EXPLORING BALUT ISLAND AND SARANGANI ISLAND

The sea was calm that early morning. The dawning of the day was dramatic. While the sun mightily rose on the east, the moon on the opposite side was slowly devoured by the daylight. As the fresh morning sea breeze started to cuddle my worn-out body, I began to search for a perfect spot in that jagged boat where I can lay down and regain enough strength. That was what I needed so I could last the most anticipated trip I made that day – journeying to the southernmost islands of Mindanao’s Davao Region, the Municipality of Sarangani, Davao Del Sur.

Balut Island, Sarangani (214)I have long wanted to come to this part of Mindanao. I’ve read ample mystical stories about the Islands that made me think how exciting it could be if I would experience it myself. But what I didn’t realize was that the journey sailing the angry strait of Sarangani was an adventure in itself.

Glan Early Morning Scene

Glan Early Morning Scene

We were supposed to sail from General Santos City as our entry point to Islands but two days before the trip, we were told the 70-seater vessel was already fully booked. It was expected as it was in time for the Holy Week. Hence, we were compelled to find other ways just to succumb to the itch of being there. Luckily, we found the best other way to get there – sailing from Glan, Sarangani Province with a small fishing boat.

The Boat Ride from Gland to Balut Island

The Boat Ride from Glan to Balut Island

When we left Glan, the sea was completely unruffled and still. Since the boat ride would roughly take three hours, I opted to take a nap lying at one side of the boat. It was the most insane thing I’ve ever done sleeping in deep slumber at the spot with no safety measures at all – no life jacket, not even a wooden side brace. I guess the call to sleep overruled fears. Besides it is where real adventures begin, I thought.

This is where I slept. Very courageous, isn't it?

This is where I slept. Very courageous, isn’t it?

Two hours passed. I was awakened by the splash of the seawater that hit my face. When I opened my eyes, the sight of the raging waves of Sarangani Channel was the first thing that was laid before my eyes. They were huge and strong swaying our tiny vessel from side to side. Instead of getting scared, there was an excitement in me that was truly invigorating waking up my snoozing senses. I cared less seeing those monstrous waves hitting our boat. For me, it was part of that journey, part of the whole adventure. And from afar, I could already see the two main Islands of the town – Balut Island and Sarangani Island. Both were so enticing! What’s more, the sight of the two sea cows playfully swimming in the clear waters was a welcoming scene to behold!

Playing with the Angry Sea

Playing with the Angry Sea

Another hour passed, we neared Balut Island, the town’s center of commerce and local government. As the water turn from dark blue to calmest turquoise blue, the corals thriving underwater started to get visible. It was so clear we can see the rich marine life underneath.

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Nearing Balut Island

As we get closer to island’s port, the view of Balut Island seemed to get more vivid. It became so picturesque looking from afar. Although it is the center of the town, the island is mostly covered by greeneries and lush vegetation. Adding to the island’s innate allure is the island’s highest peak kissed by cotton-like clouds that seemed to be there since time immemorial. I find it very mystical because the Island’s highest elevation is only 2,828 feet above sea level yet those clouds up there covered the summit all day long. Later, I learned that Balut Island is actually a volcanic island and considered by PHIVOLCS as potentially active volcano. I thought, maybe that can explain it.

Balut Island's Highest Point as kissed by Cotton-like Clouds

Balut Island’s Highest Point as kissed by Cotton-like Clouds

The sun was high and scorching when we finally reached Port of Mabila, the island’s main port. From there, we headed straight to our tour guide’s humble home where our scrumptious lunch awaited for us. The town seemed too silent as we go along the way. I didn’t see much people going around the town center even at the nearby Municipal Hall and covered court. It was a Holy Thursday, I thought. People were home resting, reflecting.

Port of Mabila, the gateway to the Town Proper

Port of Mabila, the gateway to the Town Proper

Passenger Vessels servicing Gensan-Balut Island

Passenger Vessels servicing Gensan-Balut Island

Ballistic or Port Villalobos as seen from Port of Mabila

Ballistic Island or Port Villalobos as seen from Port of Mabila

The Travel Teller at Sarangani Municipal Halls

The Travel Teller at Sarangani Municipal Hall

Leaving the Town Proper with this peaceful and solemn scene

The peaceful and serene feel of the Town Proper

The food was great – unlimited fish recipes just apt for Lenten Season. Being a coastal town, fishing is one of main living of the Sarangans aside from vast coconut farms that abound the island. In fact, fishermen from this island would even go to the nearby islands of Indonesia for fishing. Being at the southernmost part of the Region, Balut Island is just two hours boat ride from the nearest Island of the Indonesian Archipelago. In fact, there are plenty of Filipinos living in those Island and likewise Indonesians living in Balut Island.

Our delectable lunch - UNLIMITED FISH DISHES

Our delectable lunch – UNLIMITED FISH DISHES

From the town center, our first destination was Sabang Hotspring, about an hour boat ride from Port of Mabila. It was past one in the afternoon and the waves were getting bigger at that time. Hence, the supposedly one hour boat ride extended for another 30 minutes. While others took it horrendous, I on the other hand, found it more adventurous.

The view of the Island while sailing to Sabang Hotspring

The view of the Island while sailing to Sabang Hotspring

As we docked at the shores of Sabang, it was the sight of volcanic rocks and pebbles scattered on the shores that first captured my eyes. The rocks are of different sizes, colors and textures. It was a new sight to me.

Volcanic Rock abound Sabang shorelines

Volcanic Rock abound Sabang shoreline

Just meters away from where we docked, Sabang Hotspring can already be seen. As I went nearer, I gradually smelled the sulfuric odor of the hotspring. It became more intense I get closer. And when at last the fenced hotspring was right in front of me, I froze in wonder as the see the boiling water and the sulfuric vapor coming from it. I have been to quite a few hot springs in the country but seeing a boiling one was truly incredible. My eyes resisted from believing what I saw – such an unbelievable view.

The view of Sabang Hotspring facing the Sarangani Bay

The view of Sabang Hotspring facing the Sarangani Bay

As expected, hotsprings like Sabang abound on areas where volcanoes are found. Balut Island, being a volcano island is one great example. But what’s more amazing about this particular hot spring is that it is located just across the beach. In fact it is part of the shoreline of the beach. Most of hot springs I know are those in highlands or higher than sea level. What’s more, its sulfuric content is high making its natural pool yellowish in color in the sides along with its water passage. We can’t help but get some and tried it on our skin. It really smelled like sulfur soap.

The Boling Waters

The Boiling Waters

Boiling Hot

It is Boiling Hot

Nobody dares to swim here

Nobody dares to swim here

Bathing is not advised at Sabang Hot spring. Who would dare to swim there anyway? The boiling waters alone looked really scary. I braved dipping my feet at the water passage but I can never stand a minute. It was really hot. And so I just contented myself just going around taking photos of it – that’s the only way to enjoy it.

Man made pools built beside the hotspring

Man made pools built beside the hotspring

The view of the place from the opening

The view of the place from the opening

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Visiting Sabang Hotspring is absolutely FREE

I learned that Sabang Hotspring was developed years back to become a major tourist attraction in the Island. At one point, tourism flourished servicing local and domestic tourists in the region. It didn’t last though. For some reasons, development was stopped. What’s left there now is an old memory and ruins of once-a-beautiful resort. Today, people can just come there for free. It is still an amazing sight to see though.

This Blogger at Sabang Hotspring

This Blogger at Sabang Hotspring

From Sabang Hotspring, we hurried back to our boat and sailed further for two hours to the other island, the Sarangani Island. Like Balut Island, Sarangani Island is also considered an important island in the town. In fact most of the best white sand beaches, pristine coves, untouched lagoons and various rock formations can be found here like the first one we visited – Tuke Nunsol Beach.

Rock Formations at Tuke Nunsol

Rock Formations at Tuke Nunsol

The Charming View of Tuke Nunsol

The Charming View of Tuke Nunsol

Tuke Nunsol Beach teems with dazzling white sand beach and rock formation that wowed me the moment we docked there. The water is clear and underneath abound rich marine life. I regretted at an instant for not bringing snorkeling set with me. I could have seen the beauty underwater. So instead, I managed to enjoy the beach, swam like a child and even jumped at a shallow cliff.

Tuke Nunsol Beach

A Little Cavern at Tuke Nunsol Beach

Still at Tuke Nunsol, came dusk. On the opposite island, the mighty sun was starting to set. As it retired, it left us with a perfect sunset scene that froze us from where we stood. It was like everything had to halt to glimpse the most wonderful scene of the day – the setting of the sun. And so I grabbed my camera and pointed it to the most glorious sight of the day. Still not contented, I went up to the rocks and worshiped a stunning sunset view before me. It was just so beautiful. Done and satisfied, I muttered this to myself, “The Travel Teller is forever a sunset lover. Always will.”

Balut Island at Dusk

Balut Island at Dusk

Glorious Sunset

Glorious Sunset – A Perfect Treat for the Day

As darkness slowly devoured the skies, we left Tuke Nunsol bound to our final destination for the day – Tuke Maklang Beach. Just when I thought surprises and beautiful scene ended with that spectacular sunset at the opposite Island, another surprising sight awaited for us at the Tuke Maklang. As we our boat neared the beach, an old familiar sound started to get louder. When it got deafening, there was one thing I was so sure of – it was the sound of a bat colony. And when I looked up the skies, it was a colony of flying fox bats that was incredibly laid before my eyes. It was an incredible twilight scene seeing thousands of bats flying out at dusk. I glued myself from where I sit and just stared at the heavens as huge bats flew in beautiful choreography thickening harder the dusking skies. What an astounding sight!

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Flying Fox Bats Flew Out at Dusk

When that breathtaking nightfall scene cleared up, it was time to proceed to the resort. Tuke Maklang Beach is situated at one the Island’s unspoiled lagoons. Like most of the beaches around the Island, it also boasts a white sand beach and shallow calm sea waters perfect for swimming. Thick vegetation envelops the place. Though the beach resort is not equipped with first class facilities, it is modest enough to make our stay comfortable.

When we were all settled, I opted to sleep early that night. My body ached from a long non-stop beach adventure and I needed enough rest for yet another island escapade the following day. So off to bed – Balut Island and Sarangani Island are both worth the long trip!

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IRISH BEACH: Not Your Ordinary Beach

Not all beautiful beaches are made of glistening white sands, lined up palm trees and posh beach hotels. Sometimes, pretty beaches are those least frequented and underrated but teem with hidden allure and infectious calmness easily felt when visited. This is what I’ve learned when I set foot in the place where the rustic Irish Beach lies.

The Irish Beach is the quaintest beach I have ever visited in the whole coasts of the City of Mati in Davao Oriental. It is situated along the coasts of Purok Kaangayan and is part of Barangay Badas. To many, Badas is famous for its long and winding road overlooking the scenic Pujada Bay and the Sleeping Dinosaur, the city’s landmark. But for locals living along the coasts of Badas, they consider Irish Beach as one of the gems of their Barangay.

I have been to Mati for countless of times visiting different beach destinations and beach resorts but this trip to Irish Beach was my first. As a matter of fact, it was new to me. I was even surprise to learn that hidden in those vast cliffs is a beach considered by local dwellers as their haven. Thanks to my friend Rafael Estardo, this journey was made possible.

From the city proper, going to the jump off area heading down to Irish Beach took about 15 minutes. The road going down is still not paved so four-wheeled vehicles are advised to park along the side of the highway and just hike going down to the beach. As we hiked going down to Purok Kaangayan, we passed by friendly locals greeting us with their warm smiles. It was an easy 15-minute hike and the trail was shaded with coconuts and trees thriving around the area.

As we near the beach, the view had slowly become startling. I couldn’t help but stopped at one corner and worshipped a gorgeous scene before me. It was like a beautiful painting that was laid before my very eyes. I immediately aimed my camera at it and loved the way it was captured. It was such a very captivating view – the lake, the houses, the greens and the reflections.

From where we stopped, Irish Beach is about 5-minute walk away. Without wasting much time, we hurried to the beach and immediately succumbed to its rustic yet alluring charm. The beach has its own magic. It isn’t the best beach any beach lover would want to come but it has an innate spell that lured people to appreciate its simple and tranquil ambiance.

This Blogger and the Stilt Houses of Irish Beach

My friend/tour guide Rafael Estardo doing The Travel Teller’s Signature Pose

The cottages on stilts are the main attraction of Irish Beach. The cottages can be rented at very affordable price. The shoreline is more of pebbles than sands but its blue waters are so inviting. Some coconut trees abound the environs while tropical trees thrive on the other side. There are sari-sari stores nearby selling food and drinks. People and locals around are very friendly and accommodating. They offered me tuba (native coconut wine) and I agreed. Most of these locals are fishermen.

I was truly captivated by the tranquil view of Irish Beach. And so my friend Rafael and I decided to stay there for a couple of hours to fully surrender to the call of the beach. We didn’t go swimming. Instead, we stay at one corner photographing such unique beach view. We roamed around and mingled with the locals. It was a very relaxing beach experience.

Irish Beach is not your ordinary beach. Neither mine. Simple and rustic it may seem, but it has an extraordinary charm that makes it worth visiting and experiencing! Giving a chance, I am very much willing to go back there again!

BURIAS ISLET: The Secret Gem of Banaybanay

Had I not spent my weekend at Bonhomie Leisure and Resort in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental, I would have missed discovering a secret local haven truly a gem of its own – the Burias Islet.

Not known to many, the town of Banaybanay is home to this 8-hectare marine protected area sometimes called Burias Island. Contrary to the locals’ description, Burias Islet is more of a vanishing white sand bar heaving with various untouched corals and rich marine life. Situated in the waters of Davao Gulf, Burias is a marine sanctuary of cultured and endangered Giant Clams locally known as Taklobo, Conch Shell more popularly known as Budyong and the different species of starfish.

When I heard about this place from a friend, I immediately included it on the list of my must-discovered places in Davao Oriental. Thanks Bonhomie Leisure and Resort, seeing it was a real pleasure!

From the beautiful sands of Bonhomie in Puntalinao, we took the resort’s outrigger going to the Burias. I was accompanied by no less than the resort’s Operations Manager Ms. Marietta Andrade-Gantuangco in visiting the place.  Since it was high tide when we left the resort, I was told that the whole sand bar is submerged in waters. I was quite sad when I learned it because I already pictured out myself walking on barefoot on the vanishing sands of Burias. But instead of getting sadder, I soaked myself to the beauty of the vast blue waters surrounding me.

Nearing the Burias Islet, the sea waters turned from the deep blue to turquoise green. Down, I can clearly see the rich marine life thriving abundantly. Different corals of different colors, sizes and species abound the sea bed. Had I known this rich, I could have brought my snorkel set. But seeing them, I came to believe that truly the whole place is protected and preserved.

There are two stilt structures built in Burias Islet. These structures were built as quarters of the local Bantay Dagat that keeps a 24-hour watch over the whole marine protected area. One of the stilt structures also serve as guest house for visitors visiting the Islet. This is where we stayed the whole time we were at Burias.

Since it was high tide and all white sands were submerged, it was a perfect time to swim and enjoy the pristine waters of the Davao Gulf. The charm of the crystal clear sea here is just so irresistible I took a plunge instantly. I swam and dive until I got tired. It was just so awesome.

According to my friends from Bonhomie, there are times the giant taklobos and budyongs can be seen around the sands. Though I wasn’t able to see one, the pristine waters and the rich marine life I saw there were already enough to make me appreciate the beauty and tidiness of this haven.

Having gone romancing the untouched beauty of Burias Islet, I felt there is a need to really protect and preserve marine areas like this. I am pleased to know that somehow the townsfolk of Banaybanay understand the necessity of protecting these sanctuaries. I am looking forward to go back to Burias and hope to see the same unharmed feel like what I just saw in this local haven.

For those who want to visit Burias Islet, Bonhomie Leisure and Resort arranges special boat trip to this sanctuary. At Php 1,000.00 good for 5 persons, guests can already enjoy the pristine waters and encounter the rich marine life of Burias Islet. But please remember, this is a Marine Protected Area. Let us do our share – be responsible! Take nothing but pictures, go home only with unforgettable memories with the Islet.

For guided tour to the Burias Islet, you may contact:

BONHOMIE LEISURE AND RESORT
National Highway, Puntalinao, Banay-Banay, Davao Oriental
Telephone Number:  +6382 284 1847
Mobile Numbers:  +63933 112 3067
Website: www.bonhomie.zetzab.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Bonhomiebanay2davor

TINGKO BEACH OF ALCOY, CEBU

Two years ago, when I was planning holidays in Borneo, I listed several must-see places based on my research from the internet. Most of those are within Kota Kinabalu, the heart of the tropical island of Borneo. Just when I thought everything on the list is superb, my unplanned adventure to Kinabatangan River outside of Kota Kinabalu as recommended by some locals proved that there is more to discover, more to explore than relying everything on the internet. Tip of advice, just ask the locals.

The same thing happened during my South Cebu trip. If I never asked a local about other spectacular destinations other than what’s on our list, I would have no inkling of how exciting South Cebu can be. Just like the ones in Alcoy. If I never asked what lies ahead there, I would never have a clue that there is one beach in this town endowed with crystal clear blue sea and sparkling white sands so beautiful yet open to the public. They call this – the Tingko Beach.

Highly recommended by the locals, Tingko Beach was our next stop after our informational tour at Boljoon. And so from Boljoon, we took a bus bound for Alcoy. As we traveled our way to our destination, the inviting coastal view of Southern Cebu made me more thrilled to see this spot. I remembered how excited the local was while narrating beauty of this beach. I should find that out, I said to myself.

After twenty minutes of traveling, the bus conductor signaled we were already at Tingko Beach. As we dropped off, the midday sea breeze gently caressing my suntanned skin was the first thing that I noticed. “Oh the beach, I can feel the touch of the beach”, I thought. Excited, we followed the trail from the main road going exactly to the shores of Tingko Beach. In just a minute or two, we found ourselves marveling at one of the finest white sand public beaches in the Southern Cebu.

Tingko Beach boasts of its extensive stretch of arcing shoreline, about a mile long with sparkling powdery white sand and crystal clear blue water. Adjacent to the shoreline are lined up coconut palm grooves and some limestone cliffs attributing more to the beauty of the beach.

Stunned by what I saw, I put down my backpack and hurried to the shores. We were so lucky there were only a number of beach goers that day. That meant the beach can be ours as along we wanted it. Not wasting a second, I took every opportunity photographing every inch of this paradise. The view was just so implausible. More than its picturesque seascape, the tranquility of Tingko Beach is so infectious. Being on the road almost sleepless for two days was really exhausting but seeing the serene beauty of this beach awakened my senses. I felt so recharged.

Talking to some local beach goers there, I learned that the beach is so famous among the locals of Alcoy including its neighboring towns. It becomes even crowded during weekends where beach lovers from different places, locals and foreigners alike, flock to enjoy the sand, sea and sun. Although a public beach, Tingko retains its clean and sparkling environment apt for swimming or just bumming around. At nearby limestone cliffs, I noticed numbers of charming white houses and stunning arrays of nipa huts specially built for visiting guests who want to spend overnight or stay for a short vacation.

Still overwhelmed by the enticing allure of Tingko Beach, we stayed there for a couple of minutes trying to memorize everything it has to offer. I wished I had the luxury of time I could stay there even for a week, I muttered to myself. But only in my dreams, I added.

After luxuriating ourselves by the marvelous seascape before us, we decided to move on and head off for our next destination! Thanks to the helpful locals of Cebu, it was not on our list but we’ve made it. We had a taste of Tingko Beach! It was such a lovely public beach!

TRAVELING TO ALCOY: The Municpality of Alcoy can be reached in less than two hours from Cebu City. Buses that travel to the Southern part of Cebu province including Alcoy are all stationed at Cebu South Bus Terminal.

THE COASTAL WONDERS OF BAGANGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL

I am blessed to have been born and raised in a province where pristine beaches, untouched coves and unspoiled islands are within reach. I owe that to the three major bodies of water surrounding our Province – the Pacific Ocean in the East and the Davao Gulf and Celebes Sea in the South. With its 448-kilometer coastline, my home Province of Davao Oriental is regarded to have the longest coastline in the whole Region XI.

Among the 11 municipalities of Davao Oriental sharing these untouched coasts, the Municipality of Bagangasecretly possesses long beaches and lengthy coastline teeming mostly with captivating white sand shores. Secluded from crowded commercial tourism, these coastlines remain exquisitely unspoiled keeping its old world magic that exudes quaint setting of untouched nature – the kind of beach so perfect for me. Thus, whether you’re on the other part of the globe and you’re planning to visit the Philippines, come to this part of the country and relish for yourself this paradise I considered the Coastal Wonders of Baganga, Davao Oriental.

the Sun, the Sand, the Sea

Secret no more, let me bring you to some of the most pristine beaches, undiscovered coves, unspoiled estuaries, well-preserved islands and breathtaking coastlines tagged as Baganga‘s Ecstasy By Sea by the Provincial Tourism Office of Davao Oriental. GRAB YOUR BEACH TOWELS NOW! The sand is warm, but the ocean is cool. I’m saving a special spot on these beaches just for you.

THE BEACHES OF BAN-AO
Barangay Ban-ao is the furthest Barangay of Baganga bordering the coastal town of Cateel. Facing the Pacific waters, Ban-ao is endowed with some pristine beaches with sands that vary from white, cream and orangey. Most of these beaches are along the national highway, thus, it can be easily reached and accessed. During low tide, locals would flock the rocky sea bed of Ban-ao Beaches to catch seashells and other marine resources that abound the place. With the presence of vast mangrove forest that thrives along the waters of Ban-ao, a part of this Barangay is considered Marine Protected Area.

The Untouched Beaches of Ban-ao

Pristine Beaches of Ban-ao

The Beaches of Ban-ao

THE TREASURE ISLAND OF BAN-O
Passing the paved coastal road of Barangay Ban-ao, there you can find one tiny islet locally called Treasure Island. It is dotted with a small portion of white sands and a number of rock formations. Some vegetation covers the islet while shallow water surrounding it is a perfect spot for swimming. From the mainland, going to the islet is very accessible. You can paddle a boat on high tide or just walk across to the island during low tide. Legend has it that the islet possesses one of the buried treasures by the Japanese soldiers, thus, called the Treasure Island.

The Treasure Island of Ban-ao

The Tiny Little Beauty of the Treasure Island of Ban-ao

The Travel Teller and the Treasure Island

THE SAN VICTOR ISLAND
Bestowed by Mother Nature with pristine pearly white sands and crystal clear seawater that exudes an ambiance of a real tropical living, San Victor Island located in Barangay San Victor is considered as the Island Jewel of Baganga. This 3-hectare Island is rich in marine life and resources. Seaweeds and clams abound the sea bed. Underwater, its unscathed corals are playground of the multi-colored fishes. While the sea surrounding the island teems with rich marine life, the island on the other hand is covered with tall old coconut groves, some talisay trees and other tropical plants enhancing a real tropical feel. Sightings of dugongs and dolphins have been recorded visiting the waters of the Island.

San Victor Island

The Sands of San Victor Island

SAN VICTOR ISLAND: Baganga’s Island Jewel

DAANG LUNGSOD BEACH OF BACULIN
A secret cove situated in the far flung coasts of Barangay Baculin, Daang Lungsod Beach is yet another beach worth going when visiting Baganga. It has a long stretch of powdery white sand shoreline and cool emerald sea waters. Unlike the beaches of Ban-ao and San Victor which can be accessed from the main highway, Daang Lungsod Beach is hidden in the vast coconut farm of Baculin, around 10 minutes habal-habal ride from the highway. Although private, beach goers and nature lovers are welcome to come and experience the old-fashioned beach life of this Baculin beach.

Daang Lungsod Cove

The Enticing Seascape of Daang Lungsod Beach of Baculin

Serenity Abound at Daang Lungsod Beach

LANGUYON BEACH
Languyon is a vast estuary shared by three Barangays of Baganga namely Baculin, Bobonao and Salingcomot. It is a water passage where sea tides of the Pacific meets a river current, thus, the brackish waters of Languyon are mixed of freshwater from rivers and streams and the seawater. While Salingcomot houses the vast mangrove forest, both Baculin and Bobonao share the vast shoreline of Languyon which is endowed with powdery white sands, amazing rock formations and coconut trees lining up the upper shores. For the locals, Languyon Beach is the most precious secret beach paradise of Baganga. The best way to get to Languyon Beach is passing through the same way with Daan Lungsod Beach in Barangay Baculin.

Languyon River

Languyon Beach

The Travel Teller and the Secret Beach of Languyon

BAIT BEACH OF BOBON, SALINGCOMOT
In addition to the many coastal wonders of Baganga is the Bait Beach situated in the coast of Bobon in Barangay Salingcomot, about 10 minutes habal-habal ride from the highway. Like its neighboring beaches, Bait Beach boasts of its lengthy undisturbed white sand beach bathe in the tranquil view of the blue waters of the Pacific. This is among the many beaches of Baganga that until now retain its natural beauty and infectious serenity.

Bait Beach of Salingcomot

Locals at the Rocky Sea Bed of Bait Beach of Salingcomot

Who wouldn’t love these sands of Bait Beach?

THE WHITE SAND BEACH OF LAMBAJON
Among the many beaches one can find in Baganga, the White Sand Beach, as they call it, is one of most preferred beaches frequented by Bagangeños. It is located on the shores of Barangay Lambajon, too accessible from the town center of Baganga. True to its name, the White Sand Beach boasts of its refined white sands abounding the lengthy coast of this part of the town.

The White Sand Beach of Lambajon

The White Sand Beach of Lambajon

THE CAROLINA LAKE
After luxuriating oneself from the old-fashioned charm of the Beaches and Coasts of Baganga, the best way to cool down is to dip into the cold brackish waters of the Carolina Lake situated in Panghugan, Barangay Salingcomot. The Carolina Lake is not actually a lake. It is more of a tidal creek where a portion of a stream is affected by ebb and flow of ocean tides, thus explain the salinity of the water. Marine fishes abound the waters. According to the locals, some giant eels can be found here. But more than its cold waters, Carolina Lake is a natural beauty in itself. It is surrounded by lushes of vegetation and century old-trees creating an appealing setting of unhurt nature. Slowly, Carolina Lake has gained a good reputation as one of the must visit destination in Baganga.

The Placid Carolina Lake

The Carolina Lake

Carolina Lake, I Adore Thee!

There you have it – the Coastal Wonders of Baganga, Davao Oriental. These are just among the many unexplored beaches and pristine coastal havens of the town. There are more to see there, more to relish.

HOW TO GET TO BAGANGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL:
From Davao City, one may take either public utility buses or L300 vans to reach the Municipality of Baganga. Public utility buses coming from Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland travel to the town daily. Once you arrive at Baganga’s Poblacion, you may hire a motorcycle or habal-habal to bring to these beautiful beaches of the town.

FOR ASSISTANCE, you may call:
MR. NICHOLEREY DAPITANON
Municipal Tourism Officer
Municipality of Baganga, Davao Oriental
(0919) 835.6232