The mountainous areas of Agusan del Norte and the rich marshes of Agusan del Sur captivate the imagination and beckon a visit. The vast territories of the two provinces offer an exciting mix of history, culture, and festivals – explore them all one cluster at a time.

Balangay Museum in Butuan City. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Archaeological hotspots. Both provinces contain important archaeological finds, particularly the Balangay Museum of Butuan City, which contains the remains of the oldest known watercraft (Balangay) found in the Philippines. More traces of pre-Hispanic civilization can be found in the Butuan National Museum, ​​which is divided into two exhibit galleries: The Archaeological Hall and Ethnological Hall Specimens. In Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, there is also the Golden Tara Excavation Site, which marks the location where the Golden Tara, a golden statue of the Hindu-Buddhist goddess Tara, was excavated in early 1917. The statue itself is currently kept in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois but the excavation site continues to attract tourists and archaeologists today. 

Ziplining at Delta Discovery Park. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Explore different ecotourism zones. Scale the heights of Mt. Hilong-Hilong in Cabadbaran City, Agusan Norte), see the towering centennial Bitaug tree of Agusan del Norte, go ziplining, trekking or ride an ATV in Delta Discovery Park, or visit one of the most important wetlands of the Philippines in Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary of Agusan del Sur.

Bood Promontory Park. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Meaningful historical sites. Aside from prized archaeological sites, Agusan del Norte also has several significant historical attractions. Visit the hilltop Bood Promontory Park, which marks what is believed to be the site of first ever Christian mass held in the Philippines, and see old, authentic documents and artifacts at the Museo de Cabadbaran, which contains a repository of important finds from the city’s  four archaeological sites.

Balangay Festival. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Colorful festivals and festivities. Both norte and sur provinces are known for their dizzying list of festivals: Butuan City celebrates its historic Balangay findings annually in a Balangay Festival, which involves fluvial parade along the Agusan River; The Kahimunan Festival held during the third Sunday of January celebrates the Sto Niño in Barangay Libertad, as well as the start of the planting season; and the Naliyagan Festival in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur commemorates the Manobo people’s loyalty to their tribal leader, Datu Lipus Makapandong in a colorful showcase of song, dance, games, native products, and more.

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