Besides surfing, other popular activities on the island is the Siargao Island Tour. We only had limited time on the island so we decided to just go on one tour. We chose the tour that includes three islands and the Mapupungko pools.
Siargao Island Tour Booking
There are several companies that do the island tours of course and we went with My Siargao Guide. At the time, I sent them a text message to inquire and they can confirm if they still had space for the tour the following day. We just had to pay for it at the reception of Bravo Resort the day before. Thankfully, Bravo Resort was just a 10-15 minute walk from our resort. The fee was 1,200 per person which includes the guide, boat, fees and lunch.
The first island on our itinerary is Guyam island. It’s a very small island. You can walk around it in not even an hour. It had pretty small rocky pools surrounding the other side. It has plenty of coconut trees. There’s one house on the island which the caretaker lives in. It also has some tables and chairs. Our group consisted of about 8 people, mostly Filipinos except for my boyfriend – the only foreigner in the group. They were all nice and they started drinking very early in the morning. We are not really drinkers so we just went around the island to take some photos.
Naked Island is the second island on our Siargao Island Tour. It’s about the size of Guyam island but without trees, therefore the name of Guyam island. It is very bare except the many boats docked on the island and the many people taking photos on every angle. This is not the best island to go to if you don’t like being burned by the sun as there is no shade. It’s a nice place for snorkeling though..
We were on our third island which is Daku island. It’s the biggest out of the three. This is an island that is inhabited so you can actually see houses and locals. There are huts here so it’s an ideal place for lunch as they have the facilities to cook and prepare food. We ordered buko for an extra 50 pesos or about .80 euro. Our hearty lunch consisted of a really big fish, rice, pansit (Filipino noodles), chicken adobo (chicken cooked in soy sauce and vinegar), liempo (grilled pork), grilled vegetables, watermelon, soda and side sauces of soy sauce and vinegar. It was very yummy. We were given an hour after lunch to rest or swim before we went on to our next destination. We decided to walk a bit and picked up some shells.
On our way back to the main island of Siargao, we saw this unusual circular rainbow above us that was surrounding the sun. I googled it and apparently it’s called Glory – an optical phenomenon and you can read more about it here if you are curious. It was low tide so our boat cannot even reach the dock, we had to walk our way to the shore. This is not good if you are only wearing slippers.
Mapupungko Rock Pools
The Mapupungko Rock Pools are the last agenda on our Siargao Island tour itinerary. Obviously, you can only come here in the afternoon as you can only access them on low tide. We were there in May and it was so crowded! We had to walk at the far end just to get a quiet area. If you are hungry, there are a lot of food stalls near the entry. The other people in our group checked it out but apparently just went drinking after a few minutes. They told us on the way back. We stayed a bit to enjoy a pool after walking a while to find an area with not as many people as the ones near the front.
Siargao Island Tour Experience
It was a fun experience. We just wish it was not that crowded. Siargao is becoming a very popular destination. I’m not sure if we just caught it at a very popular time because school was out. Overall it was a fun activity to do. By around 5pm, we were back at Bravo Hotel and we just walked to Isla Cabana.