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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 us, truthfully…) But there’s more to do than just surf on this beautiful, jaw-dropping, island. On days my shoulders were sore from surfing some of the easier waves on the island — like Secret Spot, Stimpys, and Pilar — I set out to soak in some of the island’s 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.

It’s as simple as hiring a guide and a small boat for as long as you want. The guide will drive your small boat to the surrounding island, and to the best snorkel spots.

The water is bath-like in temperature, clean, and not too salty. The sand is super-fine, white, and velvety soft. Siagao island and all that surrounds it in one word is pristine.

What islands do you visit?

You can visit Daku island, Naked island, and Guyam island to enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and exploring.

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

Island hopping in Philippines

How long is the trip?

Expect your trip to last about four to five hours. Remeber to breath, take it all in, and move at your own pace. There’s no need to feel rushed here.

How much does it cost?

The trip will cost you around $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. You can hire a crewman and boat on the spot or 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 snacks, beverages, water, towels, and an underwater camera if you have one.

Where can I 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 to be answered before hitting up on the spot, feel free to ask me in the comments section, or on Twitter. Have a spectacular 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.