Suggested Itinerary for N.E. Mindanao Road Trip (Bucas Grande, Tinuy-an Falls, Enchanted River, & Butuan City)


Day 1 (travel to Surigao del Norte)

730am – flight to Butuan City (1.5 hours)
9am – arrive at Butuan City
914am – van to Surigao City (3 hours)
1215pm – arrive at Surigao City Port

1245pm – ferry to Socorro Port (approx. 2.5 hours)
330pm – arrive at Socorro Port
4pm – lunch
5pm – check-in at lodging house
730pm – dinner


Day 2 (Bucas Grande)

630am – off for island hopping
7am – arrive at Bucas Grande Guard House
730am – bfast
830am – explore Sohoton Cove
– Sohoton Cove
– Bolitas Cave
– Crystal Cave
– Hagukan Cave
1115am – end of Sohoton Cove tour
1120am – off to Tiktikan Lake

1130am – boating at Tiktikan Lake
130pm – lunch & swim at Cinnamon Island
230pm – visit Club Tara
330pm – leave for Socorro Port (waves are more restless in the afternoon)
– pass by Hidden Resort
4pm – arrive at Socorro Port
5pm – dinner


Day 3 (travel to Surigao del Sur)

430am – buy ferry tickets
540am – ferry to Surigao City (approx. 2.5 hours)
810am – arrive at Surigao City Port
815am – trike to Surigao Bus Terminal
830am – buy bfast to go
850am – arrive at Bus Terminal
854am – bus to Butuan (2.5 hours)
1130am – arrive Butuan Bus Terminal
1135am – buy lunch to go

12nn – van to Bislig City (3.5 hours)
330pm – arrive at Mangagoy, Bislig City
350pm – check-in at pension house
5pm – go around Bislig City
530pm – dinner


Day 4 (Tinuy-an Falls & Enchanted River)

645am – off to Tinuy-an Falls (45 mins)
750am – arrive at Tinuy-an Falls
830am – bfast
1050am – back to Mangagoy, Bislig City
1150am – van to Hinatuan, Bislig City (45 mins)

1250nn – arrive at Hinatuan Enchanted River
2pm – boating
Tinago River
Sabadan Fish Cage
Pangasinan White Sand
3pm – end of boating
4pm – van back to Mangagoy
5pm – arrive at Mangagoy
530pm – dinner


Day 5 (Butuan City)

410 – bus to Butuan City (5 hours)
9am – arrive at Butuan Bus Terminal
915am – brunch
10am – check-in at hotel
11am – pasalubong (gifts) shopping

1pm – Butuan Historical Tour
National Balanghai Museum
Bequibel Shell Midden
Balanghai Shrine
5pm – dinner
6pm – back to hotel


Day 6

730am – trike to airport
740am – buy bfast to go
8am – arrive airport
930am – flight to Manila
11am – arrive at Manila
12nn – taxi to office



Update: We booked our tickets before we finalized our destination on this trip. For those who wish to copy our itinerary, you could book Manila-Surigao and Butuan-Manila to lessen travel time.





~ by Happy Sole on November 8, 2011.

29 Responses to “Suggested Itinerary for N.E. Mindanao Road Trip (Bucas Grande, Tinuy-an Falls, Enchanted River, & Butuan City)”

  1. wow, it was a long trip! Can’t wait to see the pictures! 😀

  2. hindi ko yata kakayanin ang ganyang katagal na bakasyon… else I might receive a memo for leaving work.

    • para-paraan lang yan. hehehe i only filed 2 days leave for this trip. work one saturday and spend a few hours more each day before the scheduled trip. voila, no need to file a long vacation. 🙂

  3. Butuan pala dapat, hindi Surigao mismo. abangan ko series na to! =)

    • pwede rin Manila-Surigao, then Butuan-Manila. Malapit ang Bucas Grande sa Surigao, while malapit ang Hinatuan Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls sa Butuan. nauna kasi namin nabili ang plane tickets namin before we made the itinerary. the thing with choosing Butuan is that you have the option of going to Bucas Grande or Camiguin or even Davao. 🙂 same lang ang distance nila. well, almost. 🙂

  4. great info! sa tingin mo ba ok lang magdala ng 7 month old baby, 6 yo and 3 yo kids sa bucas grande tour? buong pamilya kasi kami planong pupunta 🙂

    • i’m a little bit uneasy about bringing small kids for the Sohoton Cove/Bucas Grande tour.. first of all, the waves are unusually restless, which is normal in those parts. second, the tour will involve mostly caves, which scare even the adults. if you plan on just staying in the resort, pwede siguro.

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  6. Hello, thanks for this info! 🙂 We will be there this coming june via Butuan airport. We plan to visit tinuy-an falls, enchanted river and britannia. However, we really have no idea kung pano at gano kalayo yung mga places I just read na may bus daw doon na laging may byahe throughout the day. Nde ba mahirap pag ganon? Were you able to arrange the transpo prior your trip? We also plan to go to bucas grande sana but it seems malayo iyun sa mga pupuntahan namin. KIndly give me the info of the transpo/inns/pension house, etc. na ini-stayan nyo so we could make prior arrangements im so concerned sa trip namin coz i’ll be travelling with kids (5 and 1y.o.). Thank you in advance happysole 🙂

  7. I cut n paste ur blog to my FB account for added info regarding the place, we’re going to surigao nxt month. SAlamat po. aprille

    • no problem! 🙂 just include a link back to my blog for credit. 🙂 thanks!

      let me know if you have questions. i’ve been too busy to write about our trip.

  8. Hi! magkano expenses nyo sa trip? and ilan kayo? thank you! :))

  9. hi, ask ko lang, di ba 12noon ang last trip ng mga ferry sa Hayanggabon port going to Bucas Grande? natuloy ba yung day 1 itinerary mo?

    • yes.. those listed were real time. if you noticed, we arrived at the port at around 12nn, but left at already 1245pm. the boats do not follow the schedule. they instead wait until it is full. 🙂

  10. i see. pwede pa pala kami humabol. we have the same flight in butuan. another question, yung van from butuan dumerecho ng hayanggabon port? san makikita or makakakuha ng van na yun? how much fare?

    • Noong pumunta kami, meron van to Surigao City sa labas lang ng airport sa Butuan. Pwede nyo pakiusapan na hatid kayo sa Surigao City Port/Hayanggabon Port. As far as i can remember, yun ang ginawa namin kaya nahabol namin ang last trip ng ferry. Hope this helps! Good Luck & Enjoy! 🙂

  11. When is the best time to travel to enchanted river? Is it okay to bring a 6 month old baby with us? We really want to visit the place kaso I’m not sure if it is suitable for the baby. I hope I can get replies. Thanks!

    – Q

  12. hi! we have the same case. sa sobrang excitement kumuha agad kami ng ticket without searching the exact location of enchanted river. all we know is that, it is in Surigao. But when I researched it, I found out na malayo pala ang Surigao del Norte sa Hinatuan. Now, Im having a problem as to where and how to go in Enchanted River kasi mostly ng nababasa ko ang route nila ay Butuan. good thing, I read your blog.. Id like to ask for your help about our trip on how to go there if our route is Surigao del Norte, we dont want to waste the tickets from Manila to Surigao. And another good thing is that.. one way ticket pa lang nabibili namin. Like you, our plan since the best way is Butuan, is to buy tickets from Butuan to Manila naman. I hope you could help us. Thanks =)

    • hello! definitely use those tickets! 🙂 you can do Manila-Surigao & Butuan-Manila. your question is how to get to Enchanted River from Surigao, right? first you need to get to Butuan. We took the bus (approx 2.5 hours). At the Butuan Bus Terminal, there are vans heading to Bislig. You should get off at Mangagoy. In Mangagoy, you can rent a van to get to Hinatuan (approx 45 mins). There’s no other way, but through Butuan. I hope that answers your question.

  13. Hm lahat ng gastos sir..

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