There is nothing better than traveling to different places, right? It is what most of us desire in our entire life. Traveling is, without a doubt, a beautiful experience that we all need to share.
One of the most action-packed destinations that anyone should visit is the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. This beautiful province will never fail to surprise you with its several tourist destinations.
Surigao del Sur’s hidden gems will undoubtedly fascinate and stimulate your inner wanderlust. For a little help, here is a list of the must-try escapades in Surigao del Sur.
Tinuy-an Falls is the one tourist attraction that Surigao del Sur is best known for. Believe it or not, this fall is characterized as the region’s portrayal of the Niagra falls.
The Tinuy-an falls give prominence to its three-layers of effervescent white falls. It is one of the broadest waterfalls in the entire Philippines, at a width of 95 meters and a height of 55 meters.
Reaching the Fall
To get there, it will take you about 30 to 45 minutes from the city proper. Going there is quite tough because you will need to ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) to reach the desired destination. With that being said, prepare yourself and make sure to wear the right ensemble, especially the shoes. It would be better to wear the best army boots that you can find in the market or one that you already have.
Additionally, each habal-habal can board at least six passengers, which will cost around 200 pesos or 4 USD. Once you reach the Tinuy-an falls, you will need to pay 50 pesos to enter the place.
Aside from swimming, guests and visitors can also enjoy riding a bamboo raft and hiking the second tier of the falls. You can find some picnic tables, a small playground, some cottages, and stores.
If the heat of the sun is too much for you, you can walk along the picturesque trails and be one with nature. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures when you are there.
Love underground rivers? If so, then the Hinayagan Cave in Bislig, Surigao del Sur is the perfect place for you. This is of a much smaller scale compared to the world-famous underground river in Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan, but still, a great tourist spot. This cave is at least thirty minutes away from the city proper. Hinayagan Cave is, believe it or not, is the most enchanting place. This is a reputation acquired because of the almost extraterrestrial and ethereal feeling that most visitors get. Hinayagan Cave features a collapsed ceiling letting some sunlight to filter through.
However, take note that you will need to trek or hike for around 15 minutes along a rough road to reach the cave itself. Also, another 10 minutes to reach the midpoint of the cavern. Moreover, you will need to traverse a stream along the way to reach it. Once inside, you can opt to swim or not.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to be an expert to enter and exit the cave. The cave is quite large, so you don’t have to worry.
Furthermore, remember that the floor can be slippery and wet. So, wear the right footwear to avoid accidents. Do note that there is no entrance fee to go into the cave, but it is advisable to, at the very least, give a monetary tip for the guide.
Located between the boundaries of Brgy, Cambatong, and Talisay, the Enchanted River is a saltwater river that oozes to the Pacific ocean. This is located at a distance of about 14 km from the Hinatuan proper.
The Enchanted River is 80 feet deep, which might not seem like a river. This river is very mysterious to many, because of its water source and some cryptic creatures like mermaids.
Like in other tourist spots, you will need to ride on a habal-habal to get there. With just one look at its crystal clear blue waters, it will make you understand why it is called Enchanted river. You can enjoy swimming in the waters here. Even if you are not that confident about your swimming skills, you can still enjoy the streams because there are stores that offer goggles and life jackets on rent.
Britannia Group of Islands
Known as the breathtaking and heart-stopping group of Islands in Surigao del Sur, Brittania group of Islands will surely take you to another height. Composed of 24 islands and islets, Britannia is perhaps the most beautiful destination Surigao del Sur has. You will undoubtedly enjoy the pristine white beaches in this place. It is excellent compared to Boracay, which offers dozens of adventures which you will truly appreciate.
If you are coming from Davao, expect a six-hour ride and three-hour ride from Butuan City. You can go there either by public utility vehicles or private vehicles. Britannia is about 2.8 km away, so it is better to hire a motorcycle to reach the destination.
Situated in Barangay Uba, the Laswitan Lagoon is naturally magnificent with the gushing water from the Pacific ocean. It falls into the unusual rock formation constructing a waterfall effect.
If you go there, you will undoubtedly be fascinated with the belching of the wave, gentle breezy waves, rock formations, and nature itself. The best time to visit the Laswitan Lagoon is between October and February. The Lagoon can accommodate up to 200 people and has a thick part which you can enjoy. There is also a shallow area that allows you to take a quick dip.
Want to experience the province of Surigao del Sur but don’t know what places to visit? If so, this guide will, without a doubt, help you in any way.
From Tinuy-an falls to Laswitan Lagoon, Surigao del Sur will never fail to amaze you. Be sure to visit these famous tourist spots when you visit Surigao del Sur. Have fun, explore hidden paradise, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures.