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Surigao Strait

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Surigao Strait (Filipino: Kipot ng Surigaw) is a strait in the southern Philippines, between the Bohol Sea and the Leyte Gulf of the Philippine Sea. The strait is located between the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. It lies between northern Mindanao Island and Panaon Island, and between the Dinagat Islands and Leyte island.

The strait is deep, but has a strong current, up to 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph). The northern entrance of the Surigao Strait is marked by a navigation light on Suluan Island. It is regularly crossed by numerous ferries that transport goods and people between Visayas and Mindanao.

Etymology[edit]

Surigao may be derived from the Spanish word surgir, meaning "swift water" or "current".

History[edit]

In March 1521 during the first circumnavigation of the Earth, Ferdinand Magellan and his crew were the first Europeans to sail through the strait.

On 16 January 2015, Ingemar Macarine will attempt to be the first solo swimmer to swim across the Surigao Strait between Sumilon Island to Barangay Lipata in Surigao City.

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