Surigao City - Surigao del Norte Destinations

Surigao City

Surigao City is the capital of the province of Surigao del Norte, located at Northeastern Mindanao and serving as the gateway by land from the country

Surigao City is blessed with abundant natural scenic spots consisting of various arrays of beaches and island hopping destinations that can cater to different types of adventures, from swimming to snorkeling and scuba diving. Other natural attractions in the locality consist of mangrove forests, caves for spelunking, lagoons, waterfalls, rock and coral formations, and many more.

Another distinct advantage of Surigao City is its unmatched and untarnished socio-political stability. The city’s crime index measures less than one to two crimes reported per 100,000 population. It is very significant to note that the city is relatively free from the cudgels of organized crime syndicates and distinctly devoid of secessionists’ movements and clan violence commonly occurring in other areas of Central and Southern Mindanao.

In this dynamic and vibrant city at Northeastern Mindanao, expect only to find an excellent travel destination and potentially the next stop for doing business.

Surigao City is the capital of the province of Surigao del Norte. It has 54 Barangays, 21 of which are in the islands and 33 in the mainland.

Surigao City’s population as of the year 2000 census was 118,534, growing at a rate of 2.56%.

Surigaonon, Cebuano, Boholano, Tagalog, and English are the major languages and dialects spoken in the city.



The prevailing climate in the city falls under climate type II with no definite dry season but with a very pronounced maximum rainfall from November to January. Its average annual rainfall is 3,673.8 millimeters (144.72 inches) based on a 50-year average. There are 216 rainy days within the year in the area, making the city one of the “wettest” in the country. Its average temperature stands at a convenient 26.9 degrees centigrade with an average humidity of 85 percent (85%).



The mainland and clustered islands of Surigao City has irregular or hilly topography with flat lands near the coast. It has an average elevation level of 19 meters or 65.5 ft. above sea level. The highest elevation in the mainland is the Kabangkaan Ridge situated along the border of the Municipality of San Francisco with a peak elevation of 465 meters above sea level. Along the border of Tagana-an is the Mapawa peak with an elevation of 245 meters above sea level with scattered descending slopes covering the barangays of Cabongbongan, Nabago and Capalayan.


In the islands, the highest range is the island of Nonoc with an elevation of 263 meters above sea level, overlooking the Cantiasay Channel and the Island of Hanigad with a peak elevation of 163 meters. The highest point in Hikdop Island is in Mt. Telegrapo with a peak of 250 meters. The island of Bayagnan located on the eastern part of Surigao City has a highest elevation of 242

Surigao City is located in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is blessed with abundant mineral reserves, fisheries, and aquatic resources as well as tracts of fertile arable lands, which are the prime sources of its people’s livelihood. Its location along the coast offers a wide array of white sand or black pebbled beaches. It also boasts of beautiful islands.




From Manila, fly direct to Butuan via Philippine Airlines – Daily and Cebu Pacific – Daily. From Cebu, fly via Asian Spirit – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.


Manila to Surigao is also serviced by the following shipping companies:

*WG&A (Superferry) – ETD 6:00 p.m. every Mon., ETA 4:30 a.m. every Wed., or ETD 11:59 p.m. every Thurs., ETA 7:00 a.m. every Sat.

*Sulpicio Lines (M/V Filipina Princess) – ETD 10:00 a.m. every Sun., ETA 9:00 p.m. every Mon.; Sulpicio Lines (M/V Palawan Princess) – ETD 7:00 p.m. every Wed., 10:00 p.m. every Sat. Cebu to Surigao is serviced by Sulpicio Lines (M/V Filipina Princess) – ETD 12:00

*Negros Navigation - every Mon., ETA 9:00 p.m.

*Cokaliong Shipping Lines (M/V Filipinas Dapitan) – ETD 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed. & Fri., ETA 5:00 a.m. every Tues., Thurs. & Sat.; Cokaliong Shipping Lines (M/V Filipinas Maasin) – ETD 7:00 p.m. every Tues., Thurs. & Sat., ETA 7:00 a.m. every Wed., Fri., & Sun.


From Davao/Cagayan de Oro City, the Bachelor Express buses service Surigao via Butuan daily. Vans for hire are also available daily. From Butuan, Surigao is serviced by Bachelor Express daily and by LCI daily. Vans for hire are also available daily at PhP70.00/pax. For more information, contact: Surigao City Airport Tel. No. (086) 826-1103 Surigao City Integrated Bus & Jeepney Terminal Tel. No. (086) 826-8488.




Wow Philippines