What other activity is better to explore the hidden paradise of Siargao than island hopping? Of course your tour will not be complete without checking out these amazing islands surrounding the main island of Siargao.
First on the list is the most popular island in Siargao, Naked Island. As the name suggests, Naked Island is mostly ‘bare’, just white sand and sea around it. It is a great swimming destination as the water in these parts is very clear. If you want to snorkel, there are decent coral reefs where your tour guide may bring you to. Usually, tour packages in this island come with a trip to other islands nearby, Guyam Island and Daku Island.
Guyam Island is a contrast of Naked Island. It is a tiny island with a verdant cluster of tropical trees; mostly coconut trees. It is small that it can be walked around within 10 minutes. It is a secluded and it is inhabited by its caretakers alone, making it a quiet and relaxing haven for tourists. Guyam Island features a plain sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other.
Next to the two islands is Daku Island. A long strip of white sand beach lined with coconut trees and huts. Having the largest land area among the three, the island’s name was derived from the local term Daku, which literally means “large”. There is a small sari-sari store where you can buy snacks and drinks. People living in the island set up nipa cottages which are available for rent while you stay in the island. If you are adventurous enough, you can arrange an overnight stay. Just keep in mind that you have to arrange your boat ride (before the boat that dropped you off leaves) to pick you up the next day. Also, there is no electricity in the island so be prepared for a legit island experience. Kayaking, fishing and skimboarding are popular activities in this island too.
Bucas Grande (popularly known as Socorro) is located at the west part of Siargao, in the town of Socorro, Surigao Del Norte. This group of islands can be reached from Dapa Port in Siargao via Ferry Boat for just Php100 per person. If you are coming from the town of Socorro, there are boats you can hire to reach the island. Technically, Bucas Grande is not part of Siargao. However, it is usually included in the travel itinerary of those who visit Siargao Island. Bucas Grande is a consistent rising favorite destination for tourists not only in the Philippines but also all around the world. Its booming popularity is attributed to the islands’ astounding beauty that unsurprisingly capture the hearts of those who witness its magnificence.
Another great tourist destination in Bucas Grande are the Sohoton Cove and Lagoons and the Tojoman Lagoons (also known as Jellyfish Sanctuary). Currently, these are one of hottest tourist attractions in Socorro due to their captivating wild landscape of abundant fauna and flora found on floating islands and the breathtaking underwater sceneries they offer. It is home to thousands (or even millions during breeding season) of a unique species of stingless jellyfish (Mastigias papua) that are concentrated around the area. You have the option to watch them while riding a canoe or a boat or dive in the water and swim with these friendly creatures – it is truly a one of a kind experience that you should not miss.