It all started with a picture that my husband saw in 2014: a breathtaking water cottage with blue-green crystal clear water. It was no surprised that it become part of our ‘place-to-visit’ list that year. It was the good-looking Club Tara Resort located at Bucas Grande Island.
We travelled to the Hayanggabon port which is located in Claver, Surigao del Norte. From there, the friendly staffs of Club Tara Resort was there waiting for us. The boat has a capacity upto 8 guests with a per trip fee of 2,000php per way. The travel from the port to the said resort takes around 40 minutes. The moment we saw the resort from a distance, we were amazed with the sight!
Everything is picture perfect, and the overall area is clean and well maintained by the staffs. But I will not lie: I felt that the resort’s facilities needed more maintenance.
The cottage room itself have a basic set of furnitures with a refrigerator. The resort is surrounded with body of waters, in short, the only way to go in or out there is thru a boat. As for food, you only have one option which is to order from their kitchen. The food itself was plain looking and small portioned that we needed to have extra orders. As a result, we felt the price of each meal is a bit steep.
There is internet connection available at the resort, but this is not all the time dependable. There is a swimming pool that is not deep, hence, good for children. Kayak and life vests are also available.
During the time when it is low tide, my husband and I enjoys ‘exploring’ the beautiful surroundings. The water is so clear that we excitedly points on passing by fishes to each other. It is indeed one of Nature’s best!
Also, while you are staying there: you may consider checking out the enchanting Sohoton Cove. You will need to hire a boat to be able to register and pay the necessary fees at the Sohoton Cove Tourist Center as only trained fishermen with their small boats can enter the said area. By visiting the cove, you will get to see the infamous ‘horse foot rock formation’, swim inside the cove and have the option to see the delicate stingless jellyfishes.
We took a not so common route and went for a Mangroove tour. It was very peaceful. We also get to drop by two different waterfalls. Both are clean and well maintained.
— Bring your underwater camera and extra batteries esp. when you have intention to go island hopping or other such activities as everything looks picture perfect. It just may inspires you to take a lot of pictures.
— Incase of power shortage, at least those times when we were staying at the resort, there was no generator.
— There is no bar or party activities during at night. It is peaceful and very quiet.
— Incase you do not plan to overnight at the resort but still wanted to drop by, you can… but with a minimal entrance fee per person.
— If you happen to be in Siargao Island but wishes to see the beautiful Sohoton Cove, this is possible. Inquire with your hotel there for this option.