New Ferry Route Expected to Enhance Tourism Between Dinagat Islands and Siargao

DEL CARMEN, Siargao - A new ferry route linking Dinagat Islands with Siargao Island was inaugurated on Monday, marking a significant step expected to increase tourism flows and economic exchanges between the two islands. The route commenced with a maiden voyage from Del Carmen on Siargao Island to Cagdianao on Dinagat Islands.

According to Philippines News Agency, the mayor of Del Carmen, the event was attended by local officials and stakeholders, emphasizing the route's potential to facilitate the transportation of agricultural products and bolster local tourism. The ferry journey, taking approximately one hour, was completed with the arrival of the passengers at Cagdianao port, where they were greeted by Dinagat Island Governor Nilo Demerey Jr. and Mayor Marc Adelson Longos.

The initiative is part of a broader effort to integrate the economic activities of the islands, with Coro highlighting the establishment of a food hub in Del Carmen by the provincial government of Dinagat. This hub aims to streamline the supply chain for essential goods, including vegetables, fruits, poultry, and meat, responding to the growing demand in tourist hotspots like General Luna on Siargao.

Governor Demerey underscored the strategic importance of the new ferry service, which allows for direct shipment of goods between the islands without transiting through mainland Surigao del Norte. He expressed optimism about the new route's role in opening up various opportunities for both tourism and agricultural sectors.

The maiden voyage was not just a ceremonial trip but also a functional one, carrying 47 passengers that included local officials, media personnel, and both local and international tourists. Governor Demerey also announced plans to evaluate the impact of this new connection on the islands' tourism and economy after a year.