CAMBODIA | Hello there!

Siem Reap, Cambodia
September 2014

After the long bus ride that took us from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a short stop at Phnom Phen, we were finally at Siem Reap after a butt-numbing transit. By the time I laid on top of my sheets, I was reminded to send out a message, or proof of my still existence. Taking all the energy left in me, I posted a Facebook status saying, “Andito na po ako” with geotagging. Not very creative, and of obvious absence of pure joy but the transit took all the excitement to explore Cambodia out of me. I needed rest.

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CANTILAN | How To Get There

Cantilan is considered the “Cradle of Towns” in Surigao del Sur. The town has unspoiled beaches of gray and white sand, picturesque islands and islets, hills and rock formations, farmlands and green pasturelands, and forest areas with rare plants and animals. Here is a helpful  guide on how to get to Cantilan, Surigao del Sur via Butuan, Surigao, Hayangabon, and Davao City jump off.


BUTUAN – CANTILAN
Bus to Davao City & alight in Cantilan (4-5H)
Van (4.5 – 5.5H)

SURIGAO – CANTILAN
If you’re coming from Northern Mindanao: Read Here
Bus to Tandag City & alight in Cantilan (2H): 350PhP
Van (~2.5H)

HAYANGABON – CANTILAN
If you’re coming via Hayangabon Port: Read Here
Bus to Tandag City or Davao City & alight in Cantilan

DAVAO CITY – TANDAG CITY – CANTILAN
Bus to Tandag City, then transfer & take the van for Cantilan
Bus to Surigao (via Noventa Highway)

You might like to read more about Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur or  #TravelMindanao posts:
How to Get There  << you’re here.

 

CANTILAN | Beachside Stay at Cathe Pacific

 

Cathe Pacific is a beach-side cottage, and backpacker’s haven at Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur.This fenced property is located fronting the beach that gives you a homey feel than a visitor staying in. We were suppose to stay there only a couple of night but had to extend it after canceling Bucas Grande. We were fortunate that Cathe Duero of Cathe Pacific was kind to enough to accommodate us early than expected.

It’s a perfect place to stay when you’re doing island hopping, checking out the Jellyfish Cove, and Blue Lagoon if not to go surfing. It has enough open space fronting the cottage for camping out if you like,  or just enjoying a picnic.

It has a wide living, and dining area with a kitchen one can cook, and prepare meals at.  It has two bedrooms than can accommodate 4-5 people inside each, and shared bath, and comfort room. Electricity does not go off unless there is power interruption, and water supply for drinking, and bathing is available.

The beach has black but (surprisingly) fine sand, and the beach line is free from cottages, or any structures. I like how the lined up coconut trees frames the beach that way. The waves can be a bit harsh, and is ideal for surfing which is what draws people to this town. If kids are traveling with you, best that you always keep an eye on them.

CATHE PACIFIC
https://www.facebook.com/CathePacific
Bay – Bay Uno, 8317 Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
0916 787 2904

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CANTILAN | Unexpected Stay at a Surf Town

 

The wind howled as it woke me up from sleep. I looked at the window hoping to see light shining in, only to find darkness, and the signs of heavy rain in the water that then dripped indoors through the window pane. Super Typhon Haiyan’s first landfall had hit Surigao City that morning. My thoughts were of a possible travel destination cancelled, an extended stay at the city, or possibly if the roads allowed it head for home. We stayed at a friend’s home for an extra night at Surigao, and eventually headed for Bucas Grande when the weather cleared up.

We found ourselves traveling to Hayanggabon Port, Claver with the sun high up. We only saw glimpse of how massive the destruction Typhoon Hiayan had on televisions. At this point you may ask why we have not cancelled this travel project. We also asked the same, and came to a conclusion that we might as we trudge on for a reason that advocacies is only successful if the cause is kept alive, and if someone still believes on it.

 

We arrived at Hayangabon only to cancel the trip because the resort we were supposed to stay was also damaged by the typhoon. At this point we had series of calls from our parents asking us what the plans were. It was a good thing Glen knows of a friend who can accommodate us in for a few nights. All we needed a dry, and safe place to shake off tiredness, and assure our families back home that we were okay.

 

Cathe Pacific was the place that took us in, and sheltered us. When we got there, it was already late, and dark. It was pictch dark riding the pedicab sandwiched between sweaty bodies, and dusty backpacks. Good thing we bought enough provisions for the night before heading out to the place.

 

We woke up to grey clouds but it did not stop us from taking some coffee at the beach after a long walk along the beach line. Since none of us knew how to surf, and wasn’t so keen on trying it on those crazy waves — the sand, and sea became our playground. (Images from The Traveling Feet & IronWulf)

We bought additional provisions, and food supply at the local market. Glen was our head cook while the rest of us busied helping him in the kitchen. We were well fed thanks to him. And when you’ve lugged dirty clothes for a few days – you understand the importance of the concept of space. Especially when it’s been raining out, and you can’t find any dry place to hang your laundered clothes, and there’s seven of you doing it at the same time.

By the afternoon Jam, Doi, Ferdz, and I were looking for a decent place where we can check our emails, and work on pending workloads. We were walking along the road, and were looking out for a pedicab when a jeep pulled over, and gave us a ride to town. I have to say that the guy was a bit disappointed when he realized there was a guy with us.

Grateful, we asked to be dropped off at the town’s church, and from there we took a walk to the town plaza. Cantilan is a small town that you can find just about anything near the town plaza. But internet connection is a bit difficult to find. We entertained ourselves with stories, movie marathon, and some jokes told over preparing food for everyone.

There are other things that you can do at Cantilan, Surigao del Sur when good weather permits it. You can do Island Hopping; check out the Ayoke Island Marine Sanctuary; swim at the Jelly Fish Cove; and marvel at the Blue Lagoon. The best time to visit is during the Summer, and on October-September if you’re looking for good surf spots.

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BUCAS GRANDE | How To Get To Socorro, Surigao Del Norte

 

When you find yourself along the beach line of red sand, and the red to brown mountain tops that dots the landscape before it kisses the sky – you’re finally at the part of Surigao province where mining is second nature to breathing for the locals. But it is also where the jump off to the only place in Surigao province that mining is not allowed. Here is a detailed guide on how to get to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte, and to experience Bucas Grande, and more of what this island has to offer. You can find the details fitting if you’re entry point is either from these cities: Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Surigao, and even if you’re already at mainland Siargao Island.

Siargao Islands is a protected land, and seascape areas. It covers an area of 278,914 hectares , spread over 216,913 hectares of marine areas and 62,796 hectares of island territories. This includes the islands of Siargao , Bucas Grande , Middle Bucas , Bucas East , Hinatuan , La Janosa , Anahawan and Dako. This will come in handy if you’re coming from mainland Mindanao, and you’r eplanning to visit any of the islands.

 

Iligan City – Cagayan de Oro – Butuan City – Surigao City
Davao City – Surigao City
Read here: How to Get To Surigao City
Note: If you’re coming from Iligan, CDO, or Butuan City, and have no intention to touring Surigao City, you can drop off at

Surigao City – Hayangabon (Claver) Port
Van 120PhP
Travel Time: 45mins – 1H
Surigao City – – Hayangabon (Claver) Port
Bus 45 – 1H
Travel Time
Van 45mins – 1H
Travel Time

Hayangabon Port – Socorro
Regular Passenger Boat 100PhP
First trip – 11 AM, Second Trip – 4 PM
Socorro – Hayangabon Port
First Trip – 6 AM, Second Trip – 1 PM

Siargao Island – Socorro
Dapa Port – Socorro
Travel Time: 1H
First trip – around 7-8 AM, Second Trip – around 2 – 4 PM
Better visit the port early, or the day before to check of schedule, and availability of boat

SOHOTON RATES
If you’re planning to tour around Sohoton Area, here is a guide for rates, and fares for tours, and pump boat ride for your excursion.

Bucas Grande was supposedly a part of the #TravelMindanao travel project, unfortunately parts of the group of islands were affected by Bagyong Yolanda earlier on our trip. We decided to head to a little surf town Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, and stayed there for a few days. I was a bit down at not having to visit Socorro, Surigao Del Norte for Bucas Grande. A few months after it was a blessing to have been invited to experience their Tinalak Festival. So I am a believer in putting some dream in your heart, and mean it when you pray. He can move people to be the instrument of His blessing.

You might like to read the rest of the Socorro, Surigao Del Norte posts:

How To Get To Bucas Grande << you’re here
Where To Stay
Bucas Grande, & Tiktikan Lake
Tinalak Festival