Siargao is a beautiful island, famous for its surfing waves, endless palm tree jungles and incredible natural wonders. I had the chance to stay for a little over a week in Siargao and explore everything it has to offer.
However, apart from the famous Bent Palm Tree, the Magpupungko Rock Pools, Cloud 9 Beach and Pacifico Beach, there are a few other places worth exploring that are just a short boat ride away from Siargao.
One of them is the incredible Naked Island, part of an island hopping tour that also includes Daku Island and Guyam Island. In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know when planning a trip to Naked Island, Siargao.
1. How to get to Naked Island
There is only one way to get to this beautiful island. You can only visit it as part of an island hopping tour. I wrote a complete guide about going island hopping in Siargao, including where to book your tour and how much it costs. For all the information you need, click here.
If you only want to visit the Naked Island and skip Daku Island and Guyam Island, you can try booking a private tour at the wharf in General Luna. Go there early in the morning and talk to one of the local boatmen.
I can’t guarantee that they’ll agree to take you only to the Naked Island but you can try. If you have the time, I highly recommend doing a complete island hopping tour. The other two islands are incredible and worth visiting.
How to get to Siargao
The easiest way is to take the plane from Cebu to Siargao; this is the option we chose. The plane ride will only take around one hour, compared to almost an entire day by boat.
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2. What to expect at Naked Island, Siargao
As the name suggests, there’s nothing on Naked Island. This small mound of sand sitting in the middle of the ocean has no palm trees, no houses, no vegetation.
It’s just a pile of white sand surrounded by crystal-clear water, perfect for swimming. There is no shade on this island so make sure to bring sunscreen or a t-shirt with UV protection.
Also, I recommend bringing some snacks with you (water and something to eat). There are no shops on this island and it’s important to keep hydrated.
There’s not much to do at Naked Island. You can take a walk, lay your towel on the sand and enjoy the sun or swim.
I recommend visiting Naked Island during the low tide when more of the island is visible. However, during the low tide you can’t swim because the water is not deep enough.
If you’re visiting Naked Island during the high tide, the water will be perfect for swimming but only a small part of the island will be visible.
If you have a drone, don’t hesitate to lift it and snap some awesome pictures with this place. This reminds me – buy a waterproof bag for your electronics and belongings. Dan lost his camera to the waves of Guyam Island.
You will probably have around one hour to spend on this island if you’re booking an island hopping tour. Take lots of photos and enjoy this unique place!
Good to know – there is no entrance fee for visiting Naked Island in Siargao. You’ll only have to pay for the tour.
3. Where to stay in Siargao
Even though Siargao is a big island, the majority of hotels and guest houses are located in General Luna. In General Luna you’ll also find lots of restaurants, a few ATMs and supermarkets.
I’ve been searching for the best accommodation on the island. Below are my recommendations, suitable for any budget.
- Budget – Ilakai Hostel – good location, clean rooms & bathrooms, friendly staff, good facilities, good value for money
- Mid-Range – DomuMia Villa – good location, great amenities, awesome staff, clean and spacious rooms
- Luxury – Las Palmas Villa – incredible pool, great location, luxurious rooms with amazing amenities, friendly staff, private and quiet
4. Final thoughts
During my one month in the Philippines, I visited many beautiful places. I’ve been to El Nido, I went island hopping in Bohol and I explored the beaches of Siquijor. However, island hopping in Siargao was one of my favourite experiences.
Naked Island is a unique place, a small piece of land where you can forget about all your worries. When thinking about an exotic paradise, the first thing that comes to mind is Naked Island.
If you’d like to read more about the Philippines, check out my guide which includes important info about transport, food, accommodation, prices and more! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.
May the travel bug bite you!