6 Enchanting Destinations In The Caraga Region


Far from any busy metropolis, the Caraga Region that comprises the northeast part of Mindanao is a land of charm and mystery. Its natural treasures look so magical that they look like they came straight out of a fairy tale book!

Take a look at these six Caraga Region destinations.

1. Mabua Pebble Beach

The best beaches don’t have to have a stretch of fine white sand. Think that’s unbelievable?

Check out Mabua Pebble Beach in Surigao del Norte. The beach is unique because it is made up of millions of large pebbles that have been smoothed out by the power of the sea. Trek across the hill that cuts the beach in half and you’ll arrive at a secluded cove covered with tiny pebbles!

Mabua Pebble Beach

Mabua Pebble Beach by Mark Go of Nomadic Experiences

Resorts, stores, and other establishments all make your stay in Mabua Pebble Beach a pleasant one.

2. The Municipalities of Cantilan and Lanuza

Most people associate surfing in the Philippines with Siargao in Surigao del Norte. But there are equally cool wave magnets in Surigao del Sur, which are located in the coastal towns of Lanuza and Cantilan.

Beautiful waves from the Pacific Ocean form and crest over these shores, allowing avid surfers and skim boarders all over the country to have the time of their lives. Enjoy the company of tanned dudes and dudettes and absorb this area’s surfing culture.

Lanuza, Surigao

Catching a wave at Lanuza. Photo by Mark Go of Nomadic Experiences.

Cantilan is also a cool destination for beach lovers and scuba divers who want to explore lovely islands and colorful reefs.

3. Cagwait Beach

This tranquil, out-of-the-way beach is Caraga’s answer to Boracay. The sand in this beautiful stretch of beach is as fine as talcum!

Cagwait White Beach

Cagwait Beach photo from Justin Vawter

In fact, we found several furry dogs digging holes and relaxing in them — even they can’t resist the softness of the sand. Cagwait Beach is the ideal place to feel serenity. Surprisingly, the beach remains uncrowded and clean despite the presence of resorts, stores, and homes nearby.

4. Britania Group of Islands

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own personal island, you can head off to the Britania Group of Islands in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur and make it a reality — even for just a few hours. Choose among the 24 beautiful sandbars, islets, rock outcroppings, and islands you’d like to own albeit temporarily. They are all clustered in the scenic and marine life-rich Lianga Bay.

To make the experience even better, the resort you booked in the mainland can bring your breakfast or lunch to the island you’re visiting!

5. Tinuy-an Falls

At 95 meters wide and 55 meters tall, the beautiful Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig is absolutely immense. In fact, it is often dubbed as our own version of Niagara. You can opt to climb to the higher levels by an access trail.

Tinuy-an Falls

Photo from Dennis O.’s looloo review for Tinuy-an Falls

The terrace-like waterfalls on its upper areas are as equally impressive as the powerful main curtain. If you want a closer look at the massive waterfall or if you want a natural massage, you can ride a bamboo raft under the main waterfall.

6. Hinatuan Enchanted River

Locals whisper that the mysterious Hinatuan Enchanted River is where the enkantada (fairies) live. It might just be true. Your first look at the Enchanted River will mesmerize you — a deep shade of the clearest blue!

Upon closer look, you’ll realize that you’re staring at a 150-meter deep sinkhole. The bottom of the sinkhole is a small cave that leads to immense underwater chambers and cathedrals. Professional cave divers have yet to fully explore the entire vastness of this underground kingdom.

Enchanted River

Look at that turquoise water!

Recently, the LGU has been prohibiting visitors from swimming around this sinkhole. But don’t worry because you can still frolick around the clear, cold aquamarine waters that surround it.

Mindanao is often touted as the Land of Promise. If you want to experience first-hand the wonderful promise and magic of this blessed land, plan your visit to the Caraga Region now!

Useful Tips

  • A trip that encompasses the entire stretch of the Caraga region takes around 5 days. If you’re starting from the north, follow the order of this list. Start in Mabua Pebble Beach in Surigao del Norte. Work your way down to Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, then exit via Butuan City at Agusan del Sur. Conversely, you can enter the Caraga Region by Butuan City and work your way up to Surigao del Norte.
  • Don’t be intimidated by the remoteness and silence of the region. Indeed, transportation is not a problem because there are buses that regularly ply along the national highway. Furthermore, all major towns have bus terminals. There are plenty of rudimentary to average accommodations although you will be hard-pressed to find luxurious hotels.
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Gian Jubela

Gian Carlo Jubela is a prolific traveler and extreme sports enthusiast. He loves rock climbing, mountaineering, scuba diving, trekking, and all sorts of outdoor adventures. He, together with his sweetheart Sheila, share their trips and adventures in their award-winning adventure travel blog Adrenaline Romance.