide was coming in. We had to leave paradise for a very delicious lunch of crabs, shrimps, grilled and "kinilaw" small tuna and squid plus fresh buko juice to quench our thirst.

A consolation for us leaving paradise. Hehe :)

Magpupungko is one must-see destination when you're in Siargao Island. Don't forget to take pictures!

What To Expect:

Entrance to the lagoon is a cave with rock formations. Some areas are slippery especially near the lagoon. Wear appropriate foot wear.

Sun block or sunscreen with SPF 100 is a must.

Bring bottled water but do not leave it there. Respect the law of nature to leave nothing but footprints.

You can bring your own food but it can also be arranged with the local government unit. Contact Pilar, Siargao Island's Tourism Officer: Deodato Tesiorna at 0928-3170019 for your food and possible accomodation.

See how to get there for directions to paradise. :) Its worth the trip!

How to Get There:

By air from Cebu:

Cebu Pacific flies every Monday and Friday at 10:40am from Cebu and returning from Siargao (Sayak airport) at 11:50am and vice versa.

By sea:

Passenger boats and Roro are available daily at 6:00am and 12:00noon via PPA Port for Roro and Boats at Boulevard Port.

By land:

From Davao City, Surigao City is 8 hours away. Bus Fare is Php500 from Davao City to Butuan and from Butuan City to Surigao City is Php195.

Starting June 9, 2011, Cebu Pacific will fly from Manila to Surigao City every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Airphil Express also has daily flights from Manila to Surigao City.

From Surigao City, Siargao is 2 hours away by boat. Boat fare is Php200/head to Dapa in Siargao. Van rental around the island is Php4,000/day.

Motorbikes or habal-habal from Dapa to Pilar is Php250 one-way

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