Aliguay Island
Aliguay Island
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Jun Ruaya
Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
I have been to different places to snorkel. So far this is the best for me. First, it is an isolated paradise. During my trip I was the only one off the shore snorkeling. Schools of fish with various colors could be viewed few meters from the shore.Underwater plants, corrals and creatures are in their natural habitat. The water is clear, the beach is white and very quiet. I suggest you do your swimming and snorkeling on a weekend. It's not really a ghost town. During Sundays, you could explore the whole island . You may join the locals betting on cock fighting. Bring your own tent and food. No lodging houses on the island.
Written October 21, 2019
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darlene
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Aliguay island is NOT in Dipolog City, it is in Dapitan City... And yes, it is beautiful there. God's gift.
Written March 30, 2019
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Ricky S
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Business
We went for the day... nice beach and snorkeling sites. Arrange for a boat to take you there from Dipolog. Contact Kenny Ong of Kenny's Tackle Shop for details and fishing trips.
Written June 28, 2017
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Parvez K
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
a trip to Aliguay Island is worthy guys, it took more than 1:30 hours to reach from Dipolog port, well here's the interesting story, my friends warn me not to go Ali Guay island, bcoz of recent terrorist activity in Aliguay, that's why all traveling to Aliguay island was not possible, Dakak resorts manager was victim, anyway I found few friends for getting privately in Dipolog. we got a special permit from the mayor! when we reach there, I mean in Aliguay Island, the island was sleepy, no tourist, even Dakak resorts and which only place to get food, was closed and left for good.but still, white sandy beach, its privacy, makes the Aliguay perfect place to enjoy your hoildays, and yes folks I do enjoy my trip.
Written June 21, 2017
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reeve carlo v
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Unspoiled, remote , a breather – that’s what this island is all about. If you happen to be backpacking around Dapitan or Dipolog, a night camp in the island is highly recommended. The beach is fine and white while the water is clear and full of marine life so do not forget your snorkelling gear or you’ll miss half of the island.

Getting There
Start early. Around 7am, we got directions from the locals of Dapitan where to hire a boat to the island. There were 7 of us, we paid around P3,000 for the group’s transport to and from the island. I think we could have gotten a better deal if we had time to negotiate previous day .
Check the weather before planning your trip. This area is quite dangerous during foul weather. The Boat ride is an hour or two, subject to sea’s condition.

In the Island

Get settled. Greet the locals. The island isn’t commercialized yet so immerse with the local culture. If you prefer to camp out, ask where you can do it.
Food
There isn’t one selling ready made meals in the island. You can look for this warm grandma(felt bad forgetting her name, please send our regards), she agreed to prepare our food during our stay. Astonishingly, she only asked P500 per meal for the whole group. The huge smoked fish and the tinola were of course caught only a few hours before it was served.
Once settled, go snorkelling! Dive in the cracks of the reefs. Swim to the buoys. Explore as much as you can. There’s something to see in every corner. You can use rods, lures and spears outside the marine sanctuary as well.
You can complete your day with a fresh caught meal from the locals and a bon fire as night comes.
Before leaving the island the next day, get up early and circumnavigate the island. There are several sights you need to discover yourselves. Upon leaving , be sure to thank the locals for their hospitality.

can I be of any assitance my fellow backpacks? Here's my number 0917 511 5637
-Reeve
Written October 5, 2016
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Rod L
Metro Manila, Philippines34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
aliguay Island is the Island that's infront of Dipolog Sunset Boulevard, you couldn't see with your own naked eyes though, but its there. The Island is very poorly managed, no clean water available. They have to filter their drinking water from the sea... So when served, you can literally smell dead fish on your water. Their Swimming Pool is terrible, its brackish, it's pain in the eyes and the warmth of the water is disgusting. Their Comfort Rooms are poorly maintained.
The personnel of the resort is very attentive to your needs though, and they know what they need to improve, it's just they have a terrible problem with transportation and communication to the main island.
The beach sand quality is a 2 star for me, comparing Boracay's 5 star quality sand. The sea current is wild and is not advisable for amateur swimmers. The waves are not surfing quality and its even deadly when you don't know how to read waves. The transportation going to the island is poorly managed even with the help of the stpd Coast Guards. The management must be more sensitive to their customers and the management must be more aware with situation that may arise. I personally do not want others to experience what has been experienced by the 28 Survivor the happened last April of 2015.

-The 28th Survivor
Written January 20, 2016
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Glentoy
Davao City, Philippines109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
Aliguay is a small island located about an hour away by speed boat from Dakak Beach Resort in Dapitan. Due to its remote location, only few tourists are able to visit this wonderful island. The island is inhabited with a small number of Zamboangenos. Going there is a bit tricky though, you need to charter a speed boat or a regular outrigger. The waves are kinda huge so it is quite challenging to reach the island. Dakak offer group tours, so you may also avail it when you stay at the resort. If you have more money to spend, you may rent a helicopter from Dakak which will bring you to Aliguay in few minutes. Aliguay has a resort so you can relax, eat and play in the island.
Written July 7, 2015
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ronnie222
ronnie22258 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Aliguay is a small island just off the cost of Dipolog City, Philippines and Dapitian, Philippines.
Our ride to the island was via a local fishing boat we rented at the Dipolog City jetty/fishing area just off the Boulevard. We asked several fishermen about taking us, and we were directed to a nice fisherman and his companion.
They were leaving at sunrise the next morning. We paid him his fee of 3000 pesos for the trip over and back(the fee was paid at our arrival back at Dipolog City). We weren't keeping up with the time, but it seems like about an hour boat ride traveling around 6 to 10 knots.
This island as of (10/2014) is not well kept. The locals seemed friendly and those running the pool/eating area are nice and accommodating. There is a pool there, but we didn't use it, we just swam in the ocean.

We were asked by the staff if we were wanting lunch, which we were! They prepared a large, fresh fish served with rice and mangos for 600 pesos. Very good eating. They also 'rented' us a table and chairs for 200 pesos.

Prior to eating, we took a walk around the island. There is a concrete path around the island that is not well kept. Ocean views and interesting locals can be seen. At one time there were solar panels for lighting the island, but appear to have not been used in some time.

Its easy to imagine Robinson Crusoe here.

Fishing boats and nets are all over the island and some houses that appear to be vacation homes. You'll get the long, heavy stares from local islanders as you walk around. The path around the island is only on one side from what we could tell. A large jungled hill seemed to separate the two half's of the island.

Bring your own water and a desire for adventure and you'll have a great time.
We were able to connect to the cell towers of the mainland with a low to medium signal.
Written May 17, 2015
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AdnelgglendA
Basildon, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visited this island several times and it never fails to amaze me. We were able to rent a boat and went around the island and did snorkeling. Furthermore, the residents are very accommodating and helpful to tourists. For me, it is a great place for adventure and fun under the sun!
Written March 28, 2015
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Naxilus
Philippines9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
We hired a local fishing boat to bring us there for 3000 peso. upon arrival the locals wanted 300p docking fee, I (a foreigner argued about it since even if u own the land on the island the first 7 meters from the sea level is public area) My traveling companions were Filipino tho and they just said to pay it and be happy. After that they wanted 50 peso Entrance fee just to enter the island which we just bluntly refused...Then if we wanted to use the tables that costed 200 peso and last but not least 100 peso for the toilet. so we set up camp in the grass just above the beach. my companions went for a walk to find some fish and came back with a nice big fish and some small ones for just 500 peso, then we rented a grill for another 50p.

there was a resturant in a resort but it had no stock what so ever.

I read from other reviews that this was an untouched paradise, either that changed in the last few months or they are just laying. We saw a lot of rubbish all over the beach and under the surface of the ocean.

The snorkling was very good, and i am a scuba diver so i have a lot to compare with. I would have loved to bring some tanks and dive here. It was strong currents and according to the locals its normal here. So i wouldn't recommend it for beginners or weak swimmers.

We took a walk to explore the island and found a shop that sold coffee, while drinking we were talking to the locals and they said its about 1000 people living on this island spread out on about 200 family's.

All in all it was a good day, but i was a bit pissed off about the greediness. 100 for a toilet visit, seriously?
Written February 24, 2015
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