Visiting Sohoton Cove National Park in Surigao Del Norte is a must on your list of things to do in Siargao! Sohoton features natural wonders such as caves, lagoons, and cliff jumping which makes for a fun-fuelled day trip from Siargao.
Here is a complete guide to Sohoton Cove National Park including where to book, how much it costs, and what to expect on the tour.
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WHERE TO BOOK A SOHOTON COVE TOUR
The easiest way to book a Sohoton Cove Tour is online in advance with Klook.
This particular tour is the most top-rated with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
The tour includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Sohoton Cove, Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island. All this for less than $45 USD.
The entrance via Titikan Lagoon
ARRIVING AT SOHOTON COVE NATIONAL PARK
As the boat entered the cove, we cruised through the Titikan Lagoon before docking at the pier inside the National Park. The water was bluer than I had ever imagined – and I mean SERIOUSLY BLUE!!
If you have a drone camera I would recommend sending it up from this spot. I flew my DJI Mavic Pro Drone as soon as I arrived at the pier and captured some aerial shots of the phenomenal surrounding landscapes.
Fun Fact: Sohoton means Narrow Opening in the Visayan languages of the Philippines.
View of the National Park
An aerial perspective
Can you see the smiling face?
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE SOHOTON COVE TOUR
My friends and I jumped on board our own private pump boat with two local guides to begin our tour. It was a tight squeeze on the boat but somehow we managed not to sink.
The first stop inside the National Park is the Hagukan Cave. This cave was insanely epic, to say the least.
To enter the Hagukan Cave we had to jump off the boat and dive down three meters, swim under a rock ledge and then swim up into the cave pool on the other side.
I held my breath for about 5 to 10 seconds and my guide led the way into the cave. Once inside it was quite dark and hard to see but then our guides told us to start splashing around and the water started glowing an electric blue color.
The Hagukan Cave is known as the luminescent cave and now I can see why. Experiencing places like this seriously leaves me speechless and continuously in awe of mother nature’s creations.
Onboard our private pump boat
En route to the Hagukan Cave
Our tour guide
Hagukan luminescent cave
The next stop on the Sohoton Cave tour is the Magkukuob Cave. This spot was super cool with a 5-meter diving board as the main attraction.
To get up to the diving board we had to swim through a small entrance, trek our way through the Magkukuob Cave and exit out of an opening at the top of the cliff. I took some photos of my friends throwing themselves off of the 5-meter cliff jump before joining in on the fun myself.
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The Magkukuob Cave cliff jump
The 5-meter diving board
After visiting both the Hagukan Cave and Magkukob Cave inside the Sohoton National Park, our private pump boat returned to the pier from where we departed. We had a quick lunch break at the small restaurant located on the pier before the next stop of the tour which was the Jellyfish Sanctuary.
We were split up into pairs to jump on board a smaller wooden boat with a guide and they paddled us around the corner to the Jellyfish Sanctuary.
When we arrived we jumped into the water and spotted dozens of little orange jellyfish bobbing around in the cove. They are safe to touch and they are non-stinging jellyfish.
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Jellyfish Sanctuary on Sohoton Island
We jumped back on board the original boat that we arrived on from Siargao and kindly asked our boat captain to take us to Crystal Cave.
We cruised across the Titikan Lagoon once again to the opposite side of the bay before tucking into yet another beautiful blue lagoon. There were literally no other tourists in sight which was surprising but awesome at the same time.
Our captain beached the boat at the entrance to the Crystal Cave and we paid a small fee of 100 pesos to enter. It was so dark inside the Crystal Cave that I didn’t manage to take any decent photos, though I can tell you that it was filled with impressive icicle-shaped stalactites and hundreds of bats.
The Crystal Cave seemed to be a never-ending tunnel so we didn’t spend much time inside and headed back outside for some fresh air.
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Blue lagoon at Crystal Cave
The entrance to Crystal Cave
Before leaving to make the journey back to Siargao, our captain took us across the lagoon to the Club Tara Resort Diving Board.
The resort looked abandoned with no other tourists in sight and only a few local Filipino’s hanging out on the deck. There is also a random waterslide that sticks out of the mountainside that looks like it hasn’t been used in a while.
Our captain anchored the boat and we swam over to the 5-meter diving board, that is attached to the resort, where we spent a good hour throwing ourselves over the edge, one by one.
After the copious amounts of fun we had on the diving board we found a dirt trail that leads behind the resort and over a small ridge to Titikan Lake. It is definitely worth checking out as the hike to the lake only takes 5 minutes and it was the quietest and most peaceful spot we had discovered that day.
Our Sohoton National Park Tour came to an end and we jumped back on board our boat for the 2-hour journey back to Siargao. On the cruise back, the last rays of sun painted the sky bright orange and I couldn’t have imagined a better ending to a perfect day!
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Club Tara Resort diving board
Drone shot of Club Tara Resort
5-meter diving board
Hiking to Titikan Lake
Sunset on the way back to Siargao
MAP OF SOHOTON COVE
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to searching for the best places to stay in Siargao! General Luna has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Nay Palad Hideaway Villas
Nay Palad Hideaway offers the perfect ‘island resort vibe’ that you may be seeking. Choose either a sea view or a garden view luxurious room, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, and enjoy your very own private palm tree-fringed beach! On top of this, resort guests can make use of the complimentary paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, bicycles, and even jump on board an island hopping tour.
Luxury: Isla Cabana Resort
An awesome 4-star resort located in General Luna on the beachfront. Isla Cabana boasts an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sun terrace that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. These private villas come fitted with king-sized beds, an en suite bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, and sitting area. Book a treatment at the in-house spa or make use of the free activities available such as snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, or cycling.
Mid Range: Sunset Bay Beach Villas
Sunset Bay provides beachside villas that are comfortable and peaceful, overlooking the Philippine Sea. The famous Cloud 9 Siargao is just a few minute’s walk away. The villas are air-conditioned with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, kitchen, fridge, and stovetop. Perfect for solo travelers or couples.
Mid Range: Kokai Resort
Nestled within lush gardens, you’ll get the ultimate jungle vibes here at Kokai Resort. There is a sun terrace, in-house restaurant, free wifi, and motorbike rental available. Kokai Resort has both dorms and private bungalows on offer, perfect for those on a budget.
Budget: Secret Spot Siargao
I personally stayed at Secret Spot and I can’t recommend this place enough. The hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, a spacious living area, a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor chill zone, free wifi, and hanging hammocks in the garden.
Budget: Balay Hayahay Hostel
Balay Hayahay is a budget-friendly hostel centrally located in General Luna. There are dorm rooms and private rooms available in tee-pee style bamboo huts just a minute walk to the beach. This hostel also features a shared kitchen and chill-out zone with hammocks. The perfect place to stay with friends or for solo travelers.
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Another option for accommodation in Siargao is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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BEST SIARGAO TOURS
Siargao Island Hopping Tour
Spend the day island hopping between three tropical islands known as Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, just a short boat trip off the coast of General Luna. All this for less than $30 USD.
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Siargao Land Tour
The Siargao Land Tour is the best way to see the hotspots in one day. Visit the Coconut Tree Viewpoint in the morning, followed by the Palm Tree Rope Swing, Magpupungko Rock Pools, and ending at the famous Sugba Lagoon! All this for less than $30 USD.
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Corregidor Island Tour
Corregidor Island is a dreamy tropical paradise just off the coast of General Luna. Explore the grassy hills and colorful coral reefs on Corregidor Island before island-hopping to Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, including lunch. All of this for less than $40 USD.
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