THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS

Bucas Grande Islands of Socorro, Surigao Del Norte is not all about its mystical coves and those enchanted blue lagoons. Some of big Islands comprising the Bucas Grande feature powdery white sand beaches. These sandy beaches are equally stunning like those coves and lagoons. These along with the eye-catching Islets are must-visit places while in Socorro.

Bubon Group of Islets

For the certified beach bums, I would say Bucas Grande Islands is the right place for you. Being a self proclaimed “son of a beach”, I find the sandy beaches and Islets of Bucas Grande as great places to enjoy the grandeur and silence of nature. One can just lazily sit on the sand and feel the rustle of the leaves that sway in the mellow breeze.

Kanlunes Resort
Markaa Beach

One of the beaches we visited is the Markaa Beach. Markaa Beach offers a white sand beach and magnificent rock formations of different sizes. It has shallow clear waters where beautiful corals abound the place. We took time enjoying Markaa beach. The sea was so inviting everyone can’t resist but dipped into the waters. It a perfect place so snorkeling. Corals of different sizes and colors amazed me when I started diving. Really amazing.

Different Corals in the waters of Markaa Beach
This Blogger enjoying the scenic underwater world of Bucas Grande Island. Many thanks to my friend Roy Geonzon for allowing me to use this photo.

Discovering the underwater paradise of Bucas Grande Islands. Photo courtesy of my friend Roy Geonzon. Thank you for this awesome photo.

Our next stop was the Bubon Beach. Bubon Beach offers a great view of Bubon group of 8 Islets that appears like gigantic green mushrooms sprouting from the seawaters. It is one of the places frequented by tourists when in Bucas Grande Islands. One of the Islands features yet another white sand beach so ideal to just laze around. We stopped at this spot and took time enjoying the view of the 8 Islets, the clear waters and the white sand beach.

The Bubon group of 8 stunning mushroom-lie Islets.
Planking Shot at Bubon White Sand Beach

From Bubon Beach, we headed off the other part of the Islands passing different beaches, resorts and other breathtaking Islets that truly made our day remarkable.

HERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE STUNNING ISLETS OF THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS.

Having toured around, I concluded that Bucas Grande Island is indeed a paradise so worth to discover and experience.

This is the fifth part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS

The Bucas Grande Islands of Socorro, Surigao Del Norte is undeniably a paradise to experience. Blessed with many mystical attractions to see, Bucas Grande Islands offers excellent ways to experience nature at its finest, away from the bustles and hassles of city living and away from disheartening pollution.
Among the many attractions in the Islands that offer exciting things to discover, Sohoton National Park tops the list. Sohoton is declared by the Philippine Government as a National Park covering a total area of 70 hectares. The park features mystical Sohoton Cove, amazing Sohoton Blue Lagoons and the picturesque seven Islets.
What’s enchanting about the place is that Sohoton National Park can only be reached passing through a 60-meter cave-like entrance which can only be accessed during low tide. The cave-like entrance looks like an underground river. According to our tour guide, only those boatmen who have explored the area for years can safely access the place. I have never been to an underground river. That experience gave me an awesome thrill.
Entering the scenic Sohoton National Park, it was the tranquility and serenity of the place that first caught my senses. Paradise, I murmured. The waters were so clear. Fishes were all over. We were even amazed seeing stingrays freely swimming in the waters. The untouched verdant forests that covered the seven Islets inside the Park added unspeakable natural beauty of the whole place. Paradise, I murmured again!
Going further, our tour guide led us to yet another must-see place in the Park, the underground cave. During high tide, one needs to swim underwater down a small passageway to get inside. Luckily, it was low tide when we get there. But still swam going inside though the passageway was not fully covered by waters. The water inside the cave was so cold. It was very refreshing. From inside, reflections of the light from the underground water were so striking. They were like crystals sparkling in the waters.

The Opening of the Underground Cave
Stalactites and Stalagmites
This Blogger at the Underground Cave

From that underground cave, we were brought to yet another cave passing through a small opening. Inside the cave were various stalactites and stalagmites formations. In getting out, we went up passing a tiny hole leading to a six-foot high diving platform built up in a small cliff outside the higher portion of the cave and from there, we jumped into the cool, clear blue waters.
After luxuriating ourselves with the beauty of nature embellished around Sohoton National Park, we decided to move on to our next destination. Besides, one should leave the park before the high tide, otherwise they cannot go out.
Exploring Sohoton National Park was an extraordinary experience for me. The whole thing was packed with thrill and action. It offers not only natural beauty but it also guarantees ultimate adventures that a thrill-seeker like me wants to experience.

This is the fourth part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS

“Nature at its best”, I exclaimed. These were the words I uttered upon entering the paradise Islands of Bucas Grande. Who couldn’t? The clear tranquil seawaters appeared irresistibly inviting while abundant verdant forests that covered the Limestone Mountains looked so appealing. Undeniably, this is nature at its best!

Club Tara Resort

Our first destination was the Club Tara Resort, the only high-end resort in the Bucas Grande Islands. Our tour guide led us here to glimpse the beauty of this first class resort that has also become a man-made tourist attraction in the Island. Club Tara Resort nestles at yet another cove’s end. Its breakwater creates a private blue lagoon. By far, it is the best resort lagoon I’ve ever seen. It has 10 elegant cottages that are built at the lagoon’s edge. Each suite has balconies offering its guests a perfect view of the whole environs.

Club Tara Resort's Charming Beauty
Club Tara Resort’s Charming Beauty
Club Tara’s Cottages
Club Tara’s Private Jetty and Lagoon

Being the only high end resort with complete facilities and best amenities in the Islands, each suite will go for about P10,000.00 a night. Yes, it is pricey but looking at its charming beauty, Club Tara Resort is worth the price.

Photo By Roy Geonzon

From Club Tara Resort, we then proceeded to Tiktikan Lake, our home in Bucas Grande Islands. Still aboard the motorized boat, we were brought to another cove with another beautiful lagoon. From there, we docked at an old wooded jetty that served as the jump off point going up a hill then descend to Tiktikan Lake. The trail was around 15 minutes.

Huts at Tiktikan Cove
Tiktikan Cove

Tiktikan Lake is a beauty in itself. It has placid turquoise waters encircled by thick verdant limestone forest. Serenity and peace abound the place. I went to the view deck to take a wider glimpse of the entire view of the place. It was a place of tranquility. It was like a cure to a drowsy eye and a comfort to a weary heart. Communing with nature at its finest.

Tiktikan Lake
Tiktikan Lake
Tiktikan Lake is a beauty in itself

According to our tour guide, there are 13 lakes in the entire town of Socorro. Out of the thirteen lakes, only three are accessible including Tiktikan Lake. The three lakes are connected to the sea by underground channels and are reputed to shelter the highly endangered salt-water crocodile.

Serenity enveloped the whole Tiktikan Lake

After billeting at Tiktikan Lake Resort, we headed back to our boat to continue our enchanted Bucas Grande Island Tour. From Tiktikan Lake, we proceeded to Sohoton Reception Center, also situated at yet another cove in the Island. All guests visiting the Islands are required to register at the tourist center.

Entering Sohoton Reception Center
Sohoton Reception Center

There were plenty of boatmen at Sohoton Reception Center. These were trained boatmen who can readily bring their guests to the many amazing attractions of the entire Bucas Grande Islands. Among these amazing popular attractions, Sohoton National Park tops the list.

This Blogger enjoying the wonders of Bucas Grande Islands

Sohoton National Park offers excellent ways to experience nature at its best, away from the pollution and hassle of city living. Exploring Sohoton Cove is the definitely a must while in Bucas Grande. It is one of the highlights of my Bucas Grande Island Exploration. Going there is an adventure in itself and finding out what’s in there was an amazing experience.

The Underground River of Sohoton National Park

Watch out as I chronicle my SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK experience only here at the The Travel Teller.

This is the third part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS

It was the glorious sunrise that welcomed us upon arrivals at the Port of Hayanggabon in Claver, Surigao Del Norte, the jump off point going to the Bucas Grande Islands. From the harbor, the view of the Islands can already be seen. In less than an hour, my dream to see the famed Islands of Bucas Grande was about to come true. Just the thought it thrilled me.

One of Islands of Bucas Grande

Aboard the motorized boat going to the Islands, I learned that Bucas Grande is part of the Municipality of Socorro and belongs to the Province of Surigao Del Norte. What I didn’t know that surprised me is that Socorro is actually one of tChe nine municipalities that comprise the famous Siargao Islands, the famed surfing capital of the Philippines. It was so amazing to know that we were actually sailing the blue waters of Siargao.

Club Tara Resort

While the main island of Siargao is home to world-class surfing areas, touristy resorts and other natural attractions, the Bucas Grande Islands of Socorro features amazing different wonders of nature that are incredibly best for a remarkable relaxation and communing with nature.

Sohoton Reception Center

Approaching the Bucas Grande Islands, we were told that we were about to experience a pristine island adventure at its best. Our gracious tour guide explained that some parts of the islands are proclaimed National Park and conservation of its natural beauty is maintained. I looked around the whole environs, indeed, everything is unspoiled – a rare beauty so immaculate and magnificent. Seeing those, I began to drown myself to full admiration.

Inside Sohoton National Park

When God created the 7,107 Islands of the Philippines, He chose the town of Socorro to be one home of the country’s most mystical gifts of nature. These are gifts Socorro can truly claim one of the finest in the entire country. The group of beautiful islands and islets are beautifully scattered in the tranquil clear blue waters of Siargao. The abundant verdant vegetations that cover the mountains are thick and untrimmed. The coves are mystical and enchantingly mesmerizing. The serene exquisiteness of the lakes is truly magical. All that comprise the Bucas Grande Islands are glorious natural wonders.

The Jelly Fish Sanctuary

These were among the many mystical things that Bucas Grande Islands of Socorro let me experienced. It gave me an exceptional experience communing with Mother Nature at its full glory. Everything I that experienced there was truly special. It is like traveling to another dimension – a place of enchantment.

This Blogger Holding a Non-Stinging Jelly Fish

Having gone to these islands and experienced its mystical wonders, I can say that paradise exists in this part of the world. I now call it the “Paradise Islands of Bucas Grande”. I have been there and I experienced that true paradise!

Me and my travel buddies at Club Tara Resort

This is the second part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS

CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE

Friday night. Ten o’clock. I was overwhelmed with excitement as the passenger van started to leave Davao City. Point of destination was the Port of Hayanggabon in the Municipality of Claver, Surigao Del Norte. I was among the group of eleven outdoor enthusiasts heading to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte to explore the famed Sohoton Cove of the Enchanted Bucas Grande Islands. Hayanggabon Seaport is the jump off harbor going to these Islands.
It was one fine evening when we left Davao City. The weather was excellent giving us hope that our journey to the Bucas Grande Islands will be fun and exciting. I have never been to the Province of Surigao Del Norte. But I’ve heard so many beautiful stories about the countless natural wonders of the province. It thrilled me thinking of going there and seeing these wonders in its full glory.
The trip from Davao City to Claver took about 7 hours passing through the different municipalities of Agusan Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte and finally Surigao Del Norte. I was hoping to see the view of these towns but since we were traveling by night, we opted to sleep while on board to gain enough strength for an anticipated strenuous yet fun filled Island Tour in Bucas Grande.
At five o’clock in the morning, I woke up realizing we were now traveling along the coastal road of Surigao Del Norte. The sky was beginning to light up. What was amusing was the amazing view of the seascape blending the pinkish orangey color of early morning sky that appeared like a painting to me. It was a welcoming treat to my eyes. A beautiful dawning of a new day was just in front of me. I learned we were already at Claver, Surigao Del Norte and heading towards the Port of Hayanggabon.
The scene was too perfect we couldn’t afford to miss. We stopped at one side. Grabbed our cameras out and started capturing what I call a “dramatic sunrise”.

This Blogger worshiping this magnificent Sunrise.

When the sky was lighting up, its pinkish orangey color started to reflect on the still waters of Claver Bay. It was a stunning scene. Moments later, the first light of the daybreak came out creating magnificent rays that really struck us. And then another glorious reflection of the rising sun reflected on the waters. It was gradual. The more it rose, the more it became striking. The colors turned more vivid. The scene became so dramatic. I was carried away by a delightful feeling of catching the perfect round shape of the mighty sun rising and shining in front of me. As the sun rose to its full glory, I realized the whole environs became alive. Truthfully, sunrises promise to give hope, light and life to everything.
I was never a sunrise person. I can’t battle waking up early and brave to catch the first light. But I always dream of capturing one beautiful sunrise that I can take pride of – one sunrise I can truly say close to perfection! SUNRISE AT CLAVER made that dream came true! To this day, this is my PERFECT SUNRISE.
As we headed to the Port of Hayanggabon, the rising sun was still in its full grandeur giving us assurance of a good weather for the day. It gave us hope for an exciting Island Exploration. That SUNRISE AT CLAVER was a good start of our day. A good start to begin an unforgettable Enchanted Bucas Grande Island Exploration.

This is the first part of “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series

  1. CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
  2. SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  3. CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  4. SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  5. THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  6. THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
  7. EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
  8. THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS