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.
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Siargao Island Hopping Rates
There are two different types of tours you can do, which will make a big difference in the price. The price for a day of private island hopping on Siargao ranges from 1,300 pesos per person or $26 USD all the way up to $35 per person if you are booking in advance online with a tour company through Viator. This generally includes gourmet seafood, banquet style lunch, and a visit to Guyam, Daku and Naked Island. We managed to do the island-hopping in reverse of 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 from a local at the wharf, 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 about $20-$30 you can book a regular Siargao Island Hopping tour.
** We also added in a stop 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.
MORE SIARGAO TRAVEL GUIDES
I spent 40 days living on Siargao and adventured to all of the well-known spots but also ventured a little further off the beaten path and explored some truly mind-blowing parts of Siargao and Sohoton! I’ve written a huge travel guide for Siargao but also several other helpful guides about the best sunsets, cliff jump spots. You can click on any of the guides below to head straight there. Enjoy Siargao!
WHERE TO STAY ON SIARGAO ISLAND
Siargao is pretty straightforward when it comes to picking a region to stay. 90% of people choose to stay somewhere near General Luna. All of the bars, restaurants, tours, ports, and hotels are near General Luna and Cloud 9 surf break. There are a couple of other regions you could stay in like Pacifico but unless you are purposely looking for isolation, General Luna is your spot. So what are my suggestions for where to stay in General Luna?
First, I’ll tell you where I stayed. Because I stayed for over a month, I managed to find an Airbnb. It was 4 blocks back from the beach, had wi-fi, A/C, a private bathroom, patio and inside was just two bunk beds. It was super basic and I stayed here with two mates and my sister. It was 900 USD for the entire month, which we split four ways so it was just $225 each. There’s a photo below of our sweet Airbnb pad on Siargao Island.
Aside from Airbnb, which obviously isn’t for everyone, I actually personally visited and even stayed at a few different hotels during my time on Siargao. There are two standouts, luxurious resorts for those with a bit bigger budget.
- The first spot is called Nay Palad Hideaway. It really is just a magical looking place surrounded by palm trees. The architecture is. beautiful and it is like island style meets luxury. It’s perfectly located in General Luna but would give you a ton of privacy during your stay as well.
- The second spot is called Siargao Bleu Resort. I had friends stay here and visited and hung out in the pool a few times. It is right on the beach and the cool part is that the luxury villas kind of hang out over the pool making it feel like an over-water villa in the Maldives. The restaurant is pretty bomb too! (I may have snuck into the buffet breakfast once). It is one of the most popular places to stay on Siargao Island, so if you do decide to stay here definitely book early.
- The best budget option for Siargao backpackers who want a private room is called Calypso Surf and Dive. Here you can get a basic double room for just $15, which when you split with your partner makes it cheaper than the hostel. It’s got good vibes, good location and everything you would expect from a basic, cheap accommodation.
- The best budget option for dorm style/hostel accommodation on Siargao Island is called The White House in General Luna. For just $10 a night you can grab yourself a dorm bed. It’s very clean and has a huge chill out area with hammocks and bean bags for those post-surf siesta sessions.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SIARGAO ISLAND
The best time to visit Siargao depends on what you are looking for. Many consider the best time of year when the weather is best but that also means crowds. I will give you a few options below about when is the best month to visit Siargao Island:
September: Siargao hosts the ‘Cloud 9 Surfing Cup’ each September, an official WSL Pro event
July – November: The best time period for surfing in Siargao is July until November. The easterly Mindanao current provides the islands with waves that came from the deepest regions of the Pacific.
March – May: If you aren’t as interested in the surf but are craving that sun. March until May should bring you guaranteed sunny days. But it’s the Philippines so you can’t guarantee it.