Siargao Island Series: Naked Island
If there was a chance to choose where I could have grown up, General Luna would probably be on the top of my list.
It rained the night before we arrived and as I was walking along the limestone streets in its busy towncenter, I was so amazed to see milky water puddles where mud should have been.
One has to pass through General Luna’s heart, near the jetty, where you board a boat and head to the nearby Daku, Guyam and Naked Island. A lot of locals were out and about that day. I also noticed General Luna’s gutters were full of white sand instead of mud! At least those who love wearing white sneakers wouldn’t have a problem walking here in rainy weather. Although if you lived on an island paradise like this, why would you need sneakers?
Everything else that happened was a blur and I found myselfon a very secluded white sandy islet. Seagulls flying overhead are a common sight in Naked Island. What a treat it was for us when a particular seabird decided to fly so near us that taking a close-up photo of it was so possible, if only I remembered to take the photo. I was too mesmerized seeing a wild seabird that I’ve never seen around in Davao fly this close to me before.
Naked Island is perfection. Everything you could want on an island Instagram-perfection, white sand, clear blue waters and wildlife are all there. It was a small islet actually that when high tide comes, doesn’t get completely submerged because there was a patch of greenery in the middle.
An iconic wooden bench can also be found in the middle of the islet. Along with a frame of an event tent, which I assume is used for events (think: romantic). Again, perfect for getting all those swoon-worthy travel shots with your buddies. One edge of the islet has awesome rocks that give a different, rough feel of the place.
While I was heading to check out the other side of the island, I was called to watch the festival parade on the sea unfolding right before me. See, I’m used to seeing parades but they always happen on land. This was my first time to see it done on the ocean. I wasn’t sure what kind of religious or cultural festival they were celebrating. I forgot to ask again because I was too mesmerized.
Even though being on Naked Island feels like you’re at the edge of nowhere, fishermen on little boats surprisingly appear and try to sell you shells and fish or whatever they have on their boats. Please don’t buy shells though, even if you see shells as souvenirs you have to check first how these souvenirs were made.
For all we know they could have been made from creatures harvested alive rather than our assumed knowledge that the shells were washed up on shore and then made into souvenirs. Only buy if you are sure that the souvenirs were made sustainably or better, don’t buy souvenirs made out of shells and marine creatures. Buy t-shirts instead and help local artists!
See what I saw on my trip to Naked Island. Enjoy! ♥♥♥
*A shorter version of this story originally appeared in my column in EdgeDavao.