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!
Located in Bucas Grande Islands in Socorro, Surigao del Norte. Sohoton Lagoon is declared by the Philippine Government as a National Park covering a total area of 70 hectares. The park features mystical Sohoton Cove, amazing Sohoton Lagoon itslef and the picturesque seven islets. The lagoon’s entrance is the Sohoton Cove – a cove half-submerged in water and passable only during low tide. The lagoon have quite a number if caves to explore.
The place was teeming with life. Various coral formations can easily be seen because of the crystal clear waters as you near the island. The place would leave every visitor with mesmerized- clean lakes, secret coves, enchanting lagoons, spectacular rock and coral formations, incredible sea creatures and many more. If you think Coron, Palawan is charming, Bucas Grande is way much better and more pristine.
The main attraction of the place are the Sohoton cove, non-sting jellyfish, several small caves and lakes, crystal clear water, beautiful corals, white sand beaches and lush vegetation on craggy islands. Its beauty is unspoiled and beyond compare. If you want to really enjoy your holiday, come to Sohoton Lagoon where there are less people but more lush vegetation and emerald waters.
Said to be the best in Mindanao and even in the Philippines by nature lovers, Sohoton Lagoon has amazing clear blue waters. It is home to the non-stinging jellyfish since the locals have reserved a jellyfish sanctuary for them to thrive.
Most guided tours takes you to Tiktikan Lake, Bolitas Cave, Hagukan & Makukuob Caves and the Jellyfish Lagoon.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Approximately 2 and a half hour by van from Surigao City to Hayanggabon Port and aboard an outrigger/banca to Sohoton Cove National Park for another 1 and a half hour.
Or if you are already in Siargao island, get to the Port of Dapa and take the ferry to the town of Socorro. From Socorro hire an outrigger/banca to Sohoton National Park.
Club Tara Resort complements the setting and picturesque scenery with cottages perched on stilts immersed on the water and excellent facilities. Each accommodation is a sanctuary that lets guests experience unruffled pleasure and comfort. In fact, every room has its own lanai, which looks out over the sea, and a jacuzzi, on top of other modern amenities, to provide absolute rest and pampering. Aside from these, the resort has its restaurant, swimming pool, and poolside bar.
Club Tara is flocked by many islets that families and friends can visit on kayak. This destination is also perfectly romantic for honeymooners, with more than a few beaches nearby just as blessed with beauty, featuring powdery white sands and clear waters. Indeed, this is an exclusive place of retreat that showcases the natural wonders of Surigao.