Surigao’s Hidden Gem : Tinago Island, Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte
June 5, 2018
Tinago Island, as it is called has been hidden, but not a secret. It is a rising-tourist destination in the area of Surigao Del Norte. We were able to discover this hidden gem through word of mouth from the locals.
Traveling this year is on everyone’s agenda. Especially now that summer has begun. The hottest season of the Philippines makes everyone want to go to the beach and take a dip. #Travelgoals are in, and school is out.
This summer, my family decided to spend some time at our grandparents place and my mom’s hometown, Surigao City.
Surigao City is the provincial capital of Surigao Del Norte, which is located on the tip of Mindanao. The province of Surigao Del Norte is full of beautiful sceneries, creating a picture of overlapping beaches, and mountains.
Since we’ve been to Surigao City plenty times in the past, we’ve gone to almost every known tourist destination in the area without going hours away from the city. During our most recent trip, the places we’ve been to were mostly beaches, different kind of beaches: small pebble beaches, large pebble beaches and sandy beaches. It was all beautiful, and quite relaxing, ( I fell in love with their amazing sunsets), but this time we were looking for something a little different, somewhere we haven’t been before.
So we were on a search to find the perfect place as a finale to end our one-week trip. A friend, also our neighbour in Surigao City told us of this beautiful place, she’s never been to before but heard about from her colleagues.
The next day we set out to go to Tinago Island, Municipality of Tagana-an: Surigao’s Hidden Gem.
“Together with islets, caves, and coves, Lapsay Lagoon is part of a large protected marine sanctuary in a group of islands of Barangay Tinago in the Municipality of Tagana-an. Tinago Holiday Resort, a private resort under the management of 3 accredited and licensed tour guides called AJJM Brotherhood, developed the place as the province’s newest tourism destination.”
*some activities may have fees between Php 50-150.
Our “bugsay” guide and motorboat driver, kuya tatski.
How to get there:
We travelled by car. From Surigao City we followed the map until we reached Tagana-an Municipal Hall (30-45 mins), then there we asked around where the wharf to Tinago Holiday Resort was and they pointed us to the direction of Ban Ban Wharf. There we found the motorboat which brought us to the resort (10 mins).
For more information on how to get there via public transport, this blog page might help: Travelling Morion.
Entrance Fee: 100 per head
Cottage included in the entrance fee, but on a first come first serve basis. The cottages are easily filled during weekends and holidays.
Food is allowed, so do bring snacks and meals (since there aren’t many stores in the middle of a lagoon 😉
Boat ride: 150 per head; back & forth included. It would be best to make arrangements in advance.
*these rates might change anytime.
Currently the resort does not accommodate overnight stays. But there are many accommodations in Surigao City instead. They do plan to have overnight cottages in the future.
Tinago Holiday Resort
Lapsay Lagoon, Tinago Island, Municipality of Tagana-an, Surigao Del Norte
High-waist denim shorts from H&M
One Piece Black Swimsuit from SM Department Store
Basic Hoop Earrings
KJM Lip Stain
Ever Bilena Blush