It’s our island hopping day, meaning, more tanning to come hahaha. Our wake up call is much earlier today since our boat departs at 7 am. The first island to explore for the day is the enchanting Bucas Grande. It’s a two hours travel time on a boat ride since it’s located in Surigao del Norte, so prepare your butts to get burned. And bring some snacks while you can because the next meal you’ll have is lunch time.
Bucas Grande makes me reminisce our Coron island hopping experience. On sight, only a vast clear body of water and rock islands covered with trees. Very calming and you can only hear the chitchats of tourists and tour guides calling the next batch. Make sure to bring gears that are water resistant like GoPro to capture the wonderful view. Entrance fees are also included in our tour package.
We docked as soon as we arrived and wear our lifevest and hard hat. We waited as soon as the other groups are done before finally hopping on our mini boat.
For our first point of destination, the boat that we ride only fit for 3 people (including the boatman). And we were on trance as we were surrounded only by these islands and clear calm water.
And voila, we reached the stingless jellyfish sanctuary! Unfortunately, it’s not their season so there’s only 1 or 2 jellyfish on sight. Rainy season is the ideal one if you want to view a lot of jellyfish. Good thing we came across one. Look at her! And it’s true, it doesn’t sting. Aside from jellyfish sightseeing, you can also swim around the area and explore the corals.
After 20 – 30 minutes, we went back to the registration area. From there we hop again to another boat ride. This time its a more spacious boat that can fit 8 people. Next destination is Sohoton Cove. Unfortunately again (hahaha), we don’t have shots inside the caves because the GoPro we were using totally went off (face palm). So please bear on to these shots that we’ve only saved hehe.
Activities in Sohoton Cove includes swimming into Magkuku-ob cave and rock climbing to reach the cliff. This I opt out because I think I’ve gained the fear of jumping heights after my Kawasan canyoneering experience hahaha. And again since my friends’ phones went off, we didn’t get to take photos of their jump 😅. Just tell your guide if you want to jump off the 5m cliff, if not you’ll have to swim back on your boat. Remember to always wear your life vests.
We went back to where we originally docked for lunch. Again, our lunch is included in our itinerary package. While waiting for our guide to pick us up, time to reapply some sunscreen and stretching for another two hours of boat travel.
Our next island tour is the 3 islands near General Luna. Time checked, it’s 3 PM and it’s scorching hot. And we arrived at Naked island. Why is it called Naked? Because it’s a bare island with nothing but boats filled with travelers. No trees to take some shade so hello to more sunburn! Haha!
It’s freakin’ hot so we have to get back at the boat.
Next island we went to is Daku. More like a residential island if I’ll describe it. At least there are stores and toilet rooms available. You can swim on the beach, get some coconut juice or play volleyball.
I liked the chill vibe of Daku island. A fortress to relax.
The last island we went to for the day is perfect for sunset viewing. Welcome to Guyam island.
Guyam is where more parties are held. Loud music with people dancing, playing around, getting drunk in their cottages.
And make sure to get a good spot once the sunset started and capture that moment.
And that’s how we wrap up our island hopping day in Siargao. Happy lamyerda guys!