places to visit in the philippines
The Caraga Region is located on the northeastern side of Mindanao; it has five provinces including: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Island. The regional center for the area is Butuan City. Known for its mountains, islands, waterfalls, dense foliage and surfing, this is a great place to visit for the outdoor-enthusiast. Here are a few of the popular places to visit in the Philippines.

Agusan del Norte Tourist Spots

Agusan del Norte is filled with natural beauty and wonders. If you enjoy mountain climbing, consider a visit to Mount Hilong-Hilong. If you are fascinated by caves, perhaps a visit to Panlangan Cavewill, will thrill and excite you. For the traveler who is interested in marine life, the Goso-on Fish Sanctuary is a must see attraction.

Surigao del Sur Tourist Spots

With its beautiful coastline and natural wonders, Surigao del Sur is a popular place to see. One of the most popular attractions is Tinuy-an Falls; known as the “Niagara Falls” of the Philippines, this waterfall is 180 feet tall and has been featured in some travel magazines. As is the case in Surigao del Norte, surfing is one of the top tourist attractions in Surigao del Sur too. Other attractions include Lanuza Marine Park, Magkawas Falls and the Britania Group OF Islands.

Agusan del Sur Tourist Spots

The largest province in Caraga is Agusan del Sur. While you wont find beaches in this landlocked province, you will find lush flora, pasture land and majestic mountains. One of the most popular attractions is the Agusan Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a large ecological wetland that is the natural habitat of migratory birds & wild animals; if you happen to be in the area, take a boat ride for an unforgettable experience. Another popular attraction are the waterfalls; popular ones include: Tugonan, Bega and Binaba. One last attraction I wanted to mention is the Bunawan Eco-Park; this is where you can see some crocodiles.

Surigao del Norte Tourist Spots

From Lake Mainit, to the attractions of Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte has a number of natural attractions. While many visitors typically head to Siargao Island, the mainland has a number of worthwhile activities and attractions. The coastline has a variety of fish such as marlin, tuna and other species; the game fish in the waters will challenge the best angler. If you are into spelunking, popular caves include Cuyapnit & Puting Bato Cave. Also there is Biyabid Waterfall; located in the municipality of Sison, this multi-tiered waterfall along with the surrounding foliage is a popular attraction to see.

Siargao Island is known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines; it is popular among local and International surfers. Aside from surfing, there are other attractions. If you enjoy Spelunking, you can visit Silop cave or the tunnels of Mapawa. For the nature-enthusiast, the swamps of Del Carmen are a top attraction to see; with more than 4,180 hectares of mangrove swamp, complete with crocodiles, makes this a great place for a river cruise. If you are into island-hopping, consider a visit to nearby Daku, Naked or Guyam Island. One last attraction I wanted to mention is Santa Monica’s Tak-Tak waterfall.

Dinagat Islands Tourist Spots

The Dinagat Islands are known for their mystic and beauty. Located north of Mindanao, the capitol city is San Jose. Although it is small in size, there are numerous natural wonders. Within the interior are some waterfalls. Also, there are a number of beaches along the coastline of Cagdianao. In addition there is a bat sanctuary in Tubajon and a bonsai forest in the town of Loreto. This a beautiful place that is dominated by the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA). This non-profit organization was founded in 1965 by Ruben Ecleo Sr. When approaching San Jose by boat, you will see a castle like structure overlooking the city; sometimes called the “White Castle” or “Island Castle,” this is the home of the Ecleo family. Located nearby is the final resting place of Ruben Ecleo Sr(PBMA Shrine.) To this day, the shrine continues to be a popular point-of-interest.

Map of Caraga Region

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