Philippines is truly a country of beauty and undiscovered paradise and its secluded provinces are home to several resorts and spectacular beaches. 

One of these secluded provinces is my home province--Surigao del sur.

Endowed with natural wonders of exotic and pristine beaches, untouched shorelines, thick vegetation, lush forests, streams, valleys, rivers and waterfalls, Surigao del Sur is an exciting destination for a thrilling nature adventure.

Earning a moniker of being the Shangri-La of Southern Philippines, Surigao del sur provides a unique haven of relaxation, artists will surely love its picturesque surroundings and tranquil sceneries.

Life of a Surigaonon

I practically grew up in a seaside town of Surigao del sur, nestled by mountains and beaches. Back then, my favorite afternoon ritual was to go to the beach. chase waves during high tide or picked seashells during low tide. 

We're facing the open sea so during stormy weather it can get pretty harsh. But we loved the scenery because we enjoyed watching the gigantic waves wobbling and reaching up to eight feet high. 

At Christmastime, back in my grade school years, after caroling in the neighborhood, we would sit in the beach, eating the "kakanin", watching the calm sea while waiting for the sunrise to greet the earth.

Surigao del Sur's location

Strategically located in the outskirt of Mindanao peninsula, Surigao del sur, which is composed only of 19 municipalities, is facing the Pacific Ocean, thus gifted with lovely beaches and romantic coastlines. 

The cool afternoon breeze and the fascinating surroundings at sunrise offer a magnificent feeling of being so relax. 

However, the province is still very much rural, with sparse development. Most of its mountain and beach resorts are located in rough and bumpy areas.

The crystal water and long coastline of Cagwait White Beach Resort

But despite its less-developed tourist destinations, the province offers several terrific spots to visit. The Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Enchanted River in Hinatuan, White Beach in Cagwait, Blue Lagoon in Cantilan are just some of the magnificent tourist spots waiting to be explored. 

I lived in a coastal town with coconut-fringed seaside and honey-colored sand. And where crashing waves are the only noises we heard each night. 

The gorgeous white sand with lined coconut trees at Cagwait White Beach
Crystal green water with Talisay trees

Cagwait White Beach Resort is our neighboring destination, just 35 minutes from our place. When I was still in high school, I often heard people comparing it to Waikiki Beach resort in Hawaii, USA with reasons I could not understand since I grew up around the beach.

Cagwait Beach resort is where the "Kaliguan Festival" of Surigao del sur is held every June. It is truly a fascinating beach, well I just appreciated its beauty when I lived in the city hehehe because I rarely go to the beach.

Beautifully surrounded by Talisay and coconut trees, this resort has a long coast line which provides enough time for travellers to roam around the seaside and explore the beauty of nature. The resort is just a 10 minute ride from the national road of Cagwait. 

For people who may want to visit this resort, you can catch up a bus ride for Tandag and just drop by at the municipality of Cagwait and from there you can take a pedicab ride all the way to the resort. Cottages are very affordable. 

Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig
Marihatag Tree Park Beach Resort

Travelling to Surigao del sur is a bit tiring because of a long hour drive (about 8 hours from Davao) but because the area is shrouded with thick vegetations, coconut trees, green sceneries and rivers, the journey is a thrilling adventure and if you are into photography, my home province is surely a perfect choice for your creativity.