The highland of Kapatagan in Digos City is among the most visited destinations in the Davao Region. This rustic part of the Davao Del Sur’s capital is popular among mountain climbers as one of the major jump off points to the majestic Mount Apo, the Philippines’ highest point. A great part of Kapatagan is under the protected area of Mt. Apo Natural Park, thus, luxuriant vegetation covers the highlands. Having visited this place fora number of times, this has become my personal favorite. And every time I come back, there’s always this immense feeling of thrill that I always feel. Certainly, this part of the region never runs out of great surprises and exhilarating adventures for thrill seekers like me.
THE MAJESTIC VIEW OF MOUNT APO
Being the grandfather of Philippine mountains, Mount Apo is undeniably a beautiful sight to behold. Situated at the foot of the Mt. Apo, Kapatagan offers a number of best spots to get the outstanding view of the highest summit of the country. Mornings at Kapatagan with Mt Apo at the background is something to look forward to everyday.
THE COOL HIGHLAND BREEZE OF KAPATAGAN
At 1,160 meters above sea level, Kapatagan’s cool climate makes it among the best destination in Davao Region to chill and relax especially during warmer days. For those to who come here often, they call this place as Little Baguio as the temperature here is way much colder compared to the other places in the region. There are only two destinations in Davao Region that I love most because of its cool and cold weather – BUDA in the boundaries of Davao and Bukidnon, and KAPATAGAN.
THRILING RIDES OF CAMP SABROS
Home to the first zipline rides in Davao Region, Camp Sabros is among the top destinations in Kapatagan. They have three zipline facilities here. One of those is considered as the longest in the whole Davao Region. Aside from ziplines, Camp Sabros also offers accommodation facilities for those who’d like to stay for a night and so. Campers have also space here at this highland camping destination. Camp Sabros also offers the best spot to catch the perfect view of Mount Apo.
THE AWAKENING AROMA OF MOUNT APO COFFEE
Some of the best coffee beans in Davao Region are grown at the foot of Mount Apo. The fertile volcanic soil of the country’s highest peak makes it the ideal place to grow coffee. Must try is the Altura Coffee and the famous Civet Coffee grown by the Dizon Farm. Awaken your senses with the aroma and taste of Kapatagan’s coffee.
THE AWE-INSPIRING ART GARDEN OF ARTIST KUBLAI MILLAN
If you are from Mindanao, I guess you are familiar with the works of renowned Mindanaoan artist Kublai Milan scattered in the many parts of the island. Davao City alone has a number of Kublai’s masterpieces. But when you come to Kapatagan, here you will find Kublai Art Garden which houses some of the best art installations of the famous artist. I have gone and seen some beautiful art installations in the country and I would consider Kublai’s Art Garden in Kapatagan as one of the finest. Never miss this site when you visit Kapatagan. Oh yeah, it’s Instagram worthy.
THE HEART-PUMPING JOURNEY TO THE VIRGIN FALLS
There’s nothing like trekking down deep into the cool Virgin Falls. Albeit treacherous trail seemed unending, the journey itself is an experience to remember. Thick vegetation covers the trail. Huge ferns were abundant. Cogon grasses taller than humans are all over. Sharp rocks along dangerous cliffs can be heart stopping. It must be one of your hardcore hikes but when you get to the eye-catching beauty of the Virgin Falls hidden deep inside this thick verdant forest, it will definitely take you breath away and will soothe your tired and numbed bodies.
THE QUAINT SCENERY OF LAKE MIRROR
Among the places I visited in Kapatagan, Lake Mirror offers the most stunning view of Mount Apo. Owned by Mr. Philip Dizon, the same great mind behind the Davao Crocodile Park and Samal’s Maxima Aqua Fun, Lake Mirror has a number of camp houses and camping grounds available for campers and vacationers. Here guests can go boating, fishing and paddle over Lake Mirror. On clearer days, the majestic view of Mount Apo is reflected on the tea-colored waters of lotus-filled lake.
THE SOOTHING WATERS OF MARAWER COLD AND HOTSPRING
Cold spring and hot spring meet at Marawer. This is the part of Kapatagan where one can dip into the cold waters from the mountains of Mount Apo but at the same time shift to hot spring contained in a man-made pool. This is favorite among locals as they come here often to relax and unwind.
THE GENTLE AND WARM SMILES OF KAPATAGAN FOLKS
The people of Kapatagan are known to be friendly and hospitable. Walk around the area and you will be greeted by the warm smiles of the people. Most of them are farmers and you will see them selling vegetables in the market and on the sidewalks. They are the nicest they would even give more than what you buy from them. When touring around and get lost, worry not, Kapatagan folks will surely help you.
THE FRESH BOUNTIFUL HARVEST OF KAPATAGAN
At 1,160 feet, Kapatagan is the best place to grow vegetables and other crops. The cool, fresh mountain air and fertile land make it perfect to produce good and healthy crops. Even flowers grow copiously here. If you’re into vegetables, you can buy various vegetables sold in the market at very low price. Whenever I’m in Kapatagan, I would bring home with me vegetables from here. Aside from being cheap, they’re fresh.
THE REMARKABLE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE AT TIBOLO BAGOBO TRIBAL VILAGE
Neighboring Kapatagan Highland is the Tibolo Cultural Village of Santa Cruz, Davao Del Sur. This tribal village is home of Bagobo-Tagabawa people of Davao Del Sur. When you visit here, you have the chance to commune, dance, and eat tribal dishes with these indigenous people. Tibolo Cultural Village is much accessible from Kapatagan. Arranged trip to this tribal village can be made while in Kapatagan.
THE RELAXING AMBIENCE OF MT. APO HIGHLAND RESORT
One of the best places to stay in Kapatagan is the Mt. Apo Highland Resort. This relaxing hillside resort is a preferred destination for Mt. Apo trekkers as well as travelers who just wish to have some respite from the busy life. All hillside cabins here offer the breathtaking view of Mt. Apo and the beautiful landscape dotting the sides. With its cool climate, a night of sound sleep and relaxing rest awaits its guests there. In the very morning when you wake up, the sound of chirping birds will greet you and as you step out your way from your cabin, you will be clothed by the cold mountain breeze of Kapatagan. Take a leisure walk along the shaded lane of tall pine trees lining on the sides. Walk further up to the hilly part of the resort and marvel at the most beautiful view of the grandfather of Philippine Mountains. When done, walk down and head to the resort’s restaurant and sip your freshly brewed Kapatagan Coffee. Ah, such a good life. When in Kapatagan, there is only one place The Travel Teller highly recommends to be your home in this remarkable part of Mount Apo Range, the MT. APO HIGHLAND RESORT.
HOW TO GET HERE:
From Davao City, it will take you an hour and thirty to reach Digos City. At Digos Old Terminal, you may look for passenger vans bound for Kapatagan. Base fare is only Php 100.00 and the last trip is 4:00 PM. In case you need a place to stay or an arranged trip to Kapataga, you may contact MT. APO HIGHLAND RESORT for more details or arranged tours: Telephone number 275-7955 or 0948-890-8051.