Bucas Grande Island
Bucas Grande Island situated on the far eastern part of the province of Surigao del Norte. It is popularly known as the municipality of Socorro, a lone island municipality in the entire province. Bucas Grande Island lies within the breadth of the Pacific and is physically located at coordinates 9° 37′ 17″ North, 125° 58′ 0″ East. Its total land area of 12,445 hectares holds a count of more or less 20,000 inhabitants. These inhabitants have settled in 14 barangays of the municipality namely: Barangays Don Albino Taruc, Navarro, Rizal, Del Pilar, Dona Helene, Honrado, Nueva Estrella, Pamosaingan, Salog, San Roque, Sudlon, Santa Cruz, Songkoy and N. Sering.
Bucas Grande Island has been laced by Mother Nature with relatively peaceful shorelines. The island has been known for its magnificent white beaches and for its carefree people. Being an island municipality, traveling by sea has never turned out as an option for its people but a way of living for them. Bucas Grande Island is a place which is an epitome of what a melting pot is. Its inhabitants are mostly coming from Leyte, Tago, Cantilan, Mainit, General Luna and other places of Visayas and Mindanao. Today, the melting pot character has been strengthened by the hundreds of local and foreign tourists which are flocking the place each year.
Currently tourism mostly supports the Local Government Unit’s initiative to augment its local income and supports the economy of some if not all of the barangays in the municipality. Its people are now starting to learn how to interact with adventure-seekers coming from the different parts of the globe. With the foreigners coming in and out of this lush paradise, it has made a modern Socorronhon (inhabitant of Bucas Grande Island) develop and have a repertoire of at least 3 languages: Visayan as its local dialect; Tagalog which is the national language; and English as another language.
In plane reality, Bucas Grande Island is worthy called a tropical paradise. Thriving with greens, ornamental flowers and vegetations and being bounded by powdery sands, remarkable gorges, and offshore islets dotting its surrounding waters, Bucas Grande Island is not a mere alternative but rather offers an unparalleled island escapade for backpackers. Its rock islets, stalagmites and stalactites strewn caves, inland lakes, rock stacks, and pristine waters only illuminate the alien landscape that the island withholds and will certainly transport you to another world of wonder. If you look for testimonies from foreign sojourners, you will surely hear an “all-in-one” traveling experience. They say, you really need to combine Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Tagaytay and others just to equate on what you are going to see here in the island of Bucas Grande.
The enchanting Sohoton Cove is by far the best in Bucas Grande Island. It is teeming with astonishing discoveries and will make you go out from the same cove entrance spell-bounded. The half submerged entrance is the only entrance and exit point in this blue lagoon which is the home of Hagukan Sea-Cave, Magkuku-ob cavern, Dawongdong wall, fantastic variety of flora and fauna and more! Hagukan (snoring) sea-cave is a cave which has a half-submerged, small entrance that is adorned with rock -oysters and whose ceiling is decorated with awe-inspiring stalactites. This sea-cave is situated right in the middle of an islet inside Sohoton cove and once inside, you will see a noticeable glow of your skin while you are swimming inside the cave since its small entrance allow sunlight to stream directly into the water and thus make an illuminating reflection.
Magkukuob (bowing) cavern is another cave in one of the 7 islets inside Sohoton Cove and blue lagoon. Its walls have been naturally painted with varying colors from yellow to aqua to turquoise which makes it display a surreal galaxy in a glance. At the cavern’s entrance, the water is cold in that you will enjoy drenching your body for some while before climbing on an enthralling passage whose adjoining walls offers a stunning display of mineral-encrusted stalactites and stalagmites. After a short climb, you will reach a 5-meter jump off point to the clear, blue sea right below your feet. You just don’t need to be afraid of the free fall because this has even heightened the excitement of the famous Filipino actor Robin Padilla in one of his treasured visit in Sohoton Cove of Bucas Grande Island.
Indeed, it is beyond issue that Bucas Grande Island has been blessed with countless wonders of nature. Here, you can explore the breadth of its mystical caves, coves and caverns; fall to the charm of the forest which displays splashes of vibrant colors and cool shades; get to appreciate the breathtaking view of its upland view parks; swim with hundreds of thousands of non – stinging jellyfishes; get spell-bounded by its inland lakes, falls and rivers; sweat yourself out on your trekking adventure on the rugged and rocky trails; melt in with our old-age culture and tradition and know our humble beginnings; enjoy the freshest catch and take sumptuous meals; while away your day on the group of islets that we have here; catch sight to the fascinating rock formations; and more! There is really so much to explore and surely, a travel of a lifetime awaits you here at Bucas Grande Island.