When you look at Google Map, you will find Sohoton Bay as another thick and dark green plat, seating on the southwest portion of Bucas Grande Island. White strips dot the edges to its islet conglomeration. There are also blue lagoons and shallow areas reflecting a turquoise shade to the satellite cameras. And yes, by merely looking at the map, I couldn’t stop my very thin arm hairs raising for excitement.
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Sohoton Bay is a real stunner in Mindanao which emanates a pixie world vibe. Its karst massifs are covered with verdant greens. It makes you curious on what other enchantments are hidden behind those shrubs. Enthralling and bewitching are more fitting words to describe such beauty.
It features a multi-tinged waters which makes a stunning backdrop of your boating photos.
If you want to visit Sohoton really soon, hope this guide will help you.
How to Get There
From Manila [MNL], you can book a flight to either Surigao City [SUG] or Siargao [IAO].
If you arrive via Surigao City, proceed the the city’s terminal and hop on a van or a Bachelor Express bus (₱100) to Hayanggabon Port then ride a pump boat to the Municipality of Socorro in Bucas Grande Island. There are several outrigger bancas available at Socorro for your Sohoton Bay sojourn. Island hopping rates starts at ₱2000. Another Surigao option is to catch the 12:30PM boat (₱150)to Socorro from the port.
If you arrive via Siargao, head to Dapa port using any available island transport. From Dapa, you can ride the 8:00AM or 4:00PM boat to Socorro (₱100).
Cebu-Siargao flight is also available if you are coming from Cebu.
Things to do
- Beach Hopping – There are a lot, so its easy to find one and have your lunch at any beach of your choice.
- Tojoman Lagoon (Sohoton Bay Jellyfish Sanctuary) – The spotted jellies or sting-less jellyfishes (Mastigias papua) of Sohoton usually surfaces starting June to mate. You can watch them but don’t lift the vulnerable species out of the water.
- Makukuob Cave – Swim, wade, spelunk, and cliff-dive. That is a package that you need to complete. Remember, going back and skipping a step is not an option.
- Hagukan Cave – Hagukan is cave named after snoring. The challenge is up when its high tide because you need to swim through to go in and listen to the 3D surround tidal music. Make sure you can hold your breath for at least a minute.
- Tiktikan Lake – With the calm water and the enchanting surroundings, you could finish a book when someones paddles for you around the lake.
- Bolitas Cave – So pebbly, that’s how the cavern got its name.
Where to Stay
- Club Tara Resort is the closest resort or hotel located within Sohoton Cove. It features luxurious water cottages (₱8000++) built on concrete stilts which come with individual Jacuzzi. Their forest rooms (₱4000++) are available for couples and the dormitory (₱5000++) can house up to 6 guests. You can book you accommodations by clicking here.
- Not too far away from Club Tara is Balanghai Tara Sohoton Beach Resort which offers humble and deluxe cabanas for the non-discriminating guests. The standard cabanas are available for ₱1500 while the deluxe cabanas are for ₱2500. You can book you cabana at Balanghai by clicking here.
- The Hidden Island Resort, on the other hand, is closer to a small community but still situated on a private island giving you an exclusive stay. Accommodations starts at ₱3500 but when you are lucky to spot a deal, you can get a much lower rate at Agoda.