SAN VICTOR ISLAND: Baganga’s Island Jewel

Lying on the seas of the Pacific in the coastal town of Baganga, Davao Oriental, there find one sparkling Island bestowed by Mother Nature with pristine sands so pure and pearly white, seawater so clean and clear and an ambiance of a real tropical living. They call this little paradise – San Victor Island.

The San Victor Island is one of Davao Oriental’s unique islands facing the Pacific Ocean. It is 3-hectare Island located in Barangay San Victor about 20 minutes drive from Baganga’s town proper and 40 minutes ride from its neighboring town of Cateel. The island is very accessible from the highway and about 5 minutes boat ride from the mainland.

The island is considered as the Island Jewel of Baganga as it landed on the list of the must-visit top tourist spots of Davao Oriental and the Davao Region. Thus, if you are a tourist visiting both Baganga and Cateel, your trip to both towns will not be complete without basking onto the powdery white sands and soaking into the cool turquoise waters of San Victor Island.

More than the white sand beach and the crystal clear waters, San Victor 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.

The Island’s exceptional beauty and sublime tranquility top the reason why it is frequented by beach fanatics. It is the reason why visitors, not only from Baganga, would travel far to indulge and relish the Island’s irresistible inviting splendor.

Visiting San Victor Island is always part of my vacation in my hometown. Although it belongs to the Municipality of Baganga, it is greatly accessible from my hometown of Cateel. For the many times that I’ve come here, I’ve learned to love everything about the Island’s allure – the sun, the sea and the sand. But there is one thing I learned about it that I have yet to see. According to the locals, the island’s turquoise waters are favorite playgrounds of sea cows or Dugong. They say it is between months of June and August that these sea cows are spotted playing and dancing at the waters of the Island. It is a good reason to look forward to.

San Victor Island is owned by the Diocese of Mati and managed by the Catholic Parish of Baganga.  It is open to visitors and tourists who want to experience extraordinary encounter with nature and the tranquility of the surroundings. It is not commercially developed but it has cottages for rent, nipa huts to stay and manicured lawn for camping available whether for day tour or for overnight stay. And yes, there is electricity and fresh water.

If you are an island lover and you love everything about the island – San Victor Island is for you! Whether you’re up for frolicking on the beach or just basking on the sand, the island will simply embrace you. After all, just like other lovely islands, San Victor Island is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily living.

HOW TO GET TO THE SAN VICTOR ISLAND:
From Davao City, one may take either public utility buses or L300 vans to reach the Municipality of Baganga in Davao Oriental. Public utility buses coming from Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland travel to the town daily. On the other hand, L300 Vans Terminal servicing Davao-Baganga is located at Gaisano Mall of Davao in Bajada. Once you arrive at Baganga’s Poblacion, you may take a motorcycle or habal-habal going to Barangay San Victor. Worry not, San Victor Island is very familiar to the locals.