World-class surfing beach, a blue lagoon, a mysterious 100-year old tree, marsh wildlife sanctuary, unique caves, strange rock formations, a magic whirlpool, breath-taking falls, a scenic Britannia island, and a “Jurassic Park.”
The above are just some of the things to see in an eco-tourist destination in Mindanao, called the Caraga region. The place is being specially spruced up for tourism by some private groups and local governments of several Mindanao provinces.
Local government agencies, like the regional eco-tourism and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, identified the 127 eco-tourist destinations and are prodding local and foreign tourists to take a good long look at these paradises.
Caraga includes the provinces of Agusan north and south, Surigao north and south, Bislig, and Butuan. Most of the tourist spots are in Butuan.
Surfing tournaments are held yearly in General Luna, Dapa town, in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte. The tilts are for locals and foreigners. Here, visitors and competitors alike get to enjoy the playful winds and waves from the sea conducive to the sport. Of course, not to mention the spectacular, unspoiled beaches and the homey tourist inns.
The marsh wildlife sanctuary in Agusan, a full 19,196.588 hectares stretching on the shores of 6 municipalities, is frequented by tourists. Marsh lands in the country used to be in a dire state due to rampant human spoilage. But stepped up government and private efforts have rendered several marsh wildlife areas fully rejuvenated and defiantly tourist-worthy, like the Agusan sanctuary.
Marsh lands are vital to keep marine life, especially the endangered, thriving and propagating. Marine life survives in natural habitats, such as marsh wildlife areas. The Agusan marsh wildlife is teeming with tropical marine life mostly unseen in other parts of the world.
To name some more southern wonders; the famous Sohoton cave is in Bucas Grande, Socorro town, Surigao del Norte. An interesting natural sculptured rock formation, called the Punta Calabera, is in Catadman. Another natural rock formation is in Zaragoza and the magic whirlpool in Bitaugan are both in Surigao City.
Several other tourist destinations in other parts of Agusan and Surigao, north and south, await discovery, harnessing, and promotion. These, too, are being conserved and protected by businessmen and local government units.
The tourist sites in Mindanao are accessible anytime of the day and night through land trips, except in Siargao Island where travel is more than an hour via sea craft.
Mindanao is a Philippine haven for astonishing, albeit, curious natural picturesque spots many of which are unequalled in the world. Caraga is one region among many that vividly illustrates this tourism fact—combining beauty, challenge, and mystery.