ARE YOU OKAY? AYOKE! OK!
Amazing is an understatement to describe this island I thought can only be seen on paintings or dream. If I would compared Ayoke Island to a lady, she would be the most beautiful of all, stunning, sexy and offers a different kind of charm, the kind that you would like to spend your whole life with. But then, it is only an island.
It is not part of my planned #isangdaan itinerary but just like Adams in Ilocos Norte, I changed my travel plans and join the trip to Ayoke island.
I’m kinda surprised that Surigao del Sur offers lots of white sand island beaches. Three days ago on my way to Cantilan from Socorro, Surigao del Norte, I have seen lots of beautiful islands with patches of white sand beaches. This is what I love when traveling to unknown areas. I bet you can’t finger-point Cantilan in your Philippine map. 😉
So here’s some facts I can share about Ayoke Island, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
1. It’s about 30-45 minutes boat ride from Cantilan port. It’s best to visit the island from Late March to early June or be prepared for bug waves. (Boat rental cost Php1000-1500, good for 8pax)
2. Ayoke Island is a marine protected area. Bring your snorkling gears and be amazed on what’s under the sea.
3. There is a resort in the island, managed by a Filipina married to a foriegner. I’m not sure of the rates. You can camp in the island though, just look for the Bgry. Captain. It is very safe and people are friendly.
4. They have the sweetest buko juice ever! There is also a water supply, so don’t worry of potable water.
5. A natural seawall protects the island from the big waves. It was the first time I saw a seawall like that, nature is so amazing here.
6. The island has incredible rock formations too.
7. During rainy season, the waves are dangerous for fishermen to go out, so there are times wherein the locals are stuck in the island. Good thing they have bread fruit tree. Its a good substitute for rice. It tastes like kamoteng kahoy.
8. Since there is a surf spot in eastern side the island, kids here know how to ride the waves. Where do they get there surfboard? They make their own using the bread fruit tree.
9. Livelihood here are fishing and copra-farming.
10. There is no electricity on the island. But some houses have solar-panels. Coolness!
You can check out more photos on my Facebook page: JOURNEYINGJAMESFB- Ayoke Island
Where in the map is Ayoke island?
Update: Wish Ko Lang visited this island too after I referred it to them. Glad they were able to help the community and bring the surfer Paolo Soler too.
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I visited Ayoke Island in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur during Day 54 of ISANG DAAN Journey. Thank you so much Cathe for tagging me along to this trip.
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days.
If you want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map- ISANGDAAN Journey map.