With islands galore spread all over the Philippines, it's not difficult to see another one just close by. In Siargao, the island itself is surrounded by several. Even the boat trip from Surigao City to Dapa showed so many islands in just three hours, some of them big enough to be cannibalized by mining firms for its ore. What I wanted to see were islands in their more natural state.
Jovert, the habal habal driver, picked me up and off we drove on dirt roads to General Luna where he has arranged a banca for me. The rate was way cheaper than the resort where I'm staying. Our plan was to hit three: Naked, Guyam and Daku. Naked is nothing but a sandbar, Guyam is a palm-fringed islet and Daku is an island with a fishing village.
Naked Island: just like Camiguin's White Island, this is a speck of white sandbar in the middle of the sea. Fishermen were grilling freshly caught fish (what else?) as we wade onshore.
Daku Island: literally meaning "big island", Daku is a quaint fishing village with bancas as mode of transport instead of cars. Kids played on a gorgeous white sand beach while fishermen launched another banca as we made our way here.