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The Spectacular Lake Mainit of Mindanao

 Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines. It is located in the Northeastern part of Mindanao.  It is in between the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte, with the towns Jabonga, Kitcharao, Alegria, Mainit and more. It is rich in freshwater marine resources such as Kasili. It is indeed a good stop over for travelers who are Butuan or Surigao bound.

How To Get There: 

From Surigao City:  You can take Butuan-bound buses. If you choose the town Mainit, you have to stop at the corner going to Mainit and opt for another ride going to Mainit town proper. But if you choose Kitcharao, you can just tell the bus driver or crew to drop you off in Kitcharao Town Proper or Almont Resort which is just a few kilometers from the town proper. You can find a great view of the lake from there. If you travel from Butuan, you would also like to take the bus bound for Surigao.

Where To Stay:                                                                                                                        Kasili Lakeside Hotel and Resort     (photo courtesy of Kasili Lakeside Resort)

This resort is located in Mainit, Surigao del Norte.  Contact: 0929.1346590 / 0947.8908801

Here Are Some of my Lake Mainit shots:          took this photo near Almont Resort in Kitcharao 


The stunning view of the lake is really amazing. You would really love to spend your quiet moments in this vicinity. Ahh, the beauty of nature is just beyond our expectations. I can imagine myself in a rowboat sailing in a smooth waters and enjoying the relaxing countryside breeze. Now, that is what you call life! Enjoy it while you still can.. You only live once!

This 2014, make sure to include Lake Mainit in your bucket list. Happy New Year!

Amontay Beach Resort: A Northern Mindanao Destination

Amontay Beach Resort is located in Amontay, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.  It is the only resort in Agusan that offers wide variety of activities and amenities.  If you had enough of white sand beaches and wants to try gray sand beach but still with clear waters, then Amontay is a good choice.  It is an easy access to tourists since it is just a few minutes away from the Port Of Nasipit (the portal of Butuan City).

How To Get There:  From Butuan city, you can ride a bus bound for Cagayan de Oro city and just tell the driver or the steward to drop you off at the corner going to Amontay Beach Resort.  Travel time is around 30 minutes from Butuan City.  If you travel by boat from Cebu or Manila, you can just take a trike going to the resort upon arrival at the port of Nasipit.

Amenities and Accomodation:

The Poolside Rooms 

The Beachfront Rooms   

The Pool  Kiddie pool  

The big Pool

Other Views of the Pool

Pool Bar  (ongoing construction)

Poolside Activity Center

The Beach   

The Food  Buffet Meal   Breakfast   The Menu

Outdoor Activities   The Restaurant  

The Function Room  

Amontay Beach is a great place to spend a day or even for a few nights.  The food is, in my own rating, around satisfactory to good.  The food service is slow at times if they would have a bunch of guests to serve and attend to but they still do their best to be good at what they do.  Overall, it is a good place to stay and I recommend it to guests who are planning to visit Butuan or any part of northern Mindanao.

To know more itineraries visit:  The Philippine Travel Itineraries.

Tinuy-An Falls of Bislig City

Tinuya-an Falls is located around 10 to 15 kms away from Bislig town proper, in Brgy Borboanan.  It is dubbed as the Niagara falls of the Philippines, tough it is smaller, it still look the same, almost.

This place is perfect for team outings, team buildings, family picnics or even for lovers and solo backpackers who loves to wanderlust.

There are cottages that you can rent that ranges from 50php (table only) to 500php.

You can also visit the upper part of the fall through the man-mad stairs.

Here is the view of another fall on top of the main fall.

I do not have nothing much to say about this place.  It is really breathtaking.  Speechless.

How To Get There:

From Manila:  By Air, you can take Cebu Pacific & PAL daily through Butuan then take the 4-hour bus bound for Bislig. By sea, you can book with 2go Travel and check their Manila-Nasipit schedules.

From Cebu:  By Air, you can take Cebu Pacific & PAL daily through Butuan then take the 4-hour bus bound for Bislig. By sea, you can book with 2go Travel and check their Cebu-Nasipit schedules.

Around Bislig:

Bislig City is a city located in Surigao del Sur.  The main commercial area of the city is located in Brgy Mangagoy where merchants and consumers flock.  It is the easternmost city of the Philippines.  There are plenty of things to do in Bislig, all you need is just to explore.


Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

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The inviting Enchanted River Somewhere around 100 plus kms away from the city of Butuan, you can find this very magnificent river.  They call this the “Enchanted River.”  I do not know of any stories behind the name but I … Continue reading