A day trip to Sohoton National Park in Surigao Del Norte is a must! On one of the last days we had left in Siargao, my friends and I decided to take a boat to the nearby island of Socorro to visit the natural wonders of Sohoton Cove and it turned out to be the biggest and best adventure we had that week.
HOW TO GET TO SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK
The easiest way to book a Sohoton Cove Tour is to head to the pier in General Luna, Siargao and find a local Filipino who has a boat. I guarantee before you even have time to park your scooter there will be 10 locals yelling out to you offering Siargao island hopping tours. It’s then a matter of choosing your preferred boat driver and bartering a good price.
My friends and I pre-organised a boat and driver the day before heading to Sohoton Island for 4500 pesos. We had a group of 6 people to split the cost between us. The following morning we met our boat driver at the General Luna pier at 6am to make the 2-hour boat journey over to Sohoton National Park.
I believe this is one of the best Sohoton tour packages you will find.
SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK ON THE MAP
The entrance to Sohoton Cave – 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.
There is a ticket office upon arrival to the pier at Sohoton National Park where you’ll have to pay for the entrance fee, safety equipment and additional charges for the smaller boats that will take you on the Sohoton Cave tour. In total, we each paid an additional 530 pesos which included all of the above-mentioned costs.
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. See the images below.
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 3 meters, swim under a rock ledge and then swim up into the cave pool on the other side. I had to hold my breath for about 5-10 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 colour. The Hagukan Cave is also known as the luminescent cave inside the Sohoton National Park and now I can see why. Experiencing places like this seriously leave me speechless and continuously in awe of what mother nature produces.
On board our private pump boat – Sohoton National Park
En route to the Hagukan Cave – Sohoton Cove Siargao
Our Sohoton Cave tour guide
Inside the Hagukan luminescent cave – Sohoton National Park
THE SOHOTON CAVE TOUR – CONTINUED…
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-m cliff jump before joining in on the fun myself.
The Magkukuob Cave cliff jump – Sohoton National Park
Jake backflipping off the 5-m diving board at Magkukuob Cave
SOHOTON COVE TOUR – CONTINUED…
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.
Jellyfish Sanctuary on Sohoton Island
SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK TOUR – CONTINUED…
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 was 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.
The blue lagoon at Crystal Cave – Sohoton National Park
The entrance to Crystal Cave
LAST STOP ON THE SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Before leaving Sohoton National Park 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-m 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!
The 5-m diving board at Club Tara Resort – Sohoton National Park
Drone shot of the lagoon at Club Tara Resort
5-meter diving board on the Sohoton Cove Tour
Hiking to Titikan Lake
The peaceful Titikan Lake
An unforgettable sunset on the way back to Siargao
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to visiting Siargao. This week I based myself at the Secret Spot Siargao Hostel, a 5-minute drive to the General Luna Pier.
Adi, the owner of the hostel, is a yoga teacher and seasoned traveller who has set up this eco-friendly accommodation that welcomes anyone and everyone to stay during their visit to the beautiful Siargao Philippines.
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.
For all other Siargao accommodation options, you can browse Booking.com to find something that best suits you.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR SOHOTON NATIONAL PARK
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Sohoton National Park Tour please leave me a comment below!
Happy Adventuring 🙂