Dinagat Province is located on the south side of Leyte Gulf, across Surigao Strait in the island of Mindanao. It was declared a province last 2006. Its main island, Dinagat was the center of commerce, fishing and tourism industries in the province.
There’s a lot of boats plying to San Jose, Dinagat Province from Surigao City Pier. The first trip is 5:30 AM with succeeding trips at 1 hour interval. One way fare is P 100.00/pax.
We already arranged our island hopping tour from the local tourism office in Dinagat Island and was able to rent a large boat with the capacity of 30/pax for 2 days for P 10,500.00. We also bought some food, water, fruits, snacks and drinks at Dinagat public market prior island hopping.
Islands to Explore in Dinagat
Bababu Island has a small portion of white sand beach area with turquoise waters and perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The island was featured in several TV channels.
The island is the home of Bababu Lake – one of the 10 “meromictic lakes” in the country, wherein freshwater and saltwater does not combine. Trek to Lake Bababu is more or less an hour depending on the pace.
Boat Docking Fee P 100.00
Island Entrance Fee P 25.00
Tour Guide Fee P 300.00 / divide number of pax who wants to trek going to Lake Bababu
Hagakhak Island and Sundayo Beach
The second island on the itinerary and where we had our sumptuous seafood lunch. The island has sand to pebble beach area and has long beach front compare to Bababu Island. It is also best known for its rock formations along the beach area.
Boat Docking Fee P 100.00
Entrance Fee P 10.00/pax
This group of islands has El Nido – like rock formation and great for swimming and snorkeling. It has white sandy beaches just like the islands we visited.
The island is best known for its Tidal Pool. The tidal pool is located at the back portion of the island and can easily be spotted with its turquoise green water. It is best to swim during low tide since the natural pool will come out.
Boat Docking Fee P 200.00
Entrance Fee P 20.00/pax
Jelmar Island – The Maldives of Dinagat Islands
This is our last stop for the day and where we spent our overnight. Although there are two beach resort in the area, we opted to stay at Jelmars Resort.
The island resort is great for swimming, boating and SUP since it has calm and clear water.
Also the island offers perfect sunrise and sunset views wherein one will trek at the steep hill and climb a huge tree to see the scenery of the islands and the sun.
The rates on the resort depends on cottage / accommodation. Since we are 20 people in the group, we took the biggest cottage. The resort offers food, drinks and menus to choose from.
Cottage Fee P 2,000.00
The island has a mini port, a rest house on top of the hill, rope bridge, great rock formation and a small beach cove at the back.
This particular island is owned by the Ecleo’s Clan but was no longer taken care of. Our boatmen says the island is for sell with a whopping price of P10 million.
The island has a beach resorts with white sand beach and a sandbar. We just passed by and took photos.
This is the top and must visit island in Dinagat and my personal favorite. The island has the best white sand and beach front.
The sand is comparable to Boracay. Almost like we are in a huge swimming pool. Clear water and well maintained resort.
Boat Docking Fee P 500.00
Dinagat Islands offers a great summer destination in Mindanao. The pristine beaches, great islands and islets is soon to be the next prime destination to watch for in the country.