Surigao del Norte

Old Lighthouse in Siargao by Alisitjae

Exploring Surigao del Norte: A Hidden Gem in the Philippines

Surigao del Norte is a captivating province located in the Caraga Region at the northeastern tip of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Known for its spectacular landscapes, rich culture, and vibrant festivals, it is a destination that promises adventure and relaxation alike. Here’s why Surigao del Norte should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Its provincial capital is Surigao City.

by Trip Outdoor

Natural Attractions

Surigao del Norte is home to some of the Philippines’ most beautiful natural attractions. The province boasts stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush greenery that will take your breath away. Among the must-visit spots are:

  • Siargao Island: Often referred to as the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao is famous for its world-class waves, specifically at Cloud 9. The island also offers beautiful lagoons, caves, and rock pools.
  • Bucas Grande Island: Known for its enchanting Sohoton Cove, Bucas Grande is a haven for those who love to explore underwater caves and natural lagoons. The jellyfish sanctuary here allows for a unique swimming experience with non-stinging jellyfish.
Siargao by ChaasPrime

Cultural Heritage

Surigao del Norte is also a place of rich cultural heritage. The province’s history is alive in its traditional festivals and its warm, welcoming people:

  • Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival: This annual festival, held every September, is a thanksgiving celebration by the Mamanwa ethnic tribe to honor their patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino. The festival features colorful costumes, traditional dances, and rhythmic music that showcase the vibrant local culture.
  • Historical Sites: There are numerous historical landmarks throughout the province which highlight the area’s past. One of the prominent sites is the Surigao City Hall, a historic building influenced by American architecture.
by Mama Jose


The culinary offerings in Surigao del Norte are as diverse as its landscapes. The province is known for its fresh seafood, as well as distinct local dishes that you won’t find elsewhere in the country:

  • Kinilaw: A popular dish in the region, kinilaw is a Filipino ceviche typically made from raw fish cured in vinegar or citrus juices mixed with chili, onion, and ginger.
  • Sayongsong: A sweet treat popular in Surigao, sayongsong is an enticing steamed sticky rice cake wrapped in banana leaves, usually mixed with coconut milk and peanut butter.

Eco-Tourism and Adventures

For the adventure seekers, Surigao del Norte offers a plethora of activities including diving, snorkeling, island hopping, and hiking. The province’s commitment to eco-tourism means that these activities are offered in a way that is sustainable and respects the local environment.

How to Get There

Surigao del Norte is accessible by air, land, and sea. Siargao Island has an airport that accommodates flights from Manila and Cebu. Alternatively, visitors can take a ferry or bus from major cities in Mindanao.


Whether you’re looking to catch some of the best surf breaks, explore unique cultural festivities, or simply unwind in a peaceful beach setting, Surigao del Norte offers a unique blend of beauty, adventure, and culture, making it a perfect destination for any traveler.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (


Need help with your vacation plans to the Philippines? Try

by TrueLocal Philippines
by Surigao City Tourism Office
by Byaherong wais

Leave a Reply

Translate »
Scroll to Top