Surigao Del Norte: What to see?
Midst of Lake Mainit
This pear shaped lake is the fourth largest in the country with 17,340 hectares of clear freshwater. Its shore is home to the Municipalities of Mainit and Alegria while the rest of the border covers that of neigh boring Municipalities of San Roque and Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.
Suhoton Cave, Buca’s Grande
This enchanting cave is half-submerged in water most of the time and is accessible only during low tides. Inside is a lagoon with countless islets and crystal waters that sparkle with the bright reflection of the sea. One can also experience a rare opportunity to swim and float with thousands of non-stinging jelly fish inside the lagoon.
Lumondo Waterfalls and Eco-Park
This natural park nestled at Brgy. Budlingin, Municipality of Alegria is just 2 kilometers from the Poblacion. One will be awed by the huge volume of water cascading into a 45-meter granite precipice a majestic panorama which can be viewed from a misty mountain trail.
Cuyapnit Cave, Gigaquit
Visitors will be treated to an exciting boat ride by shooting the rapids of Baoy River a 2.5-kilometer cruise leading towards Cuyapnit Cave.
Numerous formations of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies and flowstones are found inside the cave. Unique features of a giant circular ceiling hole, a crystal floor, a column in the making and chocolate-colored mud floors makes the cave more interesting.
Magpupungko Rock Formation, Pilar
A most refreshing natural lagoon, sorrounded by limestone and granite sculptures facing the Pacific Ocean, its pockmarked limestone floor reveal pools of assorted shapes and sizes resembling basins, barrels, tubs, and ponds during low tides.
Guyam, Daku & Naked Islets, Gen. Luna
Islets with powdery white sand, palm-fringed beaches and well preserved marine flora and fauna, a complete hideway in this part of the Pacific.
The Battle of Surigao Strait
The Battle of Surigao Strait was the last battleship-versus-battleship action in history. It was also the last battle in which one force (the Americans, in this case) was able to "cross the T" of its opponent. Crossing the T or Capping the T is a classic naval warfare tactic attempted from the late 19th to mid 20th century, in which a line of warships crossed in front of a line of enemy ships, allowing the crossing line to bring all their guns to bear while receiving fire from only the forward guns of the enemy. However, by the time the battleship action was joined the Japanese line was very ragged and consisted of only one battleship (Yamashiro), one heavy cruiser and one destroyer, so that the "crossing of the T" was notional and had little effect on the outcome of the battle.
Sto. Nino de Bad-asay Feast Day
Every 14th of January, pilgrims and devotees from different places of the country come to celebrate the Feast of Santo Niño de Bad-asay in the honor of the child Jesus. The celebration begins with a Thanksgiving Mass after which the pilgrims dance the "sirong" to offer their prayers and petitions.
How to get there
By air: From Manila, there are daily flights to Cebu. There are also daily flights direct from Manila to Surigao via PAL EXPRESS. Cebu Pacific likewise flies from Cebu to Surigao daily except on Mondays and Fridays. One can also take direct flights from Cebu to Sayak Airport in Del Carmen, Siargao Island via Cebu Pacific every Monday and Friday. There are also daily flights from Manila and Cebu to nearby Butuan City via PAL and Cebu Pacific. Butuan City is 2.5 hours by bus ride to Surigao City.
By sea: Direct voyage from Manila to Surigao are extended by WG & A and Sulpicio Lines every Tuesday and from Surigao to Manila every Thursday. Voyages from Cebu are available daily except Monday via Cokaliong Shipping Lines and Cebu Ferries. Upon reaching Surigao City, there are fast craft transfers going to Dapa in Siargao Island. Commercial and cargo inter-island vessels travel daily to various municipalities of the island via a 2-3 hours trip from Surigao City. Motorized pumpboats and non-motorized bancas also ply the water routes.
By Land: There are regular bus trips via the “RORO” ferry boat from Manila to Mindanao using Surigao City as the gateway passing through Bicol, Samar, Leyte and Tacloban. Buses, jeepney vehicles and air-conditioned shuttle vans ply the routes to the different municipalities in Siargao Island and the mainland regularly. The most popular and convenient mode of transportation within the municipalities going to far flung areas is the “Habal-habal” or the single motorcycle ride.
Hotels in General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte:
• Buntog Lodge & Cottages
• Cheri Nicole Beach Resort
• Drop Inn Beach Resort
• Jade Star Beach Resort
• Villa Ernesto Beach Resort