SIARGAO ISLAND HOPPING – GUYAM, DAKU & NAKED ISLAND
There are so many awesome things to do on Siargao Island but one of the most popular activities is to get off the island and go island hopping from Siargao. There are three beautiful islands only a short long-tail boat trip away from General Luna, which is the tourist part of Siargao. Guyam Island, Daku Island, and Naked Island are the three stops along the tour, which includes pick-up, drop-off, and a seafood lunch.
Siargao Island Hopping Rates
There are two different types of tours you can do, which will make a big difference in the price. We did a tour with Explore Siargao. They are a new tour company run by young locals who want to give tourists the best chance to have an uncrowded day with good food, drinks and good times. The price for a day of private island hopping on Siargao with them is 1,300 pesos per person or $26 USD. This includes a gourmet seafood, banquet style lunch, and a visit to Guyam, Daku and Naked Island. They are super chill and let us reverse the usual order to avoid the crowds and stay on Naked Island until sunset. We were the only boat at both Guyam and Naked Island.
The alternative is to book an entire boat, which ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 pesos, which is about $30-40. You can then pile in 5-10 guests depending on the size of the boat. This will not include lunch and may not include entry fees. That depends on how you organize it with the boatman. You can buy fresh fish and seafood from the dock in the morning, take it to Daku and have the local shop barbecue it for you. Or you can just buy a local lunch for $1-2 before you leave. Ask at Solaria or any of the guesthouses you may be staying at if they know a boatman. You won’t need to ask more than two people before you find a guy.
If you are on a budget the second option is a little less luxurious but far cheaper. If you want a relaxing island experience where everything is taken care of for what is still quite a cheap price of $25 you can hit up the crew Explore Siargao.
** We also added in a stop with Explore Siargao by leaving extra early to Corregidor Island. It will make your day a lot longer and involves a short little hike but was something we wanted to see. I suggest it for adventurers but not people like for a chill island hopping day if you plan to hit the other three islands as well. Visiting Corregidor Island and one other island might be a better choice.
Island Hopping Siargao
Corregidor Island is a 45-minute boat ride from the harbor. It isn’t part of the usual island hopping schedule and would be something you organize as an additional location. I wouldn’t try and add it to the regular schedule as it can be quite a long day but I will show you what it’s like here in case you want to combine it with the tour and remove Naked Island for example.
When we arrived there were no other tourist boats around. We quickly made our way into the middle of the island and began our short trek through the village an up towards the summit of the island. Making our way through the muddy fields in the pouring rain was not how we had envisaged our island hopping to go but the fun is in the adventure.
Finally, we made it to the top of the hill after enduring knee-deep mud through the fields. The scenery atop Corregidor is pretty epic. Coconut palms stick out of long grass, which covers rolling hills. A few cute little coves hide underneath cliffside drop-offs.
When you think of a private tropical paradise, Guyam Island is the type of spot that comes to mind. It takes about 20 seconds to walk from one side of the island to the other, weaving through the 100 coconut palms that are about the only things on the small patch of sand. One local man in a hut keeps watch about who comes and goes and will happily climb and grab you a coconut for 50 pesos. The water around the island is crystal clear. However, a big reef surrounds the entire island.
We hung out on the beach here for over an hour. Our longtail boat was the only sign of humans in sight. Guyam island is a spot where you really feel like you are stranded on a remote island.
Daku Island is going to be the middle island and your lunch stop of the day. If you opted for the budget tour with a private boat at the set price of 1500 pesos you will be on your own here. Hopefully, you brought some good snacks or your own seafood, which the locals will cook up for you.
If you are on a tour like we were, Daku Island is a pretty good chill spot. You will have one of the little bungalow huts included in your fee and after an hour or so of chilling in the sun and exploring the palms a seafood feast will arrive. Squid, grilled chicken, adobo, mango, pineapple, salad and drinks. There’s nothing more satisfying than a seafood feast while looking out over the blue water in the Philippines. Trust me on that.
If you head around the coast on Daku you will venture into the palm forest, which is always a good time. We never say no to climbing a palm and heading off for a walk. Around the coastal side of Daku, we also bumped into a few cute kids and hung out with the locals for a while.
By this stage of the day you are full of great food, your tan is coming along strong and you are 100% relaxed. It’s time for the last stop on the island hopping itinerary.
The final stop of your Island Hopping Siargao experience is Naked Island. No, it’s not a nudist island it just doesn’t have anything other than sand on it making it a naked island. A bit of grass is growing on the island nowadays thanks to birds dropping seed but for the most part, this sandy patch in the middle of the ocean is bare. The sandbar is so small I swam around the whole thing before hanging out with the crew in the shallows for a couple of hours. There isn’t anything to see on this island at all. It’s 100 meters of sand, but that is the beauty of it. Have a beer, kick back in the sand or refresh yourself in the water. It’s also a good spot for sunset if you can manage to stay out that long.