Santa Monica Falls in Siargao

Santa Monica Waterfalls Siargao Agusan Norte location taktak falls island history hiking Trail water environment trees park swimming tour guide distance general luna entrance fee forest tropical info The Santa Monica Waterfalls, also known as Taktak Falls, is located on Siargao Island in Agusan del Norte. The Santa Monica falls feature a gentle burst of falling water amid the tranquillity of a tropical forest – this is an apt description of this waterfalls. The well preserved natural environment is another come-on. Taktak falls is enclosed by tall trees that provide shade to the area. The water is a little muddy but is extremely cool. If you ever get tired of the beach, go here for a more private and refreshing dip. The Santa Monica falls is located an hour and a half ride from General Luna. Entrance fee to visit the falls is P15. Continue reading

Siargao Island

Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, Gen. luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Santa Monica, and SocorroSiargao Island is composed of 48 islands and islets-politically divided into nine municipalities: Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Santa Monica, and Socorro. Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao, at Del Carmen. Long stretches of wetlands indicate a potential for commercial seaweed propagation. Siargao Island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait. Siargao Island’s coordinates are 9°52′N, 126°03′E. Offshore, a classic tropical island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Off to the right, well within the massive coastal reef, lies a shining white sand bar, (Pansukian, or Naked island) Continue reading