Daku is one of the three islands that make up the standard island-hopping tours in Siargao, Surigao del Norte province. It is a mere 15-minute boat ride from General Luna, the central hub for Siargao's accommodations and surfing meets.
You can easily book such a tour from your accommodation in General Luna, but this is generally more costly than renting a boat from the jetty. For a 7-hour private day tour that includes boat transfers, lunch, and cold drinks, hotels can charge PHP 6,000 for two people. On the other hand, boatmen at the jetty can offer PHP 1,300 per person. Meals and drinks, however, are not included.
With a total land area of 136 hectares, Daku boasts a wide and quiet shoreline, picture-perfect coconut and palm trees on white sand, and just a few villagers. In fact, the island was supplied electricity 24/7 only in 2018.
Daku is, indeed, a relaxing beach for days with and without swell. On calm days, snorkeling is a must-do, more so with the clear electric-blue water. On bigger days, the Daku Reef creates a fun wave that is still more forgiving for surfers, as it’s not shallow like most breaks on Siargao.
Among the three islands, Daku is the largest by far. This encourages spending the longest time here. A generously sized sandbar becomes exposed at low tide. And when you venture into the palm forest, you will want to climb up the trees for a good view.
Daku is particularly ideal for a lunch stop. There are cheap meals at beachside shacks and further inland. But the best way to enjoy lunch here is to bring fresh seafood from General Luna, rent a bungalow hut on the shore, and hire the local beachside cooks for a barbecue feast.
There is a PHP 100 entrance fee per boat upon arrival at Daku Island, collected by a local in charge.