Enchanted River and Hinatuan may be the poster boys of Surigao del Sur but there’s a gem in the province that many people don’t know much about: Barobo.
I joined a one-day tour in this third class municipality, a five-hour road trip via private vehicle from Davao City. Our first stop was this secluded beach, the name I wasn’t able to ask our guide, but I reckon it could be Turtle Island or the rear of Cabgan Island.
This island was a forty-five minute banca ride from Barobo Port. There’s a small house atop the entrance where a local family resides.
What made this place memorable was the climb to the top of a hill where you pass by several statues of Sto. Niño, most of them headless. I expected to see a small church but on top was a lighthouse where you can have a beautiful view of Barobo.
I wanted to know the story behind these headless statues because as I climbed up the hill, they look creepy and amusing at the same time but I didn’t have anyone to ask. At eight in the morning, it was a low tide so we didn’t have the chance to plunge in the water. We did that at our next stop anyway, the Vanishing Island, which I will write about in different entry.