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Dipping at Silop Spring in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur May 16, 2013

Dipping at Silop Spring in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

GPS waypoint: N9 13.033 E126 02.756
Location: Brgy. Gamuton, Municipality of Lanuza, Province of Surigao del Sur

Spring Features
Silop Spring and Campamento Cave are beside each other. It's best to see the cave first and cleanse after at Silop Spring. That's what I did. The spring is the source of a stream that forms to take the water out to sea. The dipping area at the source is roundish, about 30 feet in diameter, the deepest about 5 feet at the source. The water is clean, potable and refreshing, specially on a hot day. Locals frequent this place.

map location Silop Spring

One of Many Gems
With Surigao del Sur's coastal area flanked by the mountain and the sea (there is no flood plain), it is blessed with an abundance of natural bounties - springs, clean rivers, caves, coral reef, etc. Silop Spring is one such gem.

Many thanks to the Lanuza Tourism Office for arranging this for me. Thank you Albert!

--- TheLoneRider

ps - If you want me to objectively cover the features of your city or municipality or barangay for this website (fiesta, waterfall, mountain trail, lake, river, cave, food, islands, beach, etc.), email me.

How to Get to Silop Spring from Lanuza Town Proper

  1. take a jeep or bus bound for Cantilan or Surigao (going north) and ask to be dropped off at the junction for Silop Spring (or Campamento Cave), P8, 5 mins. Or, you can hire a motorcycle to take you straight there. Or, go to the Tourism Office to make arrangments
  2. at the junction, you can walk it, about 15 mins, no fees

Travel Tip:

  1. bring lotsa cash. There is no bank here. Others had to go to the next big city (no joking matter) just to replenish on cash
  2. fyi, internet is slow and only 3 commercial establishments have wifi - Priz Cafe, Surf Camp and 'Tagalog'

How to Get to Lanuza

  1. from Tandag - at the Balilahan Terminal in Tandag, board any jeep or bus bound for Surigao or Cantilan. Get off at Lanuza (market), P50 jeep, 1 hour 20 mins.
  2. from Surigao City - take any Bachelor Bus going to Tandag, vans can go straight to Lanuza
  3. from Butuan City - go to the bus terminal and board any bus bound for Tandag. From Butuan airport, there is a van going to Lanuza
  4. from Davao City - take a bus going to Tandag and from Tandag, take bus or jeep going to Cantilan (or Surigao) but get off at Lanuza

Attractions in Lanuza and nearby area

  1. surfing - beach break, reef breaks, great for hard core surfers, great for beginners too, surf competition mid-November
  2. Campamento Cave and Silop Spring (N9 13.033 E126 02.756)* - N9 12.978 E126 02.743, stalactites and interesting rock formation, P500/3pax tour package
  3. Magkawas Falls and Green Paradise* - N9 14.995 E126 06.936, great for taking a dip, photo op and just communing with nature, P450/pax, max of 5 pax for guided tour
  4. River Cruise and Firefly Watching* - P650/4 pax, includes boat, guide and dinner
  5. Lanuza Marine Park and Sanctuary - N 09 15.279 E 126 06.753, fish spawning area, view deck overlooking Lanuza Bay, coffee at the Sanctuary Cafe
  6. Mangrove Forest - protected habitat for fish breeding
  7. Lanuza Ancestral Home - built in 1898, the structure is well preserved and still functional
  8. Lanuza Boulevard - take a stroll at sundown and catch the breathtaking sunset
  9. Punta Beach - taller waves for more experienced surfers
  10. Hubason River - located in Carmen, but only 15 mins away from Lanuza

* contact Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer at 0939.916.9512 or email at lgu.lanuza@yahoo.com

Homestay Sites in Lanuza
(in May 23, 2013, a request has been made to Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer, for the individual telephone numbers of these homestays)

  • Babac Bungalows - accommodation, surfing and yoga
  • Mami's Surf Haus - N9 13.932 E126 03.475, aka Avelina Rosil, P200/pax dormitory, 0919.923.9007
  • Ma. Karissa Julve - N9 14.004 E126 03.492
  • Offshore - fronting beach
  • Valspeak - fronting beach
  • Bamboo Homestay -
  • Twain Homestay - N9 14.009 E126 03.468
  • Elizalde Homestay -
  • Raymond Cubero -
  • Susa Orozco -
  • Fedila Ariate -
  • Poktoy Palm Haven -
  • Lanuza Pastoral Center -
  • Inday Dina - N9 13.954 E126 03.541, cell 0949.673.2121
  • 3E Lodge -
  • Priz Babak Beach Resort -
  • Surf Lanuza Training -
  • Surf Camp - N9 14.126 E126 03.674, fronting beach, P150/pax non a/c, P1200/room/2pax a/c
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Reader Comments:

Jake MirandaJake Miranda
(June 14, 2013) I'd like to ask about Silop Spring in Lanuza. We have a scheduled dive there. I saw your blog about it. Is the source hole big enough for a person to get in?

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
"Is the source hole big enough for a person to get in?" -- Jake Miranda
(June 14, 2013) Acording to the tourism office, they are developing the spring right now. The diameter will be ascertained once the work is done. It's not clear when.

Aris SorianoAris Soriano
(May 21, 2013) How was the surf Git? Mid Nov or the start of monsoon season (june-july) the town comes alive with surfers! Sarap dyan!

May 16, 2013

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