travel itinerary for Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Quick facts

  • Bislig can be found in Surigao del Sur, on the eastern side of Mindanao.
  • Brgy. Mangagoy, Bislig City is the largest barangay in the Philippines, in terms of land area
  • Language: Cebuano

How to get there
There are no direct flights to Bislig from Manila. If you’re coming from Luzon or the Visayas, book a flight to Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.  Land travel from Butuan to Bislig takes three to four hours.  If you’re coming from Davao, it’ll take four to five hours.







What to seeTinuy-an Falls

Known as the “Niagara of the Philippines,” Tinuy-an Falls is the whitest, foamiest, mistiest waterfalls in the Philippines. It’s 100 meters wide and 26 meters tall, and tourists can swim in the water and picnic at the edge. The name Tinuy-an means “babalik-balikan,” or “a place you’ll keep going back to.” We agree.

How to get there: Take a 30-minute ride from Bislig proper via habal-habal (a motorcycle modified to carry several passengers) to Tinuy-an falls. It’s not the most comfortable ride in the world, but it’s an adventure!

Hagonoy Island

Hagonoy Island is a privately owned island resort and one of Bislig City’s gems. The island resort is perfectly separated 3 kilometers from the mainland. Situated in the center of Bislig bay, it is just a thirty minute boat ride from the mainland. Tourists can easily explore the whole island in less than 20 minutes; they can enjoy the white beaches and tranquility of the place.

Enchanted River, Hinatuan (Biyahe ni Drew - Bislig)
Enchanted River, Hinatuan 
One hour (and some rough roads) from Bislig proper is the Enchanted River, located in the nearby town of Hinatuan. Its name comes from its otherworldly blue waters and how, according to legend, people were unable to catch the fish that swam here. These days, the law prohibits fishing in the Enchanted River—but you can swim with them. Dive in!

International Doll House Tour 
Over 500 dolls are housed in this unique museum found in Barangay Cumawas, Bislig–Korean dolls, Russian dolls, you name it.

What to do
Mud skim boarding in Chocolate Beach, Bislig
Mud skim boarding at Chocolate beach | Entrance fee: free
The dense beach of saltwater and mud is a perfect training ground for beginner skimboarders—you don’t sink as easily. All you need to bring? Soap for a good bath afterwards.

Where to eat

Iñigo's Restaurant & Catering

Icebergs Restaurant

Highland Function Farm

Ocean View Restaurant

Gail's Resto & Coffee Shop

Da Venue Seafoods House  


Where to stay

One Eleven Hotel

Paper Country Inn

White Palace Inn