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Feeling at Home is More Fun in the Philippines

Strolling ("Suroy-suroy" in local dialect) around Surigao City and beyond

all seasons in one day 29 °C

Not because this is my Home, but because my Homeland gets a lot of simple things to offer.

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Beach view at Brgy Banbanon, Anao-aon, Surigao del Norte

I am born Surigaonon (that's how we call ourselves), hailed from the small town, Anao-aon, the nearest one which is a 5- to 15-minute ride to Surigao City in the province of Surigao del Norte. By the way, the term Surigaonon covers all residents from provinces of Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands also. Hopefully, Siargao will stay as part of Surigao del Norte province forever.

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Look, it's the island of Leyte: a view from Surigao

In case you cannot find Surigao from the map, after all the publicity made by typhoons frequenting the area, it is located in the northeastern peak of mainland Mindanao. Just about the islands of Leyte and Samar. Now, Surigaonons are sweet and friendly people. We entertain guests, both local and international, basically because we can speak Cebuano, which most people from Visayas and Mindanao islands speak, Tagalog, which is the common language for people from Luzon and southern Mindanao, and English.

Surigao City is accessible by sea, land and air travel. Landtrips from Luzon via the Maharlika Highway though may take days will all pass by Lipata Ferry Terminal. Seatrips that also take days will dock at Surigao Port Terminal. And flying guests may take daily flights from either Cebu Pacific Air or PAL Express and will land at the Surigao City Airport. From whatever point you arrive, you may take either the tricycle (a motorcycle with a sidecar) or multicab (a hybrid but shrunk jeepney). If you already knew your destination, you may take the multicab which has definite route. But if you don't and that your destination is unreachable by multicab, you better take the tricycle.

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The San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral

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The Surigao City Hall

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The Luneta Park is joyfully lit every Christmas time

Surigao has simple destinations for you. A city tour can be strolled by yourself, starting at the Luneta Park, you can sight from there the City Tourism Office, the City's Cathedral for Catholic's church visit and the City Hall. Take a tricycle ride and reach the Provincial Capitol and/or the Sto. Nino Shrine on top of the Cinesa Heights. If you love dipping in the seawater, you can either take another tricycle ride to Sabang Black Beach, or a multicab ride with route to Ipil to reach Mabua Pebbled Beach. Shorelines from Mabua are stony towards the west coast; it has tiny stones though. Mabua is the next locale from Ipil, so you still have to take another tricycle ride from the dropoff point. Or you can simply take the stroll along the shoreline. The view of the sunset from there is great!

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Resorts and Pebble Beach in Mabua, Surigao City

Should you have plenty of time, you rather spare extra day for this, hire a boat (check and arrange with the City Tourism Office) for an island hopping experience. The tour must reach the Sagisi White Beach with so crystal waters around, then Basul Island, the Buenavista Cave in Hikdop island, and then the Day-asan Floating Village.

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Floating Cottages in Day-asan, Surigao City

You really have to spend one night in the city to check out and enjoy other destinations, such as dinner with grilled chicken, which taste is distinct and one of a kind in Surigao Port area, nightout at any bar (like Kody's) along the so-called Boulevard fronting the docks in Pantalan Dos. Here cramps the bars and restos that cater cheap foods and drinks. Nighttime here is festive as the bars' tables and chairs are scattered tidily in the 4-lane road.

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Pantalan Dos dock points along the Boulevard

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The Kody's Music Bar at nighttime... gimmick time!

There's nothing to worry about the night accommodations, we have 3 major hotels of your choosing. The Parkway Hotel lies along the highway near the airport. The Gateway Hotel is adjacent to it that occupies the rotunda towards the city proper, the highway towards Lipata Port, Ipil-Mabua beaches, the way up the Cinesa Heights' Sto. Nino Shrine, and the way towards the airport. The Tavern Hotel located at the heart of the downtown with its back at the Boulevard facing the Surigao Strait. There are plenty of cheap accommodations, check this website for more information, http://www.surigaocity.gov.ph/Where-to-Stay/where-to-stay.html

Before leaving the city, try or bring with you our native delicacies, such as the infamous Sayongsong, a cake of ground rice that comes in cone shapes molded out of banana leaves.

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Daytime business at Pantalan Dos docks, in front of Kody's Bar

Make this your entry point for Siargao adventures. Spend a day or two before heading to Dinagat and/or Siargao islands. Surfing in GL and spelunking in Sohoton Cave in Socorro (Bucas Grande) are just less than 2 hours away from Surigao City.

Posted by crisbernal 08:00 Archived in Philippines Tagged home beach caving spelunking white_sand philippine_tours budget_travels island_hopping city_tours landtrip homeland daytour

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