Surigao del Sur

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Discover Surigao del Sur: A Gem in the Philippine Archipelago

Surigao del Sur is one of the hidden treasures in the Philippines, located in the Caraga Region in the northeastern part of Mindanao. Its provincial capital is Tandag City.

This province is famous for its stunning coastlines, magnificent waterfalls, and rich cultural heritage, making it an ideal destination for adventurers and relaxation seekers alike.

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Enchanting Attractions

Tinuy-an Falls: Often referred to as the ‘Niagara Falls of the Philippines’, Tinuy-an Falls is a breathtaking multi-tiered waterfall in Bislig City. The waterfall is approximately 95 meters wide and 55 meters high, surrounded by lush greenery that adds to its majestic appearance. Visitors can enjoy a bamboo raft ride to get close to the cascading waters and experience its misty spray up close.

Britania Group of Islands: This is a cluster of 24 islands and islets scattered in Lianga Bay. The islands are famous for their powdery white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. Island hopping in Britania is a must-do activity, where one can swim, snorkel, and simply relax in the tranquil beauty of nature.

Enchanted River: Hidden in the forest of Hinatuan, the Enchanted River boasts an ethereal beauty with its sapphire-blue waters. This mysterious river is believed to be fathomless and has a complex underground cave system. The surrounding area is perfect for picnicking and enjoying the serene ambiance.

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Cultural Experiences

Surigao del Sur is also rich in cultural traditions. The annual Kaliguan Festival in Cagwait celebrates the feast of St. John the Baptist with a fluvial parade, street dancing, and beauty pageants. This event showcases the vibrant culture and friendly spirit of the local people.

Local Cuisine

No visit to Surigao del Sur would be complete without trying the local cuisine. Seafood is a staple here, and fresh catch is available daily. Try the kinilaw (raw fish salad) and sinugbang isda (grilled fish) paired with hang rice, wrapped in banana leaves for a flavorful meal.

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Practical Information

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry months from March to October are ideal for visiting Surigao del Sur to fully enjoy its outdoor attractions.
  • How to Get There: The province is accessible by air from Manila to Tandag City, or by land transportation from neighboring cities such as Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
  • Accommodations: There are various accommodations available, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses.
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Surigao del Sur offers an array of experiences for every kind of traveler. Whether you’re seeking adventure by exploring its natural wonders, or looking to immerse yourself in local traditions, this charming province is a must-visit for an unforgettable Philippine adventure.

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 (


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