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While most tourists hightail mainland Surigao del Norte for the big swells of Siargao Island (also part of Surigao del Norte), it has its own attractions to flaunt.

Like rugged coasts perfect for some serious game fishing.

The waters of Surigao del Norte is replete with varied species of tuna, stingrays, marlin, crabs and squids among others.  And they’re not just for eating, you know.  The big and tough fishes here challenge the best anglers.

A famous natural attraction is Lake Mainit where you can swim or have a picnic. Caves also abound. A famous spelunking destination is the Cuyapnit Cave, where you’ll find robust draperies and columns. Puting Bato Cave on the other hand is located deep in the mountains of Alegria. It’s known for its glittering crystal quartz. This is a great side trip when visiting Lumondo Falls, a majestic waterfall clad by wilderness and massive rocks.

Do not go home without passing by Bucas Grande!  From there, charter a boat to take you to Sohoton National Park and discover its secrets.  This island is slowly making its name in domestic tourism. Plunge into the water and swim with the stingless jellyfishes!  Explore the Dagongdong Rock Formation by boat and marvel at the kaleidoscopic marine life.

Top Things to Do

Sting me not
Charter a boat from Bucas Grande to take you to the stunning Sohoton National Park and go swimming with the friendly jellyfish!

Get wet
Getting to Lumondo waterfalls may feel like more of an adventure than you bargained for, but once you reach this towering falls dappled by giant stones and boulders, you will be captivated.  What better way to enjoy it than taking a dip in its clear waters?

Caving explorations
While within the confines of Brgy. Budlingin, drop by at Puting Bato Cave and see its glimmering crystal quartz, stalactites, and stalagmites. Cayapnit Cave is also a local favorite.

Swim in Lake Mainit
The gorgeous Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the country.  It’s so large that it straddles two provinces: Surigao del Norte on the north and Agusan del Norte in the south.

How To Get There

There are daily flights from Manila to Surigao City, the capital of the province.

There are several buses bound for Surigao City (Surigao del Norte) from Butuan, Davao, Liloan (Southern Leyte), and Manila via RORO.

There is a pier two kilometers south of the plaza that serves ferry and RORO boats from Manila, Cebu, and Liloan (Leyte).

About Marianne Castro

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