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2 Awesome Places To Visit In Surigao Del Sur, Philippines

Updated on August 27, 2017

You might be asking why I have called these an awesome places to travel to Surigao del Sur. That is because I have not seen like these places in my entire life. I was gobsmacked by the look of this beautiful nature in my home country Philippines. I have never thought that I would see something like this before going back home to Germany again.


I know, you might be thinking, "get straight to the point woman " while reading this introduction. Well, if you are interested to see and find out what I am talking about, read on.


The 2 Awesome Places Are:

  1. Laswitan Falls and Lagoon
  2. Britania Islands

Laswitan Falls
Laswitan Falls | Source

1. Laswitan Falls and Lagoon

Laswitan Falls and Lagoon is located in Barangay Madrelino, Cortes, Surigao del Sur. It is 4 to 5 hours travel by van from Butuan City, depending on the traffic jam you encounter.


The name Laswitan came from the word "laswit", which means the crashing of the ocean or sea waves that fall over the sea wall rock formations. It is the strong wave of the Philippines Sea that makes a waterfall-like effect. Usually, when the waves are so high. Laswitan Falls is not really a waterfall. The sea wall rock formations is about 20 ft high.


Laswitan Lagoon is the basin where the laswit water falls and where you can swim while "laswit" or not is going on. Most of the people are travelers who just want to witness the amazing view of Laswitan and of course to take photos and selfies before going home or traveling to their next travel destinations. Most of the locals have not been there yet, as I have heard.

Laswitan Falls and Lagoon Photography

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A snapshot of me at Laswitan taken by my cousin Jane.Laswitan Falls and Lagoon This photo was taken from one of 120 stairs in going to Laswitan Falls and Lagoon. That's the view of the Philippine Sea from the stairs.Another Philippine Sea view.  I  took this photo with the use of tele object of my camera. Filipino  tourists climbing on top of the left side of Laswitan rock formations before they were discovered by the administration. The right side rock formations at Laswitan Falls and Lagoon. The Philippine Sea at Laswitan.  Small rock formations that give the beauty of the sea.Laswitan Falls and Lagoon  view that I took from the stairs.
A snapshot of me at Laswitan taken by my cousin Jane.
A snapshot of me at Laswitan taken by my cousin Jane. | Source
Laswitan Falls and Lagoon
Laswitan Falls and Lagoon | Source
This photo was taken from one of 120 stairs in going to Laswitan Falls and Lagoon. That's the view of the Philippine Sea from the stairs.
This photo was taken from one of 120 stairs in going to Laswitan Falls and Lagoon. That's the view of the Philippine Sea from the stairs. | Source
Another Philippine Sea view.  I  took this photo with the use of tele object of my camera.
Another Philippine Sea view. I took this photo with the use of tele object of my camera. | Source
Filipino  tourists climbing on top of the left side of Laswitan rock formations before they were discovered by the administration.
Filipino tourists climbing on top of the left side of Laswitan rock formations before they were discovered by the administration. | Source
The right side rock formations at Laswitan Falls and Lagoon.
The right side rock formations at Laswitan Falls and Lagoon. | Source
The Philippine Sea at Laswitan.  Small rock formations that give the beauty of the sea.
The Philippine Sea at Laswitan. Small rock formations that give the beauty of the sea. | Source
Laswitan Falls and Lagoon  view that I took from the stairs.
Laswitan Falls and Lagoon view that I took from the stairs. | Source

Things You Need For The Travel

Clothes and more
Food and Drinks
Gadgets
Good sport shoes / Flip Flops
Water / mineral water
Camera
Swimsuit
Bread or sandwiches
Smartphone
Towel
Boiled rice or potatoes
Video camera
Hat / cap / umbrella
Fruits
Selfie stick
These are important things to bring with you. Bring more water with you and something you need in case of insect bites or having stomach trouble when traveling.
Laswitan view.
Laswitan view. | Source

My Travel To Laswitan Falls and Lagoon

It was in the early morning of March 11 when my batch mates 77 (high school classmates 1977), my cousin and I started traveling to Surigao del Sur. Our travel destinations were Laswitan Falls and Lagoon and the neighboring Britania Islands for islands hopping. We started our travel at 4. 20 in the morning when everyone was already inside the van that we have rented for that day travel. The van rental was 5,000 Pesos for a day trip which was divided for all the travelers who joined.


It was a fun and enjoyable road trip though most of us, including me, were not able to sleep the night before the travel due to excitement. Every now and then we slept in the van but were awaken by the rough roads we have passed through. We shouted in shock and the pain that I had when I hit my head on the seat before me. Yes, it was a rough travel but a worth one to experience.


It was around 9.10 a.m. when we arrived at Laswitan. Yes, I am sure of that time as I have took a video from the stairs in going to Laswitan Falls, overlooking the Philippine Sea. It was then 9.20. We have walked for a while before arriving at the entrance of Laswitan where we paid 20 Pesos for an entrance fee and had to register our names on a notebook. There was not many people yet but what I heard from the stairs was a loud microphone voice telling the tourists to come down from the high rock formations as it was prohibited to climb in there.


We were a bit disappointed as we have not seen many "laswits". Though the sun was really so biting hot, we sat on the rocks before the lagoon to witness the amazing scene. While waiting, we were having fun taking selfies and photos of us and the surrounding. We waited and waited until we heard a loud sound of the waves that was about to strike over the rocky sea wall of Laswitan. Audience were crying out loud and happy seeing the spectacular event.


It was a great view. However, I have wished and expected more splashing of the huge waves that might make me wet by the salty water of the sea. Well, maybe next time.

The view facing Laswitan Falls and Lagoon.
The view facing Laswitan Falls and Lagoon. | Source

Facts About Laswitan

  • Laswitan is at the Philippine Sea in Surigao del Sur.
  • It has 120 steps in going down to the lagoon where one can rent a cottage in front of the Laswitan Falls and Lagoon.
  • Entrance fee is 20 Pesos.
  • Cottage costs 200 Pesos.
  • Open from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. Monday to Sunday.

My Laswitan Slideshow Video

Britania Islands

The bridge to the boat for island hopping. The front view are the islets of Britania.
The bridge to the boat for island hopping. The front view are the islets of Britania. | Source

2. Britania Islands

Britania is a group of beautiful 24 small islands (Source: Wikipedia), some with white beaches and they are scattered in Lianga Bay near the Philippines Sea. It is located in San Augustin in Surigao del Sur.


Britania like Laswitan, is no longer a secret place to visit as some travelers were posting videos at You Tube and shared them all around the social medias like facebook. This was how I came to know the place.


We rented a motor boat which costed 1,500 Pesos to reach the islands. We took our lunch first inside the motor boat before we went exploring the islands, one after the others. We were only allowed to hop in 3 white sandy beaches where we were able to explore, swam and took photos and videos of our amazing island hopping. The white sandy beaches, the deep blue clear water and the fun bonding of my batch mates and cousin was a wonderful memory that we have created amidst the skin burning heat of the sun. It was indeed fun.

The beautiful  islets in Britania viewed from our rented boat.
The beautiful islets in Britania viewed from our rented boat. | Source

Things You Can Do When Island Hopping

  1. Have a picnic with your family and friends at one of the islands in Britania.
  2. A wonderful venue to propose to a woman you love.
  3. A wonderful place for a photo shots.
  4. Explore the islands and don't forget to bring your smartphone, camera and video camera for your travel blog if you are a writer like me.
  5. You can swim and of course dive and see the colorful beautiful scenery under the water.
  6. You can jet ski if you wish.

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The motor boat for our Islands hopping.A fishing house on Lianga Bay.One of the islands at Britania.The clean white sandy beach of one of the islands at Britania.The sandy beaçh.The stunning view of Lianga Bay.One of the islands where we swam.Some vendors in this island are selling Britania products from their stalls.The small cave inside one of the islets.One of the seafoods sold in the island.
The motor boat for our Islands hopping.
The motor boat for our Islands hopping. | Source
A fishing house on Lianga Bay.
A fishing house on Lianga Bay. | Source
One of the islands at Britania.
One of the islands at Britania. | Source
The clean white sandy beach of one of the islands at Britania.
The clean white sandy beach of one of the islands at Britania. | Source
The sandy beaçh.
The sandy beaçh. | Source
The stunning view of Lianga Bay.
The stunning view of Lianga Bay. | Source
One of the islands where we swam.
One of the islands where we swam. | Source
Some vendors in this island are selling Britania products from their stalls.
Some vendors in this island are selling Britania products from their stalls. | Source
The small cave inside one of the islets.
The small cave inside one of the islets. | Source
One of the seafoods sold in the island.
One of the seafoods sold in the island. | Source

Facts About Visiting Britania

  • There is no ATM machine there and so bring cash with you as you will not only have to pay for the motor boat for island hopping but also for the entrance, for taking shower and using the toilet.
  • There are a few tourist stalls in one of the islands selling products from Britania including seafoods.
  • Motor boat fee is 1,500 Peso for 10 people boat ride and only 3 islands to hop in.

My Britania Slideshow Video

How To Go Laswitan and Britania Islands

  • If you come from Manila, you can fly to Butuan City and rent a van for a day in going to Laswitan and Britania Islands. If your hotel is in Butuan City, your van will bring you back to the hotel.
  • You can fly from Manila to Davao City and from there, you can travel to Laswitan and other places you want to visit nearby like the Tinuy-an Falls.
  • There are travel agencies and hotel who can organise your travel itinerary.


Thank you very much for taking the time in reading my hub. Until next travel. Bon Voyage!!!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 months ago from Germany

      Hi Shaloo Walia . Nice to see you here. Yes, I heard about those places only last year and so I went there with my friends and they were indeed an awesome places to visit. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Shaloo Walia 4 months ago

      Never heard of these places before but the pics are amazing. Seem like lovely places to visit!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany

      Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

      Thank you very much for your stopping by. I hope you can visit there one day. Have a great week.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This really looks like awesome place! Thanks for the virtual tour , lovely pictures, video and descriptions .

      Adding this to my wish list travel destination!

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Thank you Nell. I can understand. I am glad you liked what you have read and saw in my hub. Enjoy your Easter season.

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      Nell Rose 7 months ago from England

      How lovely! I would love to visit, but I doubt I will get there, but its lovely to read about and see, thanks!

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Thank you very much Barbara. I wish you can see them in real. Have a lovely day.

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, it was indeed lovely to see those beautiful landscapes in my home country. Thanks for commenting. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Yes, Stephen Barnes. You can visit some of the amazing places in the Philippines. There are lots of islands to choose from. Thanks for dropping by. Have a nice weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Hi Peggy!

      Yes, it was so much fun in Laswitan and Britania Islands. Thank you very much for dropping by. Have a lovely weekend.

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      Thelma Alberts 7 months ago from Germany

      Hi Dora,

      Thank you very much for your visit. I am glad you like Laswitan and Britania Islands. Have a great weekend!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 months ago from Templeton, CA

      What gorgeous scenery! I'll probably never get to see it in person, but it's good to get a glimpse of it through your eyes.

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      Linda Crampton 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your photos are lovely, Thelma. These must be beautiful places to see in real life!

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      Stephen Barnes 8 months ago from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

      Interesting article, the pictures are beautiful. I am going to have to add the Philippines to my must do travel destinations.

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      Peggy Woods 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for showing me this part of your world Thelma. The video at the end was a nice touch. It looks like so much fun in that Laswitan Falls and Lagoon area. The Britania Islands also look great. That one built up fishing island was interesting to see. Enjoyed your wonderful photos!

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      Dora Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the tour and the information you share on Laswitan Falls and Lagoon Britania Islands. I like both sites and the pictures only make them more appealing.

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      Thelma Alberts 8 months ago from Germany

      Thank you very much Bill for your visit. Have a nice new week to you and Bev.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll most likely never visit there, but I do appreciate you taking me along on a literary journey. :)