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Sleeping over on Guyam Island, A must try in Siargao.
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Sleeping over on Guyam Island, A must try in Siargao.

Sleeping over on Guyam Island in Siargao is a must-try activity when visiting the surfing paradise. It’s unique and fascinating. And the thing is, can you stay on an island where it’s completely different from your bed, room or your nightly accommodation? Thus, this one’s worth a try. |Updated 2018|

It looks like the image you always see on a postcard: fine sand, blue waters, bright sunny sky. You always daydream about the place, and you think you will never be able to go there. Well, come on! Make a dream come true!

Siargao sounds familiar to a lot of people. Aside from the fact that it has the same description you have pictured in your mind, it is also known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and is now considered the best in the southern Philippines.

Sleeping over on Guyam island. How did I get started

Usually, Guyam Island was the last stop for most travellers. Surprisingly, some of us who were about to leave the island and back to our hostel spoke that they wanted to stay and sleepover. Another surprising thing was, yes, it’s allowed!

Above all, It’s a great momentary escape from the congested city, especially when people start to leave to end their day tour.

At first, I wasn’t interested in the idea. In fact, I had to catch my flight the next day; hence I was in two minds if sleeping over on Guyam island didn’t catch my fondness.

Eventually, I gave in.

Soon, only five of us decided to stay overnight. Two guys from Switzerland and America, Two Dutch girls from the Netherlands and me. It’s insane; I could think at first because I have never experienced sleeping at a very remote place on a stranger island I have not even known.

When it was getting dark, we all sat down on a bench facing the beach, waiting to get really dark and had an awesome chat. The surrounding was tranquil and peaceful.

sleeping over Guyam Island Siargao
The Gang of travelers on our last stop, Guyam Island

What to bring

As you can imagine, sleeping over on Guyam island wasn’t on my radar. That said, I only had my clothes for the island hopping. Some new-found friends were generous to leave the hammock to me. Therefore, I had something to sleep on. Additionally, the fellow travellers and the hostel owner had generously gave the leftover foods we had during the entire day of island hopping to eat and enjoy on the island.

However, if you’re already planning or had planned to venture on, make sure to bring food. Make sure to pack lots of food, plenty of water, and of course, toilet paper. ( Don’t worry, there’s a toilet )

Moreover, don’t forget your mosquito repellant lotion, either. As you can imagine, this island is surrounded by trees, so expect mosquitoes everywhere. You might be one eaten alive. ( kidding aside 😛 )  

Activities and experience

Evidently, there was no internet, so we had all the time in the world to chat with one another. Indeed, nothing beats striking conversations with newfound friends.

It was not something Id’ get to experience every day. I could go camping on an island or the beach, which’s pretty typical, however, on this experience. I met strangers and made new friends. We watched the beautiful sunset and sunrise that was reflected in the crystalline water.

  • Bonfire
    Before leaving us, the caretaker told us to gather dried leaves and twigs for the bonfire. We had a lot of fun that night.
  • Skinny Dipping
    I’ve never experienced skinny dipping before until I went sleeping over on Guyam Island. It’s a thrilling feeling. We tried skinny dipping with planktons in the dark—they were glowing!
  • Stargazing
    And then we went stargazing while lying on the sand, all night long until our eyes and body grew tired and decided to call it a day. We were blessed to catch a glimpse of a shooting star!
  • Admiring sunset and sunrise
    Because it’s already close to the dark when we started the adventure, all we had to was admire the sunset. And the next day, we woke up with a magnificent view of the sunrise while being soothed by the lullaby of waves.

What else is there to expect

Ultimately, this is a remote island. There are no cottages to sleep on, so you will have to bring tents, or sleeping bags, or hammocks. There’s no electricity either, don’t expect a wifi for heavens’ sake. This is a good chance for you to disconnect yourself from the social media world. You will need to brush up your skills in building a bonfire if you don’t want to be engulfed by darkness. While the sun is up, collect driftwood and coconut leaves—make sure they’re enough and will last through the night.

Friendly reminders and tips

Don’t forget to ask for tips from your friends who have already gone there or some locals. A Dutch friend of mine whom I met during one of my trips told me that there was a party on the island every Wednesday, but only 20 people were allowed to join, as the the town people wanted to maintain the island’s serenity. There’s a small house built on the island but not made for sleeping.

Please don’t try to sleep there or fit yourself in. The caretaker stays the whole day on the island to take charge and watch over the tourists but leaves before it gets dark.

Please collect all your trash before leaving. Also, ensure to make arrangements with the boatman to pick you up the next morning. It’s only a 5-minute boat ride to the city which we paid for at PHP100 each.

Savor each moment that you have on the island. There are some people who don’t see the sunrise romantic. They consider it a normal phenomenon of their everyday life—the sun rises, and sets. The sunrise on Guyam Island is one of the best I’ve ever seen so far.

How to get there

Some hostels organize island hopping that includes Guyam in the itinerary. Make sure to inform the organizer that you’re interested to stay overnight. When we went there, it was already part of the package that we availed of from Sanne Sevig, the Swedish owner of Paglaom Hostel. Island hopping costs PHP750 for a three-island itinerary, activity gears such as paddle board and life saver (salbabida), foods and fruits, alcoholic and non alcoholic drink.


Sleeping Over Guyam Island Siargao | Pinterest

Sleeping over on Guyam island in a nutshell

The memories I had on Guyam Island are greater than the number of trees that had grown in the soft sand. I wish I could plant a palm tree the next time I visit the island to leave, somehow, a sign that I had a great time when I was there. You can never go wrong on this island. It’s absolutely worth it and every spot is a picturesque view that can be put on post card.

Guyam is one of the three islands that you can hop on in Siargao. But if you’re not interested in surfing,  I strongly suggest you try this special and amazingly insane fun activity!

While there are other exciting and fun things to do on Siargao islands nonetheless, sleeping on Guyam Island is just one of the few but invigorating things that make the trip to Siargao unforgettable

Have you been to Siargao Islands? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    June 2, 2017 at 05:02

    Wow, I haven’t heard about Guyam Island and this is truly close to paradise. Truly, Siargao Island has a lot of gem to offer like this one. You really had a great time on this Island and met new friends which is something I also love whenever i travel. I hope to visit this Island soon.

  • Ambuj
    June 2, 2017 at 06:03

    Sounds like a nice adventure! Staying on an isolated island with a few strangers can be a bit intimidating! But you are a strong woman! Loved the tips you shared while staying on the island. Thanks for sharing the post.

  • Jonalyn
    June 2, 2017 at 06:26

    Wasn’t able to visit Guyam Island when I did my North Caraga trip so I still have more reason to revisit Siargao! Cheers to more and happy Travels!

  • Tanya
    June 2, 2017 at 06:57

    Your photos are amazing. It makes me really want to go there!

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    June 3, 2017 at 07:00

    Would love to stay the night at this beautiful island. Waking up on an island, listening to the waves beating on the shore and the morning sounds of the birds is indeed a very pleasurable experience. The pictures capture the beautiful moments on the island.

  • neha
    June 4, 2017 at 17:00

    I love exactly these kind of escapes from the congested city I live in. I will remember your tip . And will definitely stay over when I go here. Looks like a fabulous beach away from the hustle and bustle

  • Ami
    June 5, 2017 at 01:13

    The views sure are amazing at this place. I love the pristine beaches and that sunset does make it look even more heavenly. A night in a hammock is not such a bad deal! I am sure you had lots of fun!

  • Jerny
    June 6, 2017 at 13:28

    Mukhang okay dito sa Guyam Island ah! Magovernight tlga kami dito.. Nice! Thanks Cathy!

  • Karie
    June 8, 2017 at 15:40

    I’m a total beach lover and the idea of sleeping on an island seems so exciting. It looks so beautiful from the pictures. I would definitely like to visit it once!

  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    March 4, 2018 at 14:14

    This sounds like a fab idea. Definitely a way of being at one with nature and I love the pictures. Reminds me of the nineties when I was backpacking and stayed at a hostel on a tiny island. No internet then either

  • megan_claire
    March 6, 2018 at 01:29

    Thanks for the head up on staying overnight on Guyam Island. I’ve heard of Siargao before, though not yet visited. I would love to get there at some stage. I’m not a big surfer but would love the experience of camping out on a wild isolated island for a night – I have a little compact hammock with me so would sleep that way 🙂

  • Catherine Mendoza
    March 6, 2018 at 05:13

    Yes, same here! I’m a total beach lover so definitely didn’t miss this exciting activity, too! Very beautiful and a grand experience that is! Please do!

  • Catherine Mendoza
    March 6, 2018 at 05:13

    Oo hahaha pasyal ka na kayo ni Jane!

  • Catherine Mendoza
    August 22, 2018 at 12:07

    Oo hahaha pasyal ka na kayo ni Jane!

  • Catherine Mendoza
    August 22, 2018 at 12:07

    Yes, same here! I’m a total beach lover so definitely didn’t miss this exciting activity, too! Very beautiful and a grand experience that is! Please do!

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