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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bucas Grande Island in Socorro, Surigao del Norte - Swimming with Non-Sting Jellyfish

On the far eastern part of the province and the municipality of Socorro in Surigao del Norte, situated a breathtaking Bucas Grande Island. Also known as Sohoton Cove National Park - the main attraction of the municipality of Socorro in Surigao del Norte, CARAGA Region in Mindanao.

Bucas Grande Island lies within the breadth of the Pacific and is physically located at coordinates at 9° 37' 17 North and 125° 58' East. It's total land area of 12,445 hectares holds a count of more or less 20,000 inhabitants.

These inhabitants have settled in 14 barangays of the municipality named as Barangays Don Albino Taruc, Navarro, Rizal, Del Pilar, Dona Helene, Honrado, Nueva Estrella, Pamosaingan, Salog, San Roque, Sudlon, Santa Cruz, Songkoy and N. Sering.


Bucas Grande is a group of islands that so blessed with marine life, numerous caves, waterfalls, white sand beaches, mangroves, lakes and many undiscovered places. The famous spots in Bucas Grande Island are the Sohoton Cove and Blue Lagoon that consist of limestone. It has a cave entrance that vanishes during high tide. Aside from that, you should see and try swimming with non-sting and friendly jellyfish in Blue Lagoon.

You might be scared thinking swimming with many jellyfish but it's a must try and indeed a very best experience. It's 100% guarantee that Sohoton jellyfish are harmless, friendly and they are non-sting.

With it's extraordinary landscape and seascape, Bucas Grande promised everyone with a truly enchanting and unforgettable travel experience. It's indeed a wonderful nature that is blessed to us. And locals are very nice and friendly. You'll feel at home being with them as your guide. They are willing to share information about the islands, the community and their lifestyle.

So when you are planning to visit Bucas Grande, I suggest to spend more days to enjoy all of the spots they may offer to you. Bring camera to capture best moments and awesome views and places. There are lots of activities to do in Bucas Grande and it's a perfect vacation place this coming hot summer.

How To Get There

From Manila or Cebu
If you are from Manila or Cebu, there are airlines servicing the City of Surigao or Butuan. If you are already at the mainland Siargao Island, there are boats that can take you to Bucas Grande Islands. The towns of Dapa and General Luna have regular boat trips going to Socorro. One can take this boat to experience yet another amazing experience in Siargao Island.

From Davao City
There are buses and vans that headed to Surigao City. Go to Barangay Hayangabon in municipality of Claver. Hayanggabon is 16 kilometers far from Municipality of Claver. Then proceed to port of Hayanggabon where motor boats are available around 7:00AM. The Port of Hayanggabon is the jump off area going to the Bucas Grande Islands. Boat trip from from the Port going to the Islands is just 40 minutes.

Where to Stay

Budget travelers may stay in places that are managed by local people. Below are the suggestion nice and affordable places to stay.

Cinnamon Island Cottage
Managed by Strengthened Association of Volunteers for the Environment of Sohoton (SAVE Sohoton)
Rate: P2,500/room per night with free breakfast (for 1-5 person); additional P500/person in excess of five
Contact No: +639488205835 Roldan (Operations Manager)

Tiktikan Lake Cottage
Managed by organization named TASG
Rate: P150-200 per person (Open air cottage)
Contact No: +639399047019 Dodo (Sohoton Tourism Operations Manager)

SIFAI Cottage
Managed by Sohoton Integrated Farmers Association Incorporated
Rate: P1,000/room per night (good for 3 persons)
Contact No: +639399047019 Dodo (Sohoton Tourism Operations Manager)

Another alternative is to stay in Socorro town proper. The municipal training center have dorm type room with shared toilet and bath for as low P200/night per person.

For high end tourists, Club Tara Resort and Hidden Island Resort offer world class accommodation and amenities.

Club Tara Resort
Contact No: 09175225500

Hidden Island Resort
Contact No: 09173282448

Photo Courtesy to Ralph Casquejo. You can visit his photo blog for more photos and like his Facebook Page -

Thanks for reading and happy travel!

2 Responses to “Bucas Grande Island in Socorro, Surigao del Norte - Swimming with Non-Sting Jellyfish”

Anonymous said...
April 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I wish I could try swimming with jellyfish too..Nice travel blog :)

Aliyah said...
April 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Hi..meron po ba silang life vest pg magtour sa sohoton? para makapag enjoy din naman yung mga di marunong lumangoy. Thanks po

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