Islands and Beaches
Tick off the Bucket List: Be an Islander in Ayoke
Surigao del Sur
Ida Damo | Jun 22, 2016
Surigao del Sur, the 56th province in the Philippines, has 4,932.70 square kilometers land area and is populated by 561, 219 residents according to the 2010 census.
It has forest lands, agricultural farms, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, and a long coastline in the east facing the Philippine Sea where small islands can be found-- one of these is Ayoke Island.
Ayoke Island has 100+ residents whose main livelihoods are fishing and copra-making. They live a simple life away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
When the rainy season comes, they are isolated in the island and cannot buy supplies from the mainland and rely on the kulu or breadfruit for their carbohydrate needs.
Residents also rely on solar panels for their electricity.
The townspeople make sure that they are able to preserve the beauty of Ayoke by teaching visitors how to care for the environment. live a simple life has taught the visitors to have a healthy respect for the environment.
If you are going to the island, it's best to interact with locals and they could teach you everything you need to know about the island.
What is there to explore? The island is half a marine sanctuary and so its 2-kilometer white sand beach is pristine. Swimming in its gentle water facing the town of Cantilan is a calm affair-- this is true during the months of March to May.
The rest of the year, the other side of the island facing the Pacific Ocean is the place to be for its surfing breaks.
Going to the tower or the island’s light house is also an interesting thing to do while on the island as it gives a 360-degree view of Ayoke.
After the climb, refresh on the island’s sweet coconut water. If you are planning to stay overnight, bring your own tent and food supplies as there are no accommodations and stores yet.
The island vibe is simple, relaxed and easy. When in Ayoke, do as the islanders do and let your body relax and take it easy.
How To Get There:
Major airlines have flights to Butuan and Davao City from Manila. From Butuan or Davao, ride a bus for Tandag then jeep to Cantilan.
Ayoke is 30-45 minutes away by boat from the Cantilan Port.
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