But serious beachcombers simply have to take the trip to Siargao for the “wow” experience. A few minutes from General Luna town by motorized banca are three scenic spots named Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island. There are day tours to the islands, but it’s less expensive to rent a boat, which you can book from the town’s public market.
The usual first stop is Naked Island, which is really more of a sandbank – a 200 meter-long stretch of blindingly white sand with the bluest, clearest water on both sides. The Philippines is blessed with an abundance of sandbars that never fail to gladden your heart, and this one is a good as it gets.
Next in line is Daku Island, shaded by countless coconut palm trees. The beach beckons with its powdery white sand. There are simple beachfront huts where you can stay the night. There is no electricity, but who needs it in a place where nature overwhelms! A small fishing community of 300 residents live on the island; you can have them prepare a meal of fresh seafood.
Offering the same delightful experience is Guyam Island, uninhabited except for fish, sea snakes, and shells, nature’s haven that’s all your own. You can never have enough of these unspoiled haunts.
The jump-off point to Siargao Island is Surigao City in Surigao del Sur where ferries will take you to Dapa, the island’s main port. The trip can take between two to four hours, depending on the size of the ferry. You get on a van, tricycle, or habal-habal (motorbike) for your final destination. Surigao City can be reached by car or bus via the Ro-Ro ferry boat from Manila. You can also book a direct flight from Manila.
5. Virgin Island
Travelers who are used to breathtaking nature spots still can’t help being impressed by Virgin Island, a 20-minute banca ride from the popular Panglao Island in Bohol. From the boat, your feet into soft, white sand. It’s the tail of a long stretch of sandbar that curves into a giant crescent-moon shape, like an arm embracing the water. Simply stunning!
The water is pristine and shallow, its color taking on different shades of blue. Starfish rest on the sand and the marine life is to be seen. The sandbar envelops an islet in the middle, the whole area spanning one hectare during low tide. The islet is privately owned, but the owners allow visitors to walk the length of the sandbar. It’s a journey not to be missed.