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Siargao Island Hopping – What You Need to Know

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There’s no secret that Siargao Island in the Philippines is home to the famous Cloud 9 as a world-class surfing destination. (Cloud 9 was too big of a surf break for me, truthfully…) But there’s more to do than just surf on this beautiful, jaw-dropping, island. On days my shoulders were soar from surfing some of the better-suited waves on the island — like Secret Spot, Stimpys, and Pilar — I set out to soak in some of the beauty is a different way…  

Siargao island hopping video

This short video sums up the gist of what it’s like to island hop around Siargao.

You basically hire a guide and a small boat for as long as you want. The guide will drive the boat to the surrounding island, and to the best snorkel spot. Which for us, wasn’t at one of the islands. He just parked the boat in the middle of the ocen and pointed out the best spot.

The water is bath-like in temperature, clean, and not too salty. Pristine. The sand is super-fine, white, and velvety soft. Siagao island and all that surrounds it really is a magical place.

What islands do you visit?

We visited Daku island, Naked island, and Guyam island to enjoy sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling, and exploring.

You can rent out these little huts if you want to on Daku island, for a little extra shade. Or if you want to spend an entire day there.

Island hopping in Philippines

How long is the trip?

Ours was about four to five hours, but we never felt rushed. We moved at our own pace.

Siargao Island Hopping

How much does it cost?

Our trip total was $22 USD. However, there is a “parking fee” at a couple of the islands, which is a couple of bucks at each spot.

Siargao Island Hopping


Where is the take-off point?

In General Luna, go to the beach that’s right behind the General Luna Local Market. We just hired a boat on the spot, but you can arrange a boat trip for the morning that you want to leave.

Siargao Island Hopping in the Philippines

What to bring?

Grab some snorkel gear, pack some some snacks, adult beverages, water, towels, and an underwater camera if you have one.

Where to rent snorkel gear?

If you’re looking for a place to rent snorkel gear, go to the Palaka Siargao Dive Center before you take off. It’s conveniently located right next to the take-off point on the beach, also behind the General Luna Local Market.

Siargao Island Hopping

If you have any more questions you want answered before hitting up on the spot, feel free to ask me in the comments section, or on Twitter. Have a great time on your own Siargao island hopping adventure!

Always in search of worldly knowledge and broader understandings, Kaitlyn has been freelancing while traveling since 2015. She's passionate about digital content, being environmentally friendly, and surfing. 16+ countries and counting.