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.

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

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

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

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 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

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?

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

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.

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:
Municipal Tourism Officer
Municipality of Baganga, Davao Oriental
(0919) 835.6232




  1. *Bookmarking* this. I hope to visit some of these beaches come August as a sidetrip from the Kadayawan Festival.

  2. LINA C. ABOGADIE says

    Thanks for sharing those great shots Sir Olan. Hope to visit those beaches soon…

  3. Lan, I never thought that our Mindanao boasts of so many white sand beaches until I read ’em all in your blog.

    • Hi Earl. 🙂 you and me share the same amazement. 🙂 It is but amazing to realize that our Island Mindanao is an Island of so many Wonders just waiting to be explored, visited and discovered. 🙂 Like you, I am hoping that through our efforts in showcasing these Wonders to the World, we can enticed our readers/followers to experience that amazement we feel everytime we see Splendors like these! Thanks Earl. 🙂

  4. This post makes me really want to visit Davao Oriental before this year ends. The thing with these beautiful Bagangga beaches is that it seems you can visit them even if it is rainy. The white sand looks so captivating. Daw gapangamay nga bisitahan jud namo sya. hehehe

    Nice post, Olan!

    • THANKS Arlene. 🙂 When you visit again DAVAO CITY, have time to extend your vacation to head off the Province of Davao Oriental and see for yourself our SECRET BEACHES. 🙂 it will definitely BLOW YOU AWAY! 🙂

  5. Wow, an amazing place indeed, would love to be there at the moment and dive into this amazingly blue waters! Great pictures!

  6. will start scheming my next trip in davao! <3 youre blog will surely help me on what to include in my itiniterary. kudos sir Olan!

  7. can you take me there when I go back to Davao for Kadayawan? 😀 see you soon! i miss you!

  8. Wow…i love the pristine and untouched environment in Carolina Lake…Hope that any development of the place that might be done anytime soon, will be carefully planned so as to preserved the natural beauty of the place…Thanks a lot for sharing Olan!..;)

  9. ang ganda jan! sama naman ako kay gael pag dinala mo sya jan 🙂

  10. Awesome… I wish I have a month to explore Davao Oriental… Babalik ako dyan soon! Thank you for sharing Olan… Cheers!!! ^_^

  11. Labs, na set mo na sked ng trip natin? Can’t wait to go back. Hugs and miss you. 🙂

  12. Ganda talaga ng nag gagandahang island . . . . hope i have a time to visit in provence of baganga . . . . ^_^

  13. following natures in baganga not mentioned in your article are:
    Cold spring in Caguion , Embalcaderok
    Hot spring in Kinablangan
    Crystal and cold river of Bagangan
    Baybay beach and river bank with white stone pebbles and fine sand at back of Baganga Municipal Bldg

  14. following natures in baganga not mentioned in your article are:
    Cold spring in Caguion , Embalcadero
    Hot spring in Kinablangan
    Crystal and cold river of Bagangan
    Baybay beach and river bank with white stone pebbles and fine sand at back of Baganga Municipal Bldg

  15. Hi I would love to take my surfboard and catch a wave around Baganga. Are there any local surfers i could catch a few waves with in March?

  16. Banao beach is quite interesting. Is it for sale?

Speak Your Mind