6 Surigao Tourist Spots To Explore In The Caraga Region
Surigao is divided into the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte, which are both part of the Caraga region. This region of the Philippines is known to be shrouded in mystery but gifted with unspoiled tourist spots filled with wonders that border on magical.
Here are just some of the most enchanting Surigao tourist spots that you should visit.
Often called the “Niagara of the Philippines,” the massive Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur is one of the country’s largest and widest waterfalls at 95 meters in width and 55 meters in height. Ride a bamboo raft if you want to get a closer look at the powerful water curtain. You can also climb the waterfall via an access trail beside it so you can reach the third tier, which looks like a big stairway. Tinuy-an Falls just leaves you in awe of how wonderful Mother Nature is.
2Hinatuan Enchanted River
Have you ever wondered where enkantos (fairies) live? Well, you can take a peek at the gateway to their secret realm at the Enchanted River in the town of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. The 150-meter deep sinkhole at the bottom of the lagoon causes the cold water to have a dark blue shade, contrasting the aquamarine hue of the surrounding area. At the bottom of the sinkhole is a small cave that leads to vast underwater cathedrals; the extent of the cavern system below the Enchanted River has not been fully explored yet. It truly is a mysterious place.
Don’t you just love to dig your feet into powdery beach sand? Head out to Cagwait Beach in the remote town of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. Feel utmost serenity as you walk along the long stretch of beach made of the finest, cleanest sand. The place is surprisingly quiet, clean, and uncrowded even though there are resorts, homes, and stores nearby.
4Britania Group of Islands
Have you ever wanted to own your private island? Make your wish come true, even for just a few hours, at the Britania Group of Islands in the municipality of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. These 24 islands, islets, rock outroppings, and sandbars—each one with its own unique characteristic—are clustered in Lianga Bay, which is teeming with marine life. Choose one to be your very own private paradise for a day!
5Lanuza and Cantilan
Siargao in Surigao del Norte is the best-known surfing destination in the Philippines. But did you know that there are two other equally perfect wave magnets in Surigao del Sur? Ride the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean in the municipalities of Lanuza and Cantilan. Chat with sun-charred surfers, and have the time of your life surfing and skimboarding along the pristine shores.
6Mabua Pebble Beach
Who says that a perfect beach should be made of white sand? Head out to Mabua Pebble Beach in Surigao del Norte where the entire seashore is lined with exceptionally smooth pebbles! Unique among the beaches in the Philippines, the pebbles make a strange gurgling sound as the waves retreat towards the sea. Numerous resorts, stores, and nearby conveniences make Mabua Pebble Beach a pleasant place to stay.
Philihappy Pro Tips
Tip #1: To make your trip time-efficient, start at Butuan City, Agusan del Sur. Head south to Bislig where you can spend the night. In the morning, head to Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River.
Travel northward to Cagwait Beach then head south to San Agustin. Spend the night in San Agustin so you could visit the Britania Group of Islands in the morning. After your island hopping trip, continue northward to Surigao del Norte, visiting Lanuza and Cantilan along the way.
Finish your trip in Surigao del Norte where you can visit Mabua Pebble Beach.
Tip #2: There are many buses all along the national highway, so you won’t have a hard time hopping from one destination to another. Also, there are bus terminals in all the key towns. Once you get off the terminal, ask a habal-habal driver to take you to these destinations.
Tip #3: Getting to these destinations from the national highway involves riding a habal-habal, or a motorcycle for hire. The ride is an adventure in itself! Since habal-habals are not regulated, negotiate the fare with the habal-habal driver.
Tip #4: Accommodations and food establishments in the Caraga region are very affordable. In fact, PHP 300 a meal is already more than enough!
These Surigao tourists spots are definitely must-visits if you want to explore a magical summer paradise. Pack your bags, book a ticket, and discover these destinations now. And oh, do share this article with your friends so all of you can enjoy these sights! The more, the merrier, right?