Club Tara Resort, Surigao Del Norte

Club Tara Resort is one of the pioneer resorts that created stilts type of cottages. It has been more than 10 years since Club Tara Resort in Surigao Del Norte was built.

Website: https://www.clubtara-surigao.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clubtararesort/

Contact Number: 0917 522 5500

Email: clubtara_rsvn@hotmail.com

Address: Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, 847 00 Mindanao, Philippines

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/bgMCZZMgo1bDXFNRA

 

Where to Book?

We highly suggest that you book through Agoda because sometimes the prices here are cheaper than booking in the actual website. Plus, sometimes you can choose the free cancellation and pay later option.

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Arriving in the Resort

When we entered the vicinity of the resort, we immediately saw the stilt cottages.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Then our boat parked in the dock.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

There is no other way of going in the resort aside from riding a boat.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

We were soon greeted by Bongga, the resident dog. She is a gentle loving dog who loves to bark on boatmen and show affection to tourists.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Here is the dining area near the reception. We did not immediately checked in because it was just 8AM. Check in time is at 2PM, so, we had a tour in Bucas Grande first, then we checked-in when we returned.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels
Reception Area

 

Jacuzzi Water Cottages

After our half day tour in Bucas Grande, we checked in our cottage.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

We were immediately awed by the beauty of the cottage. Yes it is already old, but it still looks good.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Furniture

The rattan chairs are the old style which were made by real rattan.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Bed

Our bed was decorated simply.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Other features

A refrigerator, toiletries, bottled water, and a large desk is available. The refrigerator is already old, the inside looked a bit rusty already, but it was fine.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

There are also some native decorations to complete the ambiance of the cottage.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

The view from the window

Our view out the window was spectacular. We can see the ocean and the forest.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

This is what we see when we wake up.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Comfort Room

One of the main features of the cottage is the Jacuzzi of the comfort room.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

So, of course we had to enjoy it.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Busy and I stayed in the Jacuzzi for a few hours. It was nice looking at the view while taking a rest in the tub.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort romantic jacuzzi - Happy and Busy Travels
The sun hitting my face haha

There is also a shower area, a sink, table, and a toilet bowl. The divider of the areas in the comfort room were made out of Rattan, which is already deteriorating.

 

The Vicinity of Club Tara Resort

While we were in the resort, we explored the vicinity of Club Tara Resort.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

The vicinity is just so majestic, The biodiversity is so rich! There are a lot of trees on the islands, the water is so clean, there are a lot of corals, and there is a lot of fishes, sea urchins, and crabs around! We can even see some small fishes jumping because they are being eaten by bigger fishes. Plus, you can just sit there and relax and hear different sounds of birds and animals.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Plus, just right below the cottages, reception area, and dinning area, there are a lot of fishes!

 

It is also nice to see the stilt cottages from a far. We stayed there in the first cottage, the first renovated cottage. The resort is renovating the roofs one cottage at a time.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Activities in Club Tara Resort

Paddle Board and Kayak

There are some Paddle Boards and Kayak available in the resort, guests can use it for free.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

We first used the paddle board, but we shifted to the kayak because we wanted to watch the bats at dusk. Then, in the morning, we again used it to go to the nearby beach, which is a bit far.

 

Go to the Nearby Beach

There is a nearby beach so Busy and I went there to explore it.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

It is a bit far from the resort, but we can still see the resort from here.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort romantic jacuzzi - Happy and Busy Travels

The sand on the beach is white but nit that fine. But it was great relaxing there because it was like an untouched area. There are a lot of dead leaves and s few small stones.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Fruit Bat Watching

During our first day, we went to a part of the cove wherein there were a lot of fruit bats.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

Here is a quick video on what we saw.

 

Swimming

Aside from the ocean, a swimming pool is also available. We did not use the pool because we enjoyed swimming in the ocean.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Fish Feeding

As we have mentioned earlier, there is a lot of fishes near the dinning area and the cottages. We fed the fishes around with a few rice, I think it is around 1 teaspoon for a span of 2 days. If you wish to do this, please make sure that the rice has no oil, condiments, or any viand, and please do it moderately.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Food

Generally their dishes were a bit pricey for what will be served because all of their supplies should be delivered to them by a boat.

Corned Beef, Rice, and Fried Egg

For breakfast there were 3 choices, but we all ordered Corned Beef, Rice, and Egg because we think this is the heaviest. 😆

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Corned Beef Breakfast food - Happy and Busy Travels
Corned Beef with Fried Egg and Rice

 

Pork Humba

For lunch, one of our viand is Pork Humba. It tasted okay.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Pork Humba - Happy and Busy Travels
Pork Humba Php 380

 

Pork BBQ

We also ordered some Barbecue for our lunch.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Pork BBQ - Happy and Busy Travels
Pork BBQ Php 150

The Pork BBQ is served in 2 sticks, and the meat were a bit small. It looked like some of the pork from the Pork Humba were also used here.

 

Pork Sisig

Sisig is a famous dish in the Philippines. It is made out of Chopped Pork, onions, some spices, and topped with an egg.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Pork Sisig - Happy and Busy Travels
Pork Sisig Php 380

The dish was served to us with a medium heat, so the plate is not sizzling anymore. It is just okay because we still managed to cook the egg.

 

Chicken BBQ

We ordered the last Chicken Barbecue available for our lunch. It also tasted okay, but not that great.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Chicken BBQ - Happy and Busy Travels
Chicken BBQ Php 150

 

Kinilaw

Filipino version of Ceviche is Kinilaw. It is made out of fish cooked in vinegar. Well not really cooked, the fish is just soaked in vinegar, so after some time the fish “cooks” in vinegar.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Kinilaw or Ceviche - Happy and Busy Travels
Kinilaw Php 380

 

Menu of Club Tara Resort

Here is the menu of the resort for reference.

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu- Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort Menu - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Room Rates based in their Website

RoomNo. of Persons Price 
Standard Room (Garden View)2  2,575.00
Standard Room (Garden View)4  4,120.00
Family Room (Garden View)6  6,180.00
Family Room (Garden View)8  8,240.00
Jacuzzi Water Cottages2  4,686.50
Sea View Family Water Cottages4  5,356.00

 

How to get to Club Tara Resort?

(Taken from the resort’s response to our question)

From Surigao Airport:

  1. Ride a passenger van for Php 120/head to Hayangabon Port, or the resort can arrange a private van for Php 2,000/way/van for 1hr and 20 mins.
  2. In Hayangabon port the resort can arrange a private boat to Club Tara for Php 1500/way/boat for 40 to 45 mins.

From Siargao/Sayak airport:

Option 1:
  1. Ride a passenger van for Php150/head to Dapa port, or the resort can arrange a private van for Php 1500/way/van.
  2. In Dapa port, there is a passenger boat to Socorro. The trip starts at 6 AM up to 12 noon.
  3. In Socorro, the resort can arrange a private boat to Club Tara resort for Php 1500/way/boat.
Option 2:
  1. Ride a passenger van for Php 150/head to Dapa boulevard, or the resort can arrange a private van for for Php 1500/way/van.
  2. In Dapa boulevard the resort can arrange a private boat to Club Tara Resort for Php 2500/way/boat.
Points to consider:
  • Airport to Dapa port or Dapa boulevard is 15 to 30 mins by van.
  • Dapa by ferry to Socorro is 1 hour.
  • Socorro to Club Tara is 45 minutes by boat.
  • Dapa Boulevard to Club Tara is 1 hour and 30 minutes by boat.

From Siargao/Gen Luna:

Option 1:
From Gen Luna the resort can arrange a private boat direct to the resort for 2 hrs and that costs Php 3500/way.
Option 2:
From Gen Luna ride a van to Dapa boulevard for 20 mins. In Dapa boulevard the resort can arrange a private boat, it will take 1 hour and 20 minutes and that costs Php 2500/way.
Option 3:
From Gen Luna ride a van to Dapa port for 20 minutes. In Dapa port there is a passenger boat to Socorro port for 2 hours and that costs Php 100 to 150. In Socorro port the resort can arrange a boat for 40 mins and that costs Php 1500/way.

 

Happy and Busy’s Smileys

We just stayed in the resort for 2 days, but it’s not even enough to enjoy it. I hope we can visit the resort again.

Cleanliness


The surroundings are always clean, aside from the on-going construction. We can really also say that the water around the resort was well taken care of because there is a lot of fishes.

Facilities


Use of Kayak and Paddle Board are free, but it is noticeable that the board and the paddles were already old. The cottages were also old, that’s why they have a construction during our visit. They renovate one cottage at a time.

Service

Value for money

Location 


The resort is not that easy to go to. We had to rent a boat to go to the resort which can add to our cost of staying here.

Ambiance 

Food 

Club Tara Resort Surigao Del Norte Stilt Resort - Happy and Busy Travels

We would like to thank our friend Michael Sarabia for some of the pictures.

 

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