Surigao is a happy place. It is home of the many beautiful destinations in the country – from its pristine beaches to lagoons, breath-taking waterfalls & islets. This part of the country is truly an amazing paradise to explore.
There are many must-see spots in this region and it will definitely take you a whole lot of time to cover everything. If you are a corporate slave like me (yes, proudly I am! *wink*) you know that it’s kind of difficult to plot your vacation leaves and be away for a long time and not able to explore all the places you want to visit. When I started travelling solo this year, I’ve come up with a plan of the destinations that I could categorically explore and only spend about 1 or 2 of my vacation leaves (save your VLs you’re gonna need that in the future!)
So I went on a 3-day trip to Surigao Del Sur recently and I got to experience the other side of Surigao. Travelling to Mindanao will surely change your perspective of this very misunderstood place. You’ll see the beautiful & happy side of it. While on this trip, I was able to visit 3 of the many beautiful gems in this area. I’ve written separate blogs for each of these places for a more thorough information, links are provided below. I’ve also included some other places you can visit if you plan to stay longer. Here’s your quick guide for next solo adventure, enjoy!
How To Get There
There are no direct flights to Surigao Del Sur however it is very accessible in many different ways. You may book for a direct flight going to Surigao City, Butuan or Davao and take a passenger bus/van going to Surigao Del Sur. Cheaper and quicker option is from Butuan as there are direct routes going to Bislig City or Hinatuan in Surigao Del Sur.
Depending on where you’re entry point is, passenger buses and vans are available almost anywhere in Mindanao. I provided screenshots of the travel time from each cities. Note that it doesn’t include stop overs so you may have to adjust and add 1-2 hrs. In my case, where I had spent a night in Davao, I had originally planned to take the earliest trip at 3AM however I ended up missing it and then took the next trip after at 6AM.
Where To Stay
You may stay in Bislig City or Hinatuan. I chose to stay in Bislig because it has more access to terminals, stores, atms, etc. Budget hostel/room ranges from Php 500-700 / night.
You may search for room/accommodation here:
- Airbnb – click here and get Php 1,100 ($20 USD) of travel credit off of your first trip!
Explore Surigao Del Sur: 3 Day Guide
A multi tiered waterfall, tucked away in the heart of Bislig City. Known as the “Niagara Falls” of the Philippines. Surrounded by heavily forested hills that will surely keep you in awe of it’s beauty and magnificence.
On my previous post I promised to write a separate blog about this majestic place and the two other places I was able to explore while in Surigao Del Sur. So here I’ll share some info on how to get there and tips that will help you enjoy Tinuy-an Falls.
Day 2: Britania Islands
The Britania Islands are Surigao Del Sur’s best-kept secret. Britania is a group of 24 serene, tropical islets & sandbars located in a quiet, friendly neighborhood of San Agustin. I’m lucky to have been able spend a day here and explore this truly amazing place. If you ever find yourself in this part of Mindanao, you need to consider this on your list!
Day 3: Enchanted River
Hiding in the rocky mountains of Surigao Del Sur is another beautiful destination one must experience. The Enchanted River, located in the peaceful town of Hinatuan. Swim in the amazingly clear, sapphire waters where many locals believe that this natural wonder were once or still is inhabited by spirits and ferries protecting its beauty.
- Fare from Davao City to Bislig: Php 250
- Tinuy-an Falls Tour: Php 600
- Accommodation: Php 500
- Food: Php 200
- Total: Php 1,550
- Britania Tour **for the solo traveller. Including fare from Bislig: Php 1050
- Accommodation: Php 500
- Food: Php 100
- Total: Php 1,650
- Enchanted River Tour: Php 585
- Food: Php 200
- Fare from Bislig to Butuan: Php 250
- Total: 1,035