Surigao City is capital of the Surigao del Norte province in the Philippines. Renting a car is one of the best ways to explore the quaint villages, lush landscapes, and miles of coastline. With Skyscanner, travellers can compare deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals in this adventure-filled destination in the South China Sea.
Car Rentals in Surigao City
Flights arrive at the Surigao Airport from Cebu and Manila. Passengers can walk out of the airport and grab a cab to Abestano Travel and Tours. Abestano Travel rents passenger vans only, and travellers are advised to contact them in advance to make arrangements. The Surigao Airport is located just minutes from the city centre.
If travellers want to rent a car, they may consider flying into Bancasi Airport. Travellers can land here and rent a car at Happy Landing Rent-a-Car inside the terminal. From there, drivers can take the Pan-Philippine Highway, AH26, three hours north to Surigao City. Popular car rental companies like Avis, Budget, and Hertz also have many offices in the larger cities of Manila and Cebu. Other modes of transportation in Surigao City include taxi and pedicab.
Driving in Surigao City and Beyond
Getting around Surigao City is easy, and the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) makes inter-island travel possible. Since travellers may encounter dirt roads and uneven terrain, they may want to consider renting a vehicle with four-wheel drive.
Most of the same driving customs apply in Surigao City, but there are some differences with parking that drivers should be aware of. It is recommended to park in paid parking lots or garages. Parking laws are strict, and violation of them can incur high fines. It is forbidden to park on the pavement or near hospitals, schools, and government buildings. Tolls are expensive but worth the price because they lead to more agreeable roads that are easier to drive on.
Be sure to check for updated travel warnings from the Canadian Travel Advice and Advisories before making travel arrangements to Surigao City and other islands in the Philippines. Travel to nearby Mindanao and Davao has been discouraged due to increased kidnappings and terror-related incidents.
Things to Do in Surigao City
Surigao City and the surrounding area have plenty to keep tourists happy. Most beaches in the Philippines have powdery white sand, but not Mabua Pebble Beach. Here guests will be delighted by the sound of waves crashing on this beach made entirely of pebbles. Looc beach is also nearby. For an adventure, trek through Silop Cave or Buenavista Cave on Hikdop Island.
Swim, snorkel, surf, and scuba dive in multiple locations around the island. Birok Islet Coral reef is almost untouched. Scuba dive in the Rite of Passage near Punta Bilar or at the Cagtinae Reef. Visitors can surf in Siargo, the surfing capital of the Philippines, and may also enjoy the 20-foot waterfall at Cantiasay. Another fun water activity is a boat ride through the Manjagao Mangrove Forest.
For a relaxing afternoon, take a lazy stroll through Luneta Park on San Nicholas Street downtown. Pass by the Rizal Statue, a historical landmark, and enjoy tree-lined streets with benches.
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