Bucas Grande Island, a must-see place for those seeking for perfect island getaway, white-sand beaches, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and is the home of Sohoton Cove and dubbed as best island destination in the Philippines.
Off the northeastern coast of Surigao del Norte, a two-hour boat ride south of Siargao, lies Bucas Grande Island, officially under Siargao’s aegis but often overshadowed in the latter’s favor. Its main town of Socorro is home to a population of 21,000 farmers and fisherfolk. All around are clusters of isles and islets beckoning with lovely beach strips, lustrous coves and hidden lagoons.
You can get to Bucas Grande via Brgy. Hayanggabon, Claver from where the pump boat ride to Bucas Grande takes only half an hour. Another location that offers a proximate takeoff point for the island is via Brgy. Bad-as, Placer which takes 90-minute motor boat ride.
Sohoton Cove is the island’s major attraction. An idyllic habitat with forested limestone mounds rising on all sides in a welcome embrace. Dominating the lush greenery were stands of a Mindanao variety of agoho or casuarina with curling leaf clusters that differentiate it from Luzon’s agoho or the Benguet pine. Plentiful, too, was the Philippine ironwood, locally called magkuno, which is known to defy ordinary saws. When successfully cut, it makes good, hardy furniture.
Sohoton Cove has 13 inland lakes, with three of these considered accessible. They’re all part of the Sohoton Ecotourism Park splendiferous flora meet their match in the endemic exotic fauna, which include tarsiers, two kinds of hornbills or kalaw, the serpent eagle and white-breasted eagle, green sea turtles, and 19 kinds of fruit bats!