SURIGAO was originally a Spanish era district that became a chartered province in 1901. The province was dissolved in 1960 and now comprised of the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands. Dinagat used to part of the first district of Surigao del Norte province until it became a province in 2006.



SOHOTON picture from


THE MYSTERIOUS and famous Enchanted River (river picture from Chronicles of a Filipino Cave Diver, Technical Description of Hinatuan’s Enchanted River,

Famous tourist attractions on the northern side are Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. On the southern side are Lanuza, Tinuy-an Falls, and the Hinatuan Enchanted River. With so many islands and beaches to see in the Surigao area, the best way to save time and effort figuring out one’s itinerary is to travel with someone who is familiar with the tourist spots – or join an organized tour offered by tour business people. The cheapest tour I heard of recently was 999 pesos from Davao to Sohoton and back in a van – but I still have to hear from a friend if the short day tour was worth her time.

When my friends and I went there last year, we had a convoy of vehicles and spent three days sight-seeing. We were so impressed by the beauty of Surigao – but not by the eyesore mining areas.

Summertime is almost over and those who wonder where to wander before the school days come might want to consider Surigao to enjoy sand, sun, and sea.

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