Bucas Grande Island is only a single area of the great Sarigao region. This local is a haven for those looking for top notch surfing, diving, tranquility and scenic destinations. Many of the islands are within close proximity of one another and are easily accessible by ferry and private boats. An easy drop point is to fly into Sarigao City or Socorro and take note to the ferry destinations and times of departure.
The islands of Bucas Grande are one of the 9 municipalities that make up the Sairgao Islands. Bucas itself is home to the Sohoton Cove National Park, a conservation district to protect the island for generations to come. With abundant blue waters and lush vegetation these islands are a tranquility of never ending relaxation for those seeking it. Coves and islets are spotted in untouched lagoons where time has stood still and the beauty of nature has been overtaken by nothing else.
Fun activities include renting canoes and touring the many places in and around the local islands. This includes touring the Jelly Fish Sanctuary where JoJoman jellyfish swim in abundance. These non-stinging friendly jellyfish are unique and can be picked from the waters and returned without harm. Additional areas of the Sohoton Cove National Park include the infamous Blue Lagoon and other places of beauty which will simply take your breath away.
Tour the caves within Sohoton, most of which are only accessible during low tide. Hagukan and Magkukuob caves are unique in themselves. The Hagukan cave has wonderful stalactites which harbors many bats in their natural habitat. Bolitas and Crystal caves are two more which can be enjoyed during any tide. The Bolitas Cave is home to balinsasayaw, an endangered bird which produces a nest that is used in Chinese restaurants in a specific soup.
Many lakes can be experienced in and around the beautiful archipelago region. Tiktikan Lake is one of the favorites of the locals. Trek south and find the Tinuy-an Falls and numerous other falls which are scattered throughout the area. Diving and snorkeling is a must for those who want to see the magnificent corals and tropical elements which live in this sanctuary. Last, but not least, find your way around the entire area by island hopping on a tour or take a “go at it” yourself by renting a boat, canoe or kayak from one of the many local shops.
There are several resorts near Sohoton Cove and other surrounding islands. For those looking for a “walk on the side” of nature there is no other place in the Philippines to enjoy more than Bucas Grande Island. One trip is all it takes but coming back is what makes this place unforgettable.