Apart from being known as ‘The Gateway to Mindanao’ because of millions of travelers passing through its major ports and transportation terminals, you can actually explore Surigao City at least for a day before visiting other nearby more famous destinations. We collaborated with Ssense Travel & Tours, one of the travel agencies who can pick you up from Surigao Airport for your ‘A Day in Surigao City Experience’.
Here are Our Top 12 Things To Do in Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines!
1.) Mabua Beach
Mabua Beach closely translated in English as ‘Stony’ Beach is located just 30 minutes from the city center. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
2.) People of Surigao City
A visit in Surigao City won’t be complete without meeting its people. I have observed that people here have nicer lips. They don’t need doctors to put fillers on their lips. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
It is nice to wait for sunset or culturally immerse on the happenings in Surigao City Boulevard. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
4.) Skin Benefits Dermatology Clinic
As Surigaonons value beauty, they are very welcoming to this first dermatology clinic in Surigao City. On your way back home to Manila, you can have those beauty treatments done in Skin Benefits Dermatology Clinic. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
5.) Homestay with Surigaonon Family
I have stayed for a night with the Jomio Family in Barangay San Jose. I have experienced one of the best Surigaonon hospitality with them. Soon, they will be offering more homestays through their sustainable house (it is powered by solar energy).
6.) SLB Pension House
After my trip from Siargao (just 2 hours away from Surigao City), I spent the rest of my week in SLB Pension House. This is one of the nicest inns just few minutes away from the port. For booking queries, you may contact them at +639709927581 or visit them at Borromeo street, Barangay Taft (just in front of Eva Macapagal Pier). (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
7.) Food Trip
Many chic restaurants have been sprouting in Surigao City after the pandemic like INBOX Restobar & KTV, MightTEA Cafe, Manzanitas and other restaurants just lined up along Surigao City Boulevard. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
8.) Visit the Churches
One of the places I check when visiting a city are its churches. I prayed at The Parish of San Nicolas de Tolentino, one of the oldest churches in Surigao del Norte. I also visited the church of our Filipino Muslim brothers and INC brothers. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
9.) Battle of Surigao Strait Memorial
Currently, the museum is still under renovation after being hit by the super typhoon Odette. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
Surigao City’s Plaza is called Luneta. (Swipe below photo for more pictures)
11.) Buy your Pasalubong
12.) Hop to your next destination
As Surigao City is the gateway to Mindanao, this can be your center point for your next travel adventures. They have the Port of Lipata which is your entry point if you are coming from the RORO mode, Boulevard if you are coming from Dinagat Islands (Port of San Jose) and Siargao (Port of Del Carmen), Eva Macapagal Terminal if your are coming from Cebu, Siargao (Port of Dapa) and other ports.
A. Port of Lipata
C. Eva Macapagal Terminal