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Maasin River Siargao – Epic Bent Palm Tree Swing

Maasin River Siargao – Epic Bent Palm Tree Swing

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Complete travel guide to the Maasin River and its famous bent palm tree rope swing on Siargao Island, the Philippines.

The Maasin River Siargao was once just a quaint little river town on the island’s Circumferential Road. However, ever since an opportunistic local erected an awesome rope swing on the picturesque, bent palm tree hanging over the river, the spot got international acclaim thanks to social media.

The truth is, this bent palm tree swing on the Maasin River is now a little bit touristy. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out on your visit to Siargao. In this quick guide, I’ll detail everything you need to know about this unique attraction, including how to get here, costs, what to expect, and tips for avoiding the crowds.

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How to Get to the Maasin River Bent Palm Tree SWing on Siargao

You'll have two options for getting to the Maasin River rope swing spot on Siargao. You can either check this spot out on the famous Siargao Land Tour, or rent a motorbike and ride here yourself.

Here's a breakdown.

Maasin river

Option 1: Join the Siargao Land Tour

If you’re short on time, or if you want to explore a bunch of different highlights on Siargao in a single day, then a good bet is to book the Siargao Land Tour. This is the most popular tour on the island and covers a few must-do activities including: 

This trip includes hotel/hostel pickup from General Luna, lunch and everything else you'd expect from the top-rated tour on Siargao.

Burgos coconut road siargao

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Option 2: Rent a Motorbike (independent)

For independent explorers, rent a bike in General Luna for between 250-350 pesos per day. This is how I explored much of Siargao during my visits. 

Getting to Maasin River Siargao is easy and the roads on this stretch from General Luna are well-maintained, sealed and smooth the whole way. The easiest way to get here is to simply plug in the coordinates in the map below, which is accurate.

Palm tree forest on siargao
Sohoton cove diving board

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Where is the Maasin River?

The Maasin River is located on the Siargao Circumferential Road. It's approximately 18 kilometres from General Luna, which should take you about 25 minutes if riding independently. You'll know when you're at the right spot when you reach the iconic red bridge crossing the Maasin River.

Stop here, and look to your left. You'll see the famous bent palm tree and the Siargao swing just a little ways up the river. You can park your bike here in Maasin for free.

  • Google Maps Pin: "Maasin Bridge River Swing"
Maasin bridge river swing
Maasin river
Maasin village from above

Maasin River Bent Palm Tree Rope Swing Siargao

Entrance Fee: 20 PHP

You can walk down the banks of the Maasin River on Siargao towards the bent palm tree. However, you'll need to pay a 20 PHP entrance fee to use the swing. This fee is payable per person but you can use it as many times as you like.

Maasin river bent palm tree on siargao

There's also an iconic bamboo raft and sometimes you'll also meet a friendly man with a small outrigger rowing boat. Locals will offer you to take photos with the raft for 20 PHP and the man offers trips further upstream to a secret blue lagoon for 500 PHP.

The Siargao swing on the Maasin River is quite fun. It's not a huge drop but it's the picturesque surroundings that makes this so popular. The river is lined with dense, tropical palm trees that make for quite a scene.

Maasin river bent palm tree

Tip: We drove past the Maasin River a few times at midday while exploring the island of Siargao. Let me tell you– this spot gets busy! I recommend getting here early to beat the crowds. I'd say you'd have it all to yourself if you visited around 6-8am.


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More Photos from Maasin River Siargao

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Siargao swing, bent palm tree
Siargao bent palm tree
Maasin river on siargao island

More Things to do in the Area

As you might expect, there's absolutely loads to see and do on Siargao besides surfing! Below are some nearby attractions that I definitely recommend checking out if exploring the island by scooter or motorbike.

Also,. don't miss a trip to Sugba Lagoon or the epic Sohoton Cove on your trip to Siargao Island!

Where to Stay on Siargao

When planning accommodation on Siargao, you'll want to know that the main tourist hub is called General Luna. Here, there is solid tourism infrastructure like hotels, resorts, guest houses, restaurants, clubs, bars, and tour offices. Below are my favorite picks for where to stay.

Las palmas pool and palm trees on siargao island

1. Las Palmas Villas & Casitas Luxury

Very popular luxury villas located within 100 m from the beach in General Luna. Includes swimming pool, bar, and tropical gardens.

Soultribe beach retreat

2. Soultribe Beach Retreat Mid-Range

The best tropical retreat in Siargao. Located in an excellent location on Malinao Beach which offers a unique glamping style accommodation with BBQ dinners and free bicycle rental!

Sinag hostel 

3. Sinag Hostel Budget

The best hostel in General Luna with impressive reviews on popular booking sites. Great for those looking to save money and meet other like-minded travelers.

More Siargao & Philippines Travel Guides

I hope that you've enjoyed this quick guide to the Maasin River Siargao and its famous bent palm tree rope swing! For more travel guides and adventure inspiration, make sure to check out some of my other articles from the Philippines as well.

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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