Siargao Island Hopping Guide - Naked, Daku, and Guyam Islands
One of the most popular things to do in Siargao is to go on an island hopping tour. Typically, this tour visits three beautiful islands only 30 minutes off the coast of Siargao: Naked, Daku and Guyam islands. This guide has everything you need to know about how to book the Siargao Island hopping tour and what to expect.
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Where to Book the Siargao Island Hopping Tour
There two options for booking the island hopping tour in Siargao: doing it yourself and joining an organized boat tour. We'll talk you through the pros and cons of each.
Siargao Island Hopping DIY
The first option is to organize everything yourself! If you head to the wharf in General Luna, you should be able to ask around and find someone who owns a boat. Depending on your negotiating skills, you can find a private boat for this journey for around 1500 pesos. Unlike the organized tours, this price doesn't include lunch or the entry fees to the individual islands. On the bright side, these boats usually fit 6-10 people so you can split the cost amongst all your friends. To be safe, you may want to secure your captain the day before your trip.
If you're traveling in a group, this option is much cheaper than going with the organized tours. There's also the benefit of being able to leave earlier than all the other boats or reversing the order of the islands in order to avoid the crowds.
Siargao Island Hopping Group Tour
The second option is to book an organized group tour. You'll see these offered by many accommodations in General Luna so there's really no need to book online. Usually, the price you're quoted will include lunch (sometimes even alcohol) and the entry fees to the islands. The tours will meet at the accommodation that you booked through and they will provide trike transport to and from the wharf.
The convenience of these tours will cost you. Expect to pay 800PHP - 1000PHP per person for the whole day. Additionally, you won't have as much flexibility on the schedule and may feel rushed at some of the stops.
If you choose to go the organized group tour route, we booked ours with Kermit Siargao. The trip includes unlimited beer and rum, delicious food, transport, entry fees, and costs 1000PHP per person!
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Siargao Island Hopping Costs
Boat rental - 1500 pesos per boat
Naked Island entry fee - free
Daku Island entry fee - 100 pesos per boat
Guyam Island entry fee - 20 pesos per person
Lunch - 200-300 pesos per person
Organized Group Tour
Everything included - 800-1000 PHP per person
Siargao Island Hopping Itinerary
This is the order and itinerary that most tour operators follow. If you book a private boat or have a flexible group, you may be able to reverse the order to avoid the other boats. Some tours may also add an extra stop to another island like Corregidor or Sohoton Cove.
The first stop on the tour is a little sandbank with absolutely nothing on it but sand, hence the name Naked Island. There's not much to do aside from lay in the sun, swim, snorkel and take some fun drone photos. Depending on the tour, you may spend between 30 and 60 minutes here. Since there isn't any shade on the island, make sure that you bring adequate sun protection!
The second island on the tour is Daku island, the largest of the three. This is where most group tours stop for lunch. If you opted for an organized tour, you'll get to chill in one of the beach huts and feast on tropical fruits, and seafood. If you're lucky, your tour may also include free rum and beer. Otherwise, if you choose to do a DIY trip and bring your own food, the locals will be happy to cook it for you here. If not, there are also a few beach shacks where you can buy some snacks on the island. We spent two hours here exploring the palm tree groves, playing with the many puppies that live on the island and generally enjoying life.
The final stop on the tour, Guyam Island, was our favorite. The island has a perfectly circular palm tree forest surrounded by white sand and shallow turquoise waters; it's unbelievably picturesque! Our tour spent a little over an hour here, after which we made the 20-minute boat journey back to Siargao.
All in all, the Siargao island hopping tour is a very relaxing day of stranding yourself on tiny islands, chilling under the sun and swimming in turquoise waters.
When to Visit Siargao
We made the mistake of thinking that dry season in Siargao is the same as in the rest of the Philippines and experienced quite a few torrential downpours when we visited Siargao in December. For the lowest chance of rain, visit Siargao between May and September. Rain is possible year-round, so make sure to bring a poncho so you don't get soaked on your boat tours!
Where to Stay in Siargao
Unique Stay - Soultribe Beach Retreat - The ultimate glamping experience. Sleep on a queen-sized bed in luxury tents right near the beach.
Luxury - Sandy Feet Siargao - Luxurious beachfront villas. Good for families and groups of 3-4.
Budget Private room - Point 303 Resort - If you don’t mind spotty wifi, they have some of the most affordable private double rooms in Siargao.
Budget Dorm room - Avocado Tree Hostel - Air-conditioned bunk rooms located smack dab in the center of General Luna.
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