The long weekend brought by All Souls and All Saints Day finally gave me and my Security Bank Georgetown family a chance to make our overdue summer outing happen. (Can I still call it “summer outing”? Haha) Our trip to Surigao was coordinated by Cdo Travel and Tours, a local travel agency which has cheap tour packages good for backpackers. We concentrated our time on three places namely: Tinuy-an Falls, the Enchanted River, and Britania Group of Islands. Below are some snippets and details of our short escapade (credit is given to whom credit is due). Enjoy!
The Itinerary: we travelled by Van at around 12 midnight last Friday, the 28th of October. Our meeting place was at Dunkin Donuts Divisoria, the usual and most common of all meeting places in the city. Our land trip took a good six to seven hours. We arrived in Surigao around 6 AM in the morning of Saturday.
First stop: Tinuy-an Falls
Thanks to the rainy season, Tinuy-an Falls showed its prowess and force to its humble audience. It actually looked like a staircase – it had three levels from which free flowing water passed through. The cottage we stayed in costed us P300, and there were souvenir items displayed just outside the entrance of the Falls.
The caretakers of Tinuy-an Falls have a small raft where 10 people can row towards the falls for P150.00 only.
Obligatory couple photo. 😜
(C) Ria Gonzaga
(C) Ria Gonzaga
(C) Ria Gonzaga
We stayed for an hour or two before proceeding to our next stop – the Ocean View Park and International Doll House located in Bislig City, barangay Cumawas. Owned and managed by Mr. And Mrs. Werner Willimann, the Doll house and the Ocean View Park has garnered a lot of visits from local and foreign tourists alike. There is an entrance fee of P20.00, and you have to leave your shoes and / or slippers outside so as not to make the floor of the dollhouse dirty. If you are hungry, worry no more. The Park has a restaurant that offers affordable and delicious meals to choose from.
These dolls are already considered Collectors’ items. The tour guide explainedhow some of the dolls’ hair were actually taken from the real strand of celebrities from which they were copied from.
(Barbies around the world)
The Willimanns also have some vintage car collections which I think many car enthusiasts will find cute.
(View from the deck)
Our last stop for Saturday before we proceeded to our hotel was the Enchanted River in Talisay, Hinatuan. Not that I wasn’t able, but I decided not to take photos of the place because the crowds were just a mess. I wouldn’t do it any justice. It was humid, I was grumpy, and the people just kept on coming in. When we took a look at the River, it was already murky, and we decided not to swim anymore.
We traveled to our hotel in O’s Landing Resort in Britania at around 2 PM in the afternoon, a little early than the initial plan of 3 PM to avoid any chance of rain. There was a small sidewalk park somewhere down the road where we took quick snaps. It’s a good place to reflect and enjoy the sea breeze.
The hotel. O’s Landing Resort was just one of the many strips of resorts located in Britania. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the place was quaint – a little simple, but just right for an overnight stay. They had rooms good for 10 people so it was fairly easy to decide which ones were staying in one room. Edmund and I were separated from the rest. We enjoined a group of girls from Iligan, Zamboanga, and Oroqueta.
(Our cute villa. 😊)
A view of the ocean and the sunset to cap off the tiring land trip is every bit of perfection an exhausted traveler needs.
The Second Day: Britania Group of Islands
We took an early boat ride to the islands that Sunday morning. The sea was calm, the sun was just coming up, but the clouds were helpful enough to give a little bit of gloom and shade to lessen the harmful UV rays.
We went to three islands to catch some small waves. There were also souvenir items available so it wasn’t hard for us to pick what to bring home. I decided to buy a pen holder and a small kitchen chopping board for my mom.
Quick sand doodle. 😉
The new friends we met during the trip: (left to right) Elleo, Hyacinth, Nizza, and Eve. Such a happy bunch. 😊
(C) Hyacinth Baloncio
(C) Eve Marey
Overall, i think I’ll give Surigao a 3 stars out of 5. A good place to unwind and relax, but not necessarily a “wow” factor. Even so, it’s a must see. I think I may be able to go back there someday but will move to Siargao, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.