It’s unbelievable that there are actually 16 Caraga Davao Oriental Tourist Spots that were all unexplored! Caraga is a one-stop, complete package travel destination.
They have Natural attractions (falls, caves, beaches), Heritage attractions (San Salvador Del Mundo Church and other historical landmarks of Caraga), Cultural attraction (Mandaya Tribe), and Man-made attractions (Pusan Point Science Discovery Center, L.Mabasa Pool Garden Resort and others).
Did you know that Caraga, Davao Oriental is the easternmost extreme point of the Philippines? (North – Itbayat, Batanes, South – Saluag, Tawi Tawi, West – Balabac, Palawan).
Being the easternmost part, the municipality boasts of getting the first sunlight here in the Philippines, particularly in Pusan Point.
Caraga is also one of the oldest towns in Davao Oriental, with 17 barangays. Its name actually came from the word “Kalag” which means “spirit or soul”.
Now, let’s find out what Caraga can offer!
16 Caraga Davao Oriental Tourist Spots (For the Bucketlist!)
- Pusan Point Science Discovery Center and Ecopark
- L.Mabasa Pool Garden Resort
- Marine Protected Area
- Crystal Cave/ Altar Cave
- Pantad Tidal Pool and White Beach
- San Salvador del Mundo Church
- Magpamangaw Falls
- Durian, Marang, and Lumbia (Unaw) Experience in Brgy. Mercedes
- Brgy. Alvar Exotic Foods
- San Luis Surfing Beach
- Brgy. Lamiawan – Cleanest Brgy in Caraga
- Kapuka Falls
- Tubilan Cave
- Mandaya Cultural Community, Sitio
- Bango Beach
Disclaimer: This whole trip was a tour package offered by Biyaheros Travel and Tours operated by Ms. Shane Mercy Iguiban.
#1 Pusan Point Science Discovery Center and Ecopark
On December 31, 1999, locals and tourists gathered in Pusan Point in Brgy. Santiago to wait for the first sunrise of
Then, on January 1, 2000, people witnessed the “First Light, First Sight of the Millennium Sunrise” in Pusan Point.
Aside from the much-awaited sunrise, you can also enjoy the breathtaking view of huge waves rushing to the rock formations in Pusan Point.
Watch out for my full blog post about Pusan Point, next week!
#2 L.Mabasa Pool Garden Resort
Found another one of the hidden Caraga Davao Oriental Tourist Spots in Brgy. Santiago, the L. Mabasa Pool Garden Resort.
Just a few minutes away from Pusan Point, you can enjoy a man-made pool with fresh spring water for as low as 20 pesos per person (US$.5)!
They have a restroom, cottages, and mini store within the vicinity.
- Adult – 20 pesos (US$.5)
- Children 10 years old below – 10 pesos (US$.25)
- Overnight Stay from 5 PM onwards – 30 pesos
#3 Marine Protected Area – Talisay Point
From L.Mabasa Spring Pool, we had to ride a boat for about 20 minutes to see the raw beauty of Talisay Point.
Imagine going to the edge of the Philippines, and watching the waves reach your feet.
Now, if you are looking for some adventures, going there would be very enjoyable for you. With a very active lifestyle, you can climb up and see Crystal Cave/ Altar Cave.
#4 Crystal Cave/ Altar Cave
Get ready for some extreme adventures to see the beauty of Crystal Cave/ Altar Cave.
Prepare for rappelling, wall climbing, and a bit of hiking to survive this one. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do this because I’m afraid of heights.
Though, it’s highly recommended for those who love
#5 Pantad Tidal Pool and White Beach
Still in Brgy. Santiago, there’s this stunning Pantad Tidal Pool and White Beach!
After the extreme adventures, we spent a laidback afternoon relaxing and taking pictures on this crystal-clear, white sand beach.
Unlike regular beaches, Pantad has some rough grounds which creates the natural tidal pool effect.
Just when you thought that Brgy. Santiago is a one-stop destination, here’s another stunning reason to see Caraga Davao Oriental tourist spots.
Just a few steps away from L. Mabasa Pool Garden Resort, you will easily spot
#7 San Salvador Del Mundo Church
Contrary to popular belief, Mindanao has more Catholics than Muslims. Most of the people I’ve met during our 4-day stay are Catholics.
If you want to immerse yourself into the culture of Caragueños, you have to see San Salvador Del Mundo Church in Brgy. Poblacion.
Unfortunately, we were not able to explore the church because it’s under restoration when we got there.
Hopefully, I get the chance to be back, and explore more hidden gems in Caraga!
#8 Magpamangaw Falls
If you’re up for a medium level adventure, then the Magpamangaw Falls is perfect for you.
To get here, you need to hike downwards and cross one shallow river for about 30 minutes. So, you have to climb up to get back to the barangay proper.
The waterfall is wide enough, and four of my fellow travelers jumped all together.
As you can see, the thick surrounding trees give us shade and made us feel like we’re one with nature.
Just don’t forget to keep the noise at a low level to avoid disturbing the calmness of nature. That’s a simple request of the locals from us.
#9 Durian, Marang, and Lumbia (Unaw) Experience in Brgy. Mercedes
Well, the Davao experience won’t be complete without tasting Durian (King of Fruits).
It’s so interesting because it’s actually my first time to see and taste Durian!
Honestly, this Visayan kind of Durian doesn’t have a very strong odor.
When I ate it, the first bite wasn’t impressive. It’s creamy and the taste lingers on your mouth for a long time.
But on the second bite, the taste becomes bearable. And on the third bite, I started to appreciate the unique sweetness and creaminess of this fruit.
Aside from Durian, seeing and tasting Marang is also a first time experience for me. This fruit costs 20 pesos only (US$.5).
Unlike Durian, this one doesn’t have a strong odor and taste. Its creaminess and sweetness made me appreciate the fruit instantly.
Another delicacy you can find in Brgy. Mercedes is the Unaw that is made from Nipa fruit.
This one tastes like a moist oatmeal cookie combined with a pancake.
#10 Exotic Foods at Brgy. Alvar
Aside from the extreme physical activities in Caraga Davao Oriental tourist spots, there are also exotic foods you must try!
In Brgy. Alvar, the least populated barangay in Caraga, we had the chance to taste “Ook” or “Batud” or the Coconut Worm Larvae and Frog.
Surprisingly, the Coconut Worm Larvae tastes okay, just like chicken intestine (isaw), a very popular street food here in the Philippines.
On the other hand, the frog legs just tasted like a chicken. There’s no strange aftertaste or whatsoever.
Well, you just have to try this for yourself when you visit Caraga Davao Oriental Tourist Spots.
#11 San Luis Surfing Beach
Surfing? Skim boarding? Camping?
In San Luis Surfing Beach, you get to enjoy the beach vibes within their whopping 2.3 km beach stretch.
When night came, we set up our tents and spent the whole night socializing and camping.
This kind of late night conversations is something that I miss since Luzon is such a very busy place, there’s almost no time to talk to someone face to face.
#12 Brgy. Lamiawan
I’m amazed as to how they managed to keep their place as clean as this. With the couple of hours we spent here, I did not see a single trash!
How I wish they can teach people in Manila to to do the same.
Each household and street has a trash bin.
#13 Kapuka Falls
This is actually one of the most famous Caraga Davao Oriental Tourist Spots. Seeing the majestic waterfalls will leave you in awe.
To be able to see the basin and get closer to Kapuka Falls, you will have to cross the river with strong current and ice-cold water.
Again, I am not a fan of cold waters, so I just stayed on the other side watching the waterfalls from afar.
Going to Kapuka Falls is also a highlight. We had to take a motorcycle ride for about 1 hour, with very rocky and steep roads.
After the motorcycle ride, we had to hike for about 30 minutes. The trail was well-shaded, very steep, and descending. Which makes it harder to get back as you climb up.
Kindly tune in for a separate blog post about my full experience going to Kapuka Falls!
#14 Tubilan Cave
Before we enter the cave, the locals performed a ritual.
They said that we had to offer the blood of a white chicken to keep us all safe going in.
So, the locals had to make the sacrifice, as we all keep quiet while the ritual is happening.
After that, we entered the cave. And we actually had to walk into a knee-deep clay to explore the beauty of Tubilan.
That was literally a HIDDEN GEM!
Imagine dipping your whole legs into a clay while the water from the cave slowly drops on your head.
And if you think that the cave is the hardest part, you’d have to try the trekking going there. It’s pure assault! And the quick rainfall made the trail slippier than it already was.
#15 Mandaya Cultural Community, Sitio Lucatan, Pichon
Aside from the beaches, falls, and caves that are part of the Caraga Davao Oriental Tourist Spots, meeting the Mandaya Tribe was the most awaited part of our trip.
Learning about their traditions and beliefs is like transcending you back in time.
They weave “Dagmay” with from Abaca fiber. The three symbols in Dagmay are Man, Flower, and Crocodile.
Every clan of Mandaya Tribe has different design.
I’ll have another post for this topic, because their culture is something that is very interesting.
#16 Bango Beach
Just before we go back to Manila, we had another white sand beach waiting for us.
The Bango Beach looks ready for tourism and guests. It has spacious cottages, and there are some Instagram worthy spots already.
I think Caraga, Davao Oriental has unlimited natural tourist spots, and everything I’ve seen just made me crave for more beach days!
I’d like to thank these people whom I personally met during our Caraga trip, the Local Government Unit of Caraga Province of Davao Oriental especially the Tourism Section:
- Governor Nelson Dayanghirang
- Mayor Alicia Mori
- Vice Mayor Marilyn Iturralde
- Hon. Eutiquio Pagsac, Jr.
- Hon. Brian Cruz
- Hon. Neri Masinaring
- Hon. Filadelfo Gambong
- Hon. Aser Calig-onan
- Hon. Orly Benaning
- Hon. Camel Bantayan
- Hon. Rican Calig-Onan
- Provincial Tourism Officer Miguel Trocio
- Tourism Officer Daphney Cordero
- Biyaheros Travel and Tours by Ms. Shane Mercy Iguiban
Special thanks to all the PUNONG BARANGAY who gave us warm welcome:
- Mercedes – Estrella Pagulong and Barangay Officials and functionaries
- Alvar – Franklin Cayetano and Barangay Officials and functionaries
- Santiago – Merilyn B.
Silveronand Barangay Officials and functionaries
- Pichon –
Porferio Madanloand Barangay Officials and functionaries
- Poblacion – Noli Sobrecarey and Barangay Officials and functionaries
- San Luis – Delfin Antonio II and Barangay Officials and functionaries
- Lamiawan – Virgilio
Benaningand Barangay Officials and functionaries
Last but not the least, our heartfelt thanks to the helpful tour guides, the students from Caraga National High School, and to the Laksaw Caraga Mountaineers who assisted us during our extreme adventures!
Camille Defeo, Rest Day Adventures
SALAMATAY GAYOD!!! Dili ko kalingawan ing kagana ng Caraga!