Agusan del Norte is a second class province, being the smallest in the Caraga Region (northeastern portion of Mindanao; consisting of the provinces of four others: Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands). The landscape is mostly mountainous, especially along its western and northeastern parts. The rest of the land is flat, with rolling lands specifically where the popular Agusan River is cutting through before it empties into the Butuan Bay.
Most tourists describe the province as a haven of natural beauty in the tropics. The scenic Agusan del Norte never fails to cast an instantly enigmatic charm that is apparently drawn from the numerous archaic mementos that are spread throughout the area. This tourism destination is rich in culture and history, not to mention the drama that completes vacationers’ imaginations.
About Agusan del Norte
Current population is about 314,000, the Philippines’ 64th biggest. The economy is basically agricultural, with rice as its major produce. Geographically, the province is bounded to the north by Surigao del Norte and Butuan Bay; to the east by Surigao del Sur; in the west by Misamis Oriental; and by Agusan del Sur in the south. Total land area is at 2,500 square kilometers. There are 11 municipalities in the province. The popular city of Butuan is geographically situated within Agusan del Norte’s land area, but it is independently governed. The capital city of the province is Cabadbaran.
Agusan del Norte has numerous breathtaking beaches, especially in the towns of Nasipit, Carmen, Buenavista, and Cabadbaran City. In the province could also be found the beautiful mountain of Mt. Hilong Hilong, the tallest in Agusan del Norte. There are several popular tourism sites in the province.
Cabadbaran City has natural attractions like beaches that are its main pride as-well-as Sumag-a Falls and Pool. As mentioned, Mt. Hilong Hilong is really wonderful for mountain hikers because of its physical height along with adornments of various plants and animals. Another municipality, Buenavista, is among Agusan del Norte’s coastal towns that are known for sandy beaches. The coast stretches from Abilan to Sacol, where there are many cottages rented out to local beachgoers and tourists. Do not miss to check out the highly interesting Bacucang and Tacub Falls.
Carmen Ecological Tourism Center is in the town of Carmen. Its popular beaches include white-sand Bolihon Beach, which is enticing for it lovely waters, natural rock formations, and cliffs. Scuba diving is a perfect leisure activity to be facilitated here. While in the town, never miss other attractions like Punta Diwata and the caverns of Vinapor. This site is also serving as a popular Pilgrim Center during Holy Week.
Other municipalities have their own unique features. Las Nieves mesmerizes through its scenic hills, the Asinan Salt Spring, and the Ibuan Falls. Kitcharao and Jabonga are municipalities where boasting and fishing are best enjoyed. Magallanes has several places of interests, with historical values, like the Municipal Museum. Santiago has its own geothermal spring facility.
Numerous festivals and events are staged regularly. Baoto Festival is held every second Friday of September in Jabonga. It is a tribute to the ‘baoto’ or native dug-out canoe. Lisagan Festival every third Saturday of October showcases Manobo rituals and dances in a religious celebration. Sumayajaw Festival every August 15 is a thanksgiving offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, while Tawo-tawu Festival every September 8 is a thanksgiving party for a bountiful harvest. Araw ng Agusan del Norte is held every June 13 to 17.
How to get there
Daily air travel is offered by Philippine Airlines and Aerolift from Metro Manila and Cebu. You could take aircoasters from Cagayan de Oro everyday. By ship, take Manila to Cebu route then transfer to boats going to the province. By land, motor vehicles take visitors from Cagayan de Oro, Surigao City, Davao, and Gingoong City. There are trips offered almost every hour.