When you find yourself along the beach line of red sand, and the red to brown mountain tops that dots the landscape before it kisses the sky – you’re finally at the part of Surigao province where mining is second nature to breathing for the locals. But it is also where the jump off to the only place in Surigao province that mining is not allowed. Here is a detailed guide on how to get to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte, and to experience Bucas Grande, and more of what this island has to offer.

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You can find the details fitting if you’re entry point is either from these cities: Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Surigao, and even if you’re already at mainland Siargao Island.
Siargao Islands is a protected land, and seascape areas. It covers an area of 278,914 hectares , spread over 216,913 hectares of marine areas and 62,796 hectares of island territories. This includes the islands of Siargao , Bucas Grande , Middle Bucas , Bucas East , Hinatuan , La Janosa , Anahawan and Dako. This will come in handy if you’re coming from mainland Mindanao, and you’r eplanning to visit any of the islands.


How to Get To Bucas Grande

Iligan City – Cagayan de Oro – Butuan City – Surigao City
Davao City – Surigao City
Read here: How to Get To Surigao City
Note: If you’re coming from Iligan, CDO, or Butuan City, and have no intention to touring Surigao City, you can drop off at

Surigao City – Hayangabon (Claver) Port
Van 120PhP
Travel Time: 45mins – 1H
Surigao City – – Hayangabon (Claver) Port
Bus 45 – 1H
Travel Time
Van 45mins – 1H
Travel TimeHayangabon Port – Socorro
Regular Passenger Boat 100PhP
First trip – 11 AM, Second Trip – 4 PM
Socorro – Hayangabon Port
First Trip – 6 AM, Second Trip – 1 PM

Siargao Island – Socorro
Dapa Port – Socorro
Travel Time: 1H
First trip – around 7-8 AM, Second Trip – around 2 – 4 PM
Better visit the port early, or the day before to check of schedule, and availability of boat


Sohoton Rates

If you’re planning to tour around Sohoton Area, here is a guide for rates, and fares for tours, and pump boat ride for your excursion.

Bucas Grande was supposedly a part of the #TravelMindanao series, unfortunately parts of the group of islands were affected by Bagyong Yolanda earlier on our trip. We decided to head to a little surf town Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, and stayed there for a few days. I was a bit down at not having to visit Socorro, Surigao Del Norte for Bucas Grande. A few months after it was a blessing to have been invited to experience their Tinalak Festival. So I am a believer in putting some dream in your heart, and mean it when you pray. He can move people to be the instrument of His blessing.

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