“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
- CATCHING SUNRISE AT CLAVER, SURIGAO DEL NORTE
- SOCORRO AND THE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
- CLUB TARA AND TIKTIKAN LAKE OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
- SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
- THE SANDY BEACHES AND STUNNING ISLETS OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
- THE JELLYFISH SANCTUARY OF BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS
- EXPERIENCING SAN JOSE AND THE PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS
- THE LEGEND OF DINAGAT ISLANDS