DISCOVER PHILIPPINES: The Mysteriously Beautiful Province of SURIGAO DEL SUR

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Beautiful places are scattered around the whole Philippines, and some of them are in Surigao del Sur, continuously captivating local and foreign tourists. Come revisit the magical tourist spots in Surigao del Sur that will surely pique your interests!

Surigao del Sur is located on the northeast coast of Mindanao overlooking the Philippine Sea. It is bordered by Surigao del Norte province to the northwest, Davao Oriental to the southeast, and Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur to the west and southwest. To the west is the Diwata Mountains, which separate the province from the rest of Mindanao. To the east is the Philippine Sea.  Mindanao Deep, one of the deepest trenches in the world, lies several kilometers east of the coast. The province has unpredictable weather, but mostly rainy seasons that are far shorter in duration compared to other provinces in Mindanao. This is perfect weather for a tropical province like Surigao del Sur.

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Recommended Tourist spots to visit in Surigao del Sur

Surigao del Sur has many things to offer. From its islands, waterfalls, springs, and many other natural attractions that will ease the mind and help people meditate and connect with themselves and the people around them even more positively. Here are the “must-see” places in Surigao del Sur!

  • Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
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Hinayagan Caves is another destination for underground thrill seekers in Bislig City. Moving around the cave with never-before-seen natural creations is so mesmerizing. When you pass through the entrance, you will be fascinated by the beauty of the vast space where the light is lit in the center. It was originally called Suhoton but was changed because there are caves with the same or similar names all over the country. Because of its distinctive features, the locals renamed it Hinayagan, which means ‘illuminate’. It was the so-called Hinaya rock because the middle of the ceiling of the cave is open. The first cave is one hundred meters long, with a fifteen-meter radius entrance fed by a stream and a small waterfall. An approximately ten-meter diameter opening in the central ceiling lets in sunlight and allows birds and other winged animals to enter and exit the cave. There is also a fifty-meter-wide swimming area leading to a second cave entrance. The Tinuy-an Falls is cascaded to three levels, the second being the largest and most impressive. The name Tinuy-an is derived from the Cebuano word Tinuy-an, which means “a goal or an intentional act or achievement to achieve a goal.” The name comes from a legend related to the history of the waterfall. According to the people there, Legend has it that the people who lived on Mount Magdiwata were enslaved by the Agusan tribe long ago. These tribes were so cruel that they did not treat slaves humanely and forced them to do very difficult tasks. After all, the slaves felt fed up with their abusive masters and planned to gain their freedom. While rowing the bamboo raft, the slaves jumped into the water, pushed the bamboo raft violently toward the waterfall, killed their master, and eventually gained freedom. This action by slaves was deliberate or intentional, hence the name of the waterfall. Tinuy-an Falls is located in Barangay Burboanan, an hour’s drive from the trade and commercial center of Bislig, Barangay Mangagoy, via the Poblacion-San Isidro route. The waterfall plunges fifty-five meters from the top of the three-story waterfall.

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  • San Agustin, Surigao del Sur
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The Britania archipelago is derived from the Greek word “Prettanike” or “Brettanai” and it means “a group of islands with individual names”. The archipelago consists of her four large islands, Boslon, Hagonoy, Naked and Hiyor-hiyoran, and several smaller islands such as the Paglangagan. The Britannia archipelago is located in Barangay Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The Britania archipelago is made up of twenty-four islands of various shapes, sizes, and distinct features, splendidly scattered around Lianga Bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Some partially surrounded by very pure, sophisticated, untouched white sand. Famous for its clear waters, very fine, almost powdery sand, and the different colors and shades of the sea on each island. The Britannia Islands are one of the places to explore if you are looking for a relaxing beach in the Northern Mindanao region. This place offers an adventure of island hopping where you can visit the four islands: Hagonoy, Naked, Boslon, and Hiyor-hiyoran. Each island has unique attractions and activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Britania island tours vary depending on the island you visit.

For more information and tour booking, visit their Facebook page at sohotonislandtraveladventure

  • Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
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The Hinatuan Enchanted River, also known as the Hinatuan Sacred River, is a deep headwaters river on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan and Surigao del Sur are pouring into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Located on the border between Talisay and the barangay of Cambatong. Diplomat Modesto Farolan described the river in his poem “Rio Encantado” and called it the “Enchanted River.” The river spits out of the cave below and is clean, with no dirt that would normally pollute such a stream. It is not known exactly where the salt water comes from, but the prevailing theory is that the underground cave system is spitting the river. The clean water of the river is a natural wonder like no other. The stream of water attracts visitors from all over the world who want to experience the majestically mysterious waters that locals have long thought are wonderful. There are several local stories about the enchanted river. Some say that a forest fairy added a fascinating color of sapphire and jade to the river. According to another legend, the river is home to a mysterious fish that cannot be caught forever. The Secret of the river piqued the curiosity of several commercial divers that have attempted to explore the brackish and underwater areas of the river. Many foreigners have tried to reach the bottom, but to date no one has. One of the most unique features of the enchanted river is its immeasurable depth. For this reason, many tourists swim in the shallow waters of the fascinating aquamarine to blue fascinating rivers. The deep blue color of the river simply means that the water is very deep. For people who love to have something to take home, there are numerous gift shops and small restaurants along the way that are happy to cook and bring your favorite food to your picnic table. There is also plenty of freshly caught seafood, including fresh seafood and lobster that can be cooked and eaten on the spot. The Enchanted River is one of the top attractions in the whole Philippines because its nature is unrivaled. Also, it is one of the most visited places in the country. Kahusan Spring is an untouched tourist spot, there are not many tourists that have experienced going to this spring but the beauty of it is really comforting but at the same time, the foggy color of it gives the spring an eerie feeling that something is lurking just below your feet. Nonetheless this spring is a must-see in Surigao del Sur.

For more information and tour booking, visit their Facebook page at EnchantedRiverRockIslandResort

This is a blog series, featuring different tourist spots in the Philippines that will entice and encourage you to travel. Be updated when a new blog is released.

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