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How To Get To Bucas Grande Island

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More and more people are getting incorrect information every time they try enter the search term “how to get to Bucas Grande Island” on the internet. Indeed, the information about the island is much localized and is often conveyed by word-of-mouth. While it sent home virtually all of its visitors demystified by its natural wonders, this place has not really received much publicity. In this post I will walk you through the alternative routes that you can choose from to reach here in this hidden jewel of the Pacific – Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Philippines.

Surigao City is the main transit point in getting to Bucas Grande Island. You can travel by air, by land (Philtranco Bus), or by sea from Manila directly to Surigao City. At the airport or at the bus terminal, you can either ride a tricycle or multi cab to the City’s Pantalan Uno (Port / Pier 1) where you will take another two-hour boat ride to Bucas Grande Island. Bucas Grande Island is popularly known as Socorro so I advise you to ask people using the latter term whenever you look for the motor boat at the port. Alternatively, you can ask the driver of the land transport you are riding to send you to M/B Angus at said port.

Whenever you choose Surigao City as your starting point, make sure that you are going to reach the port before 12 noon since the regular trip is scheduled to sail to Bucas Grande Island anytime from 11 am to 12 noon, Mondays through Saturdays. Whenever you happen to reach the city during Sundays, or whenever you are looking for a shortened sea-trip, you can go to Surigao City Bus Station which is only a short walk from the airport. There, you can choose a van, bus or jeepney-ride to the port of Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte where you can hitch for a less than an hour trip to the port of Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte. In choosing for this route, make sure that you reach the port of Hayangabon before 11 in the morning and before 4 in the afternoon because the scheduled daily trips will depart between 10 am to 11 am (for morning) and between 3 pm to 4 pm (for afternoon).

If you happen to choose to visit Bucas Grande Island from the main Siargao Island (FYI: Bucas Grande Island is part of Siargao Islands), you can reach the port of Socorro by a one-hour sea-trip at the port of Dapa, Surigao del Norte. There are two daily trips at the said port: one which will sail to Bucas Grande Island between 7:30 to 8:30 am; and another between 2:30 to 4 pm. Currently, you can travel by air from Cebu City to Siargao every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and vice versa. From the airport, you will still need to take a motorcycle, van or jeepney ride to the port of Dapa so be sure to reach the latter port before the scheduled time of departure.

For travelers whose starting point is at Butuan City, you can take a bus/van ride to Surigao City. From Surigao City Terminal, you will again take a multi cab ride and ask the driver to drop you at Surigao City Public Market where port / pier 1 is only a short walk away. If you however intend to take the Hayanggabon route above, you can ask the bus/van driver (I am referring to the driver of the bus/van from Butuan City) to drop you only at Bad-as Terminal where you can get a ride to the port of Hanyanggabon.

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Special Note: If you wish to travel by air, the following are the schedules of flights:

Cebu Pacific flies daily from Cebu to Surigao and vice versa.
Air Phil Express flies from Manila to Surigao everyday except Wednesdays and vice versa.
Skyjet flies Manila to Surigao every Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday and vice versa.

Map direction if you are traveling from Surigao City

Map direction if you are traveling from Davao City

Map direction if you are traveling from Butuan City

Map direction if you are traveling from Cagayan De Oro City

Map direction if you are traveling from Bukidnon

Map direction if you are traveling from Tandag City

Map direction if you are traveling from Enchanted River in Hinatuan

(Updated: May 15, 2016)