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Dinagat, Philippines

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Surfing in Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Surfing: The east coast of Dinagat island is rated as one of the seven best surfing locations in the world. Here – in season – the waves roll all the way from the United States.

There are two locations that have a combination of good surf and good beaches:

Cagdianao, or the beach just north of it;

Campintac Beach is a huge beach in the north end of the island. It is well away from any of the major towns. The best way to get there with all your gear is to charter a boat out of Loretto. You can camp overnight on the beach. Just arrange for someone to pick you up when you’re ready to leave.

September to February is the rainy season. The prevailing winds are from the east and it is usually cooler. It can rain any time, and the rains can be light or torrential. However, the rain is not that frequent, and they don’t necessarily last a long time. Because of the winds, this is the best time to go surfing.
A calm day on the eastern end of t…
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Diving in Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Diving: If you want to see coral reefs and exotic fish, go diving around Dinagat. The best known diving sites are:

• Homon Hon near Loretto;

• Hagakhak Islands near San Jose;

• The Marine Sanctuary near Cagdianao;

• Lake Bababu near Tubajon is an interesting freshwater dive.

Jake Miranda is the head of the local Surigao Dive Club. He can provide more details or suggest alternate sites. He can be contacted as the Managing Director at the Tavern Hotel: jm@mirfam.com.

March to July is the sunny season, with winds from the west, and this is the best time for diving.
Coral reef near Tubajon.
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The Beaches of Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Swimming: Dinagat Islands has hundreds of white sand beaches, from small to big. As you travel by boat around the west coast of Dinagat island you’ll almost always have one of them in sight. Most of them are privately owned, with rattan picnic shelters. These you can use all day long for a small fee. The going rate is about $2.00 USD. There are many that are hard to get to – at least by land – that are not owned or developed at all. You can probably camp there for free, but you’ll have to charter a boat to get you there.
Dispensing of treats on Santa Cruz…
The beach at Punta Villa Resort ne…
A local family takes a stroll on S…
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Island Hopping in Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Island Hopping: If you take the ferry to any of the towns north of San Jose you will see most if not all of the many small “flowerpot” islands. They are outcroppings of rock jutting straight up out of the sea, crowned with jungle vegetation. They are mostly undercut by constant wave action, some of them to the point that you can see clear under the middle of them. You can get a closer look by chartering a local boat to take you to look at them.
Flowerpot islands on the west coas…
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Camping in Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Camping: For about $5.00 USD per night, you can camp out on the beaches of Dinagat Islands. Just be sure to have everything you need for camping; there are no stores nearby.
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Food in Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Food: If you like sea food, you’re going to love it here. The sea is their boundary, visible from almost every house in the province. Fruit trees grow everywhere and many houses have a chicken or three pecking in the yard. The food is always fresh!

Pork is also a favourite here, but beef needs to be imported and is rather rare.
An open-air market in San Jose, Di…
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Sunsets in Dinagat Islands Jul 21, 2010
Sunsets: From the west side of Dinagat island, you look out over Leyte island, where clouds form every day. If there is no general overcast in the evening, the sunsets are fantastic!
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