Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PICOP Reservoir - Surigao del Sur

WHERE: PICOP Reservoir - Surigao del Sur
DATE OF TRAVEL: September 11, 2010
1. It's a nice stopover for picture taking.
2. From what we've read in our bird guidebook, it's a great spot for birdwatching. Click this to read more about the birds in PICOP. Too bad we weren't into birdwatching yet when we went here.
FEES: Free

NOTE: It's not worth seeing by itself unless you will birdwatch. Make sure to pass by for it when you're on the way to Tinuy-An falls though.

In the 1950's, the Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) created a reservoir in Surigao del Sur. The water comes from the famous Tinuy-an Falls and are gathered together in this man-made lake. It serves as PICOP's source for water and for their products (paper, etc) as well.

HOW TO GET THERE:Fly to Butuan City (Agusan del Sur). From Butuan, you can ride a jeep/ bus (BUS NAME: Bachelor) going to Bislig. Once in town, look for a habal-habal (motorcycle) that will take you to Tinuy-an Falls. Ask the driver to stop here on the way. You won't miss it.

You can also hire a van from Butuan to take you here.

Our driver, Juvy, drove us from Butuan all the way to Surigao del Sur (Enchanted River, Tinuy-an Falls, PICOP Reservoir, Hinatuan Ecopark, Oceanview Restaurant,International Dollhouse and Tourism Display Center) and back for P5,000. Below are his contact numbers:

+63927 7175267
+63909 9899854

Should you contact him, just tell him you got his number from us (Paula Peralejo and Charlie Fernandez).

Lori Lim (Bislig Tourism Officer) - +63917 723 5463/ +63918 4538358

CARAGA Travel Links (travel agency) - Vivian Durano Otaza - +63917 3648504/ +63932 2662378
OFFICE ADDRESS: Raniel Business Park, J. Rosales Street, Butuan City (across Gaisano Mall)

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