Dako Island in Siargao

Sail to this surfer's paradise that offers perfect Pacific breaks and a charming tropical landscape. Photo by @artojd

Dako Island in Siargao, a surfer's paradise in Surigao del Norte in Mindanao, 760 kilometers southeast of Manila, is a tropical haven with blinding white sand, turquoise waters and steady swells coming in from the Pacific Ocean. Tourists can choose their sunbathing spot on the wide expanse of sand or seek shade under the many palm trees that complete the tropical vibe. There's a fishing community in Dako made up of only about 300 people. Electricity is not available in the island but visitors can stay overnight in open beach huts by the shoreline. Dako Island, from the word dako or big, is the largest of the three islands that make up touristy Siargao. The other two are Naked Island and Guyam Island.

How to get there
Take a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Siargao (via Cebu). From the airport, take a habal-habal, tricycle or multi-cab to your resort. Many resorts have boats or can recommend boatmen to take tourists to Dako Island and the other islands. Island hopping tours cost roughly around P1,500 (US$32).

Book a room at Kermit Siargao. Fan rooms from P1,250. 

Read Archipelago's guide to Siargao.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @artojd on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published December 2016