Mabua Pebble Beach

At Mabua Pebble Beach you’ll get less sand, more stones (lots of it) and an awesome view!

Mabua Pebble Beach is unique among many of the Filipino beaches due to its multitude of smooth white pebbles that make up its shoreline. Mabua Pebble Beach is a shoreline of kilometer-long stretch of smooth, multi-sized pebbles. There are almost no sands, of any kind, in this part of Surigao City. The beach’s shoreline is completely composed of smooth stones, mostly in white colors and of different sizes.

While most beaches are formed through the movement of sediment influenced by the wind, waves and currents, Mabua Pebble Beach’s unique composition was most likely formed by very strong forward swashing waves that forced the pebble material to be driven onshore, and weaker return swashing waves that caused the material to be deposited.

The countless number of smooth pebbles that make up Mabua Pebble Beach, each varying in different sizes and shapes (although the majority tend to be oval) also serve another, albeit different, purpose. Walking barefoot on the smooth stones, according to reflexologists, has a strong impact on the body, as the feet have reflex points that are connected to our internal organs, making this beach both stunning and therapeutic.

Attracting both local and foreign tourists, visitors are impressed with the clear and cool waters that make this surreal place ideal for swimming and jet skiing. If you are lucky enough to catch the big waves, you can go surfing or windsurfing. The rock outcrop at the end of the beach is an easy climb and promises to give you a frightening but spectacular view. It is a great vantage point for the rest of the beach and even the mountains beyond. Mabua Pebble Beach is the paradise of photographers who are captivated by sunsets.

Mabua Pebble Beach is situated in Barangay Mabua and can be reached via a 30-minute drive from Surigao del Norte City center.

Get off at the Mt. Bagarabon Beach Hotel and Mountain Resort and make your way past their Hajahay Suites towards the pebble shore.

There are the carved steps off the side of a small hill, climb the steps and on the other side of the hill is the pebble beach. If you don’t prefer to walk, you may rent a banca (small fishing boat) to take you to the pebble beach.

Surf Lanuza

Lanuza in Surigao del Sur is noted as a surfing destination in addition to the already famous Siargao with its various surfing areas from Reef Breaks to Beach Breaks. A perfect location for a laid back surf trip and is an awesome place to relax and experience serenity by watching or listening to the sounds of its rolling waves and clashing pebbles.

There are excellent breaks surrounding Lanuza with the combination of the area’s remoteness that is definitely an adventure for surfers without the crowd. Go surfing within the town proper located at Doot Poktoy and also in Punta and Sitio Badiang, Lanuza surfing grounds definitely possess world class waves comparable to that of Cloud 9 in Siargao. These reef breaks become famous because of its eye catching and roaring waves, this is a must see spot for all surfers.

Lanuza’s climate is characterized by rainfall that is distributed throughout the year. The period from April to August has the lowest level of rainfall while heavier rains occur from November to February and has 7% exposure to tropical cyclone. Lanuza Surfing season is between the months of November to March where big waves are in constant motion.

(c)Photo: Philippine Surfing Federation

Lanuza Surfing Festival is held annually. Lanuza’s perfect long right hander that rolls along the sandy bottom of the river mouth is best for classic longboard surfers but also excellent for short boards too. Minutes away are a series of barreling reef breaks. The waves of Lanuza Bay offer something for all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.

For those wanting to stay in Lanuza, you would be glad to know that it belongs to the economic zone of Cantilan, one of the major economic zones of Surigao del Sur. For telecommunication there are six cell sites operated by Smart Communications and Globe Telecom that cover the whole area of CarCanMadCarLan (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza). Two cable TV providers operate in Cantilan, Carrascal and Madrid, Cantilan has broadband internet with a number of internet cafes. The municipal building in Lanuza has a satellite connection, soon this will be extended to the school and may be offered as an internet cafe in the evenings.

Aside from surfing, Lanuza is also popular for its “agsam” accessories, bags and home curtains. It also offers beautiful beaches, caves waterfalls and cool springs and meet people of Lanuza who are so warm and hospitable.

From Tandag – at the Balilahan Terminal in Tandag, board any jeep or bus bound for Surigao or Cantilan. Get off at Lanuza (market)

From Surigao City – take any Bachelor Bus going to Tandag, vans can go straight to Lanuza

From Butuan City – go to the bus terminal and board any bus bound for Tandag. From Butuan airport, there is a van going straight to Lanuza

From Davao City – take a bus going to Tandag and from Tandag, take bus or jeep going to Cantilan (or Surigao) but get off at Lanuza

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).