Tinuy-An Falls in Bislig - one of the best Surigao tourist spots
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17+ BEST Surigao Tourist Spots + Things to Do

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For a mix of relaxation, outdoor adventure, and breathtaking naturescapes, head over to Surigao in Mindanao, Philippines. In this article, we’ll tour you around the best Surigao tourist spots and activities.

For clarification, we are actually referring here to two provinces: Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Surigao del Norte is undeniably the more familiar of the two, as is it home to Siargao Island — one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. Its capital is Surigao City. On the other hand, Surigao del Sur also offers numerous nature attractions and activities such as island hopping. Its capital is Tandag City.

If you’re visiting Mindanao, you can easily travel between the two.

How to get to Surigao

By air

The easiest way to get to Surigao from Manila and other major cities is by flying.

  • Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offer daily flights to Surigao City. From Surigao City, you can commute by land to other nearby destinations or take a ferry to Siargao Island.
  • Philippine Airlines and SkyJet offer direct flights to Siargao Island.

By water

Surigao is also connected by ferry to other nearby provinces.

Best Surigao Tourist Spots and Activities

1. Siargao Island

Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao
Iconic boardwalk in General Luna, Siargao.

Siargao Island ranks at the top of the most popular tourist spots in Surigao. Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, this teardrop-shaped island is famous for its epic waves, especially at Cloud 9, a surfing spot ranked among the best in the world.

But beyond its surf, Siargao is also a paradise for non-surfers. Local and foreign tourists love its laid-back charm, including its emerald lagoons, coconut palm-fringed landscapes, and white-sand beaches.

Exploring the island, visitors will find a plethora of activities to do — from island hopping to the pristine islands of Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island; taking a refreshing swim at Magpupungko Rock Pools; paddling through the serene waters of the Sugba Lagoon; swimming with stingless jellyfish in Sohoton Cove; or simply basking in the laid-back island vibe.

Have we mentioned that it also offers beautiful, rustic-designed villas and rooms and amazing restaurants?

We’d been to Siargao Island twice and it’s a place we won’t get tired of visiting!

Location: Surigao del Norte

2. Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-An Falls in Bislig - one of the best Surigao tourist spots
At Tinuy-An Falls.

If you love chasing waterfalls, then Tinuy-an Falls is an attraction that you shouldn’t miss!

Located in Bislig City, Tinuy-an Falls is often referred to as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines.” This magnificent waterfall measures 95 meters wide and 55 meters tall, making it the widest waterfall in the country. You can swim in its cool waters, take a bamboo raft ride, or just simply relax and enjoy the captivating view.

Pro Tip: Visit early in the morning, as tourists say it’s the best time to see a rainbow around the waterfall!

Location: Bislig, Surigao del Sur

3. Hinatuan Enchanted River

Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao
Enchanted River.

Hinatuan Enchanted River is one of those destinations that look so beautiful and unreal. And yet there it is, ready to welcome you for a refreshing swim!

Located in the town of Hinatuan, this river is known for its crystal-clear waters, which seem to shift from emerald to sapphire hues. Even today, the river’s depth remains a mystery, which adds to its charm.

Head to the cool water for a superb swimming experience and don’t miss the fish feeding show during lunch hours, where fishes seemingly appear from nowhere and vanish after the feeding. And of course, don’t forget to take photos of the river!

Pro Tip: Head here early in the morning to avoid the tourist crowd.

Location: Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

4. Sohoton Cove

Sohoton Cove in Surigao
Sohoton Cove.

Sohoton Cove is a hidden gem tucked away in Bucas Grande Island, Surigao del Norte. Although it’s accessible via Siargao Island, it is often overshadowed in popularity.

The serene cove boasts lush islets, stunning turquoise waters, and enchanting caves. You can take a boat tour to explore the cave and its surrounding natural wonders. Swim underwater to get inside Hagukan Cave, see the stalactites at the Crystal Cave, and most promising of all — swim with stingless jellyfishes at the Jellyfish Sanctuary!

We promise that exploring the beauty of Sohoton Cove will blow you away!

Location: Surigao del Norte

5. Britania Group of Islands

Britania Islands - one of the best beach destinations in Mindanao
One of the islets in Britania Islands.

Britania Group of Islands is one of the locals’ favorite tourist spots in Surigao del Sur.

Scattered across the iridescent waters of Lianga Bay, this cluster of around 25 islands and islets offers a tropical paradise setting like no other. Some of the islands feature white-sand beaches, and all of them are surrounded by crystal-clear waters.

Hagonoy Island is known for its expansive stretch of white sand, while Naked Island, as its name suggests, is stripped of any vegetation and is simply a strip of blindingly white sand. The largest island, Boslon Island, is the perfect place for a breezy lunch during your island hopping tour.

Whether you’re a certified island hopping enthusiast or a casual tourist looking for a destination for the whole family, Britania Group of Islands should be on your list of next destination in Surigao.

Location: San Agustin, Surigao del Sur

6. Day-Asan Floating Village

Tucked away in Surigao City’s serene and sprawling mangrove forests, the Day-Asan Floating Village is a refreshing break from the usual tourist destinations.

Often touted as the “Little Venice of Surigao,” the village is a network of waterways weaving past stilt houses, fish pens, and lush mangroves. A boat tour through these tranquil channels offers a glimpse of the life of the villagers, the undisturbed mangrove forests, and hidden white-sand beaches perfect for water babies!

You can go here on a day trip or spend the night in one of the resorts that offer floating cottages and accommodations.

Day-Asan Floating Village is one of the must-see Surigao City tourist spots, especially for those who love eco-adventure tours.

Location: Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

7. Laswitan Lagoon

Nestled in the town of Cortes in Surigao del Sur, Laswitan Lagoon is a unique tourist spot known for a grand spectacle — gigantic waves crashing against the rocks, spilling over into a natural pool and creating a mesmerizing waterfall effect. “Laswit” is the local term for splash.

Once you’ve satiated yourself with the view, take a dip into one of three natural lagoons in the area. There are also cottages where you can rest and enjoy a picnic.

Laswitan Lagoon is best visited during the monsoon season, from November to February. You need to climb down about 300 steps to get to the lagoon, so it’s best visited by those who are physically fit. Make sure to wear proper footwear and be cautious of slipper rocks.

Location: Surigao del Sur

8. Cagwait Beach

Are you ready for another amazing beach destination? Popularly known as the “Boracay of Caraga,” Cagwait Beach is a pristine white-sand beach ideal for those looking for a relaxing getaway. The beach features a naturally curved beach line that looks strikingly similar to a crescent moon and adorned with tall, swaying coconut trees — just what you need for a beach break!

Come here and stay a night or two in one of the resorts along the shore. Take a lazy stroll along the beach, watch the sunset, or indulge in fun water activities.

The beach also hosts the annual Kaliguan Festival, a celebration marked by colorful float parades, street dancing, and a beauty pageant.

Although it is practically unfamiliar to outside tourists, this beach is one of the best tourist spots in Surigao that you should see.

Location: Cagwait, Surigao del Sur

9. Lanuza

Surigao is known all over the world for the surf breaks in Siargao, but did you know that there are other surfing spots in this area?

Lanuza is coastal town located at Surigao del Sur — a surfer’s paradise known for its consistent swell and perfect barreling waves, perfect for both novice and seasoned surfers. Many consider this to be a lesser-crowded, cheaper alternative to Siargao.

The town boasts over 10 surf breaks, and each one with different characteristics. Moreover, it is also home to cheap restaurants and accommodation, so you can enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank.

Aside from surfing, the town is also a good base for exploring the rest of Surigao del Sur tourist spots, including the nearby Laswitan Lagoon, Britania Group of Islands, Cagwait Beach, and more.

Location: Surigao del Sur

10. Green Falls Leisure Farm and Resort

Green Falls - one of the best Surigao del Sur tourist spots
(Photo by Green Falls Mountain Leisure Farm & Resort)

One of the lesser-known Surigao tourist spots, this family-owned resort offers a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The main highlight of this resort is the Green Falls, a large 7-tiered waterfall with lush surroundings. The main stream is called Cagpangi Falls, which has its own plunge pool which continuously flows down into the resort entrance.

Take a day off to swim in its cool water and follow the trail to see the rest of the streams. Cottages are also available so you can rest, eat, and bond with your family while enjoying the surrounding nature.

For a relaxing, family-friendly experience, visit Green Falls Leisure Farm and Resort the next time you’re in Surigao del Sur.

Location: Surigao del Sur

11. Silop Multi-Caves

Looking for a fun outdoor activity while staying in Surigao City? Silop Multi-Caves is a network of six caves, two of which are open for tourists. This activity is beginner-friendly and a great way to kick off your tour in Surigao.

The caves feature stalactites, stalagmites, and other fascinating rock formations shaped by nature’s hands over millennia. If you’re quiet and attentive, you might also spot bats and swiftlets making their homes in the cave ceilings.

Touring the caves takes less than an hour. Remember to bring your sense of adventure and a sturdy pair of shoes before heading in!

Location: Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

12. Cabgan Island

Cabgan Island, Barobo
Hali and me, stranded in Cabgan Island.

Cabgan Island is another hidden gem in Surigao del Sur. It is one of the islands that you can visit on a boat tour at the quiet town of Barobo.

We’d visited Cabgan Island several years ago and during that time it was still an untouched island, filled with white-sand shores and a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean that locals call the West Life. Currently, there is now an island resort at the island, offering basic facilities such as cottages and toilets. However, you still need to bring your own food and other beach essentials.

The beach at Cabgan Island is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the Philippines, and for this alone it’s worth adding it to your itinerary in Surigao del Sur.

Location: Barobo, Surigao del Sur

13. Ayoke Island

You’ll be surprised by how many beautiful beaches in Mindanao can be found in Surigao.

Ayoke Island is a secluded island fringed with white-sand beaches, rock formations, and a natural sea wall that protects the shores from strong waves. It’s a great destination for those who like off-the-beaten spots.

There is a lone resort in the island where you can stay overnight. You can also visit here on a day tour to enjoy the pristine beaches and snorkel — the island is actually a marine protected area, so it’s a great place for snorkeling and freediving! For other fun activities, head to the eastern part of the island and go surfing — bring your own surfboard or watch the kids make their own from the bread fruit tree.

Ayoke Island is part of Cantillan Islands, which are composed of Ayoke Island, Huyamao Island, Inijakan Island or Bill’s Sanctuary, and Isla Encantada.

Whether you’re a certified backpacker or a leisure tourist who loves visiting beaches, Ayoke Island should be on your list of must-visit Surigao tourist spots.

Location: Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

14. Lake Mainit

Lake Mainit is another one of the must-see tourist spots in Surigao. Although unheard by many outside tourists, this impressive freshwater lake is considered the fourth largest lake in the Philippines, as well as the deepest lake with a depth of up to 223 meters. It lies in the border of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte.

Known for its astonishing biodiversity, Lake Mainit is an ecotourism paradise, teeming with various species of fish and surrounded by lush forests that are home to an array of wildlife.

Currently, there are no hotels or resorts around the lake, but you can visit here on a day tour to appreciate the view and enjoy various lake activities such as fishing, boating, and bird-watching.

Location: Surigao del Norte

15. Lumondo Falls

Lumondo Falls is an up-and-coming tourist attraction in the town of Alegria, Surigao del Norte. The waterfall features a 20 meter drop, surrounded by large boulders and lush greenery. It has a small basin and a viewing deck where tourists can take pictures.

Once neglected, the trail to the waterfall has seen improvements in recent times. In 2023, the Lumondo Hanging Bridge was officially opened to the public, which allowed visitors to cross a 180-meter hanging bridge while enjoying the view of surrounding mountain forest before heading to the waterfall. The hanging bridge has become an attraction in itself, due to its challenging glass-bottomed floor area and IG-worthy scenery.

Location: Alegria, Surigao del Norte

16. Bao-Bao Falls

Bao-Bao Falls may not be as grand as other waterfalls in the Philippines, but it’s still a great place to visit for a summer break.

The waterfall features small cascades of water flowing down into a large, deep pool filled with cool, refreshing water. On good days, the water is a perfect shade of jade, adding to its natural beauty. There are cottages near the waterfall where families and other tourists can rest while not in the water.

This Surigao tourist spot is easy to reach. It’s about an hour’s drive from Surigao City and from the jump-off point you only need to climb down a set of stairs to reach the waterfall area.

Location: Lianga, Surigao del Sur

17. Mabua Pebble Beach

We know that Filipinos love white-sand beaches, but if you ask us, every type of beach has its own charm. We’d been here before and our advice is to appreciate it as it is!

Unlike most beaches in the Philippines, Mabua Pebble Beach is known for its expanse of smooth round pebbles. This beach is perfect for a family outing. There are beachside cottages you can rest for bonding and picnic and the shore is perfect for a peaceful stroll and swimming. You might also be lucky to observe local fishermen hauling their fresh catch for the day!

Location: Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

18. Mangkagangi Island

Craving for more challenging adventures? Mangkagangi Island is an island located about 40 minutes away from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. The island is mostly covered with lush vegetation and is home to a bat cave, hence its nickname “Bat Island.” It also has a small strip of white-sand beach perfect for swimming and beach bumming!

For safety, the island is only accessible during low tide, so schedule your trip accordingly.

For those who love discovering untouched destinations, this is one of the best Surigao tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss.

Location: Tandag City, Surigao del Sur

Where to stay in Surigao

Here are the best places to stay in Surigao:

Where to stay in Surigao City:

Where to stay in Siargao:

You might think you’ve seen it all, but the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur has so much to offer! Do you have other recommendations on tourist attractions we need to add in this list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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