Take a tour of this fascinating wildlife reserve by traditional banca boat, kayak, or stand up paddleboard. Measuring in at 8,620 hectares, this vast tract of mangrove forest is recognized by the Department of Natural Resources to be the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the Philippines.
27 out of the 70 mangrove species in the world are represented. Many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna in both marine, wetland and terrestrial areas have found sanctuary here.
This unique area is also home to the saltwater crocodile (crocodylus porosus), the largest land and river-dwelling predator in the world. I have no exact info about the croc thing (just read it online) and i have no plan doing research either. Take a good look at this guy below. He is the reason why Del Carmen Mangrove Reserve is still magnificent up to this day.
Explore the idyllic clear blue waters and soothing sceneries of Sugba Lagoon, hidden in the second largest mangrove system in the Philippines. Enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish or salad and relax at one of the most peaceful and truly stunning places in the Island of Siargao.
Sugba Lagoon has an estimated area of 87 hectares and it is located within the Island of Caub, Del Carmen, one out of nine (9) towns in Siargao Island that offers very unique eco-tourism attractions. It is home to the rarest and one of the biggest mangrove forests in the Philippines that covers an estimated of 4, 259 hectares of coastal marine area. The Del Carmen Mangrove Swamps is a sanctuary of endangered crocodylus porosus or the salt-water crocodile.
The lagoon area is surrounded by large limestone hills covered with a vegetation of different species of plant and trees. While being visually captivated by the overwhelming beauty of nature, you will also be entertained by the melodic sound of the different species of birds in the area.
Within Sugba Lagoon is a two story building built by the local government unit to cater visitors. The building provides a small area for visitors and a jump off point to dive and swim into the lagoons waters. The area would also be a very good spot for snorkeling since it is home to numerous marine lives.
The clear waters of Sugba Lagoon is rich with the different variety of fish especially those of the groupers family as well as lobsters and shells. The hillside is home to rich diversity of flora and fauna as well as endangered species of hard wood.
The lagoon got its name “Sugba” from how it appeared to visitors when it is covered with fog, making it look like a smoke is coming off the lagoon. Sugba is a visayan word which in tagalog means “inihaw.”
HOW TO GET THERE:
Sugba Lagoon is about 30 minutes motorized boat ride from the port of the town of Del Carmen. The town can be reached either by sea and air.
By air, turbo prop commercial aircraft from Cebu Pacific flies to the island from Cebu City landing at the town’s Sayak airport.
By sea, daily 2 to 3 hours boat trips can be taken from Surigao City directly to Del Carmen or to the adjacent town of Dapa.