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surigao

del sur

Lagoon | Beaches | Island Hopping | River | Falls

Located in the southern part of the Philippines, the province of Surigao del Sur homes interesting destinations for avid travelers. Its coastline faces the Philippine Sea so expect so see kilometers of shoreline while roaming around the province. Allot extra days on your itinerary if you plan to visit all the destinations because tourist spots are far from each other - it may take a half-day to reach the next spot. This blog entry will only include four destinations of the province.

Places to Visit in

Surigao del Sur

1. Laswitan | 2. Cortes Footbridge | 3. Britania Group of Islands | 4. Hinatuan Enchanted River | 5. Tinuy-an Falls

Navigate this map to see how far the destinations are from each other.

Surigao del Sur information

Location:

Mindanao. Caraga Region

Geography:

Northeast part of Mindanao.

Coastline facing the Philippine Sea.

Terrain composes of plains and mountains.

Capital City:

Tandag

Airport:

Tandag Airport (code: TDG)

Dialect:

Surigaonon

Tandaganon

Cebuano

How do I get from Manila to Surigao del Sur

Fly + Van:

1. Tandag City has an airport, but sometimes non-operational. Depending on which part of Surigao del Sur you want to go, the closest airports are Butuan Airport (code: BXU) and Surigao Airport (code: SUG). Both Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines cater flights to these airports.

2. From Butuan Airport, look for vans going to Hinugtan Enchanted River or Tandag City.

Estimate Fare: Php 200

Duration: 3hrs

From Surigao Airport, look for vans going to Tandag City

Estimate Fare: Php180

Duration: 4 hrs

How do I get from Cebu to Surigao del Sur

Fly:

Both Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have flights from Cebu Mactan International Airport (code: CEB) to Butuan Airport (code: BXU) and Surigao Airport (code: SUG). From these airports, you can travel to the desired destination through vans or buses.

Ferry + Van:

1. Buy a ticket at Cebu City Pier going to Surigao City.

Cokaliong Shipping

Estimate Fare: Php825/ Php1025/ Php1350/ Php3200

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Daily - 7 pm, Pier1

Medallion Shipping

Estimate Fare: Php825/ Php1025/ Php1200/ Php1350/ Php1500/ Php3800

Duration: 8.5hrs

Schedule: Mon/Wed/Fri - 8pm, Pier3

2. From Surigao Port, travel to Jollibee intersection via tricycle

Estimate Fare: Php 10 (shared)

Duration: 5mins

3. Ride multicab going to Surigao Bus Terminal

Estimate Fare: Php 9

Duration: 15mins

4. Look for van going to Tandag City

Estimate Fare: Php180

Duration: 4 hrs

How do I get from Siargao to Surigao del Sur

Ferry + Van

1. From Dapa Port, buy a ticket going to Surigao City

Montenegro Lines (RORO)

Estimate Fare: Php180

Duration: 4hrs

Schedule: 6am/ 10.30am

Atlantis Yohan (Fast craft)

Estimate Fare: Php280 /Php320/ Php350

Duration: 2.5hrs

Schedule: 6am/ 10.30am

JP Shipping Lines Inc. (Fast craft)

Estimate Fare: Php280 /Php320/ Php350

Duration: 2.5hrs

Schedule: 5.30am/ 11.30am

2. From Surigao Port, travel to Jollibee intersection via tricycle

Estimate Fare: Php 10 (shared)

Duration: 5mins

3. Ride multicab going to Surigao Bus Terminal

Estimate Fare: Php 9

Duration: 15mins

4. Look for van going to Tandag City

Estimate Fare: Php250

Duration: 4 hrs

Surigao del Sur itinerary for 5D/4N

Sample itinerary for Surigao del Sur

Destinations are far from each other and may take half a day to reach. Allot extra days on your trip

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DAY 1

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0800H

Arrival at Butuan Airport (code: BXU)

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0800H-0830H

Walk outside the airport. Look for vans going to Hinatuan.

Php 200
0830H-1200H
Travel from Airport to Hinatuan town Proper
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1200H-1300H
Lunch
-
1300H-1330H

Hire a habal-habal going to Enchanted River. Haggle for a roundtrip service.

Php 300
1330H-1530H

Pay for entrance and environmental fee. Rent life vest. then be amazed of the water

Php 50 entrance
Php 10 environmental
Php 15 life vest rental
1530H-1600H

Back to Hinatuan Town proper

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1600H-1620H

Wait for van bound for Bislig or Mangagoy. Snack time.

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1620H-1720H
Travel from Hinatuan town to Bislig or Mangagoy
Php 50
1720H-1800H

Arrival at Bislig. Look for hotel. Check in.

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1800H-1900H

Dinner

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1900H

Back to hotel/ Socials

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DAY 2

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0600H-0800H

Wake up. Freshen up. Breakfast. 

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0800H-0830H
Make your way to the intersection road going to Tinuy-An Falls. Tricycle drivers or bus drivers know this point.
~Php 10
0830H-0840H

Walk towards the basketball court located after the White Palace Inn. Across the basketball court is the pick-up point of habal-habal going to Tinuy-An Falls

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0840H-0910H

Hire habal-habal. Request for a roundtrip service.

Php 200
0910H-1100H

Pay for entrance and environmental fee plus tip for the guide if you opt to visit the lavel 2 of the falls

Php 50 entrance
Php 100 tip
1100H-1130H

Back to basketball court, near the highway intersection.

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1130H-1230H
Back to the hotel. Freshen up. Check out.
~Php 10
1230H-1330H
Lunch
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1330H-1600H
Look for a van going to Tandag. If not available, you may take a van going to Barobo. Then from Barobo, take another van to Tandag. Tell the driver to drop you at Salvacion intersection going to Britania
Php 150
1600H-1610H

Alight at Salvacion intersection. There are tricyles in the area to bring you to your hotel

Php 200
1610H-1630H

Ride tricycle going to resort or hotel. Pay environmental fee.

Php 20 fare
Php 50 environmental fee
1630H-1730H

You arrived at Britania. Check in. Freshen up.

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1730H-1930H

Chill. Watch sunset. Book for island hopping for Day 3.

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1730H-1930H

Chill. Watch sunset.

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1930H-2030H

Dinner

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2030H

Socials

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DAY 3

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0600H-0800H

Wake up. Freshen up. Breakfast. 

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0800H-1200H

Island Hopping to four destinations- Hagonoy, Naked, Buslon, and Hiyor-hiyoran Island. Bring your packed food and drinks

Php 1500
1200H-1300H

Back to hotel. Freshen up. Check out. Or stay for one more night to enjoy the beach and chill whole day.

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1300H-1400H
Lunch
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1400H-1415H

Walk to the main road and hire a tricycle to bring you back to Salvacion intersection

Php 20
1415H-1600H
Wait for a van or bus bound for Tandag. Make your way to Tandag.
Php 80
1600H-1630H

Alight at Tandag. Option to stay here for a night or transfer to a multicab or a van going to Cortes

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1630H-1700H
Make your way to Cortes. This is just a small town, but with friendly people.
Php 20
1730H-1830H

You arrived at Cortes. Only few options to stay - one inn or homestays. Check in

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1830H-1930H

Dinner

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1930H

Back to hotel. Socials

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DAY 4

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0600H-0800H

Wake up. Freshen up. Breakfast. 

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000H-0830H

Hire habal-habal to bring you to Laswitan. Request for a roundtrip service.

Php 200
0830H-1100H

Enjoy Laswitan. Option to stay longer if you are planning to spend another night in Cortes.

Php 30 entrance
Php 50 environmental fee
1100H-1130H

Back to Cortes.

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1130H-1140H

Walk to the beach area. You will find the Footbridge

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1140H-1200H

Chill. Watch locals.

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1200H-1300H

Walk back to hotel. Freshen up. Late check out.

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1300H-1400H
Lunch
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1400H-1415H
Ride in a multicab or habal-habal to bring you to the main highway.
~Php 10
1415H-1430H

Alight at Cortes intersection. Wait for vans or buses found for Surigao

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1430H-1830H
Travel to Surigao City. Spend the night here.
Php 250
1830H-1930H

Check-in. Freshen up.

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1930H-2030H

Dinner

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2030H

Socials

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DAY 5

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0600H-0800H
Wake up. Freshen up. Breakfast. If you want to have a side trip before leaving Surigao, follow this itinerary to Mabua Pebble Beach. Else, continue your trip to the airport or back to Butuan City
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0800H-0830H

Make your way to Surigao City Port. Alight at the tricycle station area.

~Php 10
0830H-0840H

Look for the tricycle servicing to Mabua. Usually, tricycle drivers will wait for a few more passengers before leaving. This will make your fare cheaper too.

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0840H-0910H

Tricycle going to Mabua Pebble Beach

Php 30
0910H-1100H

Enjoy the pebbles and the beach. Opt for the open beach so you won't pay for the cottages.

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1100H-1200H

Back to Surigao City, then back to hotel.

Php 40
1200H-1300H

Freshen up. Late check-out.

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1300H-1400H
Lunch
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1400H-1430H

If your are flying out via Surigao Airport or going to the bus terminal to catch vans servicing to Butuan Airport, make your way to Jollibee intersection of Surigao City.

-
1430H-1450H
Ride a multicab going to the bus terminal. It is the same ride to Surigao Airport.
Php 9
1450H-1730H
Ride a van going to Butuan Airport.
Php 180
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Just reverse the trip if your starting point is Surigao City or Siargao. Same fare applies.

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