We had an early wake up call at 5:00AM for us to prepare and catch the earliest ride to Hayanggabon Port. After we had a feast of hotdogs, omelet and kinilaw na pasayan (alive and kicking shrimp dipped in suka) for breakfast, we bade goodbye to our hosts and head for the road. The mountainside parts of the road to Hayanggabon is still on the works, so expect a slow and bumpy ride.
|Bucas Grande Islands|
One of the main tourist attractions in Bucas Grande is the Sohoton Cove National Park. Before we even arrived at the Sohoton Cove, we were greeted by the grandiose islands of Bucas Grande. It is so heart-warming to see that there are still unspoiled parts of our country like the Bucas Grande.
|Corals beneath the sea and lush green vegetation above|
Excited as we are, we still need to register, pay the tour fees and wait for our turn for the tour though before we can take the much awaited glimpse of the Sohoton Cove. We were divided into two groups since the boats to be used for the tour can only accommodate five people.
|Approaching Sohoton Cove|
|The only way in and out of Sohoton Cove|
|Swimming at the Hagukan Cave|
|Marx going for the jump|
After the Sohoton Cove tour, we then transferred to a much smaller boat (1 passenger per boat) to take us to the Stingless Jellyfish Sanctuary. A small boat is needed so it would be easier to maneuver against the strong currents to the sanctuary.
Tourists are allowed to touch the jellyfishes but swimming is strictly prohibited. They used to allow swimming with the jellyfish before, but it is said that the sunblock lotions can poison the jellyfish thus diminishing their numbers. So they made it a rule to prohibit swimming in the sanctuary.
|Another stingless jellyfish angle|
If you happen to have the tour in a good weather, I suggest that you wear ample protection from the sun such as a rash guard which I failed to prepare.
We also visited another cave in Bucas Grande, the Bolitas Cave. The cave features stalagmites with crystalline formations although most of them are already tainted. Our guide told us that once the crystals are touched and smudged, its glow would forever be gone.
|Into the Deep|
I was hesitant on going deep into the cave at first but hell I conquered my fears. The deeper we went into the cave, the more leg room we had. We were now able to crouch.
At Socorro, we tried searching for the cheapest place that can accommodate us. We were lucky to find the Island Vacations Country Inn which offers AC Rooms and free WiFi. Standard rate is P200 per person. The Inn is located above a bakery at the first corner when your walking from the port.
|Island Vacations Country Inn - AC Room|
We had dinner at a carenderia near the port at 8:00PM and went back to the inn to chill and relax. There is a famous place in Socorro called Kapihan which the locals described as mini Tagaytay of Socorro. We did not have time to check out the place though. Maybe next time.
How much damage did the Bucas Grande/Day 2 tour dealt to my pocket:
- Cantilan to Hayanggabon Vhire - P100
- Bucas Grande Tour Outrigger rent - P3500 - P350/person
- Sohoton Cove Tour for 10 persons - P3660 - P366/person
- Lunch at Reendaleethams Cottage - P1635 - P164/person
- Tricycle at Socorro - P20
- Island Vacations Inn - P200
- Dinner at a carenderia near Socorro Port - P112
Total damage for Day 2 is P1,312 which leaves me P2,422 for the next one and a half day in Siargao.
Special thanks to Marx and Rodia for sharing and allowing me to use their pictures.