Bucas Grande

Siargao: The 3 Hidden Gems of Bucas Grande Islands and Sohoton Cave

Honestly, I’ve never heard of Bucas Grande Island before I googled places for our Siargao itinerary. And as from the google photos I saw, I’m amazed of the thick evergreen islets, amazingly clear water, sting less jellyfish you can touch, and of course, the famous beautiful Club Tara. And I wonder why I didn’t know this place before. How many more hidden paradise is still waiting to discover? Without even reading a single blog to what to expect, I hopped into a 3 hour-boat ride to Bucas Grande.

READ:ย A NON-SURFERโ€™S TRAVEL GUIDE AND DIY ITINERARY TO SIARGAO

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After 3 hours boat ride!


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It’s a gloomy weather for us. Pero PUSH.


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Aside from the beautiful nature, here’s what you can find in Sohoton.

HOW TO GO TO BUCAS GRANDE

Bucas Grande is between Siargao Island and Surigao Del Norte. If you’re coming from Siargao, there are boat rentals that offer Bucas Grande day tour in General Luna. But if you’re coming from Surigao, boats to Bucas Grande is available in Hayanggabon Port which is almost 2 hours away from Surigao City. Since our flight is in Butuan, we decided to drop by Bucas Grande before we return to mainland Mindanao.

BOAT RENTAL: SIARGAO – BUCAS GRANDE (VICE VERSA)
KUYA LOYDING (09270289197) – P4,000
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The fees as of Feb 2017

We traveled for almost 3 hours until we reached the Socorro’s municipal tourism office. You’ll never missed it out since it is a large villa with blue roof in the middle of the water. We arrived around 9 AM and paid P2,080 (for 6 person) for the Sohoton Cove tour plus Jellyfish Sanctuary. We ate our breakfast (pancit canton) first because Sohoton Cove can only be access in low tide.

P.S They only cater 400 tourists for a day in a first come first serve basis. So you might want to hit the sea at 5:30 AM.

SOHOTON COVE

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Kasilaw mga bes

Around 10 AM, we started our Sohoton Cove tour. We were given a boat and two local guides. (who take videos and photos well) Sohoton came from Cebuano so-oton which mean to pass through a small opening. I didn’t understand it at first until we are in the entrance where we need to duck, cover and hold (Nux, Earthquake drill) because of the low-ceiling cavern. It’s a literal Narnia!! Check out my travel video to see!

So our first stop, Hagukan Cave

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“You have to hold your breath for 8 seconds”

The water is still high and the ceiling of the cave’s entrance has sharp stones so we had no choice but to hold our breath and swim below. I’m not a diver so I asked the guide to just drag me underwater. But boy, it’s the longest 8 seconds of my life. And all of that for a bio-luminescent azure water. Since the water is still high, the cave is still dark and it’s just perfect to see how the water glows in every ripple.

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This photo can’t justify how amazing it is. But you can focus on the water ripples.


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The water went down a few minutes so we don’t need to dive again to exit the cave.

Second stop, Magkukuob Cave.

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Magkukuob Cave is a diving cave. The water is waist deep inside but we were instructed to squat walk (is this even a word, just refer to the picture haha) in a train position. (I’m bad at descriptions!) It is dark inside and you’ll only depend on your guide and his flashlight to see the crystal draperies and stalagmites. If you wanted to dive, you need to trek some slippery rocks and hold tight for your dear life.ย The rocks are slippery and sharp, so it’s better if you’re wearing water socks to protect your feet and life in case of slipping.

When you reach the top, you need to climb down a somehow muddy man-made stair to the diving platform.

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Here’s the diving board.It doesn’t look high but it is. And after all the diving, I think I’m not scared of jumping anymore.


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After gazillion photos, di pa rin tumatalon yung isa naming kasama. haha char

3rd Stop, Jellyfish Sanctuary!

The Jellyfish Sanctuary is not inside Sohoton Cove. We bid farewall to this hidden cove and proceed to our last activity.

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Floating office and terminals are a thing here.

From Sohoton Cove, we were brought to a floating paddleboat terminal. One paddle boat can only accommodate one person. You can choose to paddle along with the boatman or not. I did though but I think I’m of no use so I just entertained manong with my Siargao stories. (and he told me about Lovi Poe’s visit here lol) After 20 minutes of paddling, we arrived at the stingless jellyfish sanctuary.

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Just keep paddling. Just keep paddling.


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Welcome to the stingless jellyfish sanctuary! (The water is a little low already so we need to carry our boat.)

We were informed that it is their mating season so most of them are in the bottom of the lagoon. But there are still some who greeted us. The stingless jellyfish are yellow and soft. (Like what Dory said SQUISHY!!) You can touch them but NEVER EVER lift them up the water. And since we’re lucky, we saw the translucent jellyfish as well. Guides told us that the whole lagoon is filled with jellyfish during April-May.


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We went for a race because it is our last activity before we head home.

Other Bucas Grande Gems to visit

Club Tara credits to Travelbook.PH

  • Club Tara (Day Tour- P20 / Overnight Stay – Book here!)
  • Cinnamon and Marka-a Island
  • Tiktikan Lake
  • Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park

This whole Bucas Grande experience is out of my comfort zone. I’m not really that good with water and water activities scares me. Not seeing the bottom of where I’m swimming freaks me. Somehow after this trip, I realized that everything is just in my head. And I think I’m braver.

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Siargao Buddies!

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Heading to Siargao soon?

Click the image on the left for a detailed island travel guide that will help you more.

Or have been to Bucas Grande already?

We can share tips, experience and guides in the comment section below!

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9 Comments. Leave new

  • That’s amazing! It’s always good to try new experiences and to push yourself to experience something that you fear ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • The Hagukan Cave looks really interesting! Kinda reminds me of our Underground River experience. And I agree, the photos aren’t really enough to do justice. Philippines is just soooo beautiful and we’re so lucky to be inhabiting this paradise!

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    • I wanted to go to Palawan nga because they have the most beautiful lagoons nga daw here in PH. Philippines is so beautiful and I’m just praying that our system will be din someday.

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  • Nasa bucket list ko na yung Siargao because of your entries and Renee’s. I hope mapuntahan ko yan this year or kahit next year. Sobrang ganda ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Hiโ˜บ๏ธ, ginawa nyo ba lahat ng activities as mentioned above in one day? san kau nagbook for the tour? Thanks

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    • Hello Lyn,
      We did yung Sohoton tour lang from 9AM to 1PM. Yung mga under others activities, we didn’t. Then yung tour is dun na mismo because it is handled by the tourism office dun. We just hired a boat to bring us sa Sohoton from Siargao.

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