Seven Super Surprises from Socorro, Surigao

Surigao del Norte

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Mar 28, 2014

The invitation to explore Socorro in Bucas Grande Islands, Surigao del Norte by "TheTravelteller" Olan got me so excited that I immediately said yes -- even without checking my schedule.



Bucas Grande Islands belong to my must-see places in Mindanao because of Sohoton Cove and Lagoon. Socorro is the lone town in the islands.

Socorro might be a fifth-class municipality, but it certainly springs splendid surprises on the traveler.


1) Socorronhons are a warm people.

We were welcomed into their homes. They let us sample their natural resources and even feted us with bountiful harvests from the seas.


2) The Tinabangay Festival.

Witness the amazing street-dance performances of Socorro's children during its festival that highlights the bayanihan spirit.


3) Harog feast for everyone!

Get treated to Socorro's take on the porridge.

Socorro Socorro

4) A great ride for a great sight.

Take the 9.5-kilometer ride on a single motorbike to Kapihan to get an 180-degree view of the Bucas Grande islands.


5) Zip to the Pacific.

Take an exhilarating ride on the zipline on the 5-meter-high and 800-meter-long "Zip to the Pacific."

Socorro Socorro

6) The hike to Mahambong Falls.

This is where I slipped and landed on my butt. Hence, the stick cane on the photo. But even with that experience, it was still worth it.


7) The seafood!

Lobsters, fresh fish, prawns are just ordinary food for Socorronhons, and they'll heartily share these with you.


Now I’m wondering if there might have been more surprises had we had more time. Like swimming, of course. And the lovely sunrise when the sun’s rays peek out of the ocean.

I'd definitely welcome another trip to Socorro. And soon.


For the meantime, if you want a never-been-to place to explore and enjoy, why not try the seven surprises of Socorro?

How to Get There:

Philippine Airlines has regular flights from Manila and Cebu to Surigao City and Butuan City.

From Surigao or Butuan, take a jeep/van to Claver, Surigao del Norte to the port of Hayanggabon.

From Hayanggabon, take a motorized boat to Socorro. This would take around an hour to an hour and 30 minutes.

Others may take the jeep to the port of Surigao and ride the cargo inter-island vessels to the port of Dapa in Siargao then transfer to a smaller boat to Socorro.

Travel time from Surigao City to Dapa is 2 hours and another hour to Socorro.

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