Check out its under-the-radar destinations and you’ll soon wish that they do stay under the radar.
Mention Agusan del Norte, and its capital city – Cabadbaran – will most likely be overlooked. But it need not be, for this ancient district believed to have existed since 1,200 A.D is oozing with well-preserved old Spanish houses such as the gorgeous Atega Ancestral House. Cabadbaran’s archeological sites Brgy. Calibunan, Sanghan, La Union, Kauswagan and Caasinan are where remarkable artifacts were excavated. The bustling Butuan City is known for its museums and its iconic symbol – the traditional balangay boat and the Golden Tara of Esperanza.
Little do tourists know that in the windswept hills of Brgy. Bonbon is Delta Dicovery Park. Adventure in Butuan begins here – buggy rides, ATV, zipline, horseback riding, and even swimming is offered up there!
The landlocked province of Agusan del Sur rarely sees tourists but offers something surreal to those who are willing to uncover its bounties. Canoeing in the placid Agusan Marsh is every landscape photographer’s dream. The rainbow-hued wild birds and animals here will also leave you in awe.
Then you don’t have to fly all the way to Palau just to swim with (stingless) jellyfish, because Sohoton National Park offers that! Head to Bucas Grande and be stunned by the caves, lagoons, and postcard-perfect coral life!
In Surigao del Norte, do not miss the tropical island clichés. Bask in the azure waters of Naked Island, Guyam Island and the fairest of them all – Daku Island. Try your hand in game fishing in Siargao and get stoked in Cloud 9 and General Luna.
Delve into the 24 islets rising from the seafloor in Surigao del Sur. Go gaga over Britania Group of Islands and Cagwait Beach. Be seduced by the fusion of deep turquoise and emerald waters of Enchanted River. Get wet at the wide Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City!
The ruggedly enchanting Dinagat Island is devoid of luxury trappings. Go explore its coastline lapped by golden and white sand. Rent a boat to take you to the rock formations emerging from the deep in Basilisa, Sundayo Beach, Pangabangan Island and Kisses Islet. Or dive into the crystal clear waters of Lake Bababu and Esperanza Spring and Ouano Lagoon.
Overwhelmed? There’s actually more to see and do.
In this region blessed with immaculate natural attractions and rich cultural heritage, the most intrepid travelers will be rewarded. Are you ready to unravel them?