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Swimming at Hubason River in Carmen, Surigao del Sur May 18, 2013

Swimming at Hubason River in Carmen, Surigao del Sur

GPS waypoint: N9 12.494 E126 00.752
Location: Brgy. San Vicente, Municipality of Carmen, Province of Surigao del Sur

Too Familiar
I was informed of Hubason by the high school girls I met at the Sanctuary yesterday. With my last remaining days in Lanuza, I had to see it. After asking around, I got mixed reviews - that it's just a river, that it's beautiful, etc. In my experience, locals know their backyard too well, they take it for granted. Even though everyone from Lanuza knows about it, not everyone has been there.

map location Hubason Recreational Haven

Some River!
Yes, Hubason is a river, but whoa! What a river for swimming. It's not too far from Lanuza - just 15 minutes. Most of the river has big rocks that make it ideal for rafting if the water is high (no, rafting is not offered), but the swim area is clear of any big rock. It's about as wide and 2x the rectangular length of a basketball court tha's open for swimming from shallow to about 7 feet. It even has a diving board! The water is clean, refreshing and invigorating. Tables can be rented at P30. There's even lodging.

Ending Thoughts
Overall, it's just amazing to have this gem of a place for wholesome recreation. But this is just one of so many natural attractions dotting up the Surigao coastline.

--- TheLoneRider

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How to Get to Hubason River from Lanuza

  1. take a jeep or bus bound for Cantilan or Surigao (going north) and ask to be dropped off at Carmen, by the church, P10, 10 mins.
  2. at the church, hire a single motorcycle to Hubason, dirtroad, P20 one way, 5 mins.


  • entrance fee - P5 adults, P2 kids
  • picnic table - P30
  • lodging - P300/room for one person (bed is too narrow for 2 pax)

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

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

(along the Surigao coastline from Surigao City to Surigao del Sur)

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