“Shangri-La by the Pacific”

Old folks still like to recount how some Visayan fishermen, forced by strong currents in what is now Surigao Strait, sought refuge in one of the huts somewhere in the province. The locals or Mamanwas thought the fisherman wanted to take the hut by force or surigao. This term was given the prefix esuria and surigao was formed. In time it was shortened to Surigao. 


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By Air: There are daily flights from Manila to Butuan City, where the nearest airport is located.
By Land: From Davao City’s Ecoland terminal, take a bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig). From Butuan Integrated Bus Terminal in Butuan City (Agusan del Norte), there are buses that go directly to Mangagoy (Bislig). From San Franz (Agusan del Sur) there are also buses and vans bound for Mangagoy (Bislig).
By Sea: Nearest port is Lipata (Surigao del Norte) with ferries running to and fro Manila, Cebu and Liloan (Southern Leyte).

Pedicabs are roaming in the province of Surigao del Sur. Buses ("Bachelor Express"), Vans and Jeepneys ply from Cantilan to Tandag and Surigao City on the coast-road Surigao-Tandag. Unfortunately, the connection to Surigao City is sometimes a hassle during rainy season, because cars/vans can be trapped in the mud between Adlay (Carrascal) and Claver.



  • Surigaonon
  • Cebuano
  • Boholano
  • Tagalog
  • English



  • Adhika Beach
  • Campamento Cave
  • Balinganga Falls
  • Bao Bao Falls
  • Turtle Island 
  • Cagwait Beach
  • Casarica Island 
  • Magkawas Falls
  • Danao Lake
  • Enchanted River
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Malinawa Cool Spring
  • Lanuza Marine Sanctuary


  • Sayongsong-“kakanin” wrapped in banana leaves with the color
  • Poot Poot Ginamos-imade of small fishes locally known as poot poot. 
  • Kinilaw
  • Gigaquit Rhum-flavorful beverage is fermented at a Sasa tree
  • Dried Pijanga-Also known as “white goby,” this first class dried fish comes from Lake Mainit



  • Bask in the island life. 
  • Choose your own paradise among the 24 islets of the Britania Group of Islands.
  • Dive and see the kaleidoscopic marine life of Lanuza Marine Sanctuary.
  • Pig out on seafood.
  • Visit Hinatuan and hop on a habal-habal to the Enchanted River.
  • Marvel at the deep turquoise and indigo waters speckled with orange fish!



  • Kaliguan Festival (held every June 21 to 25 - a yearly festivity in honor of St. John the Baptist highlighted by search for Perlas ng Kaliguan beauty pageant and beach dancing.)
  • Pahinungod Festival (held every July 15 -This is Mardigras which is performed around the streets of Carrascal in honor of their Patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.)



  • The Province of Surigao del Sur was created as the 56th Philippine province on June 19, 1960 by virtue of RA 2786 and was formally organized or separated from its mother province, Surigao del Norte, on September 18, 1960. 
  • The aborigines of Surigao del Sur were a conglomeration and mixture of different racial types, namely: Mandaya, Mamanua, Mansaka and Manobo. 
  • Surigao formerly, was extended from what is known as Agusan.


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