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Surigao del Norte .PLACES OF INTEREST

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  1. San Roque and Hagakhak Rock Formations.Basilisa, Dinagat Island. Nature carved rock formations thatresembles a melting candle, a duck and an eagle. Those who fancy cliff hanging and rock climbing will surely enjoy scaling these formations.
  2. Gen. Luna Beach. Siargao Island . A bewitching 27 kilometer stretch of sugar white beaches, sapphire blue seas and natural coral barrier that keep the inlet waters placid. At high tide, tube- like waves from the Pacfic Ocean can be heard and seen. A perfect destination for surfing during the months of November to January and island-hopping adventure during March to June.
  3. Mainit Lake. Mainit,Surigao del Norte. A 17,000 hectare lake in between the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte. During Summer, purplish bloom of water hyacints and wild ducks abound its periphery.
  4. Suhoton Cave. Bucas Grande Island. A natural wonder half-submerged in water most of the time and accessible only during low tide. Inside is a lagoon with countless islets and crystal clear waters that catches the reflection of the penetrating rays of the sun. Lush vegetation abounds its periphery.
  5. Buenavista Cave. Hikdop Island,Surigao City. A three kilometer cave with three entrances. On its womb is a knee deep pool and a palatial chamber complete with a "kings" throne. Located near sitio Pagkawasan of Barangay Buenavista. approximately four miles from the city proper it has three entrances which all lead to a cavern cavern approximately 3 kms in length Unique stone formations inside the cave create an illusionary vision of a majestic " Kings Court" complete with other chambers. It has also an underground pool which is knee deep and is about 100 meters from the main entrance. Like the Mapawa Caves, it has also impressive stalactites and stalagmites which bare witness to the fact that nature is still the foremost sculptor.
  6. Mapawa Cave. Barangay MIpawa. It is approximately 15 km. away from the city proper. It has cathedral shape inner domes richly decorated with magnificient stalactites having like natural chandeliers banaced by an enthralling sight of varied stalagmites.
  7. Magpupungko Beach. Pilar,Siargao Island. Situated in a cove facing the Pacific, surrounded by limestone and granites sculptures. During lowtide, its pockmarked limestone floor reveal "swimming pools" of assorted shapes and sizes resembling basins, barrels, tubs and ponds.
  8. Togonan Waterfalls. Mainit, Surigao del Norte.
  9. U.S. Landing Avenue. Loreto, Surigao del Norte. A strategic area in the municipality of Loreto where U.S. Liberators landed and fought against the Japanese Imperial Army stationed in the place. A few miles from the island in Surigao Strait, the historical Landmark where hundred of Japanese naval ships were defeated due to massive bombardment by U.S. planes in World War II.
  10. Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine Ceniza Heights. built by the devotees of said Patron, the shrine itself is surrounded with green natural scenic landscaping. it can be seen clearly while trekking the heights of the Beverly Hills of Surigao-Quano Ceniza Heights Subdivision, Approximately one and a half kilometers away from the city proper.
  11. Century OLd Replica of the Liberty Bell. Capitol site.
  12. Capitol Site. An old American designed capitol building which has been renovated recently.
  13. Del Carmen Crocodile Sanctuary. Del Carmen,Surigao del Norte. It is the home of the biggest crocodiles in the country. These crocodiles can usually be found on its vast preserved mangrove forest.
  14. Bitaugan "Magic" Whirlpools. These maelstroms are found during ebb tide. They have a chracteristic behaviour to pull, twirl, and suck into their vertices anything that comes near them. They are called "magic whirlpool" due to their peculiar behaviour to appear and disappear at certain nature designated time intervals. Locally called Pahibhongan their appearances usually followed by an almost inaudible explosions and then the subsequent disappearance, after the " explosions" their vertices vanish, after sometime, it would again appear. This is a cycle. The whirlpool is a scenic beauty to behold with its enthralling spinning water. The current that creates the whirlpool is so strong that the area is considered a danger zone to seafarers.
  15. Day_asan Floating Barangay. The Venice of Surigao City. Here houses are built along shallow water lanes amidst carefully selected mangrove clearings. It has water channels, instead of roads, and small bancas or river boats instead of wheeled vehicles. Purok centers, where local folks congregate to discuss issues or conduct meetings are located in the midst of the waterways. They are all circular in shape and have "salakot" type roofings. Day-asan is about two miles from the city proper.
  16. Guyam Island. Across the General Luna Beach is an islet with a powdery-white sand and a little cluster of coconut trees. It can be reached by a pumpboat in less than 10 minutes. It offers a good view of the spell bounding waves of Siargao Island. A few meters away from the island, one can go surfing and water sports activities.
  17. Daku Island. A wonderful island adjacent to Guyam Island which is about 5 minutes pumpboat ride. It is an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing.
  18. Punta Kalabera. Catadman. located at the northeastern portion of Hikdop Island . It is a beautiful naturally sculptured skull stone formation which local folks call Punta Kalabera . Near or at a distance it looks like a skull of a man. This has been formes as a result of a continous lashing and splashing of the waves.
  19. Punta Baluarte. Barangay San Jose. a historical landmark which was used as observatory point by the Spanish Friars and later by the Japanese during the second World War. A place where Fr. Francisco de Paulas Sanchez, S.J. stayed for more than a month on scientific expedition on April 24, 1887 collecting rare marine fauna. It is a hill overlooking the town and the surrounding waters and islands, which to date is simply marked by maroon castle replica. Complementing the landmark is the brightly colored kiosks along the beach which provide an ideal picnic and resting area. Punta Baluarte is in Barangay San Jose, about one hour ride by pumpboat from the city proper.
  20. Mancagangi Island. Tourist can go Bat Watching in this island. Thousands of mouselike flying mammals commonly called BATS are clinging or hanging on wild plants, trees and rocks. Others are dwelling in caves of Mancagani Island which is 2 miles east of Tandag. Going there will take you 40 -45 minutes by pumpboat.
  21. Ipil Beach Resorts. White pebble beach of clear sea water alongside heavy laden coconut trees. This partially developed by the Surigao City Lion's Club and approximately 10 kms. away from the city proper. It is accesible both by land and sea transportation. Ipil Beach Recreation Center is equipped with bathroom dressing room facilities and recreation center suited for small beach parties.
  22. Zaragosa Rock Formation. Sibaldo Island. It has a unique dagger-edge structures about 20 ft. high occupying an area approximately one hectare in size, almost surrounded by waist-deep crystal clear sea waters. Beside this sleeping dagger-shaped rocks are thick corral reef which is really one of the best spots for snorkelling and scuba diving. Adjacent to this are two fine white beaches which are excellent sites both for swimmers and beach combers. In the olden days, bodies of cholera and small fox victims of the adjoining barangays are dumbed on this area to rot. This is locally called Sangatan adjacent to this attraction is a big solitary rock island known as Tamulayag, where trees grow although it has no soil. At a distance, it looks like gigantic floating flower base.
  23. Lisondra Rock Formation. Barangay Lisondra. It is exquisitely carved with unique rock formations and is known as the burial ground by its early inhabitants . Rock islet best defined by the ranges of its unique natural rock formations, solidly and concretely enhances by the different variations and contrasts of its colors and shades. Opposite is another isolated vase-like rock formation complementing this somewhat mysterious creation of nature. It is accessible by pump boat in 10 minutes from Surigao City proper.
  24. Danawan Beach . Danawan Island. Is an island resort in Danawan Island, just accross Hikdop Island going west. It's white beach is so rich in rare sea shells. Shell afficionados often go there to collect rarities.
  25. Sabang Beach Resort. It is a kilometer long sprawling black sand beach that has shallow waters up to 400 meters from the shore. This is partially developed and along the seaside portion of PCUM Subdivision in the city proper.
  26. Basul Island. located nortwest of the city and the nearest islet from Surigao City characterized by fine white sand on one side and rugged rocky shore on the other side. It is noted for its enticing white beaches richly interpolated by empty sshells casing and fine corals. LIke a sentry of the entrance of the Surigao Channel, this can be easily spotted from a ship approaching the City. As the northwest direction of this island can be seen the Surigao Strait ( Site of the famous naval battle of Surigao Strait ) which took place on October 24, 1944, between the fleet of Admiral Oldendorf of the US Sevent Fleet and that of Admiral Nishimura of the Japanese Imperial Navy.
  27. Dinayhugan Beach. Barangay Nonoc. Rich with marine resources. Dinayhugan Beach is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
  28. Mabua Beach Resort. This beach adjacent to Ipil Beach forms an arc that extends to a length of about three kilometers ot Ipil Ipil Beach aside from fine white pebbles which isits dominant feature , it has also rock formations which serve as natural diving boards for swimmers. Alongside is a precipice which is nice and challenging place for amateur mountain climbers. It has several private cottages built underneath dense coconut trees which could be used for a minimal fees.
  29. Panomboyom Beach. Barangay Baybay. It is located in the southern tip of Hikdop Island. It is known for its fine white beaches grossly dominated by fine coral rocks which has been splashed by the waves to the shore.
  30. Raza Island. Even without developing the area, it is already in itself an attraction in this island, one can witness the fascinating and simultaneous interplay of both high and low tides; low tide on one side of the island and high tide on the other. Every Six (6) hours the tride reverses its course. No wonder then, it is a common sight to see people picking up sea shells along one side of the shore and continue doing so on the other side as the tide reverses.
  31. Miwa Beach. The beach with its gray, fine sand offers a beautiful view of the sunset. It is situated within the city and can be reached by a tricycle in less than 20 minutes.
  32. Sta. Monica Waterfalls. A gentle burst of falling water amid the tranquility of a virginal forest. This well preserved natural environment is another come-on
  33. Buyho Waterfalls. Barangay San Jose. The cascading waterfalls from a height of approximately 70 feet and comes from a natural pool like reservoir which is the covering point of the uphill creeks and springs. Water drops to an almost flat stone surface at the base and then flows a ledge about 6 meters wide underneath a succession of shady trees. It is 15 meters away from the barangay proper. It can be reached by a paddle boat or motorized boat in 5 to 10 minutes.
  34. Sto. Niņo Shrine. Barangay Bad-asay. The 16th century old image of Sto Niņo which was handed over from the previous generations of the Sembrano's Chapel at the barangay proper. Every year, the image is brought to Cebu to participate in the Sinulog Festival
  35. Mainit Lake . This pear-shaped lake engulfs the municipalities of Mainit and Alegria. At a certain season one can admire the purplish blooms of water hyacinths and lilies. Its placid waters is a sanctuary of thousands of wild ducks. This 17,340 hectares of freshwater is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines.
  36. Lake Bababu. located between Puerto Princesa and Melgar in Basilisa, This mountain lake is a sight to behold. The steep vertical inclines add thrill to an avid adventurer. Lush vegetation dominates the virginal periphery.
  37. Maharlika Beach Resort. Lipata. A beach with grayish fine sand, situated 10 kms. Northeast of Surigao City proper. It offers a panoramic view of the City's coastline. It is one of the most popular convention centers in Caraga Region. Floating cottages, fresh sea foods are the special feautres of the resort. While staying in the resort, one can go for swimming,boating,snorkelling and fishing.
  38. Bahay Turista. Barangay Zaragoza. Strategically located on the mountain top of Zaragoza Island which is alaso facing the ocean. Bahay Turista is the best palce for vacation and commune with nature.
  39. Bahay Turista. Barangay San Jose. A cottage equipped with duplex rooms and veranda overlooking the shores.
  40. Tourist Park. Barangay Zaragoza. A manicured bermuda landscape with rocks and flowering plants facing the ocean.
  41. Picnic Shed Houses. Barangay San Jose. The colorful picnic sheds facing the ocean can accomodate tourists while in the island.
  42. Mapawa Cave. Barangay Mapawa. It is a 30 minutes trek from Barangay Mapawa proper . Its attractions are the small entrances leading to the big chambers.
  43. Silop Multi-Caves. Barangay Silop. A unique cave with 12 entrances. One of its passages has a cool, crystal spring water. It is artistically carved by nature with stalagmites ,stalactites and columns. It is approximately 7 kms. from the city proper. It is accessible by jeepney, cars and a single motorcycle.
  44. Manjagao Mangrove Forest. Barangay Manjagao. The cradle of marine life and sanctuary of various species of fish, the mangrove forest is one of nature's most interesting habitat. A boat ride along the naturally-carved water channels amidst the jade-colored lush of mangrove trees and the visible rich coral undergrowth, is an island tropical treat one rarely experience. While there , one can also go for snorkelling and collecting shells and other marine life.
  45. Pig-ot Hide-away resort. Municipality of Libjo. A heaven placed on earth. It is a cluster of islets that look like broken emeralds slap on the acquamarine surface of the water. The islets are connected with a wooden bridge and as one strolls, he will be a witness of the different acquatic species gliding and hiding in the coral reefs, This is indeed heavenly crafted especially for the adventurous, leisure seekers and nature lovers.
  46. Antiasay San Pedro Bridge. Surigao's version of the famous San Juanico Bridge, this wooden footbridge is one of the countries longest at 391 meters, Originally conceived to ease movement and communication between Sibale and Nonoc Island, the bridge through time has transformed itself into a resting and promenade area, giving one the exhilirating experience and thrill of crossing two islands on foot. While crossing the bridge, one can feel the cool sea breeze and at the same time view the clear sea water and corals.
  47. Sukailang Waterfalls. Barangay Sukailang. A cascading 50 feet waterfalls which is 20 meters away from the barangay proper. It can be reached by a tricycle in 30 minutes from the city proper.
  48. Sagisi Island Beach. A tropical island paradise of three kilometers stretch of white sand beaches, deep blue sea waters and cool shades provided by its lofty coconut trees. Sagisi offers the perfect hideaway to enjoy the sun, the sand and the sea. The island's coral reef teeming with lushly preserves marine life also provides enthusiasts one of the excellent diving sites ever known in the Philippines. Sagisi is accesible by paddled bancas or motorized boats in about 45 minutes to one (1) hour from the city proper.
  49. Trinidad Hot Spring. Barangay Trinidad.
  50. MARADJAO-KARADJAO FESTIVAL. SURIGAO CITY,2ND WEEK OF SEPTEMBER. A day long festival marking the annual city fiesta celebration. The main feature is the Bonok-Bonok , an ethnic Mamanua Dance performed by the natives during "Kahimonan" (Fiesta) workshop and wedding ceremonies. A prelude to the celebration of the Maradjao-Karadjao Festival is the Bulawanong Barangay. Before the Bonok-Bonok festivity is held, preliminary contest between the 22 barangays of Surigao City is ongoing to accentuate the month long festivity that livens up to the household of respective family of Surigao City. Other activities are street dancing particiapted in by different private and government contingents using creative costumes, huge floats and hilarious chanting " Viva Seņor San Nicolas! Viva Maradjao-Karadjao".