39+ Surigao Tourist Spots (UPDATED): Best Places to See

Here is a comprehensive list of the best tourist spots in Surigao!

Surigao prides itself as the “Shangrila by the Pacific Ocean.” The tag, however, does not completely give justice to the beauty of Surigao. This southern province which is slowly hitting the ecotourism market teems with bewildering natural wonders.

While Surigao’s most popular tourist spots namely, Tinuy-an Falls and Hinaturan Enchanted River, already reached mainstream tourism, there’s still so much more to explore here.

The vast and unspoiled landscapes of Surigao pictures the best of Philippines’ ecotourism destinations.

Sustainably managing these natural wonders will not only help boost community-based development but also preserve the Surigao’s tropical richness.

Without further ado, here are the must-see attractions in Surigao.

Behold Must-See Tourist Spots in Surigao Del Sur

1. Tinuy-an Falls

Tinu-an Falls is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Tinuy-an Falls best captures the ecotourism potential of Surigao del Sur. Dubbed as the “Mini-Niagara Falls of the Philippines,” Tinuy-an Falls has three layers.

The second layer is the highest and cascades like a giant curtain for more than 180 feet. It is said that a rainbow often appears between 9 am to 11 am. You can get close to the falls via a bamboo raft.

Pristine rainforests surround Tinuy-an Falls. It is now one of the most popular tourist spots in Surigao.

  • Entrance Fee: Php 50

2. Hinatuan Enchanted River

Hinatuan Enchanted River is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Hinatuan Enchanted River boasts of turquoise waters surrounded with lush vegetation. It is now one of the most visited Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Locals say that supernatural creatures and mermaids inhabit the river. Because of its super clean condition, you could see different kinds of fishes. You can even swim along with them.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Talisay, Hinatuan
  • Entrance Fee: Php 30

3. Hagonoy Island

Hagonoy Island is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Hagonoy Island is shaped like a pearl facing the vast Pacific Ocean. It has white powdery sands and crystal-blue waters. Surely, you’ll yourself lost in amazement when you visit the island.

The surrounding seas also teem with marine life. From time to time, you’ll catch sight of amazing marine wildlife worthy of posterity shots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Mangagoy, Bislig City
  • Boating Time: 30 minutes from the mainland

4. Campamento Cave

Campamento Cave is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Campamento Cave is not only an ecological but a historical wonder as well. During World War II, the Japanese used the cave as a garrison. Thankfully, the cave’s inner depths were spared from damage. Here, you’ll find stunning stalactite and stalagmite rock formations.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sitio Silop, Brgy Agsam-Gamuton, Lanuza

5. Laswitan Lagoon

Laswitan Lagoon is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Laswitan Lagoon is one of the best lagoons to see in Mindanao. But more than the beautiful pools, waterfalls form when strong waves crash into the rocks.

It’s a rare spectacle that will make you think that the sea is dancing with the limestone rock formations. Laswitan Lagoon is among the famous Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Cortes
  • Entrance Fee: Php 30
  • Opening Time: 7 am to 5pm

6. Lanuza Marine Park and Sanctuary

Lanuza Marine Park and Sanctuary cover more than 111 hectares of protected marine areas. It hosts various aquatic species including the endangered Philippine pawikan (turtle).

It is one of the best sites to snorkel and dive because pristine reefs abound. Who knows? You can chance on giant sea mammals and creatures like stingrays and sharks.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Sibahay, Lanuza

7. Cagpangi Falls

Cagpangi Falls is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Cagpangi Falls may not be as high as Tinuy-an Falls but it does have its own distinct charm to offer. It lies deep in a primeval forest, one of the last remaining in the province.

Because of the surrounding jungles, you’ll feel like living in ancient times here. The tropical sounds and sights are added attractions that will surely satisfy your craving for an adventure.

Cagpangi Falls is one of the popular tourist spots in Surigao.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Cagpangi

8. Cagwait Beach

Cagwait Beach features a long stretch of white sands shaped like a horseshoe from distance. Lush forests and coconut groves line the beach to give you that perfect tropical feel. It is one of the secluded Surigao del Sur tourist spots.

Thus, it’s a perfect getaway for those who prefer less touristy beaches. It’s also called the “Little Boracay of CARAGA” and some travelers would compare it to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, USA.

  • Location/Jump-off: Cagwait
  • Environmental Fee: Php 20

9. Ayoke Island

Ayoke Island is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Ayoke Island is a small fishing community that boasts of crystal-clear blue waters and fine white sands. About half of the island is designated as a marine protected sanctuary.

Here, snorkeling is a favorite activity because of preserved reefs and thriving marine life.

  • Location/Jump-off: Cantilan

10. Magkawas Falls

Magkawas Falls is one of the hidden tourist spots in Surigao. Located deep in the forests, Magkawas Falls measures around 40 feet high. It has a naturally-built pool which has a depth of 7 feet.

You can jump from the surrounding cliffs towards the pool and experience its icy-cold waters. Tropical forests, home to endemic flora and fauna species, surround the waterfall.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lanuza
  • Trekking Time: 15 minutes

11. Cantilan Islands

Cantialn Islands one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Cantilan Islands compose of four breathtaking islands, each with unique features to offer. The islands are called Huyamao, Ayoke, Inijakan or Bill’s Sanctuary, and Isla Encantada.

The locals have been protecting these islands from logging and mining which devastated other parts of Surigao. These islands boast of preserved lagoons and pristine lakes.

You can also hike into the dense forests and catch sight of unique flora and fauna. Today, Cantilan Islands are among the emerging Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Cantilan

12. Hinayagan Cave

Hinayagan Cave is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Previously called Suhoton Cave, Hinayagan Cave is one of the newly-discovered tourist spots in Surigao del Sur. “Hinayugan” means “lighted” in the local term.

That’s because, there is a part of the cave where light penetrates, creating an enchanting display. Local folks believe that unseen deities inhabit and protect Hinayugan Cave.

  • Location/Jump-off: Kapatagan 2, San Vicente, Bislig City
  • Driving Time: 15-20 minutes from City Hall
  • Trekking Time: 10 minutes from the road

13. Britania Group of Islands

Britanica Group of Islands is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

Britania Group of Islands consists of 24 spectacular islands in the Lianga Bay. Each island boasts of pristine natural wonders such as beaches and mangrove forests.

You can go for island hopping and conquer all these in a day! Among the popular islands here are Hagonoy Island, Boslon Island, Naked Island, and Panglangagan Island.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Agustin
  • Boat Hire to the Islands: Php 1,500- Php 2000

14. Cabgan Island

Cabgan Island is one of the most pristine tourist spots in Surigao. It boasts of a long stretch of white sandy beach complementing the turquoise waters of the sea.

Beautiful forests line the beach. The island is now a popular site for camping, swimming, and kayaking.

  • Location/Jump-off: Barobo
  • Boating Time: 1 hour from Barobo

15. Herrera Ancestral House

Herrera Ancestral House is one of the historical tourist spots in Surigao Del Sur. It was built in 1898 for business purposes but its now a museum, housing ancient relics, and materials.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lanuza

16. Omangon Island

Omangon Island is another must-see beach in Surigao Del Sur for those who prefer less crowded destinations. Enjoy swimming on the calm waters or playing mounds on the fine sands.

  • Location/Jump-off: Marihatag

17. Bao-Bao Falls

Bao-Bao Falls is a mini-waterfall surrounded by green vegetation. It has a wide and deep pool to give you a satisfying relief. The waterfall measures around 10 feet high and from the top, you can jump or dive towards the pool. Bao-Bao Falls is one of the pristine tourist spots in Surigao.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Diatagon, Lianga

18. Hinatuan Vanishing Island

Hinatuan Vanishing Island is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

What a unique way to enjoy Surigao Del Sur than experiencing the Vanishing Island of Hinatuan? During high tide, the island literally disappears.

But during low tide, it becomes a white sandy beauty in the middle of the sea. Enjoy playing on the fine sands and swimming the crystal-clear waters. The Vanishing Island is one of the rising Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Hinatuan

19. Bogac Cold Spring

Bogac Cold Spring is one Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

You can side trip to this tropical wonder before or after going to the Enchanted River. It is a naturally-built pool surrounded by towering palm trees and dense forests. Bogac Cold Spring is one of the emerging Surigao Del Sur tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Barobo
  • Entrance Fee: Php 10

20. Cagma Waterfalls

Cagma Falls is a favorite picnic and swimming site of the locals because of its accessibility. Its pristine waters come from tropical forests upstream. It measures 20 feet high and has a catch basin to give you a soothing experience.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Hinay-hayan, Cawait

Behold Surigao Del Norte Tourist Spots

21. Sohotan Cove National Park

Sohotan National Park is one of Surigao Del Norte tourist spots.

Sohotan Cove National Park features stunning caves that are half-submerged in waters. Some of these caves can only be reached during low tide.

That means, expect to get wet and muddy so you can explore these natural wonders. Sohotan Cove also boasts of breathtaking islets and lagoons with crystal-clear waters.

Want more adventure? Check out the neighboring cave in Bucas Grande. Sohotan Cove is one of the most visited tourist spots in Surigao.

  • Location/Jump-off: Bucas Grande

22. Daku, Guyam and Naked Islands

Naked Islands is one of the tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte.

These islands will give you an island-hopping memory of a lifetime. Each island boasts of powdery white sands. Surely, you can’t help but swim on the islands’ inviting waters and have a soul-relieving experience on these tropical paradises.

  • Location/Jump-off: Siargao Island

23. Mabua Pebble Beach

Mabua Pebble Beach is one of Surigao Del Norte tourist spots.

As the name suggests, Mabua Pebble Beach doesn’t offer the white and fine sands you see in Boracay. Smooth, small pebbles cover the beach and you can stroll on these barefoot to experience therapeutic benefits. After that, you may swim in the crystal-clear waters.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ipil, Mabua, Surigao City

24. Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pool

Magpupungko Tidal Pool is one of the tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte

Magpupungko Tidal Pool is one of the emerging tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte. White sands and coconut groves surround the pool. There are also beautiful limestone rock formations where you can dive or jump towards the pool.

  • Location/Jump-off: Consolacion, Pilar

25. Tojoman Lagoon

Tojoman Lagoon is one of Surigao Del Norte tourist spots

Tojoman Lagoon is one of the most extraordinary tourist spots you should see in Surigao Del Norte. It is home to thousands of stingless jellyfish. You can choose to ride a boat to see them or jump in the waters to swim with them.

  • Location/Jump-off: Socorro

26. Sugba Blue Lagoon

Sugba Blue Lagoon is one the tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte

Sugba Blue Lagoon boasts of stunningly cerulean water that you’ll think you are somewhere in the Bahamas or Maldives. Among the fun-filled activities, you can do here are canoeing and rafting.

Tropical forests with rich flora and fauna surround the lagoon. It is one of the most rustic tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte.

  • Location/Jump-off: General Luna, Siargao

27. Lake Mainit

Lake Mainit is one of Surigao Del Norte tourist spots

Lake Mainit ranks as the Philippines ‘ fourth-largest lake and the country’s deepest lake. Forested mountains surround this surreal landscape. The best time to come here is during the sunrise or sunset.

Unlike in most other lakes, the waters here are warm because of two hot springs. Locals and tourists love to come here for a family picnic, fishing, and boating.

Today, Lake Mainit is one of the most frequented of Surigao Del Norte’s tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Municipalities of Mainit, Alegria, Kitcharao, and Jabonga

28. Paghungawan Marsh

Paghungawan Marsh is one of the last frontiers of the critically-endangered Philippine freshwater crocodiles. These species of crocodiles are generally harmless and the locals have been living in harmony with them since time immemorial.

Aside from sightseeing, you can come here to help in the local conservation efforts.

  • Location/Jump-off: Pilar, Siargao Island

29. Cloud 9, Siargao

Cloud 9 in Siargao is ideal for those who want to experience surfing. Even beginners can practice here because some parts of the island have gentle waves.

Though it is rapidly gaining popularity, Cloud 9 Island remains a pristine destination. Every year, the local government holds an international and domestic surfing competition here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Catangnan, General Luna

30. Tayangban Cave

Tayangban Cave lies near the Paghungawan Marsh, an ecological sanctuary. Before entering the cave, you’ll need to cross a pool so expect to get wet. Inside, you’ll find stunning stalactite and stalagmite rock formations.

Many of these formations remain untouched. Bats also inhabit the deeper part of the cave.

  • Location/Jump-off: Pilar, Siargao Island

31. Lumondo Falls

Lumondo Falls is one of the off-beaten tourist spots in Surigao. But it is one worthy of exploration, especially for nature lovers. Lumundo Falls measures more than 20 meters high.

Giant boulders surround its base. Expect to trek on a mountain and dense forests before finally catching sight of the waterfall. Along the way, you might chance on endemic wildlife species.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Budlingin, Alegria

32. Bukas Grande Island

Bukas Grande Island is one of the best eco-tourism spots in Surigao Del Norte. It hosts numerous caves and mystic lagoons, many of which are untouched and unspoiled.

Limestone and tropical forests cover most of the island. On some parts, you’ll get the chance to swim with some friendly jellies and colorful fishes.

33. Togonan Falls

Togonan Falls ranks as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Surigao Del Norte, owing to its accessibility. It has a height of 20 meters and cascades like drizzles from the heavens. When the sunlight strikes, it often projects a rainbow.

Aside from its natural pool, there is a man-made swimming pool. For me, the man-made pool is only disrupting the natural beauty of the falls.

  • Location/Jump-off: Mainit

34. Basul Island

Basul Island is a private destination, featuring a long stretch of white sands and a beach forest. It is one of Surigao Del Norte’s popular tourist spots.

There are available cottages on the island but no stores, so bring your food and water. You can have an overnight stay here and have a memorable camping experience.

  • Location/Jump-off: Surigao City
  • Boating Time: 30 minutes from Surigao City

35. Tinago Island

Tinago Island is one of the must-see tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte. It boasts of breathtaking lakes with crystal-clear waters and rich limestone forests. Boating, swimming, and kayaking are among the favorite activities done here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Taganaan

36. Kangkangon Beach

Kangkangon Beach is one of Surigao Del Norte tourist spots

Kangkangon Beach is a small island with powdery white sand beaches and thriving marine life. It is one of the best sites for snorkeling, owing to the diverse aquatic ecosystem. If you’re into less touristy destinations, then this island should make up to your bucket list.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Benito

37. Puyawon Falls

Puyawon Falls is one of the tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte

Puyawon Falls is one of the newly-discovered tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte. It measures around 20 feet high and cascades on a wide and very deep pool.

Locals love coming here to have a rejuvenating swim and escape the simmering midday heat. Its pristine waters emanate from dense forests upstream. Here, different flora and fauna species thrive.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy. Mahanub, Gigaquit

38. Campayas Vanishing Island

Campayas Vanishing Island is one of the tourist spots in Surigao Del Norte.

Campayas Vanishing Island stands out among the top tourist destination in Surigao Del Norte. As the name suggests, the island disappears during high tide and reveals its powdery white sands during low tide. To get here, you need to ride a boat from the jump-off point.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Benito

39. Corregidor Island

This is not the famous Corregidor Island near Bataan but it does exhibit similarities. The island offers a panoramic view of the vast ocean and the surrounding islets and islands. Grasslands cover large swathes of the island, making it ideal for different activities such as picnic, and sports.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dapa

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Photos Courtesy of Jojie Alcantara, Surigao Del Sur Tourism, The Queen’s Escape, Wandering Maria, Sino Pinas, Monsour Del Rosario

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