DIY Travel Guide to Surigao del Sur, Philippines [With Suggested Tours]

Do you want to travel to Surigao del Sur, Philippines? Here’s our DIY Travel Guide to Surigao del Sur, with suggested tours.

DIY Travel Guide to Surigao del Sur, Philippines
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Located in the Caraga Region (Region 8) in the province of Surigao del Sur. They produce abundant supplies of fruits, especially bananas. Surigao’s tourist spots are not only found in Siargao, however, there are also gorgeous places located down south. If you ever want to go to this part of the country, read our helpful guide.

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Things to do in Surigao del Sur, Philippines

1. See the Tinuy-an Falls

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Getting there: In Mangagoy, Bislig City, ride a jeep to Borboanan. From there, you can ride a motorcycle taxi (habal-habal) to the falls.

Known as the mini Niagra Falls of the Philippines is the Tinuy-an Falls. It is a multi-tiered waterfall that has been featured in many shows and magazines. It is such a beautiful fall that our travel guide to Surigao del Sur won’t be complete without it. It may be a long journey towards here, but definitely worth it.

2. Dip in the Enchanted River

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Getting there: It’s quite near Bislig, so you can try to haggle with motorcycle taxis to take you to the Enchanted River. If not, then from Hinatuan town, still ride a motorcycle taxi. You can also opt to hike for half a kilometer

With clear deep blue waters that feel like glowing, Hinatuan Enchanted River feels like something from a movie set. It’s a deep spring river that is .27 kilometers long. You can’t swim in the main pool because it is preserved. However, there’s a swimming area nearby where you can take a dip. You can also experience feeding the fish in the afternoon. It’s quite memorable!

3. Enjoy the waters in Laswitan Lagoon

 

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Getting there: Ride a bus to Tandag but make sure to stop at Cortes. You will ride a habal-habal (MC taxi) to Laswitan.

A unique place in Surigao del Sur is the Laswitan Lagoon found in the town of Cortes. There are gorgeous rock formations that make the site look beautiful. When the waves are strong, the waters will splash and somehow makes a waterfall effect. It’s a great place to visit from November to January as the waves are stronger.

4. Go on a tour to Britania Islands

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Getting There: Ride a Jeep or Bus to Salvacion, San Agustin. From there, ride a tricycle to the port.

With breathtaking uninhabited islands surrounded by white sand and crystal blue waters, the Britania Islands is one of the best spots in Surigao del Sur. Many tours offer you island hopping in selected islands, so don’t forget to book early and start early in the morning. Most stops are at the following: Hagonoy Island, Naked Island, Bolson Island, and Hiyor-Hiyoran Island.

5. Learn how to Surf or Skimboard

 

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As Surigao del Sur is facing the Pacific Ocean, you can witness amazing waves. So if you come here, try learning how to surf or skimboard. Popular surfing destinations include Lanuza and Cantilan. For skimboarding, you can also go to Tandag.

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Where to stay in Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Budget Hotel

Woowcamp Resort

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Woowcamp Resort has a bar, garden, and terrace in San Agustin. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi. The resort has certain accommodations that have a patio and garden view, and rooms have a shared bathroom and a closet.

Price: Starts at USD 28 for a Bungalow

Mid-Range Hotel

San Pedro Country Farm Resort

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San Pedro Country Farm Resort and Event Center Inc features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and garden in Cantilan. Featuring a tennis court, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Each room includes a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms at the hotel have a garden view.

Price: Starts at USD 47 for a Deluxe Double Room

Luxury Hotel

Enchanted River Rock Island Resort

DIY Travel Guide to Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Featuring a garden, Enchanted River Rock Island Resort is set in Hinatuan and provides a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service, and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. Complete with a private bathroom, all guest rooms at Enchanted River Rock Island Resort are equipped with air conditioning, and selected rooms here will provide you with a seating area.

Price: Starts at USD 95 per night for a Quadruple Room

Where to Eat in Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Ocean View Park Restaurant

DIY Travel Guide to Surigao del Sur, Philippines

Address: Bislig, Surigao del Sur

On a hill in the town of Bisilig is Ocean View Park Restaurant. You will enjoy their chicken and pizza here. Aside from the food, you can also see amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and a dollhouse. Your climb on their stairway will be worth it.

La Entrada Beach Resort and Restaurant

Address: Surigao – Davao Coastal Rd, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur

If you are done visiting the Britania Islands, spend dinner at La Entrada Restaurant. Food is delicious and affordable. Plus the view of the sea and the breeze is so relaxing.

Icebergs Restaurant

Address: Espiritu St, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

With Filipino dishes like Lechon Kawali, Sinigang, Pinakbet, you will fill your stomachs in Icebergs Restaurant. The restaurant is also affordable and has a cozy feel. It’s one of the best restaurants in our travel guide to Surigao del Sur.

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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14 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to Surigao del Sur, Philippines [With Suggested Tours]

  1. hello! thank you for your informative blog! 🙂 I want to ask what’s your means of transportation from Davao to Surigao. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Hello po, thanks for these informative blog you have. Can i ask for the van contact number po, planning to have our trip this april. and I need recommendations on Van rental companies.

  3. may i know na 1500 lang talaga ung rent ng bangka sa pag island hop sa britannia? okie lang po ba yun kahit 2 pax lang kayo. salamat po

  4. this is very wonderful information for me.I will definitely add all of these places to my list of future destinations.

  5. Do you have contact for the boat rental for the Brinania Island? You mentioned that you rented it for Php1500 for the island tripping, 4 islands, unlimited time. I wanna know where to contact for the boat rental or do we have to do it when we get it there? Thanks.

    1. Hello, it’s right on the road entrance to the beach where the boats await. There is a Local Gov’t Unit (LGU) office there where local fishermen are registered as guide and they have a waiting line similar to taxis. It is way cheaper than renting a boat from the private resort beside it which also has a time limit.

  6. Hello po, would you mind sharing the contact #s of your tour guide/van owner and house owner? Pls thanks! Will be visiting surigao this coming sept. Appreciate your response.

    1. Hi! Good day! Will be visiting Surigao and Siargao this coming July 2016 too. I would love to have the contact details of tour guide/ van owner and house owner, like Mae Anne asked. Thank you so much in advance! 🙂

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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