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

BRAVING THE RAPIDS OF PANGI RIVER

“Row row row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily merrily merrily merrily. Life is but a dream.” I was humming this nursery rhyme when we were heading to another rustic town in Sarangani Province called Maitum. Humming, I was painting pictures in my mind about myself experiencing for the first time a one of kind whitewater tubing I never experienced before. The point of destination was the Pangi River of Maitum, Sarangani Province.

My Very First White Water Tubing Adventure.

Though famous for its pre-historic anthropomorphic burial jars and unspoiled rainforests, the town of Maitum is also known for its reputation being the water tubing capital of Sarangani Province. In fact, it is the only town in the Province with such outdoor adventure fully equipped with requisite facilities and trained crews. Continue reading “BRAVING THE RAPIDS OF PANGI RIVER”

THE FORT SARANGANI

It is but amazing to discover one military camp somewhere in the Province of Sarangani that has developed into a new tourism spot initiated by no less than its Battalion Commander and duly supported by the Provincial Government.This newest addition to Sarangani’s treasures is called the Fort Sarangani. The Fort Sarangani is the home of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines located in Barangay Kamanga in the Municipality of Maasim. Continue reading “THE FORT SARANGANI”

ROMANCING THE BAY VIEW OF KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE

If I never joined Mindanao Tourism Council’s trip to the Sarangani Bay Fest 2011, I would have no inkling of how exciting the Province of Sarangani can be. If I never said yes to the invitation of our tour lead Jon Perez, I would never have a clue that there is one town in the province so rustic at one glance yet endowed with loads of natural wonders when completely explored.Who would have thought that this photograph of a beautiful seascape depicting the indigo waters of the vast Mindanao Sea with such amiable azure skies on the backdrop belongs to KIAMBA? Yes, I am talking about the town of Kiamba in the Province of Sarangani. Continue reading “ROMANCING THE BAY VIEW OF KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE”

EXPERIENCING SARANGANI BAY FEST 2011

Down south, one festival has slowly gained a reputation of being the most awaited annual festival of its kind in the whole southern most part of Mindanao. This vibrant event is called the Sarangani Bay Fest in the coastal Province of Sarangani.I was privileged to be invited by the Mr. Jon Perez of Mindanao Tourism Council as their group joined this year’s Sarangani Bay Fest 2011 which took place last May 19 to 21, 2011. I have been to Sarangani Province for sometime but witnessing the Bay Fest was my first. A self-confessed son of a beach, reading our itinerary containing all the festive details of the trip really thrilled me. Continue reading “EXPERIENCING SARANGANI BAY FEST 2011”