Lovin‚Äô the mesmerizing colors of Surigao del Sur, Philippines

You might not have heard of Surigao del Sur but not for much longer. It is situated in the eastern coast of Mindanao that faces the Philippine Sea. It is blessed with magnificent and pristine natural wonders. Personally, I love its stunning and mesmerizing colors – my dream holiday get-away.

Enjoying the scenery ūüôā

Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-an Falls

The Tinuy-an Falls in Burboanan, Bislig is known as the water flowing curtains of Surigao del Sur and it is dubbed as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines. My family and I enjoyed the falls by riding the bamboo raft, experiencing the one-of-a-kind waterfall back massage, and by climbing up a steep stairway up to the top to witness the magnificence of the falls. The panoramic view is breathtaking. I love this place – the natural charm is maintained, cool and the water is clean.

Enchanted River

Enchanted River

Our family’s experience with the Enchanted River in Hinatuan was great. I love the majestic and enchanting view with its emerald bluish water and I enjoyed the enchanting swim.

Britannia Group of Islands

The Naked Island in the Britania Group of Islands

The island hopping in Britania group of islands (a group of 24 islands and islets) was fun and exciting. The breathtaking views, the awesome white fine sand, the lovely sunny day, plus we almost had the islands to ourselves as we visited on a slow day ‚Äď all these made a wonderful experience and was just so perfect for photographs! Definitely, one of the best island hopping adventures we‚Äôve ever had.

Cagwait White Beach

Cagwait White Beach

Cagwait White Beach is a C-shaped long stretch white sand beach in the laid-back town of Cagwait. Some travelers named it as a Little Waikiki Beach of the Philippines. It was a beautiful sunny day when I went there and the water was crystal clear but I noticed that the sand was not that white, it was something like reddish brown and very fine. Indeed, it was such a relaxing day out.

Mabua Beach

Beautiful sunrise at Mabua Beach

The Mabua Beach in Tandag is a very special place to me because this is where I grew up and spent my childhood. Mabua Beach has fine black sand, clean and blue water, easy to walk around, and the gentle whisper of the wind will surely enthrall you. I love the environment there as it is lengthy enough to find your own space to be alone, read a book, laze throughout the day, sunbath, and just simply enjoy the beautiful nature.

Green Falls

Green Falls

The 30 minutes-drive from Tandag City to the Green Falls in Cagpangi, Tago was worth a trip. It is a 7-tiered falls, wide and deep especially in the center. The falls are fantastic and beautiful to see. Indeed, it was such a great day out with my family as we really felt at awe when we saw this wonderful creation!

Villa Azarcon Mountain Resort

b46

Cagpangi Falls in Villa Azarcon Mountain Resort

Villa Azarcon Mountain Resort is a good place for family getaway. It has great ambiance, refreshing falls that are surrounded by green trees, swimming pools looking over a beautiful garden and offers some activities to do. I had a relaxing time there ‚Äď read a book, took a nap, and strolled around the place.

Laswitan Lagoon

Laswitan Lagoon

The Laswitan Lagoon in Barangay Uba, Cortes is simply beautiful especially with the gushing of surfs of the pacific sea that vigorously fall into the incredible rock formation creating a waterfall-like effect. Even though it was not the best time when I went there in July as I could not see any belching of waves from the ocean but I was still fascinated with its beautiful ebony rock formations, enjoyed the tranquil breezy views and bewitched by its rich in nature ‚Äď shrubs, ferns, trees while going along the unpaved winding roads. I was told that the best time to visit there is between October to February.

Lanuza Marine Park and Fish Sanctuary

Lanuza Marine Park and Fish Sanctuary

The Lanuza Marine Park and Fish Sanctuary is a protected area in Lanuza that hosts various aquatic species. It also serves as the spawning ground for fish within Lanuza Bay. We stayed there for a while before we went to Magkawas Falls. We really enjoyed collecting sea shells at the shore and of course the breeze and the breathtaking the views.

Magkawas Falls

Magkawas Falls

My family and I have always been captivated about nature and its unfolding scenery. To us, Magkawas Falls in Lanuza is certainly a place of relaxation and mind freshening. We enjoyed swimming there from the fresh and cold water flowing from the heart of the jungle. We were also fascinated by just cheerfully gazing the falls because it keeps our mind relaxed and it has a soothing quality of silence.

Blue Lagoon

The diving platform in Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon is an astonishing charm and a hidden paradise gem in Libtong, Cantillan. It‚Äôs so pristine. I love the place ‚Äď the rock formations, the green trees, the blue skies, the clean water, and the variety of colorful species underwater. Certainly, we were thrilled to see the beauty of Blue Lagoon especially since we were the only visitors in this wonderland when we went there.

Have you explored the Province of Surigao del Sur? What did you like best in Surigao del Sur?

 

 

Advertisements

Philippines: The Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur

The Enchanted River is a must-see destination, a mystical wonder of beauty. It is one of the major tourist spots in the province of Surigao del Sur. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the Philippines. This truly magnificent Enchanted River is a very short salt water river which flows into the ocean on the island of Mindanao more precisely in Barangay Talisay, of the municipality of Hinatuan.

Enchanted River

The Enchanted River is very tidy, so refreshing and ultimately crystal: a clear combination of different shades of blue and green which gives an astonishing eye popping color. It is so vibrant that looks photoshopped, but it is real. It was more heart-stopping and breathtaking when I saw it with my two naked eyes. This 50 feet deep river flows magically even without a source meandering like a snake in the grass. And, what makes it more enchanting is it has an impressive school of fish which are fed daily by the resort staff.

Enchanted River

We spent our weekend with my family in the river of enchantment which flows from a very deep pool approximately 50 feet deep or more. I loved it! We brought our own food such as lechon  paksiw, grilled fish, beef afritada, pancit, pork adobo, papaya pickles, rice, chocolate cake for our dessert and drinks such as red horse beer, rhum and Coca Cola. We had a great lunch by the river.

Enchanted River

Even though the travel to the Enchanted River was quite long on an unpaved bumpy road, when I saw the place I was stunned by the mysterious mesmerizing charm of the Enchanted River. As soon as we got off the car, my son Beboy and my nephew Euanne ran immediately to the amazingly enthralling Enchanted River and couldn’t wait to jump into the crystal turquoise blue water of the river. But, they were disappointed and really unhappy because my mum didn’t allow them to swim.

Enchanted River

Remarkably, at 12 noon, we heard a cheerful melodious bell ring which meant all visitors should stay out of the water because the staff was going to feed the flashing silver-scaled fish in the river. At the same time this signals the people to gather, especially those who wish to witness the feeding. The staff from the resort then played the soft recorded music to gather the dazzling fish in one particular area in the river and began feeding them enthusiastically by shrimps, fish, bread, etc.

Feeding time

We enjoyed swimming in the beautifully awe-inspiring cold river because the water made us relaxed. Indeed, I conquered my fears of deep waters and I loved swimming in a place as magical as this. Undeniably, my experience in the Enchanted River with my family was surreal and it was another memorable family weekend we had.

Enchanted River

How to get there:

If you wish to visit the enchanting Enchanted River, it can be reached by private vehicles, vans, public buses such as Bachelor Express either from Davao City or Butuan City. If you wish to take Bachelor Express, you take Davao-Bislig Route if you are from Davao City and Butuan-Bislig Route if you are from Butuan City. It is about 6 hours from Davao City and 4 hours from Butuan City.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • There are available picnic cottages, life vests, and goggles for rent.
  • There’s also a boat for rent per hour for 5 people in a boat.
  • The place will close at 5 PM because many locals think that it is enchanted by spirits.
  • Be prepared for the huge crowd especially during the weekends since it is popular to tourists now.
  • The management¬†implements a strict¬†segregation of wastes.¬†In other words, you cannot throw your garbage anywhere especially plastics.