Last year when I was assigned to assist in the supervision of our drilling activities in our project site in Nonoc Island in Surigao, I made it a goal to visit all the islands of Surigao City, dubbed as “The City of Island Adventures“. Though not a part of Surigao City, every time we would plan which beach to visit next, I would always hear someone suggest Bitaog Beach in Dinagat Islands. But I didn’t make it a priority even if they say that it is a very nice beach because I wanted to complete Surigao City first.
I was able to visit almost all of the islands of Surigao City possible, with my officemates, and with the help of Kuya Jimmy, our “official boatman”. Last month while having lunch in the office, one of my officemates asked where our next destination will be. Since we have already covered most of Surigao City, it was time to explore other beaches near Nonoc Island. I decided it’s time to see Bitaog Beach.
Bitaog Beach is about an hour and a half of boat ride from Nonoc Island. Before going to Bitaog Beach, Kuya Jimmy brought us to Duyos Beach, a white sand beach resort which is about 5-10 minutes away by boat from Bitaog Beach. There we rented a cottage and had our breakfast and lunch.
We left Duyos Beach at almost 2 in the afternoon. When we arrived at Bitaog Beach, I thought to myself we should have gone there earlier. People who have been there were not exaggerating, it was really beautiful. Bitaog is by far the best beach I have ever been to in Caraga Region. It is an unspoiled beach with powdery white sand and beautiful rock formations. The water is so clear I had a great time floating. And the best part is that we had the whole place all to ourselves.
Drone Shots Taken By Princess Parubrub
Bitaog Beach Cottage Rates
45 persons- Php 800.00 ($ 16 USD) excess Php 20.00 ($ 0.40 USD)/head
30 persons- Php 700.00 ($ 14 USD) excess Php 20.00 ($ 0.40 USD)/head
15 persons- Php 400.00 ($ 8 USD) excess Php 20.00 ($ 0.40 USD)/head
We didn’t get a cottage because it’s too expensive and we told them we’re not staying there for long. They only charged us Php 100.00 ($ 2 USD) for the boat docking fee.
How to Get There
From Manila to Surigao City:
As of the moment, there are no direct flights to Surigao City. You can take a flight from Manila to Cebu then Cebu to Surigao City. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Butuan City and from Butuan take a van or bus to Surigao City. Vans bound for Surigao City are available at the airport and near the bus terminal. Van fare to Surigao City is Php 180.00 ($ 3.60 USD).
For the bus, you need to ride a multicab at the airport to get to the bus terminal. The bus name is Bachelor. Look for the one bound for Surigao City. The multicab fare is Php 20.00 ($ 0.40 USD) and bus fare to Surigao City is Php 230.00 ($ 4.60 USD). The travel time for the van is around 2.5 to 3 hours while it takes 4 hours for the bus. However, I prefer taking the bus since it is more comfortable and safer (vans are overloaded).
To get to Bitaog Beach from Surigao City, you have two options:
- Option 1: Take a passenger boat to Basilisa in Dinagat Islands from the boulevard in Surigao City (at the back of Hotel Tavern). From there you can hire a pump boat for an island hopping tour in Dinagat Islands.
- Option 2: You can contact our boatman Kuya Jimmy at 09071178718 or 09177070266. He’ll pick you up at Punta Bilang-bilang in Surigao City and will take you to Bitaog Beach. You can also ask him to do a side trip to Duyos Beach.