Whenever I hear “Siargao” and “Surigao”, I could only think of “surfing” and “Enchanted River”. I never knew about its surrounding islands. We went on to try island hopping.
From the resort, we rode a habal-habal to Dapa Port where our banca was docked.
Banca Fee: Php 5,000 (whole day use)
Itinerary: Dapa Port-Bucas Grande-Naked Island-Guyam Island-Dapa Port
Dapa Port to Bucas Grande: 2.5 to 3 hours
Bucas Grande is an island in the Mindanao region, Philippines. The island is contiguous with the municipality of Socorro, Surigao del Norte which is composed of 14 barangays. Its area is 128 square kilometres (49 sq mi). (Wikipedia)
Fees: (Subject to change)
Jellyfish Sanctuary – Php 100
Sohoton Tour Pump Boat – Php 500
Guide – Two guides per boat at Php 165 each
Life vest and helmet rental: Php 80
Docking fee per boat: Php 100
Environment fee: Php 50
Entrance fee: Php 50
We chose the Jellyfish Sanctuary and the Sohoton Cove Tour. There are other activities and packages that you may be interested in. Please check this.
What made Sohoton enchanting was once you go inside the entrance, you’ll see a lot of hidden islets. There is only one way in and out. The islets look almost the same and you have to familiarize the landmarks; otherwise, you’ll get lost. There are also “mystical creatures” in the area. There was a story about a man who heard church bells in one of the islets. They said that only those who are kind and have a pure heart would hear it.
The sun had set and it was time for us to go back to Dapa Port.
P.S. The photos were taken using a camera phone and a GoPro Hero 3. Credits to Cindy Lim, Venessa Noval and Joan Villahermosa for some of the photos that were used for this blog.