I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed. – Avery Sawyer I have always nurtured the thought of living in a postcard beachfront property. With coconut trees providing shade and powdery white sand covering the shore, it should be blissful. Setting my feet on Hiyor-Hiyoran Island, part of Britania Group of Islands and Islets, my imaginations flooded. Hiyor-Hiyoran Island is indeed that dream turned into reality. A mound of hill covered with lush trees and vegetation, Hiyor-Hiyoran Island has aRead More →

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur is an island incomparable to its neighbors in Britania Group of Islands. As its names suggests, Naked Island is made up of a long white sand bar that completely gets lost in the horizon during neap high tide. On a bright day, Naked Island is a beautiful white streak amidst theRead More →

Back in August 2010, I was convinced by a tourism officer of Bislig City to go to San Agustin, Surigao del Sur to explore the Britania Group of Islands and Islets. The tourism officer was Mr. Sulvert Orcullo hails from Barangay Britania who originated from this barangay and knew what he was speaking of. Heeding Mr. Orcullo’s advice was one of the best decisions that I have ever made as I found a tropical paradise in that side of the Pacific Ocean. One of the islands in Britania Group is Hagonoy Island. Small in size but overwhelming in beauty, Hagonoy Island is surrounded by powderyRead More →

In the outback of Surigao del Sur just beneath the raging waves of the mighty Pacific Ocean is a natural wonder that captured one man’s imagination and desire. Twelve kilometers from the national highway on a dirt, zigzag road that dissected the rough terrains of Hinatuan is Enchanted River. Once hidden from the outside world, Enchanted River has morphed into a must-see destination in Surigao del Sur and the Caraga Region.Its magical water is a result of the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean passing through a deep crack of Hinatuan’s hinterlands perfectly blending to its spring waters.I have been to Hinatuan River thrice and IRead More →

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