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Island Hopping and Snorkeling in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur May 27, 2013

Island Hopping and Snorkeling in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

GPS waypoint: Cantilan N9 20.089 E125 58.801
Location: Municipality of Cantilan, Province of Surigao del Surs

Roger Huerta
After arranging the island hopping trip the night before, resort owner Roger Huerta and I started our day early at Torpedo Resort Hotel with the guidance of a seasoned fisherman. Not to lay it on thick, but people in Cantilan say good things about Roger! Our first destination was Ayoke Island, about 30 minutes away. The water on the way was calm offering a comfortable ride along other islands with secret beaches along the way.

Ayoke Island Marine Sanctuary
My first glimpse of Ayoke Island was through its guard house for the marine sanctuary. Wow! Are you kidding me? A marine sanctuary! I didn't really research on Ayoke so I didn't know what to expect. I wasted no time. In an instant, I was already on my snorkeling gear to give this reef system a once over. The reef system is typical for any guarded sanctuary - the corals are stable, colorful and healthy. There was a wide assortement of coral types, mostly hard corals. I didn't see any phelagic fish (big ones like Grouper) but there were a few schools. I could not really spend too much time in the water since we had a lot more ground to cover. At best, this island hopping tour is an ocular of what Cantilan has to offer.

map location Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
Terminal Bus Terminal N9 20.089 E125 58.801 | Chanlac Resto Chanlac Resto N9 20.200 E125 58.834 | wooden bridge Wooden Bridge N9 22.194 E125 58.206
Hudabalda Resort Hudabalda Beach Resort N9 21.054 E125 58.433 | Torpedo Resort Hotel Torpedo Resort Hotel N9 21.300 E125 58.317 | Ayoke Island Ayoke Island N9 23.409 E126 02.755
Blue Lagoon Blue Lagoon N9 24.672 E126 00.119 | Casarica Island Casarica Island N9 22.785 E125 59.651 | General Island General Island N9 24.267 E126 00.404

Ayoke Island Beach
The fine white sand beach of Ayoke is something to behold as well. The beach area is wide and long leading to the sanctuary. There is a family taking care of the beach area that rents out a day cottage for P300. Best to bring a hammock and provisions and a tent if you want to stay overnight. If it's not the surfing season, this place is entirely yours! I would like to come back here and spend a day or two exploring the island, visiting the populated barrios and getting the know the culture a little better...and yes, free-diving the sanctuary until I'm toast!

General Island
We didn't really beach the boat on General Island but we passed along its perimeter. There were many isolated and undeveloped beaches along the way. You can schedule to be brought there, spend overnight (of course with a partner!), pitch your tent, and be picked-up the following day. The coral reef surronding the island is also massive, ranging from sediment-coated to vibrant. When the boat would pass over an interesting reef system, we would stop and I would jump down and check it out.

Jelly Fish Cove
We came upon a cove beside the Blue Lagoon Cove. It was swarming with brown jelly fish. I'm not sure if they sting. In Britania, these brown jellies don't sting. Still, I wouldn't want to find out the hard way. But as a sight, it's quite interesting to see so many jelly fishes concentrated in one cove.

Blue Lagoon
I've heard so much about the Blue Lagoon, even before making the trip to Cantilan. It's quite disappointing to finally arrive there and see the place abandoned and in a state of disrepair. Apparently, when the owner died, no one was left to look after the place. But from what people tell me, during its heyday, the Blue Lagoon was the place for recreational beach activity.

Casarica Island
Casarica Island is so close to the mainland and has a very good white beach area. It's popular with the locals because it's essentially public land. There are no fees to pay, except for the pump boat rental. People bring their food and make a day picnic. Roger and I walked around the island in waist deep water. It was interesting to see the back side. Make sure you wear footwear (I didn't!).

Island Tour Packages
Island hopping tours are offered by Roger through Torpedo Resort Hotel. This would not have happened if not for Torpedo Resort Hotel owners, Dr. Analiza Huerta and Roger Huerta. Thank you!!!

--- TheLoneRider

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To make arrangements for Cantilan's Island Tour, contact:

Roger HuertaRoger Huerta
Torpedo Resort Hotel
Smart: 0939.653.5047
Globe: 0927.452.3545

Cantilan Travel Tips and FYI

  • Cantilan Bank has an ATM accepting BancNet cards
  • lodging in Cantilan is more expensive than the national average, a fan room can cost you around P300

How to Get to Cantilan from Surigao City

  1. take a jeep or tricycle in Surigao City for the bus termial. The sign board should say "Terminal" or "Gaisano". 10 mins, P8
  2. Take a bus or van going to Tandag, but tell the conductor to drop you off Cantilan

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Reader Comments:

Khareen Linao
(Apr 3, 2014)Hello! Saw your blog about Cantilan. Been searching about it since last night and I hope you don't mind, do you have recommendations for Holy Week in Cantilan? Just curios if they also have a diving spot? Where to stay? and what to do? It'll be our first time in Cantilan with family and kiddies (family room) hehehe! Would love to hear from you soon. Thank you much!

Jose Nilbert Lamata
(Dec 6, 2013) Astig ng blog mo bro! Idol! I'm actually planning to visit Surigao Del Sur cause from what I've read in the internet, Surigao Del Sur has a lot to offer. And hindi lang puro beach. I love the outdoors that's why I want to visit. Any recommendations of places to visit? Yung tipong off the beaten path talaga. Thanks bro! Planning to go this weekend pala.

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