Visiting Sohoton Cove National Park in Surigao Del Norte is a must on your list of things to do in Siargao! Sohoton Cove 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 including where to book, how much it costs and what to expect on the Sohoton Cove 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 Sohoton Cove Tour 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.
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The entrance to Sohoton Cove – Titikan Lagoon
ARRIVING AT SOHOTON COVE NATIONAL PARK
As the boat entered Sohoton Cove we cruised through the Titikan Lagoon before docking at the pier at Sohoton Cove 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 at the beginning of our Sohoton Cove Tour and captured some aerial shots of the phenomenal surrounding landscapes.
Secluded beaches at Sohoton Cove
Other-worldy landscapes on the Sohoton Cove tour
Sohoton Cove National Park
Drone shot of Sohoton Cove Siargao
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE SOHOTON CAVE TOUR
My friends and I jumped on board our own private pump boat with 2 local guides to begin our Sohoton Cove tour. It was a tight squeeze on the boat but somehow we managed not to sink.
The first stop inside the Sohoton Nation 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 inside the Sohoton National Park and now I can see why. Experiencing places like this seriously leaves me speechless and continuously in awe of mother nature’s creations.
On board our private pump boat – Sohoton Cove
En route to the Hagukan Cave – Sohoton Cove
Our Sohoton Cove tour guide
Hagukan luminescent cave – Sohoton National Park
SOHOTON CAVE TOUR
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 – Sohoton Cove
The 5 meter diving board at Magkukuob Cave
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 on the Sohoton Cave Itinerary 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
SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK
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 – Sohoton Cove
The entrance to Crystal Cave at Sohoton Cove
LAST STOP ON THE SOHOTON COVE TOUR
Before leaving Sohoton Cove 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 – Sohoton Cove
Drone shot of Club Tara Resort
5 meter diving board at Sohoton Cove
Hiking to Titikan Lake
Titikan Lake – Sohoton Cove Tour
Sunset on the way back to Siargao
WHERE TO STAY IN SIARGAO
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to finding the best places to stay 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 near Sohoton Cove 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 for your visit to Siargao. 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 surf break is just a few minutes walk away. The villas are air-conditioned with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, kitchen, fridge and stovetop. Perfect for solo travellers 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 who are traveling on a budget.
Budget: Secret Spot Siargao
I personally stayed at Secret Spot Siargao and I can’t recommend this place enough. The Secret Spot Siargao Hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, spacious living area, fully-equipped kitchen, 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 minutes 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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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 in Siargao. 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 Siargao 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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Sohoton Cove Tour
Sohoton Cove is a must-do day trip during your visit to Siargao! The tour includes a full day of island hopping to Sohoton Cove, Naked Island, Daku Island and Guyam Island, with lunch. All this for less than $45 USD.
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Sugba Lagoon Tour
Sugba Lagoon offers an unforgettable experience at one of the bluest lagoons you will ever see! The tour includes a full day of island hopping to Sugba Lagoon, Kawhagan Island and Pamomoan Island, with lunch. All this for less than $20 USD.
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Corregidor Island Tour
Corregidor Island is a dreamy tropical paradise just off the coast of General Luna in Siargao. 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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Another option for accommodation near Sohoton Cove is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Siargao Island.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SIARGAO
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF SOHOTON COVE
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