|Beach of Kabito-onan, Consuelo,Cantilan|
Surigao del Sur simply amazes me with lots of hidden jewels worth finding. Who would have thought that the province is a sanctuary of town that is genuinely oozing with beautiful destinations with dozens of activities to refresh you from the busy thoughts of the city?
One in particular is the place known as Consuelo, one of the humble barangays of Cantilan . Community seats silently facing the vast Pacific Ocean with dozens of pristine islands and islets that are accentuated with white coral sand beaches and lush vegetations.
Going to the silent haven of paradise, we passed by a long wooden bridge connecting San Pedro and Consuelo. The bridge is already quite an attraction as it stands on top of an estuary leading to the sea. The ecotone habitat is a favorite spot for the least known forest, the mangrove ecosystem serving as home to some colorful birds particularly King Fisher and some unidentified birds of prey dwelling freely in the area.
By just looking at the bridge, you can already sense a lot of stories of lives that have passed by the old wooden planks connecting the two communities.
In Consuelo, the people resonates a humble life with its primary livelihood which is fishing and coconut farming or locally known as “paglulukat” or copra making.
We were accommodated by one of the locals of Consuelo, Loloy, hosting our lunch for that day. Their house stands firmly on the rocky shore of the coast just beside the port built by Mac Ventures.
We had one of the most authentic sea food delight I have tasted by far, Alimasag (crab) and paksiw na Talakitok ( Jack fish) with lots and lots of rice.
Finishing that full island meal put us all in a siesta moment. After some little rest, we continued to scout the coral sand beach and the rocky coastal community.
|Local favorite shell fish Sa-ang Cone shaped shells Sea cucumber, Holoturia|
The shore breathes with diverse form of life as abundant marine species dwell in numbers ranging from a simple sea shells to creepy sea cucumbers and numerous fish that swims in the pristine blue water rushing into the coastal areas of the islands. I was also surprised to locate one species of pitcherplant, Nepenthes alata that clings on the bushes of the cliff along the coast. Seeing those plants is a wonder to my eyes as it has indicated resilient ecosystem in the area.
|Nepenthes alata in Consuelo, Cantilan. Surigao del Sur|
Off coast fronting us are islands and islets with magnificent view with white coral sands beach. We wished to have a trip to the islands but time did not permit us, which leave me thinking of returning to the hidden jewels the soonest possible time. (end of part 3 of Cantilan Series)
|Casarica (islet on the left) and Huyamao Island|
There are multiple entries to Cantilan:
- There are flights available daily to Butuan City and Surigao City
- Coming from Butuan City Terminal, take a bus bound for Tandag City. Bus leaves every hour, fare is Php 300.00 for airconditioned bus (Bachelor) with travel time of 5 hours. In Tandag City, there are two options you can take to visit cantilan: (1) to take a bus bound for Surigao City or (2) take a van. Buses have a limited schedule until 2 pm. Fare is Php100.00 with travel time of 2 hours.
- In Cantilan Terminal (near the market) you can take a tricycle and tell the driver you are bound for Consuelo, fare is Php25.00.
- If you wish to visit some of the islands, you can negotiate with the local fishermen to take you on a round on the nearby destinations.
- Coming from Surigao City, there are buses and vans in the city terminal bound for Tandag City. Alight in Cantilan, fare is Php 170, then follow the rest of the instructions above.
- Coming from Davao City, there are two direct trips to Tandag City, 6 am and 12 mn. Fare is Php363.00 and travel time is 8 hours. From Tandag City, follow the instruction above.
There are few pension houses in Cantilan. It is a small place so you won’t miss seeing one. There are also quite a number of resorts along the Baybay along the coast. From the twon , you can take a tricycle for Php 15.00 to the coastal community of Baybay.
With our experience we were accommodated in a 2 room resort in Cathe Pacific Cottage by the Beach you may contact the owner Cathe Duero at +63919.991.4250 for reservation.
There is an ATM available at Cantilan Bank located at the heart of the town.