My Visit To A Pebble Beach In Mabua, Surigao City, Philippines

The only pebble beach in Caraga Region is found in Barangay Mabua, 13.53 kilometers west of Surigao City in the northeastern tip of the island of Mindanao, Philippines. If you opt to commute, you can proceed to the Mabua-bound tricycle terminal at Pier 1 for PhP 20.00 regular ride or negotiate for a special trip towards the tourist attraction.

It’s been a long time already that I’ve gone to Mabua Pebble Beach, during a college day beach party to be exact. I was told that there are already luxury beach resorts sprouting in the place offering island water sports facilities.

To satisfy my thirst for island getaways and best vacation spots, I and my wife Vanjie decided to have a side trip to the mentioned tourist attraction. I requested Miko Gumapac, one of the able SOEMCO staff, to drive for us. It didn’t took more than thirty minutes for our XRM 125 Honda motorcycle plying on a paved road to reach the place. Setting foot on the kilometer-long stretch shingle beach armored with pebbles or small-to medium-sized cobbles had enthralled me much as if I had gone to the place for the first time.  My eyes were glued at the pebbles coming in various colors and textures, some of which have streaks of quartz and multi-colored sedimentary rocks. . .

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A close-up view of the kilometer-long Mabua Pebble Beach

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Another close-up view of Mabua Pebble Beach with the rock diving board on the back ground

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Native cottages lined parallel with the Mabua Pebble Beach waiting to accommodate transient beach goers

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Birds-eye view of the kilometer-long Mabua Pebble Beach. Photo courtesy of

Signage of Fiesta Diving Resort in Mabua Pebble Beach

Signage of Fiesta Diving Resort in Mabua Pebble Beach

I truly enjoyed the feel of  the fine-textured  stones as I slogged over the pebbles on my bare feet until I reached on this beautifully-landscaped resort . . .

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The Fiesta Diving Resort viewed from the street separating it from the Mabua Pebble Beach

I managed to talk with the resort owner, a friendly Korean national who told me in broken English that the Fiesta Diving Resort went public just 18 months ago . . .

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The Fiesta Diving Resort proprietor posing with his trusted pet dog

The resort operator then graciously permitted me to take best shots of one of the luxury beach resorts not only in the area but the entire province as well . . .

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Full-blown shot of the Fiesta Diving Resort's alluring Swimming Pool

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A view from the resort's reception center towards the direction of the Mabua Pebble Beach

After exchanging pleasantries, I bid goodbye to the dainty and demure front desk staff who gave me the resort’s contact number +639204153086.

We then took a five-minute motorcycle ride towards the end of the road where another resort is located and this view had caught my attention . . .

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Mt. Bagarabon Resort willing to accommodate clients intending to hold seminars and conferences at Mabua Pebble Beach

We then called it time to go home. As our motorcycle sped away, I took a last glimpse of the waves easily flowing through the coarse, porous surface of the Mabua Pebble Beach which caused the decreasing effect of backwash erosion and increasing the formation of sediment into the steeply sloping beach. If you are looking for something unique beach destinations, the pebble beach in Mabua is  a vacation spot really worth a visit yourself.


  1. This is quite an interesting beach. I have seen coral-filled shores but nothing like it. Thank you for sharing this, I’ll surely add it to my list of places to visit in Surigao.

  2. wow! i like to experience the pebble beach too! 🙂

    • Thanks for dropping by Tina. Had read your great blog and registered as your follower. Yes, visiting the Mabua Pebble Beach is such a great experience, hope you can savor the beauty of the place soon. . .

  3. Hi! I’m actually going to Surigao this weekend to explore the place and take photos. From Mabua Pebble Beach, are there other nearby photogenic places?
    Are there also other place to check in at, aside from Fiesta Diving Resort?

    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!

    • If you go for high end facilities, you can check-in at Fiesta Diving Resort. But there is another resort which is very affordable, the Mt. Bagarabon Resort. The photo that I posted is their main building, but they have cottages also overlooking the sea with comfortable billeting facilities. There is also another beach destination- the Almont Beach Resort in Barangay Lipata and there is one in Barangay Punta Bilar which I have not yet visited but its also nice according to my friend who have been there.

  4. Fiesta Resort is like 15 mins stroll from my crib… it’s still part of Brgy. Ipil 🙂 one shouldn’t miss the sunset here.

  5. this is really nice! thanks for the info!
    I am preparing my friend’s itinerary for this coming weekend.

  6. Wow! I’ve never been to a pebble beach before. Since this is in Mindanao, I’m sure I will set foot on this beach someday.

  7. Hi! my family and i are interested in visiting pebble beach in august 19-30. is there an inn in the pebble beach which can accommodate around 15 persons? how much is the rate? how about the rate of cottage in the pebble beach?can we make reservations? do u have their contact number?

    • sorry… it’s august 29-30, 2011

      • Mt. Bagarabon Resort is very affordable in Mabua Pebble Beach. You may contact this numbers 09109346723/09107754342/09176270191. Hope this information can help. If you are planning to visit Bucas Grande, we will be opening the ISLAND VACATIONS COUNTRY INN by the end of this month.

  8. Pebble beach looks so interesting, a new experience awaits you there, Hope we can visit it this year. Thanks for this post..

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