WHERE: Tipdos Island, Hinatuan Bay, Surigao del Sur
DATE OF TRAVEL: September 11, 2010
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The golden sand is fine, the water is warm and the island is unexploited!
The pumpboat from Enchanted River charges P160/ hour. You can ask them to bring you here.
Mayor Viola Jr. of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur lent us his speed boat and asked the tourism officer Ms. Gemma Millan to bring us here. It took us a little over an hour to get here so it might take so much longer via pump boat.
Tipdos Island is an uninhabited island in Hinatuan Bay. It has golden, powdery sand and as of writing, the island is still "virgin". There are no stalls or people selling drinks and food here. There have been sightings of Dugongs (sea cow) and Pawikans (sea turtles) in the area. The water is great for swimming because of its shallow depth and warm temperature. Camping is also possible in this island.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Find your way to Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur. From there, hire a habal-habal to the Enchanted River. Hire a pumpboat (P160/ hour) from Enchanted River to Tipdos Island.
Gemma Millan (Hinatuan Tourism Officer) - +63919 4600855/ email@example.com
Engineer Josephine Lapeciros - firstname.lastname@example.org
Juvy (driver of our van slash tour guide) - +63927 7175267 / +63909 9899854
Vivian Durano Otaza (Chairperson of CARAGA Travel Links - travel agency) - +63917 3648504/ +63932 2662378/ email@example.com
CARAGA TRAVEL LINKS Address: Raniel Business Park, J. Rosales Street, Butuan City (across Gaisano mall)