Things to Do in Surigao

They say you haven’t really been to a place if you missed the must-dos and the must-sees. Imagine going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. Although it seems impossible to miss it because of its sheer height, the point is that every Paris experience isn’t complete without the obligatory Eiffel sightseeing.

Now let’s scale back to the Philippines, to a place that isn’t very popular among tourists, Surigao. Are there must dos and must sees here? You’ll be surprised to know that there are a lot of fun things you can do here. Actually, any place is special. Surigao has its own charm too. Here are the irresistible things about Surigao that make it a destination of choice.

  • Chicken barbecue. When you dock at the pier, stalls selling barbecues of all sorts will greet you. Who are you to decline the calls of the locals welcoming you to their hometown? So take your pick among the stalls, take a seat among everyone, and enjoy your meal. If you don’t feel welcome after such a meal, I don’t know how else you can be satisfied.
  • Sohuton Lagoon. This is the most picturesque area in Surigao. The waters are so clear you’d think it came straight from the faucet! And that’s not all! The underwater cave, the cave on a hill, and the diving cave all complete the tour and will make you feel that your airfare to Surigao should have cost you more.
  • Surfing. Surigao has one of the meanest waves in the country. It is a surfer’s paradise, and a spectator’s blockbuster hit. Enroll in a surfing lesson and don’t stop until you get the hang of it. Once you experience standing up and riding the waves, you might never stop at it. The surfer in you might get birthed in Surigao!
  • Day-asan Floating Village. Think of it as the Philippine version of Venice. But instead of canals lining the roads, the houses stand on stilts that stand on peaceful waters.
  • Mabua Pebbled Beach. Pebbles instead of sand? Now that’s something interesting! Although you can’t play beach volley over here, and walking barefoot sounds like punishment, you can embrace the beauty of the smooth pebbles and the sound they make when they crash against the waters.
  • No-sting jellyfish. Challenge yourself and swim with these gentle sea creatures in Tojomon Lagoon. The waters are a clear turquoise blue, and the hundreds of jellyfish are bright orange and yellow. The sight looks straight out of Finding Nemo, only the jellyfish do not sting! Dare yourself to touch them, going against your notion that jellyfish can be itchy or fatal. It’s a different kind of thrill. And don’t you waste your fare by not diving into the whole experience, whether you booked a business class PAL flight or an Air Philippines budget ticket.

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  • Jam @icoSnap

    February 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the list, I’m going to check out the Tojomon lagoon!

  • jaywalker

    February 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place. Any idea how much surfing lessons cost?

  • justin benito

    March 27, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Why do I travel? I can’t give you any other reason except I feel this need to be there. Maybe being there means experiencing the culture, enjoying the food, seeing the wonders here in the Philippines. it proves that the Philippines advertising the beautiful side of the Philippines, to the world

    Surigao del norte are such a beautiful place to relax and explore.,and traveling package here in the Philippines are renovating to a new ones to attract more tourist and more flight scheduled and promos in this picked seasons.

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