Sugba Lagoon

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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.”

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.

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.