Lake Bababu Underwater Cave System

(c)Photo: Bob Ong

Located in Brgy. Melgar, Municipality of Basilisa, Province of Dinagat Island, Lake Bababu Underwater Cave is the Philippines’ longest underwater cave to date.

Bababu Lake – the largest of four marine lakes in Basilisa town – is also a unique body of water. Although composed mostly of seawater, it has a 20-foot top layer of rainwater. These two layers of water do not mix because the lake is protected from the wind by towering chalk-white limestone walls draped in riotous foliage. The name of the lake area was derived from the Cebuano words baba sa buwaya or crocodile’s mouth, referring to the shape of Babas Cove, the inlet that funnels to a small white-sand beach where the lake trail begins.

Whether this name came from a crocodile mouth-shaped rock formation or there used to have crocodiles living here is still undetermined. Lake Bababu has an underwater channel connected to the sea, thereby feeding the lake with saltwater from below while fresh water at the top remains uninterrupted.

Lake Bababu is already confirmed as the longest underwater cave in the Philippines; with approximately 2200 feet / 650 meters of exploration line laid. A high coast to the lake adds thrill and excitement to avid adventurers and offers fine views to numerous small caves in great abandon. Greenish vegetation dominates the virginal boundary.

Lake Bababu, Surigao on Pinoy Adventures:
Richard explores saltwater marine life and even pre-historic looking fishes in Lake Bababu. He also finds a halocline where inland fresh water merges with seawater. (Date aired: July 8, 2012)

From Surigao City, board a ferryboat to San Jose. First trip leaves 6:30 AM daily and trip takes roughly about 1.5 hour. Habal-habal motorbikes are the only means of transport around town. Island-hopping tours can be arranged through the tourism office. A full-day tour of Lake Bababu and the islands of Basilisa on an outrigger boat, good for up to 30 persons, costs PHP 3,500 (price negotiable).

San Jose is a comfortable base to explore Dinagat Islands. The Bahay Turista Mini Chalet at the tourism office has accommodation that starts at PHP 500 for double A/C rooms with private toilet and shower. One can walk to the guesthouse (15 minutes) or take a habal-habal motorbike.

There are only a few places to eat in San Jose. Solomon eatery is a good and affordable choice located in the center of town, near the main pier area.

Surigao del Sur Tourist Destinations

A coastline blessed with stunning natural wonders devoid of mass tourism, Surigao del Sur is your dream holiday get-away.

Visit the horseshoe-shaped island in Cagwait Beach is fringed with trees and glimmering waters. Swim, get tanned, and camp in this serene enclave. Britania Group of Islands is a must-do activity if you fancy island hopping. Get acquainted with the 24 islets rising above the seafloor. Marvel at the sight of Kanlota, Taguan, Minasingin, Isla Verde, and Panlanggan Forest Island among others. Then end the day by camping in Boslon Island.

Dive into the deep cerulean waters of the Enchanted River in Hinatuan. Its shallow part that opens to the sea has emerald waters. At noon, feed the schools of orange fish and be mesmerized by the mystical sight of orange against blue!

Surfing in Surigao del Sur is widely known and have been one of the local and tourist attractions. This extreme sport can be found in Cantilan and Lanuza. Another sport being played is the skimboarding in which several municipalities has been attracting tourists. Go chase the Magkawas Falls and take a dip in its refreshing catch basin. Nearby, you can find the striking Lanuza Marine Park, an impeccable spot for diving and snorkeling!

Surigao del Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the CARAGA region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tandag City. Surigao del Sur is located at the eastern coast of Mindanao and faces the Philippine Sea.

Getting there by air, there are daily flights from Manila to Butuan City, where the nearest airport is located.

By sea, if coming in from the north the nearest port is Lipata (Surigao del Norte) with ferries running to and from Manila, Cebu and Liloan (Southern Leyte). Nasipit port located in Butuan is closer the southern part of Surigao del Sur.

By land, from Davao City’s Ecoland terminal, take a bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig). From Butuan Integrated Bus Terminal in Butuan City (Agusan del Norte), there are buses that go directly to Mangagoy (Bislig). From San Franz (Agusan del Sur) there are also buses and vans bound for Mangagoy (Bislig).

Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island is one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. The tropical island is famed for its naturally palm-fringed coast, powdery sugar-white sands, crystal clear azure waters coupled with stunning sunsets which are unmatched anywhere else in the world. This island is locally known as Mother Nature’s secret haven blessed with rich marine biodiversity, picturesque hills, rolling mountains, sprawling greens and lush tropical rainforest.

The province consists primarily of Camiguin Island, as well as a few other surrounding minor islets including White Island and Mantigue Island. Famous for its week-long Lanzones Festival, Sunken Cemetery, centuries-old Spanish Colonial and 20th century churches, hot springs, water falls and its four stratovolcanoes.

Camiguin is really a magnificent place that can delight your senses. If you have plans to visit Camiguin, then book your accommodation now and choose the best Camiguin beach resort. Once you are settled in your accommodations, do not ever miss to visit the following spectacular destinations.

White Island. This is an inhabited white sand island that has a picturesque view of the Mt. Hibok-hibok and Old Vulcan. This breathtaking and great island is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling. This is also a perfect paradise where you can see the best sunrise and sunset view that you will not find in any other place.

Mt. Hibok- Hibok Volcano. This is the only active volcano among the 6 others that you can see on the island. If you are a mountain climbing enthusiast, then this volcano is just right for you. It will be a challenging experience because as you climb, the trek will require skillful maneuvers as there are a number of loose rocks and boulders. No matter how difficult the trek is, when you arrive at the peak of the mountain, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the crater-like-lake and steam outlets. You will definitely be amazed with the scenery.

Scuba Diving Activities in Burias Shoal and Mantigue Island. Marine life is very abundant in all dive sites on Camiguin Island. Your scuba diving adventure on the island will be truly fun because you will see intricate lava formations, vibrant coral gardens, colorful reefs, amazing school of fish, shells and other sea creatures. Moreover, there are island beach resorts in Camiguin that offer scuba diving lessons and adventures if you are interested in diving and see all the beautiful marine life.

Sunken Cemetery. This is one of the spots that Camiguin Island is popularly known of. The cemetery collapsed and sank under the sea during a volcanic eruption that happened years ago. The only thing that you can see during high tide is the big cross, if it is low tide, you can see the beautiful formation of corals, marine life and the few remains of the cemetery.

Visit Camiguin Island and discover the beauty of the island. There are an excellent Camiguin Island resort that offers great accommodation and many great experiences that will surely make your Camiguin tour unforgettable.