Go to each location as early as possible to avoid crowds and blistering heat of the sun. Check out this Guide to Surigao del Sur.
Guide to Surigao del Sur
Bring food and plenty of water to save on money. There are no corkage fees.
When going to Britania Islands, cook and bring rice and viands before boarding the boats. It will save you precious time. If you will have the local houses cook food for you at Britania, you will lose at least an hour waiting for it to get cooked, plus it is quite expensive as well. 1 kilo of rice during our trip cost PHP 150 (may vary). 1 order of fried pork cutlets about 8pcs, PHP 450.
Hagonoy Island is the first stop, this is probably the best place to take a dip at the beach because it is still high tide and the island itself is amazing. We spent about 1 hr in this island.
2nd island is the Naked Island. Its pretty much like the word. Naked. By this time the heat is starting to be stingy. Nice thing about this island is the fact that there is a spot where waves from left and right will meet. It feels like you are inside the washing machine.
3rd island is the best place to eat. There are tables and caves where you can hide from the blistering sun at this hour. We stayed long enough to rest, but can’t take a dip because it is already low tide. We manage to walk across sandbars and go to other the neighbouring island by foot. Be careful though as there are a lot of sea urchins. And watch out for the high tide. You might get stranded on of the islands when the tide comes in.
4th island, we didn’t went down anymore. The fact that was really low tide, and the heat was too much at 11am.
Most of the accommodations in Hinatuan and Bislig are fairly basic. Nothing fancy, just room and bed, basic amenities. Most hosts will gladly cook for your meals at a fairly good price. You can request them to prepare your meals for your trip as well.
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Tinuy-an Falls – be sure to go to the top levels…it’s more exciting up there!
Enchanted River – Go there early to avoid the crowd especially on weekends.
Britania Islands – go very early, sunrise if possible so that you will have enough time to bask under the not so hot in the morning. It would be too hot already by 11am.
Travel from Davao City at 4am
Arrive at Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig 10am
Left Tinuy-an falls @ 4pm head to hotel at hinatuan (James Pension House)
Travel to Enchanted River (30mins from hotel) Stay for whole day.
Check out at hotel 4am
Travel to Britania Islands, San Agustin (1hr from hotel)
Hired Banca at local LGU (1500php) unlimited time per island total 4 major islands to visit
Travel to Davao @ 1pm
Transportation Tip: If you’re looking for the cheapest way to book the Trains, Buses, Ferries, Transfers on this route, we use 12Go.Asia to compare the prices!
About the Contributor :
Yoi Lacson is Registered Medical Technologist by profession, A graduate of San Pedro College. full time wife, mom and businesswoman. Frequent shoestring traveler on a budget. Nature and Travels are my outlet and my life’s restart button.
Name of the Country: Philippines
Date/s of your Travel: April 3-5, 2015
City / Places Visited and Number of Days
- City / Place #1 Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig (1 day)
- City / Place #2 Enchanted River, Hinatuan (1 day)
- City / Place #3 Britania Islands (1 day)
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