I’m a person who loves summer season and I’m not saying that because I grew up in a tropical country, I just love the Philippines extra warm sun. Usually, whenever summer is coming, I try my best to book a ticket months before to plan “Another Summer to Remember”. This time, I surprisingly stayed in the city and just enjoyed the things I usually do. I hang out with my friends, watch movies and restaurant hopping. I practically grew up in Davao and I know all the nooks and crannies of the city. But the weekly routine was wearing me off and the city got very overwhelming and repetitive for me. Don’t get me wrong, you can do a lot of things in Davao but my travel bug is biting me yet again hence my Davao Oriental trip.
Last June, the Provincial Tourism Office of Davao Oriental invited the Davao Bloggers Society for a weekend tour and staycation in Davao Oriental. I maybe from Davao but shamefully I have been to Davao Oriental for a few times only. And you bet, the only place I experienced in Davao Oriental was the famous Dahican Beach. It was a great timing – my travel bug is itching and I get to see the best tourist destinations in Davao Oriental with my DBS Fam!
Cape San Agustin
First in our Itinerary is a visit to the southernmost point of the Philippines. Cape San Agustin is located at the farthest barangay of General Generoso, a quaint town with very friendly people who offer cheap coconut drinks. Though the travel time can be a bit long, the panoramic view of the celebes sea and Davao gulf is totaly worth it.
In Cape San Agustin, you can pretty much spend a good hour on exploring the place and take photo while you’re at it. First, you can climb up one of the lighthouse that is 80 feet in height and you can see big waves crashing to the big rocks. Another is, sit at the edge of a cliff and adore the beauty of nature. If heights freak you out, you can go to Parola beach where you can walk on the shore bare feet. I just don’t know if you can swim in the beach itself since the current can be a little draggy.
Cape San Agustin is truly one of Davao Oriental’s hidden gem and I commend the people there for keeping the said place very untouched. I can still imagine the waves crashing and wind blowing in my cheeks as I type this.
Hat: Forever 21, Romper: Old Navy, Fringe bag: Thrift Store from Ho Chi Minh City, Shoes: Converse
The last time I was in Davao Oriental where we stayed for a night, I never got to experience a hotel or even a hostel because me and my friends chose to sleep in the car to save extra bucks lol (fresh graduate problems). This time around, the tourism office provided us a very comfortable and private hotel in Mati. We stayed in Dahican Cove where it’s 100% peaceful. So peaceful that even our mobile data is weak. I didn’t mind since it’s a good way to catch up with my DBS Fam.
Dahican Cove’s front line is a stretch of Dahican Beach where you can see the beautiful sunrise in the horizon. Sad to say, I woke up a little late and missed the rising of the sun because of that, I went back to the room and enjoyed my bed.
Pusan Point, Caraga
From the southernmost part of Davao oriental, we went on and travelled early in the morning to visit Pusan Point in the town of Brgy. Santiago, Caraga to literally chase where the sun first rises in the Philippines. Being a sun-chaser myself, I got really excited about this trip and envisioned in my mind what the sunrise would look like. A perfect burst of pastel yellow rays welcomed us as we wait for it to rise for about 20 minutes. I suggest you go there really early to see how the colors of the sky change as the sun rises. Totally one for the books!
Last in our itinerary was a visit to Aliwagwag Falls. The said falls is the most visited natural attractions in Cateel, Davao Oriental. The falls is made up of more than 100 cascading waterfalls and is considered the country’s highest waterfall. It was truly a great way to end our Davao Oriental trip.
Over the weekend, I get to see different museums, cliff-top setting, breath taking surise and sunsets and majestic water falls that’s just a few hours away from the city. Truly, Davao Oriental is a Gem that’s waiting to be discovered and I am lucky enough to experience it. Definitely coming back in the future! Thank you so much Provincial Tourism Office of Davao Oriental for the amazing experience! Truly, Another Summer to Remember. 🙂