Provinces

Surigao del Sur Province

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Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Surigao del Sur is a province in the Philippines located in the Caraga Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Tandag City. Surigao del Sur is one of the suppliers of rice, bananas and other tropical fruits. Copper, chromite, and silver are also found here. Marine and aquaculture are abundant in the province, being a primary livelihood of the inhabitants as the province is well known for producing seafood and sea by-products.

LOCATION

Surigao del Sur

Coordinates: 8°40′N 126°00′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Surigao del Sur
Location:
8°40′N 126°00′E View Map
Year Founded:
1960
Capital:
Tandag
Area:
4,932.70 km2 (1,904.53 sq mi)
Population:
642,300
Density:
120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
2 Component cities, 17 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
South Surigaoan
Elevation:
(Mount Diwata) 553 m (1,814 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
8300–8318
Area code:
+63 -(086)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
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).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
60% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Surigaonon, Kamayo, Cebuano, Agusan, English
Known For:
Enchanted River
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, banana), Mining (copper, gold, chromite, cobalt, nickel, and lead zinc), Marine
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
May, November. March, April
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Seaport(s):
Tandag Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province falls under Type II climate of the Philippines, characterized by rainfall distributed throughout the year, although there is a distinct rainy season which begins from the month of November and ends in March. However, the climatic behavior of the province for the past few years has shown variations wherein the onset of the rainy seasons no longer occurs on the usual time. Months with low rainfall are from July to October with September as the driest month. Wet months are from November to June with January as the wettest month.

Any time of the year is good (except during the rainy season, that is around May to November). Summer would be ideal (especially the months of March and April) but expect a lot of people in the area. If you’re traveling from Davao City, then calculate your travel time well.

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

CITIES & TOWNS

Surigao del Sur Province Map

The Surigao del Sur province is divided into 17 Municipalities and 2 Component Cities:

  • Barobo
  • Bayabas
  • Bislig
  • Cagwait
  • Cantilan
  • Carmen
  • Carrascal
  • Cortes
  • Hinatuan
  • Lanuza
  • Lianga
  • Lingig
  • Madrid
  • Marihatag
  • San Agustin
  • San Miguel
  • Tagbina
  • Tago
  • Tandag
 

ISLANDS

There are 9 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Surigao del Sur which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Ayuki Island
  • General Island
  • Huyamao Island
  • Ludguron Island
  • Mahaba Island
  • Mancahorom Island
  • Maowa Island
  • Mawes Island
  • Tigdos Islandk
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Asinan Beach
  • Ayoke Island
  • Banbow Cave
  • Bao-Bao Falls
  • Bislig Baywalk
  • Bogac Cold Spring
  • Britania Islands
  • Cagwait White Beach
  • Canlumawag Falls
  • Delot Cave
  • Enchanted River
  • Forester’s Park
  • Green Falls
  • Hagonoy Island
  • Hinayagan Cave
  • International Doll House
  • Lake 77
  • Lawigan Beach
  • Libuacan Cold Spring
  • Magkawas Falls
  • Malinawa Cool Spring
  • Mangkagangi Island
  • Mendezona Falls
  • Palaran Caves
  • San Agustin’s Church
  • San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral
  • Sarsoza Ponta Cave
  • Sian Falls
  • Tinuy-an Falls
  • Twin Islands of Linungao
 

FESTIVALS

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

  • Kaliguan Festival (Cagwait) – June 21-25
  • Pahinungod Festival (Carrascal) – July 15
  • Sirong Festival (Cantilan) – August
  • Lanuza International Surfing Festival (Lanuza) – 4th week of November

FAQs

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

Where in the Philippines is Surigao del Sur located?
Surigao del Sur is located along the northeastern coast of Mindanao.

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

What is the Capital of Surigao del Sur?
The capital of Surigao del Sur is Tandag.

What is Surigao del Sur famous or known for?
Surigao del Sur is famous or known for Enchanted River.

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

  • Plane to Surigao | 4 hours | $58-$220
  • Plane to Butuan | $52-$190 + Bus to Surigao | $3-$6
  • Bus ferry | 45 hours | $32-$46

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How many islands are in Surigao del Sur?
There are 9 islands in Surigao del Sur 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 Sur?
Surigao del Sur is mostly safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Surigao del Sur the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Surigao del Sur 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

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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