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Morion’s Travel| Don’t you dare to explore Dinagat Province...without Me!

The weather is good when the passenger boat departed in Surigao Boulevard. That is around 6:00 am and one hour ahead of 7:00 am scheduled trip. We're heading to Port of San Jose of Dinagat Province...

We arrived in Port of San Jose at exactly 7:30 am. Just dropped my backpack in our staff house at San Jose then hunt for the cheapest habal-habal ride going to Basilisa. That day my schedule/itinerary is to visit our newly-established office in the said municipality next to San Jose- the capital townBasilisa is 30 to 45 minutes travel  from San Jose. Habal-Habal  is the primary mode of land transportation in the province. There  is also one jeepney traveling from San Jose to Libjo passing the town of Basilisa (vice-versa) but with 2 scheduled trips only.  "Minsan wala pa pag sira ang makina o daan"- that's is according to one of the locals I talked with. The road is still under construction, habal- habal is  the only mode of transportation that can tolerate the muddy and rocky road of the province.

While on the road going to Basilisa- at the top side of the mountain, I saw the majestic view of the lake and the beautiful islets surrounding the province- eye-catching and picturesque! Expect the amazing rock formations and the beauty of the red mountains along the highway.

"Living Dinagat"
TRIVIA
Dinagat Islands had been part of the First District of Surigao del Norte Province until it was declared as the country’s newest province on December 02, 2006 with the approval of Republic Act 9355, the Charter of the Province of Dinagat Islands, in a plebiscite. After 4 years, on February 11, 2010 the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the creation of Dinagat Province as null and void on the grounds of failure to meet the required population and land area. However, on March 30, 2011 the Supreme Court reversed its ruling from 2010, and upheld the constitutionality of Republic Act 9355 pertaining to the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province.


WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO
  1. Visit the famous Holy Land or Shrine of Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA)
  2. See/Visit the Ecleo's White Castle
  3. Island Hopping in Basilisa and Libjo -  beautiful rock formations, turquoise water  and pristine white sand beaches.
  4. Diving in Lake Bababu of Basilisa
30 minutes after leaving Surigao Port: One of the
Islets surrounding Dinagat Province
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"Island Living"
"45 minutes after leaving Surigao Port and 45 minutes before arriving at Port of San Jose"
35 minutes after leaving Surigao Port: Blue water and White Sand Beach
 in one of the Islets surrounding Dinagat Province 
"Protected Nature"
5 minutes before Arrival at Port of San Jose: "Countryside living"
The Quarrying Site
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" Gold Stone and the newly-constructed highway"
"Rock Formations "
"Nature's Haven"
View from San Jose Port: The Famous White Castle 
"Closer Shot of the White Castle"

Expect more posts and continuation of my Dinagat Province Journey, keep on coming back HERE for Updates...


HOW TO GET THERE 

Cebu Pacific and Airphil express flies directly from Manila to Surigao City.
From Surigao City Airport, ride in a tricycle or Multicab bound to Boulevard- Port of passenger boats going to Dinagat Province.
There are 7 entry points/sea ports in Dinagat Province| 1.Dinagat wharf : 1 passenger boat leaves Surigao Boulevard @ 6:00 am; 2.Basilisa wharf: with only one scheduled trip - leaves Surigao Boulevard going to Basilisa wharf at 6:00 am, going back to Surigao City @ 6:00 am (the following day) ; 4. Libjo/Albor wharf :scheduled trip going to Libjo- 6:00 am and 11:00 am, going back to Surigao- 4:30 am and 11:00 am; 5. Tubajon wharf; 6. Loreto wharf (no information gathered); and 7. San Jose Port: 2 passenger boats leaves Surigao Boulevard @ 7:00 am, another 2 @ 10:00 am and the last scheduled trip is @ 4:00 pm while the scheduled trip going back to Surigao are @ 7:00 am, 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm.

NOTE: If your point of destination is San Jose just ask for the port of passenger boats  going to San Jose. Don’t ever say that you’re going to Dinagat, porters may lead you to the boats going to Municipality of Dinagat.

Boat Fare from Surigao Boulevard costs 100-150 pesos and the only mode of transportation going to the majestic Island Province is via Passenger Boat.

Don’t forget to be at the Port at least 1 hour ahead of the scheduled time of departure “umaalis ang Bangka kahit wala pa sa oras, pag napuno na.”

Prepare your Bandana, Malong or sweatshirt/jacket as Habal-habal is the most common mode of transportation in the whole province. The roads are under construction, be prepared to rocky and dusty ride!
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45 comments:

  1. wahhhhh! nainggit ako!!! hehehe! pagbalik ko dyan, sisiguraduhin kong makakapunta ako dyan sa Dinagat! hehehe! thanks for sharing Jeffrey! :)

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  2. jejeje Go Mervs! indi makukumpleto ang 80/81 province pag wala ang Dinagat:)

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  3. tol, samahan mo din ako jan!

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  4. Wow! lovely..
    mapupuntahan ko din tong Dinagat..
    haha! :)

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  5. @Francis- Go bro!Dinagat is beautiful and peaceful place for travellers and adventure seekers;)

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  6. One of the greatest Island explorations i have in the country is the Province of Dinagat Islands. Pristine beaches, hospitable people, amazing rock formation - things i love so much about the Island. Seeing your phitos now makes me wanna come back there soon!

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    1. Indeed! Ang ganda ng dinagat,,,Tnx Olan for dropping here;)

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  7. GAnda ng Dinagat bro. Bet ko yung island hopping diyan :)

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    1. Pack u na ang backpack bro ed going here, explore the beauty of mindanao;)

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  8. Sira na daw yong ibang bundok diyan sa Dinagat Island Jeff because of mining activity in there.

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  9. True bro;( sayang ang ganda ng Dinagat qng sisirain lang ng mining besides cnu lang ba nakikinabang? Nakakalungkot pati sa Surigao del Norte,,, sbi nga ni ms Gina Lopez: NO TO MINING, YES TO TOURISM!

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  10. wahh, anu yung habol habol .you will make habol ba the cart or the karitela? naaliw naman ako dito sa post mo .ganda ng view ng dagat.

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    1. Habal habal mami tess;) jejeje, motor un na nilagyan ng extensions para makapagsakay ng mas maraming pasahero

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  11. WOW. Such a beautiful place. I am missing provincial life. Yung simple lang and paggising mo all you see is the green environment. Ang sarap. ANg ganda ng lugar na yan! :)

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  12. Aquamarine waters. Rural life of residents. Verdant place. That's Surigao and Dinagat! I wish I will go there someday!

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  13. I like to visit the beach and the white castle

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  14. This place is a real beauty.the fresh air,green trees and deep blue sea are relaxing.

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  15. Nakakaengganyo yung mga larawan :)
    Pwede ba pumunta mismo dun sa White Castle? :)

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  16. Nakakaengganyo ang mga larawan :)
    Pwede ba puntahan mismo ung White Castle?

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  17. @ Mishidems- unfortunately indi aq nakpunta sa white castle natanaw q lng from the port (medyo kulang sa time) pero sbi nila dun hanggang gate lang daw bwal pumasok sa loob unless may katiwala sa loob na kakilala,,, will try the next time na pupunta aq dito:)

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  18. tnx Noks, mami tess, theJonDiesta and franc ramon for dropping here:) Dinagat is truly beautiful!

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  19. Ang ganda ng castle--- meronpala sa pinas kala ko sa ibang bansa lng meron... heheh--- what cathes my attention when i scroll down on the photos-- is ang buti buti ng buhangin tsaka and ang linaw ng tubig-- another place worth visiting-

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  20. This is the first time I've heard about Dinagat. Will ask friends from Cebu to bring us here next time.

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  21. ang ganda talaga ng pinas!!! sobra busog na mata ko sa gaganda ng pics!

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  22. Wow! Napa wow ako sa white castle. O__O

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  23. You're very luck to go there!! Ang nice ng white castle kahit from a far. @@

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    1. @quolisha, nxt na pag punta q sa Dinagat try q na makapunta jan at sana makapasok, na curious aq qng anong meron sa loob

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  24. wow, castle na castle nga talaga ang white castle!

    pero what really interests me here are the rock formations. the one with the capture "nature's haven" looks really nice.

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    1. @ athena Tnx for dropping here;) iba ang ganda ng mga rock formations sa Dinagat. Hopefully makapag island hopping aq para mas makunan ko ng malapitan;)

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  25. Another nature tripping. I want to visit the white castle. =)

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  26. wow I would want to try the island hopping! Been wanting to explore Surigao but we're just waiting for seat sale. I hope this year we'll be able to push through with the plan.

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  27. I won't just say abundant..
    this place is rich! :)
    I'd probably bring home thousands of photographs from here

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  28. Just WOW!
    You really captured the beauty
    of the place and that makes the readers
    want to visit and explore its wonders.

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  29. tnx bro Francis! and Marri for droppin here and leaving wonderful comments:)

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  30. Wow! Great captures! Awesome images!! Galing! Ganda talaga ng mga natural sites sa Pinas!

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  31. I want to visit the white castle.

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  32. tnx Ric for dropping here, @franc, go! message me ahead baka andito lang aq sa CARAGA, will join u

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  33. Ang ganda jan sir...sana makabalik uli ako jan.

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  34. oi sir Roger tnx for dropping here! kylan bakasyon u sa pinas? sked nyo na ni larry pag Siargao natin:)

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  35. wow! your homepage is the best travelling diary I´ve ever seen! xoxo chris

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  36. How I wish na makapunta din ako dun...Mmm In my dream lang cguro,,

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