Surigao City - The Gateway to Mindanao
Surigao City - The Gateway to Mindanao Reviews
Surigao City - The Gateway to Mindanao Mar 12, 2011
I was able to get a little time off from work as our hotel opening has been delayed further so I immediately booked a flight back home last February. Home for me is a little town called Madrid, a tiny municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur.
It is still a long way to go before I can arrive at my final destination. First, I have to pass through Surigao City --- aptly called “the gateway to Mindanao” as it is located on the northeastern tip of the island of Mindanao.
The city of Surigao has started to really metamorphose into a more bustling place with modern conveniences like daily flights from Manila or Cebu and twice daily boats from Cebu. Lo and behold! There is a Jollibee branch right smack in the middle of San Nicolas Street, just in front of my dear old alma mater! Even Greenwich Pizza and Chowking! Wow, bigatin na talaga kami! hahaha
If you are coming from Cebu City, you can either take one of the boats from Cokaliong Shipping Lines (daily at 7pm, except Sundays) or Cebu Ferries (owned by Aboitiz Shipping Lines) which departs Cebu an hour later than Cokaliong but arrives faster! Another option gaining popularity among local travelers is the entry of budget airlines like Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express. If you purchase in advance, you can even get rates cheaper than the fares offered by the shipping lines. But make sure though that you travel light otherwise the excess baggage rate is around 120-150 pesos per kilogram!
From Manila, there are twice-weekly trips via Superferry and Sulpicio Lines. But yet again, if you don’t have heavy luggages (only 15kgs baggage allowance on domestic flights unless you fly via Philippine Airlines) and can purchase the tickets in advance, then you can take the flights from the budget airlines.
From other parts of Mindanao, there are direct buses from Davao, Butuan, and Cagayan de Oro to and fro the city.
The city itself doesn’t have much to offer. You can easily circumnavigate the place by asking the tricycle driver to tour you around in under 2 hours. Or if you are lost (mind-boggling, how one can get lost in a tiny city like this), you can just go back to San Nicolas College and you will be back in the center of the city!
But it is the entry point to the surfing capital of Siargao (although Cebu Pacific offers direct flights now to Siargao from Cebu) with its perfect waves, astounding stalactite caves and white sand beaches.
Or a bus ride away to neighboring provinces like Surigao del Sur (only 3 hrs to the nearest town) and Butuan City (in under 2hrs).
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