I never knew that a three-hour, bumpy van ride would take me from my ancestral home in Cabadbaran to the most beautiful rainforest scenes I’ve ever seen.
First, we stopped at Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao. This breathtaking landmark requires a quick ferry across the river and a 10-minute van or motorcycle ride. But the journey was worth it.
The falls have a lot of neat places to photograph, including a second tier of waterfalls located above the one visible from the ground.
Afterward, we went to a place called the Enchanted River. This river is supposedly enchanted because the water is a deep, almost artificial blue. This phenomenon is caused by minerals in the water that color it blue. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing to swim in. Also, there are large fish that swim there alongside the humans, which are fed every day.
We also took a boat out to see some of the island’s caves. This particular cave is one of the largest and has a statue of St. Mary guarding the entrance.
We also saw some fruit bats in the process!
We also went to a sandbar in the bay area. It was pretty cool!
The next day, we went to see the largest crocodile captured by humans, named Lolong. We first watched a video about how he was caught — he killed two people and it took trappers five tries to catch him. And now he’s located in this eco-park.
My adventures in Surigao were definitely one-of-a-kind. From the wildlife here to the scenic beauty, this place is unmatched. I only wish I’d had more time to explore the area!