Left my heart in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

When you think of surfing in the Philippines, you will immediately remember Siargao Island as the surfing capital. Once you hear Surigao, the island comes in your mind straightaway. But let’s forget about it and let’s explore another surfing spot in Surigao, which is located in Sur or in the southern part of Surigao province.

[Note: This will be a long post and more on mushy storytelling. lol]

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Me and my boyfriend got addicted to surfing and we get stoked on it as if it’s our first time. Days are better if you are on a surf trip. It’s not all about getting a good picture for you to brag on social medias like Facebook and Instagram. But it’s the feeling of satisfaction when you catch the waves. It is all about meeting new friends and spending the day with no rush. A carte blanche for once in a while.  However, this trip was fun but escalated immediately to despondency and you’ll know about it if you’ll read this entire post.

A small town, which is an hour away from Tandag City, is very peaceful and everything here is a walking distance. We didn’t regret we visited Lanuza, although, it’s a little bit late for a visit already. Dominated with other spot’s fame, not everyone knows about this paradise in the southern part of Surigao province. Indeed, I left my heart in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. Why? Simply because, we found the contentment we’ve been looking for in one place. The people, the food, the waves and the place itself. Everything is perfect in a way that it gives you tranquility.

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This is where I rode my very first own wave without any instructor. So it’s a Yay! for me. If you can still recall from my previous surf trips (if you were reading them), most of them has instructors. Basically, instructors will persuade you to get one to enjoy surfing more. But here in Lanuza, we spoke to a PRO long boarding surfer ‘Torne or Attorney’, as what the locals call him, and he compelled us not to get an instructor since we have an experience already. So he let us rent surfing boards from where we are staying and let us paddle to the line up.

Line-up: The area where most of the waves are starting to break and where most surfers are positioned in order to catch a wave.

But before we can reach the line up, we had to paddle through a river mouth which is soooooo amazing! In most of my surfing experience, you just need to walk few meters from the shore then you can surf already.

Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

It was really a great experience. Only four us surfed that day and though I was able to ride 3 times only, it was still satisfying ’cause we’re the one who’s catching the waves. Not just a mere push from the instructors. lol. Next day, we surfed again but unluckily, my GoPro fell into the water. 🙁

Good thing I was able to download some pictures to the phone but still, it hurts so bad to lose something you’ve been together with all your trips and adventures for 3 years. *creyyyys

But moving on, I bought a new one already so no need to cry anymore. New adventure awaits! So let’s go back to Lanuza…..

Aside from surfing, you can also visit the Magkawas Falls. We rented a motorbike for 24 hours and off we go. First, you’ll need to walk (just a little) to the falls and ejoy the view.

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A minute or two, you’re already there. Lucky for us, we we’re the only tourist on that time aside from local kids who were enjoying their day jumping to the falls.

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How to Get There?
From Tandag City, take a van or bus bound for Cantilan or Surigao City. Fare is around 80-110 pesos.

From Butuan City, take a van or bus bound for Tandag City.

From Surigao City, take a van or bus bound for Tandag City and get off at Lanuza terminal/market. Fare is 190-200 pesos.

Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

Where to Stay?
You can stay in Mami’s Surf Haus owned by Ate Belen but best known for Mami. Per night is 250pesos per head and you can let Mami cook for your meal for 100 pesos. I highly recommend you to stay here because aside from the Mami’s best offered meals, you will meet new friends and stay in a comfortable home for the mean time.

Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

Aside from surfing and the waterfall, try their Pirik which can be compared to tequila. It is also known as Pauroy in Siargao city.

Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

For 40 pesos only, you can enjoy the night with chit chat while listening to the waves. It contains raisins and and nangka, btw. Weird but I love the taste after the 3rd shot. lol!

If you want to eat in their carenderias, don’t expect too much since they don’t have one. You can go to their market/terminal to look for food houses or to their boulevard. On a Sunday morning, since Mami can’t cook for us since she’s attending the mass, we looked for something to eat in the boulevard. Good thing they offer breakfast meals like dried fish and scrambled egg.

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The view and the food was so perfect! Simple yet very peaceful.

You can also rent a motorbike for only 300 pesos for 24 hours. Just enough for you to roam around the small town.

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We enjoyed Lanuza so much that we don’t want to go to other surf spots anymore. We even promised that we’ll go there on November, which is their surfing festival. Stoked but will try despite of the busy schedule this year.

If I’ll choose between Siargao and Lanuza? I’ll choose the latter. This is the best surf trip we had so far!!

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