Just when I thought that beautiful beaches are those of pristine white sand and cobalt sea waters, my quick visit to the Pebble Beach of Mabua in Surigao City proved me wrong. Setting foot there for the first time, I can’t help but admire its unique splendor that I must say beautifully sculptured by nature.
Mabua Pebble Beach is among the priced tourist attractions of Surigao City. The City is part of the Province of Surigao Del Norte in CARAGA Region and is the gateway to the famed Siargao Islands and the Province of Dinagat Islands. There are other tourist spots that Surigao City has to offer but I find Mabua Pebble beach as the priced spot that is truly unique in many ways.
Mabua Pebble Beach is a shoreline of kilometer-long stretch of smooth, multi-sized pebbles situated in Barangay Mabua, about 20-minute ride from the City Proper. There are no sands, of any kind, in this part of Surigao City. The beach’s shoreline is completely composed of smooth stones, mostly in white colors and of different sizes. It was an amazing thing to see such a lovely quite beach so unique from the many beaches I have explored. One of the greatest works of nature, I muttered.
A very quaint beach as it is, Mabua’s shoreline is laid with old rustic Nipa Huts and Cottages one could instantly feel an old-fashioned way of beach living. I have always loved a quaint and quite beach escapades and I must say Mabua Pebble Beach is just so finest.
At far end, there is a hill where tourists or beach lovers like me can climb to see the perfect view of the whole pebble beach from above. Up there is a panoramic view of a picture perfect paradise and a tropical backdrop. The blue calm waters are enticing for swimming. The vastness of the ocean, the serene shoreline and coconut trees lining nearby provide a perfect feeling of a tropical paradise.
It is very easy to get Mabua Pebble Beach. Every Surigaonon knows the place. For overnight stay, there are resorts and inns available there. Though I missed it, the golden sunset at Pebble Beach is one of the highlights of Mabua Beach escapade.
I know my quick visit to Mabua Pebble Beach is not enough to fully describe the uniqueness of the place. This gives me the reason to come back there. I am dreaming one day I could spend another pleasurable time lounging at the Pebbled Shorelines of Mabua Beach. I know it’ll come.
Among the many breathtaking natural attractions that I have explored in the whole Bucas Grande Islands, there is one magical place that until now bedazzled me. This place is called Jellyfish Sanctuary.
Having toured to the key tourist spots in the whole islands, I thought I had seen enough. Truthfully, all these wonders of nature were captivating. But when our tour guide led us to the Jellyfish Sanctuary, everything seemed surreal. As if we were brought to the other world. Here’s the story. After our island tour at Bubon Group of Islets, we sailed back to Sohoton Reception Center. It was already late afternoon. Upon reaching the Center, we were told that we will be transferring to small paddleboats in going to the Jellyfish Sanctuary. Motorized boats are strictly not allowed getting inside the whole sanctuary. The small paddleboats can carry two passengers and a boatman. In my case, I was the only passenger. The sail going to the Jellyfish Sanctuary was out of the ordinary experience. The waters were calm. The whole environs were wrapped by tranquility I can hear the rowing of the paddles. The enigmatic chirping of various wild birds made the sail more exciting. I’ve tried boating in different places but this one was entirely surreal.
The Entrance of the Jellyfish Sanctuary
Nearing the mouth of the Sanctuary, my boatman named Richmond began narrating the story behind the mystical beauty of the Jellyfish Sanctuary. I learned from him that some years ago the whole place was originally inhabited by multitude of sea urchins locally known as “Tujom” hence they formerly called the place Tujoman. One day, for some unknown reason, this huge number of sea urchin dwelling at Tujoman began disappearing until none of them was left. As days gone by, a smack of jellyfishes began congregating the place. It was becoming a larger group and local folks began noticing. Soon, the locals found out that these jellyfishes dwelling in the waters of Tujoman were non-stinging. The smack of jellyfishes grew into a great number. It even multiplied to millions of jellyfishes permanently dwelling in the place. Soon after, they called the place “The Jellyfish Sanctuary”. They later opened the place for tourists but intense protection and preservation of the Sanctuary were maintained.
Limestone forests abounds inside the Jellyfish Sanctuary
As we enter the opening of the Jellyfish Sanctuary, there was one thing I instantly noticed about the place. There was a profound tranquility that enveloped the whole environs. Everything that I see there was filled with calmness and peace. It was a very contagious serenity I can feel it inside me.
The first jelly fish that i saw made me shout in amazement.
Sailing forward, jellyfishes began to appear in the waters. I shouted in amazement seeing the very first jellyfish that appeared in the waters. Another smack of jellyfishes we passed by. And then another. And another. As we moved towards the very heart of sanctuary, multitude of jellyfishes surrounded our boats. Again, I felt I was on another planet. This was surreal. Slowly, I was beginning to get emotional. Teary-eyed, I looked around praising and admiring such a spectacular body of water fully inhabited by millions of stunning jellyfishes.
Sitting at the edge of the boat, I noticed a smack of jellyfish flocking around out tiny vessel. I learned from Richmond that jellyfishes here are naturally friendly. They even come closer when boats are coming in. Since these creatures are non-stinging, I excitedly caught one jellyfish out of the water and held it in my hands. As soon as I felt its texture and seen its form, I let go of it. Richmond told me jellyfishes can only last for ten seconds out of the water. So, I had to put it back.
I had to admit I fear jellyfishes. They are noted to be stingingly perilous. But the jellyfishes of the Bucas Grande Islands are non-stinging and friendly. They even came closer towards us. It seemed they wanted play around with us. They were so welcoming. I put my hands in the waters at once and they came nearer. They were like wonderful pets. Amazing creatures.
Before the sundown, the group started to leave the Sanctuary. All of us left the place charmed and amazed by what we saw. In my case, I felt overly joyous having experienced such tremendous encounter with the jellyfish. I was very lucky too that my boatman Richmond was kind and smart enough to tell me everything I want to know about the Sanctuary. After all, it is one of their prides.
Having gone and experienced this unique adventure with the Jellyfishes of Bucas Grande Islands, I felt another dream of mine has realized. I used to dream of going to the island nation of Palau and swim with the jellyfishes at the Jellyfish Lake of Eil Malk but now I need not to go out of the country to fulfill this bizarre experience. My beautiful island of thePhilippines now boasts the Jellyfish Sanctuary of Bucas Grande Islands that is undeniably a world-class natural attraction that can definitely put all tourists, local and foreign alike, in so much awe and amazement like those in Palau.
My closest encounter with jellyfish at the Sanctuary is the highlight of my Bucas Grande Island Exploration. Other natural wonders of the Island are indisputably attractions to behold. But experiencing Jellyfish Sanctuary is absolutely an exceptional experience. It is commendable and worth to experience again. If given a chance, I shall back there and swim and play with the jellyfishes again.
Meet Richmond, my gracious boatman. Many thanks.
Experiencing Jellyfish Sanctuary of the Bucas Grande Islands is the final stop of my Bucas Grande Island Exploration.
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Four days. Five nights. Three Provinces. Two Cities. Hundred Islands. One region. CARAGA Region. This is The Travel Teller’s recent travel series.
The Enchanted Bucas Grande Islands
Taking advantage of the recent long weekend, The Travel Teller begins his quest in his ultimate CARAGAEXPLORATION, one region in the Philippines famous for its pristine beaches, untouched coves and beautiful group of Islands.
The CARAGA Administrative Region is the northernmost region of the Mindanao Island. Caraga is an old territory name derived from KALAGAN, group of people believed to be of Visayan Origin. The word “Kalagan” comes from two Bisayan words “Kalag” and “An” which mean soul or people and land.
The Sunrise and Sunset Scene of Caraga
CARAGA Region is composed of five provinces namely Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur and the Province of Dinagat Islands, and six component cities namely: Surigao, Butuan, Bislig, Tandag, Bayugan, and Cabadbaran.
Side Trip to the Cities of Surigao and Butuan
CARAGA is famous for its cultural heritage. It has vast natural attractions that guarantee unparalleled adventures. It is a one of a kind destination of an unending quest for fun and nature. Its untouched natural wonders are gifts worth to be discovered, explored and experienced.
The Travel Teller explores CARAGA Region
These among others were the reasons why The Travel Teller chooses CARAGA Region for another amazing Travel Series. Join me as I chronicle this exciting adventure from my home in Davao City to the many exciting Islands of Enchanted Bucas Grande, to the Mystical Dinagat Islands, to the Pebble Beach of Mabua in Surigao City, to the night scene of the City ofButuan and many more. This is a kind of a trip I surely will never forget.
This is “EXPLORING CARAGA REGION: The Travel Series”.