The following is the image that stirred my sleeping 'adventure-mode'.
|Courtesy of Mykel Jonh|
My FB friend posted this as his profile picture while I was on a client visit in Surigao City. Inquiries soon followed ...
A few days after, I found myself descending on the stairway towards the rocky shores of Bgy. Madrelino to see for myself the waters of Laswitan.
Descent (and ascent) is easy due to the presence of a cemented stairway with concrete handles. It gets challenging though at the landing as you balance yourself through huge boulders that were remnants of a recent landslide.
Parking is limited nearest to the entrance, the one nearest to the stairways.
During rainy days, if you're not bringing a 4x4 vehicle, better leave you car in the gate area and do the short walk towards the entrance; the road gets slippery.
Entrance to Laswitan is 20 pesos per person, paid at the gates.
From the local word 'laswit', to mean 'waves banging on the rocks', Laswitan is a combination of a tidal pool, lagoon, water falls and beach rolled into one. A little bit of everything, so to speak.
The 'laswit' can be strong (especially during amihan season). Bathers frolicking in the waters and and on the stone formations were washed out a couples of times.
The following series of pictures shall give you an idea how strong it can be as it overturned the 'salbabida' (rubber tube) of these two ladies and washed out the bathers perched on the stones ....
This took place as i was taking pictures of my cousin who missed all the action and fun of the moment.
The place is still being developed by both the barangay and municipal government. Hopefully on my next visit, the road-ways would have improved and proper garbage disposal would have been solved. Such a stunning place to be in...
Here's a map to guide you to Laswitan and be in awe with this wonderful creation of nature.
Shown here also are the other places of interest in the Surigao Sur (and Norte as well) areas.
I'll be back here soon ...