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Welcome to Caraga Region

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ABOUT

Caraga Administrative Region is located in the northeastern section of Mindanao. It comprises of five provinces and six cities with the City of Butuan as the regional administrative center.

Location

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Best Time to Visit

For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.

Fast Facts

Area: 21,478.35 km² (8,292 mi²)

Population: 2,596,709

Density: 129/km2

Regional Center: Butuan

Languages: Cebuano; Surigaonon/Tandaganon; Butuanon; Kamayo; Manobo; other minority languages

Provinces: 

REGION 13 – Caraga Region

PROVINCELAND AREA KM2POPULATION
Agusan del Norte3,546.86691,566
Agusan del Sur9,989.52700,653
Dinagat Islands1,036.34127,152
Surigao del Norte1,972.93485,088
Surigao del Sur4,932.70592,250
Total
21,478.352,596,709

Cities: (6) Bayugan; Bislig; Butuan; Cabadbaran; Surigao City; Tandag

Barangays: 1,311

Major Industries:

  • Crops (Palay, corn, banana, coconut, abaca, soybeans, coffee)
  • Aqua Culture
  • Forest Products
  • Mining
  • Handicrafts and Furnitures
  • Minerals (Gold, silver, copper, nickel, chromite)

Getting Here

The best way to get to Caraga depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.

The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.

AIRPORTS

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BUS TERMINALS

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SEAPORTS

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Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available in this region. 

Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

ACCOMMODATION
FOOD
TRANSPORTATION
ATTRACTIONS
AVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget
Accommodation: $7
Food: $5
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $20
Average Daily Cost: $37
Mid-Range
Accommodation: $30
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $80
Luxury
Accommodation: $70
Food: $30
Transportation: $15
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $145
 

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SEE & DO 

  • Balangay Shrine Museum
  • Branza Church
  • Britania Islands
  • Calo Horse Farm
  • Enchanted River
  • Mabua Pebble Beach
  • Tinuy-an Falls

EAT & DRINK

  • Biko(Surigao del Sur)
  • Dried pijanga (Surigao del Norte)
  • Fish tinola (Surigao del Sur)
  • Freshwater fish (Agusan del Sur)
  • Fruit wines (Agusan del Sur)
  • Gigaquit Rhum (Surigao del Norte)
  • Grilled seafood (Dinagat Islands)
  • Kilawin (Agusan del Norte)
  • Kinilaw (Surigao del Norte)
  • Laksoy (Agusan del Norte)
  • Lechon manok (Dinagat Islands)
  • Nilupak(Surigao del Sur)
  • Palagsing (Agusan del Norte)
  • Pao (Agusan del Norte)
  • Poot poot ginamos (Surigao del Norte)
  • Puto(Surigao del Sur)
  • Root crops (Dinagat Islands)
  • Sayongsong (Surigao del Norte & Surigao del Sur)
  • Tumpi (Agusan del Norte)

WHERE TO STAY

Where to Stay in Caraga Region

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

  • Bilang-Bilang Abayan Festival
  • Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival
  • Bugkosan sa Isla
  • Kaliguan Festival
  • Lanuza International Surfing Festival
  • Naliyagan Festival
  • Pahinungod Festival
  • Sakay-Sakay Abayan Festival
  • Sirong Festival
  • Sirong-sirong Festival
  • Sto. Niño de Bad-asay Fiesta
  • Tilaw Food Festival
  • Tinabangay Festival

WHAT’S NEARBY

READ MORE: 17 Regions of the Philippines (with map)

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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