Laswitan Lagoon: An Ocean Waterfalls in Surigao Del Sur

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It is rare to find a waterfall by the ocean; and it is rarer to come across with waterfalls made by the ocean, isn’t it? Well, the Philippines can offer it to you. I can proudly say that in terms of adventure, Philippines almost got it all.

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One such place is the Laswitan Falls and Lagoon, situated in Cortes, Surigao City, Surigao del Sur.
This waterfall is so unique that it receives a huge number of tourists from nearby towns and from all over the country. I’m pretty sure you’d be joining the crowd once you read about it, too.

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The Laswitan Falls and Lagoon is actually a unique 20-foot rock formation located near the shore in Cortes.This geological feature makes three natural basins so that when the surf becomes high, the huge waves would flow and spill into the main basin on the other side, thus creating a waterfall effect.

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Laswitan comes from the Visayan term, laswit, which means ‘sea water pounding on the rocks’.So you need to wait for the next big splash and go through the same awe and wonder as each wave gives on the excitement that surges to joy. This is what makes life in Laswitan, amazing.

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The local government has been promoting Laswitan so don’t be surprised if a lot of tourists are already coming to see the area. It is highly recommended to visit Laswitan from October to March, or during Amihan season when the waves are stronger.

Entrance fee – ₱20
Open cottage – ₱200
Life jacket rental – ₱20/hour
Salbabida rental – ₱20/day

How to Get to Laswitan:

From Surigao City, take a 4-hour ride in a south-bound bus going to Tandag and drop off at Cortes. From Cortes town proper, go on a 15-minute ride in a habal-habal for you to get to Laswitan.Those coming in from Tandag will have to take a 1-hour ride on a north-bound bus going to Surigao City instead.To get to Surigao City, flights are available via Philippine Airlines and You can also choose to go on a 7- to 8-hour ride to Tandag from Davao City.

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