7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Chances are you have yet to hear about Dinagat Islands, but this tropical destination has a handful of destinations that are worth a look. (READ: From Davao City, make the trip to these 8 beautiful beaches)

Nearby destinations in the province include beaches that you can have to yourself. Feel the bone, white sand of Bita-og, Cab-ilan and Biray-biray beach between your toes. (READ: 8 beautiful white PH beaches perfect for barefoot walking

WHITE. Dinagat has a handful of bone, white sand beaches that sees very few tourists. Photo by Joshua Berida

WHITE. Dinagat has a handful of bone, white sand beaches that sees very few tourists.

Photo by Joshua Berida

The cerulean, glass-like waters of the beaches are enticing and refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. The teardrop-like limestone emerging out of the waters may remind you of Palawan’s landscape.

UNWIND. When there are few tourists, just kick back, relax and enjoy the beach. Photo by Joshua Berida

UNWIND. When there are few tourists, just kick back, relax and enjoy the beach.

Photo by Joshua Berida

How to get to Dinagat Islands: There are direct flights to Surigao City or the alternate stop in Butuan City. From Surigao City’s port, ride a ferry bound for Dinagat Islands. The ride to San Jose, Dinagat Islands is around P100 one-way.

Surigao del Sur

CASCADE. Tinuy-an Falls is a multi-tiered waterfalls and is a noteworthy destination in the province. Photo by Joshua Berida

CASCADE. Tinuy-an Falls is a multi-tiered waterfalls and is a noteworthy destination in the province.

Photo by Joshua Berida

Surigao del Sur is a beautiful province with many destinations to offer. For those who do not have much time to explore, Tinuy-an Falls and the Enchanted River in Bislig and Hinatuan are trips you can take.

Tinuy-an Falls is 95m wide and 55m high; the curtain like waterfalls is a major attraction in the region, with many locals visiting from nearby provinces, other than tourists coming from Manila. The curtain-like waterfalls has three levels; visitors may also ride a raft to get a massage as the water cascades on them. There is a fee of P50 to enter the waterfalls.

The Enchanted River gets its moniker because of the mystery and folklore surrounding it. Its deep blue or sometimes emerald color makes it a huge draw. (READ: The enchanting blue river of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

The river’s clear quality creates an illusion that the water is shallow, but once you jump in, it appears endless. There is a fee of P30 to enter the river premises.

ENCHANTING. The crowds keep coming because of the clearness and blueness of Enchanted River. Photo by Joshua Berida

ENCHANTING. The crowds keep coming because of the clearness and blueness of Enchanted River.

Photo by Joshua Berida

How to get to the waterfalls and river: There are direct flights to Butuan City, your first stop. From the city, ride a non-air con bus bound for Bislig for approximately P250 one-way.

Make sure to tell the conductor you want to alight at Mangagoy, the jump-off point to Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls. From Bislig, you can rent a habal-habal for around P350 round trip to visit the waterfalls.

To get to the river, ride a bus bound for Hinatuan for P55 one-way from Mangagoy; at the station, you can rent a motorbike with driver for around P300 round trip.

Mindanao has a diverse landscape, from the highest peak of Mt. Apo to the rolling hills surrounding Maguindanao and the cascading waterfalls of Asik-Asik to the placid waters of Lake Sebu.

The beauty of the region is veiled by the perceived fear of people who have never been there. A trip to the island’s many provinces will inspire a sense of wonder and discovery for those willing to go on an adventure. – Rappler.com

Joshua Berida is a full time writer, part-time wanderer with insatiable wanderlust. He plans his next trip during a current one. He plans on exploring the Philippines and beyond. Read about his adventures on thewanderingjuan.net