Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Roadtrip from Davao City to Bislig City, Surigao del sur

Are you travelling to Mangagoy for the first time? You can get the route from this trip.

Check out this guide because this will benefit not just solo backpackers, but also families and friends planning on a land travel or road trip to Bislig city's main tourist attraction to Tinuy-An Falls located in Burboanan, Bislig City.

I started my trip on a Friday noon and decided to choose an available air-conditioned van with five passengers including me that travelled for four (4) long hours of journey. 

The national highway has concrete roads from Davao City, Tagum City then Compostela Valley,Monkayo and Trento however after passing Cuevas Bislig, there are sections with undergoing road construction.  

Here's the map that gives you both the road distance and probable stopping points of the journey to Mangagoy.

click to enlarge: Travel Route from Davao City, Davao del Sur to Mangagoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
 As shown in the map, the estimated travel time of the distance can take you 3 hours and 19minutes but due to traffic and stopping points halfway to the journey, actual travel time via VAN took 4 to 5 hours which is faster compared to BUS. But of course if you have your own vehicle and familiar of the route then you can arrive earlier.


According to the Van Driver "Manong Adong" (cell#0948 990 9198) they can be found at the Victoria Plaza Mall Davao Van Terminal. Usually the first trip starts around 8am - 9am and last trip is 8pm. Van Fare is Php 300.00 (as of this date 17/04/2015)

Since I'm planning to visit Tinuy-an Falls first before Enchanted River then I'll be staying in Mangagoy. Mangagoy is the downtown area of Bislig City and the largest barangay in the Philippines also dubbed as the little city within the city of Bislig. Bislig can be found in Surigao del Sur, on the eastern side of Mindanao.

Want to get information of accommodations and check where I stay in Mangagoy? 


I hire tricycle driver to search for a place to stay for a night, he led me to Casa de Babano then Sleep In  and last TFanny's.
These three accommodations located in the center of Mangagoy, walking distance to public market, restos, etc. which I prefer because I plan to stroll and explore the downtown.

I choose TFanny's because I need to prioritize the wifi connection so I could check emails and do some work. The staff gave me the room beside the lobby to gain easy access of the Wifi only available in the lobby. The room  has 2 single beds for Php 650.00 with cable TV, AC and own Toilet & Bath. Not bad at all with free breakfast.

Sarah recommends: T'Fanny's 
(For solo travelers and for sharing,I learned this is also owned by Congressman Garay)
Address: P. Castillo St. Mangagoy, Bislig City

Cecille: 0919-470-8998 

T'Fanny's Room Rates

T'Fanny's P. Castillo St. Mangagoy, Bislig City

Where to eat

Gail's Resto and Coffee Shoppe
R. B. Castillo St, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
0921 979 1497
You can order in individual serving size  from their array of viands  at the counter or order from their menu. Price range Php60.00 per serving for solo orders.
I recommend you try my favorite drink in their resto the Guyabano Shake Php60.00  then add Php5 for cup to go.
Gail's Resto and Coffee Shoppe

Guyabano Shake Php60.00

Ocean View Restaurant
Purok 6, Barangay Cumawas, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
There are 200+ steps to get here. Great panoramic view of the sea and check out the International Doll House Tour 
We tried their Mixed Salads with Italian Sauce and Thousand dressings, and Fish Fillet with Curry Sauce and Halo Halo.

Fish Fillet with Curry Sauce 

Mixed Salads with Italian Sauce

Biano's Pizzaderia
Abarca Street, Mangagoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Tel. No. +63 86 853 2554

We ordered Super Deluxe 11inch Php179.00 and All Bacon Pizza Php139.00

Need information about the places to see in Bislig?

-Tinuy-An Falls
-Enchanted River
-Ocean View Park
-Internatinal Doll House

Want to know the total Expenses of my solo backpacking adventure? Check this Bislig Travel Expenses (Budget vs. Actual)