Guyam Island is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 780 kilometres (480 mi) southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte. It is around 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south-southeast of General Luna municipality.
The sunset view is spectacular like no other! Walk around the island leisurely and it will take you no more than 15 minutes. Enjoy the mix of sand and reef in the small island.
The island is a miniature tropical paradise. There are open hut-cottages you can chill and relax. The islet is well-maintained and beach facing General Luna is nice for swimming. Boat trip to this island from General Luna is approx. 20 mins.
Guyam is the smallest among the three. (Daku island, Naked island, Guyam Island) But size doesn’t really matter when you get to seek this wonderful islet. The setting provides the usual island vibe but what makes it different is the stony formations that are covered with mosses giving it a foamy texture. During low tide, natural pools form with these corals and stony structures that create a naturally rustic version of Magpupungko Pools.
Guyam Island is highly similar to Dako Island wherein it also has cottages that visitors can lounge in. In addition, corals are also widespread along the reefs for marine explorers.
The pretty Naked Island is named such because it is stripped of luxury trappings and even the typical coconut trees (though there are some patches of grass). It is barren and just a white sand bar that gets smaller during high tide. It is recommended to visit it when it is not too hot or sunset time.
If you don’t care about getting sunburnt, it’s good to just lay down on the sand and enjoy the sun, the sand, and the waves.
The nearby Daku Island is the fairest of them all. It has powdery white sand hugged by gorgeous aquamarine waters. Unlike Naked Island, Daku is dotted with coconut trees. It’s called “Daku” in Visayan dialect meaning “Big” in English.
This island is also inhabited by a few families, part of General Luna’s component barangay. There is fantastic snorkeling near the surf spot and around the southern tip of the island. After a day’s surf in Daku, one can relax in the long white sand beach, and crystal clear water!
Dako Island is the best place for beginner surfers to learn for its big, thick but friendly waves. It is also a good spot for kitesurfing and discover diving.
Guyam Island is a local favorite if you plan to stay overnight.