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The province of Surigao Del Norte is not just a nondescript “Gateway to Mindanao” and even beyond the surf haven, Siargao. This group of islands boasts of large mineral deposits, long stretch of beaches, mystic caves, verdant greens, and abundant marine life. Popular tourist attractions here include Bucas Grande, Mabua Pebble Beach, and Lake Mainit.
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The adventure never stops in Surigao Del Norte. Its most famous tourist magnet Siargao, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, gets an influx of visitors for its world-class barreling waves. An annual Siargao Cup competition is held every September joined by local and foreign surfers.
Its provincial capital, Surigao City, wouldn’t be dubbed as the “City of Island Adventures” for no reason. The archipelagic city flaunts on its unspoiled natural attractions and interesting landmarks. Level up your spelunking game in Buenavista Cave. Discover the variety of aquatic life in Punta Billar’s marine sanctuary. Stroll around Luneta Park, San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral, and take a mandatory selfie at “I Love Surigao” sign at the City Boulevard.
The most popular mode of transportation within the municipalities and far flung areas of Surigao Del Norte, is either via tricycle or Habal-habal, a motorcycle taxi. Other inland transport options include bus, jeepneys, and pedicab. If you’re feeling a bit generous, you can also rent a motorcycle or hire a private van.
Nearby Mindanao towns can reach Surigao Del Norte conveniently. While bus trips via RORO ships from Manila to Mindanao pass through the province. There are available ferries from Manila and Cebu to Surigao City. While fast craft transfers operate from the city to Siargao.
Flights from Cebu via are served in Surigao Airport in Surigao City while Sayak Airport in Siargao caters to Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Davao flights via Cebgo, PAL Express, and SkyJet.
A complete package for an action-packed getaway, Surigao Del Norte caters to the solo backpackers or to the adventure squad. Whether on land, under water, or within caves, North Surigao will make you go wow. Don’t miss out on these top tourist attractions of the province.
Ride the swells at the country’s surfing mecca, Siargao. The island’s most popular surfing spot Cloud 9 is the go-to destination for surfers worldwide and the venue for several international surfing competitions. Fret not if you’re a non-surfer, you can still enjoy water activities like swimming, diving and cliff jumping for free at Magpupungko Rock Pools.The magic however happens during low tide when these tidal pools appear.
Experience a warm welcome at Lake Mainit. Situated between the provinces of Surigao Del Norte and Agusan Del Norte, this is the deepest and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country. Its highly diverse marine life is a source of livelihood for the locals. You can do various activities like fishing, swimming, and boating or just appreciate and take a snap of its clean water and scenic view especially during sunset.
Take a break from the usual sandy beaches and detour instead to the interesting pebble beaches of Mabua and Looc. These destinations are one of the most photographed subjects in Surigao City. The picturesque beachscapes with clear to varying shades of blue water plus the multi-sized smooth pebble shores are a sight to behold. Be extra careful as the water suddenly gets deep, so better to have your appropriate swimming gears and sunglasses for eye protection against pebble glare at noon.
To say that this natural attraction has a good view, implied by its name, is an understatement. Buenavista Cave in Hikdop Island offers an impressive spelunking site on its three kilometer stretch with three entrances. Its cathedral-like chambers features majestic stalactites and stalagmites and the main attraction, the “King’s Throne”.
A one of a kind eco-adventure awaits you at Bucas Grande. This island paradise has bountiful of natural wonders from enchanting caves and rock islets to pristine inland waters and stingless jellyfish, you’re in for an all-in-one getaway. The elusive Sohoton Cove is the island’s most popular attraction with both entrance and exit point half-submerged in water and emerges only during low tide. Tourists are left enchanted with its diverse offering including a glistening lagoon, islets, and lush forest.
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