Caraga is one of the most alluring treasures of Mindanao. Despite its rugged beauty and plethora of enticing landmarks, this northeastern corner of Mindanao has been largely overlooked by tourists. This makes it even more intriguing, especially for those tourists not afraid to find themselves ‘outside the norm’. From the Argusan Marshes to the azure waters of Siargao Island, Caraga shouldn’t be missed. Travel Authentic Philippines offers a variety of Caraga tours.
This Mindanoan region stretches from mountains to coast, with plenty of tourist gems dotting the landscape. It is abound in natural splendor. The tear-drop-shaped island of Siargao offers unmatched surfing and nature tours. An array of wildlife, including dozens of bird species, awaits visitors in the landlocked marshy region of Argusan. Of course, the bustling metropolis of Butuan, and its surrounding hills, makes for an excellent holiday spot too.
Getting into Caraga can be done by air from Cebu or Manila. A nearby airport serves Butuan. Transportation is in abundance and inexpensive, with vans and jeepneys easy to find. However, public transportation is not always reliable. Getting between the islands of Caraga’s northern coastline is not difficult thanks to ferries and banca services too.
Unfortunately, being part of Mindanao, Caraga has not been spared of the region’s social conflicts. Although it isn’t as involved as other parts of the island, Caraga still experiences attacks, which have led to the issuing of travel warnings by some countries in recent years. Nevertheless, the Philippine government is working tirelessly to help bring an end to the Mindanao violence. Tours typically avoid any danger. It is time to go on Caraga Tours!
Caraga does not have a pronounced wet or dry season. It experiences rain throughout the year, although the heaviest rainfall period does occur between November and February. Caraga sits on the eastern side of the Philippines, so hurricanes are not uncommon here. Most will hit land to the north of Mindanao, but the region is still heavily affected by storm surges, strong winds and dangerous precipitation levels when hurricanes arrive.