Surigao del Norte Wedding Destination

Surigao del Norte - Surfing Capital of the Philippines

The scenic province of Surigao del Norte is known as the surfing capital of the country because of its beautiful and powerful waves, which has attracted both local and foreign surfers. Its pristine beaches on the other hand, have mesmerized its visitors.


1. Population - 409, 468 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area - 1, 972.9 q. km
3. Capital - Surigao City
4. Language/Dialect - Surigaonon, Cebuano, Boholano, English, and Filipino
5. Divisions

Cities (1)

  • Surigao City

Municipalities (20)

  • Alegria
  • Bacuag
  • Burgos
  • Claver
  • Dapa
  • Del Carmen
  • General Luna
  • Gigaquit
  • Mainit
  • Malimono
  • Pilar
  • Placer
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco (Anao-Aon)
  • San Isidro
  • Santa Monica (Sapao)
  • Sison
  • Socorro
  • Tagana-an
  • Tubod
Famous For ...

Surfing, Sea Kayaking, and Water Activities
Its waves combine the best quality features of the top-rated waves of Hawaii's fabled "pipeline" and the top-billed waves of Indonesia. Its huge, powerful rollers have been ranked among the top five breaks in the world, including the "Cloud Nine" which is considered one of the world's top surfing waves.

Mamanwa Tribe
The province is home to one of the country's ethnic tribes, the Mamanwas. Surigao City's Bonok-bonok Festival depicts the merrymaking of these native folks and their gratitude to their pagan gods for a bountiful harvest and good health.

Mangrove Forest
Mangrove is the major theme in the coastal areas of the province. The saltwater-loving trees form interminable marine forests covering an area of 17,473 hectares along the coasts of the mainland and the islands of Siargao and Dinagat.

Places of Interest


Surigaonon Heritage Mini-Museum
Location: Boulevard, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
A collection of ancient archaeological diggings like burial coffin jars and antique Chinese kitchenwares are showcased in the mini-museum. Some of these artifacts were unearthed in Panhatungan, Placer.


Mini Dam Park
Location: San Jose, Surigao del Nortex`
A cluster of seven dams of graduated elevations carved out of cliffs with stones perfectly laid and fitted by human hands. It is a whole mountainside transformed into a man-made structure exquisitely landscaped with a variety of plants and trees.

Maharlika Training Center
Location: LIpata, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
One of the best convention and training centres in the city, offering the best accommodation and facilities. It provides a magnificent view of the Surigao Strait and some of the islands in the city.


General Luna Beach
Location: General Luna, Surigao del Norte
27-kilometer stretch of bewitching sugar-fine white beaches, stunningly sapphire seas, and natural coral barriers that keep the inlet waters placid make this area a perfect destination for surfers and sun worshippers.

Danawan Beach
Location: Danawan Island, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
Is an island resort in Danawan Island, just across Hikdop Island going west. Its white beach is so rich in rare seashells. Shell aficionados often go there to collect rarities.

Panomboyom Beach
Location: Brgy. Baybay, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
It is known for its fine white beaches grossly dominated by fine coral rocks, which has been splashed by the waves to the shore.

Basul Island
Location: Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
It is noted for its enticing white beaches richly interpolated by empty shells casing and fine corals.

Alingkakajaw Island
Location: Claver, Surigao del Norte
With no rock formations like its neighboring islets, it stands out like a green and white jewel on a pristine blue sea. This little gem is located just off mainland Mindanao.

Del Carmen Swamps
Location: Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte
A sanctuary of the large species of saltwater crocodiles. One can take a closer look into the tall marine jungle of mangroves and other endemic swamp creatures. A boat ride along the narrow passageway is a thrilling experience.

Buenavista Cave
Location: Brgy. Buenavista, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte It has three entrances which all lead to a cavern approximately 3 km. away. Unique stone formations inside the cave create an illusionary vision of a majestic "King´s Court" complete with other chambers.

Mapawa Cave
Location: Brgy. Mapawa, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
It has cathedral-shaped inner domes richly decorated with magnificent stalactites having like natural chandeliers balanced by an enthralling sight of varied sized stalagmites.

Magpupungko Rock Formation
Location: Pilar, Surigao del Norte
Surrounded by limestone and granite sculptures facing the Pacific Ocean, its pockmarked limestone floor reveals pools of assorted shapes and sizes resembling basins, barrels, tubs, and ponds during low tide.

Lake Bababu
Location: Basilia, Surigao del Norte
A mountain lake nestled in vast walls of granite. A steep descent to the lake adds thrill to avid adventurers and offers fine views to numerous small caves in great abandon.


Battle of Surigao Strait
Place: Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
Date: October 25
The greatest naval battle in Philippine history between the allied forces and the Japanese Imperial Army was staged in Surigao Strait during World War II. The commemoration of this event stretches from Surigao City to Loreto where the American troops landed on that significant day in 1944.

Siargao International Human Body Boarding Challenge
Place: General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Date: October 7 - 20
A new water sports event in the country participated by top international body boarders. This is a world series event organized by the International Bodyboarders Association.

Bonok Bonok Festival
Place: Surigao del Norte Province
Date: September 10
Surigao is home to the Mamanwa ethnic tribe. Their dances are showcased in this festival held at the feast of San Nicolas de Tolentino The Bonok-Bonok depicts the native folks' merry-making to show gratitude to God for bountiful harvest and good health.

Learn More
How To Get There?

By Land-Sea:
There are bus companies in Manila that travel directly to Surigao City. These bus companies utilize the RO-RO ports and dock at Lipata Ferry Terminal.

By Air-Land:
Take a flight from Manila to Butuan City. From there, buses are available headed to Surigao City.

By Sea:
Commercial ferry companies travel to Surigao City from Manila. Travel time takes more than 24 hours. Ferries dock at Surigao City Port and Ferry Terminal

Related Links:
WOW Philippines Surigao del Norte Page
Surigao City Official Website