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

Honestly, I 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 by the thick evergreen islets, amazingly clear water, stingless jellyfish you can touch, and of course, the famous beautiful Club Tara. And I wondered why I didn’t know about this place before, given that I love searching for beautiful places. How many more hidden paradise is still waiting to discover? Without even reading a single blog to what to expect, I hopped into a three-hour boat ride to Bucas Grande from Siargao.

READ: A NON-SURFER’S TRAVEL GUIDE AND DIY ITINERARY TO SIARGAO
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After 3 hours boat ride!


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It was gloomy but 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 main island. If you’re coming from Siargao, there are boat rentals that offer the 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  – 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 miss it out since it is a large villa with a blue roof in the middle of the sea. We arrived around 9 AM and paid P2,080 (for six people) for the Sohoton Cove tour plus Jellyfish Sanctuary. We ate our pancit canton breakfast first because we can’t enter Sohoton Cove until it’s low tide.

P.S They only cater 400 tourists for a day on 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 rode a motorboat with two local guides who take videos and photos well. Sohoton came from Cebuano so-oton, which means to pass through a small opening. I didn’t understand it at first until we were in the entrance, where we need to duck, cover, and hold because of the low-ceiling cavern. It’s a literal Narnia! Then, I understood why we need to wait for low tide.

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 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 was. 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 was 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 was 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. The stones were wet and sharp, so it’s better if you’re wearing water socks to protect your feet and survival in case of slipping.

When you reach the top, you need to climb down a somehow muddy human-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

Jellyfish Sanctuary

The Jellyfish Sanctuary is not inside Sohoton Cove. We bid farewell 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 went 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. 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.)

February turned out to be their mating season, so most of them are at 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 above the water. And since we’re lucky, we saw the translucent jellyfish as well. Guides told us that the best time to go from April to May where all the jellyfish are floating.


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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 that good with water, and water activities scare me. The fact that I can’t see 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.

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10 Comments. Leave new

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

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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 🙂

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  • Hi☺️, 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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  • Norma A Robertson
    February 8, 2020 7:48 pm

    I Never Visited Philippine But very Much Interested to have a journey Like these especially Boat Ride . thanks For Your Article Sharing With us

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