Surigao City is nestled in the north-eastern area of Mindanao. Its rich Spanish heritage and the abundance of its mineral reserves makes the province dearly treasured. In fact, because of its continuous progress and development, the city is among the most competitive small-sized cities in the Philippines. Naturally, vacationers and locals alike find it a must to visit Surigao for its famed tourist spots. For backpackers and those going solo-tripping, Surigao is all the more a worthy destination to see and most definitely to conquer. Such a trip is ideal for anyone needing some perspective because these days, spending quality me-time is important. Still not convinced? Here are seven good reasons to change your mind.
1. Get some perspective at the Day-asan Floating Village
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The Day-asan Floating Village is also known as the Little Venice of Surigao City. It takes around 30 minutes to get there by the transport terminals in Pier 2, but the other route to take is by crossing wooden bridges that link the clustered houses to the mainland. This small fishing village is very serene and anyone will appreciate how time stands still when arriving there. Almost everyone in the community is a fisher folk, raising crabs and lobsters. Day-asan’s green mangroves are also a must-visit. Because its waters teem with life, going snorkeling is a good idea. Bright-colored corals and different kinds of fish will surely become newfound friends.
Day-asan Floating Village
Address: Barangay Day-asan, Surigao City
2. Get some R&R in the Songkoy Cold Spring
The Songkoy Cold Spring is the answer to every tired soul. It is a natural spring that is ready to quench every weary heart with its cool and refreshing waters. Songkoy’s enchanting and crystal clear spring is the cure to the humdrum of a busy lifestyle. Here you are set for the soul searching journey, let nature do its thing and heal your soul. Songkoy Cold Spring is found at Barangay Songkoy, Tubod, Surigao Del Norte. The invigorating haven is 30 minutes away from Mapaso Hot Spring. From the national highway, it is a mere 15-minute commute through what the locals call a habal-habal. Many would prefer to commute via the national highway.
Songkoy Cold Spring
Address: Barangay Songkoy, Tubod, Surigao Del Norta
3. Get lost in the Enchanted River
Every solo backpacker must make their way to the Hinatuan Enchanted River. The locals say that fairies touch the water, making it even clearer as its ripples disappear. Like a storybook, mermaids and pixies are also believed to be the river’s muses. One would need to see it to believe it. Nothing else is as blue as its waters and as comforting as its serenity. Its waters are also filled with different kinds of marine life. The left side of the entrancing is quite deep. Perhaps this is why many say, it is where the mermaids are. Only the brave dare swim its depths. Many divers have tried to reach the bottom of the river but no one has ever been successful. The locals say these mystical beings protect the river from outsiders. Sometimes they hear of stories that visitors incur mysterious body pains or skin ailments, and it is believed that those complaining are not respectful of the river. The surrounding area of the river has been fully developed. Picnic tables and cottages are readily available for travelers to enjoy. To get there from Manila, take the bus bound for Bislig that has signboards that read “Mangagoy.” Mangagoy is the commercial center of Bislig. Once there, tell any driver to drop you off at the Hinatuan Terminal. The fare costs 4 USD and travel time is an average of 5 hours.
The Enchanted River
Address: Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
Facebook: The Enchanted River
Bucas Grande should be in any adventurer’s bucket list. To get there from Surigao City, ride a multi cab to Pier 1 (Pantalan Uno) to take another 2-hour boat ride to Bucas Grande. It is home to the stingless jellyfish at Tojoman Lagoon, the underwater Hakugan Cave, the Magkukuob Diving Cave with the crystal draperies, the Bolitas and Crystal Cave, Cinnamon Island lush with cinnamon trees, the snorkeling haven in Marka-a Island, Club Tara that is known for its Jacuzzi rooms, the emerald Tiktikan Lake, and Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park.
Bucas Grande Island
Address: Barangay Rizal, Socorro, Surigao del Norte
Website: Bucas Grande Island
Sohoton Cove, Daku Island, Guyam Island, and Naked Island Day Trip
Duration: 11 Hrs 30 Min Duration
5. Read a book on Mabua Pebble Beach
What better way to go solo than sitting by the seashore and reading your favorite book. Mabua Pebble Beach is every bibliophile’s dream come true. The sea will always find its way to draw out the artistic and poetic side of any human being. What is extra special about this shore is that the pebbles are gigantic and well-protected. No one is allowed to take pebbles with them. Aside from the pebble beach, Mabua also prides itself on the glorious Looc Beach. Simply pick a spot, bring out your journal or your favorite read and just enjoy the solace. Who knows, perhaps the next published writer will be born out of that special moment of aloneness. Mabua Pebble Beach is a jeepney and a habal-habal ride away from Surigao Proper.
Mabua Pebble Beach
Address: Barangay Mabua, Surigao Del Norte
6. Go on a solo-adventure in the Silop Multi-Caves
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For the spelunker in anyone, the Silop Multi-Caves will not disappoint. The 6-cave system is found in Barangay Silop, a 15-minute ride from the city. Of all the six caves, only two are open to tourists. Cave 1 is not open to the public because of the presence of snakes and bat dung. It also has a low oxygen level. However, should there be advanced cave explorers, it is possible to arrange preparations for this venture. Once inside the cave, the limestone formations, stalactites and stalagmites are a sight to see. An entrance fee of 1 USD (inclusive of safety gear) is all you need to enjoy spelunking in Silop. A guide fee of 4 USD for two people is a must. They have a strict No Dive No Cave Policy.
Address: Barangay Silop, Surigao City
Website: Silop Cave
Surfers beware. Get ready to face the fact that you might just want to live in Siargao Island because of how breathtakingly awesome it is as a Surfer’s Paradise. Siargao Island is a surfer’s dream because it has about 15 surf spots. For 5 USD per person, surfing is as easy as pie. Among these famed spots is Cloud 9 where most international surf competitions are held. It is assumed that this is only for advanced surfers. It is comforting to know that every skill level has a recommended surf spot. For non-surfers, there are various water activities like island hopping, snorkeling, sunbathing, kayaking and diving. To reach Siargao Island, take a direct flight trough Cebu Pacific Airways. After that, take the shuttle to General Luna to reach the surf town. The shuttle ride will only take around 40 minutes. The other way is to take a ferry ride from the City of Surigao.
Surfing in Siargao Island
Address: Caraga, Surigao Del Norte
Website: Siargao Islands
Siargao Island Hopping & Inland Tour
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Surigao is every solo backpacker's dream come true
Choosing Surigao as your own solo adventure will be an adventure of a lifetime. It tests your limits and awakens creativity. Get enchanted, get enthralled and go with the flow to any of these seven featured destinations.
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