Surigao del Norte Province

Written by Patrick


Surigao del Norte is a province in the Philippines located in the Caraga Region of Mindanao. Its capital is Surigao City. Surigao probably came from Spanish word Surgir, meaning swift water or current. With the division of Surigao into two provinces, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte, the municipality of Surigao became the capital of Surigao del Norte. It became a chartered City on August 31, 1970.


Surigao del Norte

Coordinates: 10°N 126°E


The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Surigao del Norte
10°N 126°E | View Map
Year Founded:
Surigao City
1,972.93 km2 (761.75 sq mi)
250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 20 Towns (Municipalities
North Surigaonon
(Paco Volcano) 524 m (1,719 ft)
Time Zone:
Zip Code:
Area code:
+63 -(086)-XXX-XXXX
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Second Class
60% Roman Catholic, 30% Iglesia Filipina Independiente, 10% Protestant
Surigaonon, Cebuano, Agusan, Mamanwa, English
Known For:
Major Industries:
Mining (iron, gold, silver, nickel, chromite, manganese, and copper), Agriculture (palay, banana, and coconut), Tourism
Best Time to Visit:
November, April, March, December, February
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):


The climate in this province has no pronounced dry season, receiving maximum rainfall from November to January.

Most places in the Philippines, including the tourists’ spots and provinces are most popular during the dry season, between November and April. At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best time to visit Surigao during the cooler months of December to February.  

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines


Surigao del Norte Province Map

The Surigao del Norte provinceis divided into 20 Municipalities and 1 Component city:

  • Alegria
  • Bacuag
  • Burgos
  • Claver
  • Dapa
  • Del Carmen
  • General Luna
  • Gigaquit
  • Mainit
  • Malimono
  • Pilar
  • Placer
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco (Anao-Aon)
  • San Isidro
  • Santa Monica (Sapao)
  • Sison
  • Socorro
  • Surigao City
  • Tagana-an
  • Tubod


There are 53 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Surigao del Norte which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Abanay Island
  • Alingkakajaw Island
  • Anahawan Island
  • Awasan Island
  • Bancuyo Island
  • Banluto
  • Basul Island
  • Bayagnan Island
  • Bilabid Island
  • Binoscogan Island
  • Caob Island
  • Casolian Island
  • Cobeta Island
  • Dahican Island
  • Daku Island
  • Danawan
  • East Bucas Grande
  • Halian Island
  • Hanigad Island
  • Hikdop Island
  • Hinatuan Island
  • Kabo
  • Kayap
  • La Januza Island
  • Lamagon Island
  • Laonan Island
  • Lapinigan Island
  • Load Island
  • Maanoc Island
  • Mahaba Island
  • Malinging Island
  • Mam-on
  • Masapelid Island
  • Middle Bucas Grande
  • Millari Island
  • Monte Island
  • Nabago Island
  • Nonoc Island
  • Panag Island
  • Poneas Island
  • Quilatongan Island
  • Raza Island
  • Siargao Island
  • Sibale Island
  • Small Tinago Island
  • Socorro
  • Sugbu Island
  • Sumilom
  • Tagana-an
  • Tinago Island
  • Tona


The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Surigao del Norte province:

  • Alegria Beach
  • Alingkakajaw Island
  • Basul Island
  • Battle of Surigao Strait Museum
  • Buenavista Cave
  • Caridad Beach
  • Cathedral of San Nicolas de Tolentino
  • Cloud 9 Surfing Tower
  • Coconut Trees View Deck
  • Dako Island
  • Day-Asan Floating Villages
  • General Luna Beach
  • Guyam Island
  • Hagukan Cave
  • Kabujuan Island
  • Lake Mainit
  • Mabua Pebble Beach
  • Magkukuob Cave
  • Magpaponko Swimming Hole
  • Magpupungko Beach
  • Mamon Island
  • Naked Island
  • Pamomoan Beach
  • Sagisi Island
  • Silop Multi-Caves
  • Sohoton Cove
  • Sohoton Lagoon
  • Songkoy Cold Spring
  • Tak Tak Falls
  • Tayangban Cave Pool
  • Tiktikan Lake

If you plan to visit the Province of Surigao del Norte, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:


The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Surigao del Norte throughout the year:

  • Sto. Niño de Bad-asay Fiesta (Surigao City) – January 14
  • Tinabangay Festival (Socorro) – February 22
  • Sakay-Sakay Abayan Festival (Surigao City) – June 1
  • Bilang-Bilang Abayan Festival – June 1
  • Sirong-sirong Festival -June 28-29
  • Tilaw Food Festival (Surigao City) – August 29-31
  • Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival (Surigao City) – September 10


The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Surigao del Norte province.

Where in the Philippines is Surigao del Norte located?
Surigao del Norte is located on northeastern tip of Mindanao.

Is Surigao del Norte a city or province?
Surigao del Norte is a province.

What is the Capital of Surigao del Norte?
The capital of Surigao del Norte is Surigao City.

What is Surigao del Norte famous or known for?
Surigao del Norte is famous or known for surfing.

How do I get to Surigao del Norte?
There are several ways to get to Surigao del Norte, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane to Surigao City | 3.5 hours | $58-$220
  • Plane to Siargao | 2.5 hours | $74-$260
  • Bus ferry | 45 hours | $32-$46

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Surigao del Norte?
There are 53 islands in the Surigao del Norte province.

What does Surigao mean?
Surigao is derived from the word suligao (“spring water”), likely referring to the Surigao River.

How Safe is Traveling in Surigao del Norte?
Surigao del Norte is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Surigao del Norte the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Surigao del Norte province is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines


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About the Author


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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