Hot Dip at Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort

Nothing is more refreshing than dipping your whole body in warm water. This is the reason why a hot spring experience is something that is difficult to forget. It is also an experience that you will always look forward to. If you are planning to indulge in a hot spring experience, then the Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort is definitely one of the most ideal sites to visit. First, it offers a majestic panoramic view of Mt. Candalaga.

Offers a majestic panoramic view of Mt. Candalaga.

Accommodation is also not a problem as there are a lot of small cottages to choose from. For those who were not able to bring enough food and drinks, the hot spring resort has an in-house store where you could buy from. It should be noted that the place also charges entrance and corkage fee. It is located in Maragusan and is difficult to miss as it is situated just along the road going to the center of the town.

Inside the resort, there were a lot of trees around. I can barely see a mountain due to the heavy volume of clouds. Also, there were plenty of open cottages where you can sit and/or leave your things. Shower and toilet rooms were located on the other side of the resort.

The pool wasn’t that deep. I guess it’s between 3-4 feet and kids were really enjoying it. I noticed that time that only one part of the pool is hot. Maybe this could be because of the number of people in the pool.

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Entrance fee:

  • 60 pesos – adults
  • 40 pesos – children

The hot water was quite relaxing. It was a really nice experience. This hot spring resort in Mindanao is worth visiting. If you’re visiting Haven’s Peak Highland Resort, don’t forget to drop by this hidden gem.

Truly Majestic : Tagbibinta Falls

If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Tagbibinta Falls in Barangay Covonobe, Maragusan, Davao de Oro is the perfect place to go. The calming sound of the water falling into the refreshingly cool pool is the perfect background for relaxation.

It is the source of electricity

The province of Mindanao is blessed with beautiful rainforests, gorgeous beaches and breathtaking waterfalls. One of the most well-known waterfalls in the province is Tagbibinta Falls which is the source of electricity for the people in the town of Davao de Oro.

Ancient folklore that women are not allowed to enter the place of the waterfall alone.

There is an ancient folklore that surrounds this beautiful waterfall, as there are stories among the locals that women are not allowed to enter the place of the waterfall alone, they believe that if a woman bathed in the waterfalls alone, an enchanted prince will invite her to be his wife, which can then enchant and captivate her and the enchanted prince will then take the woman to his world.

Entrance fee:

If you’re a local:

  •                 Adult:  P30.00
  •                 Kid: P20.00

If you’re a foreigner:

  •                 Adult:  P70.00
  •                 Kid: P60.00

Cottage/Table Fee:

  •                 Cottage: P75.00
  •                 Table: P30.00

It was a grounding moment when I stepped into the waters of Tagbibinta falls. It made me want to worship God right there and then.  Truly a wonder. The water is very cold and refreshing. Another one of my bucket-list has been crossed out.

Overlooking Maragusan: The Haven’s Peak Highland Resort

True to its name, Heaven’s Peak Highland Resort offers a skyline experience to guests as it is situated at the top of the Maragusan Hill. You get the chance to appreciate the view from the top overlooking forests and Maragusan proper. The place is so impressive that it has been recognized nationally as a worth-it tourist destination. During damp days, the view below is enveloped by thick fog which could come as either enchanting or menacing, depending one’s imagination.

Worth-it tourist destination

Haven’s Peak is where people come to unwind from the pressures of everyday life. Perched near the top of a mountain Davao de Oro, the air is clean and crisp. The menu offers organic foods not easily found elsewhere. The view is inspiring. The cottages are warm and inviting. The silence at night is profound.

They serve organic foods

Haven’s Peak is the only resort in the Valley to grow its own organic vegetables: peas, beans, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, and much, much more. The resort also raises its own organic chickens, goats, and pigs. Our organic chickens produce our organic eggs. These products have none of the dangerous herbicides and growth hormones normally embedded in food.

Rates:

Entrance Fee:

  • Php 20 / person + Php 80 if you want to go Swimming

For overnight stay of medium capacity

  • Mansaka House (2 persons capacity)
  • Bagobo House (3 persons capacity with view deck)
  • Ifugao House (3 persons capacity)
  • T’boli House (maximum of 5 persons capacity)

Overnight stay in all tribal huts (Couple with 2 kids or 3 adults) with pool and complimentary meal for 2 – Php 1,400.00

Dormitory (32 persons capacity) – Php 350.00 per person

  • Special rates available for group reservations
  • Complimentary meal
  • Extra person/bedding – Php 150.00

Amenities:

  • Function Hall
  • Terraza Adela
  • Pool
  • Lantaw Barbeque and Seafood Grill House
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable Car
  • Restaurant

A Trek to Pyalitan Falls

The Pyalitan Falls is located in Dapongpong, Mapawa, Maragusan with a distance of 7.58 km away from Brgy. Poblacion.

It can be traveled by foot in an hour through Brgy. Coronobe trail. So if you’re into trekking, you should definitely visit this place.

The trek is almost 30 minutes

The trek is almost 30 minutes so get ready because the trail is narrow and at the side of a cliff. Your stamina and leg strength will be literally measured by following the narrow, most rocky and bumpy path.

But after a long hike, we finally reached the spot.

But before the waterfall is visible, you will again cross a river.

The Angels Falls in Venezuela

Pyalitan Falls, a version of the Angels Falls in Venezuela. Breath-taking and relaxing , something that many have come to love and want to visit here. It also feels a bit of a liberating because of the uninterrupted trekking, but it’s worth it of the beauty of the area.

Make sure you have an expert guide on the road to have a good idea in advance.

Summer Capital of Davao Region: MARAGUSAN

Maragusan, Davao de Oro (also known as San Mariano) is the summer capital of Davao Region, the valley of spring and waterfalls. This town has a lot of destinations to offer from refreshing mountains along the way, cold place and majestic views, especially if you need a reset from the hustle and bustle of the city then this place is the best release for you.

IT MAY not be as popular as summer capital of country but the town is surely a gem in this part of the world. Its lofty mountains and valleys, abundant natural resources, magnificent waterfalls, hot and cold springs, and generous whiffs of cool, clean air — these are some of those that Baguio cannot offer.

Home to 30 majestic waterfalls and 300 cold springs and two hot springs.

Maragusan, one of the most progressive towns of Compostela Valley, has them all – and even more! This summer capital of Davao region is home to 30 majestic waterfalls and 300 cold springs and two hot springs.

Its lake is situated about 7,800 feet above sea level. Its total land area of 39,427 hectares is typhoon-free as it is surrounded by mountain ranges, home to the world’s largest individual flower. Not to forget is its banana, which has an atypical kind of sweetness!

As a town, Maragusan was separated from its mother municipality (Mabini) by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1247 on November 25, 1977. It was called “San Mariano” after Don Mariano Marcos, the father of then president, Ferdinand E. Marcos. On October 12, 1998, it was returned to its original and current name under Republic Act No. 6678.

How to get there

From Davao

Take the bus going to Tagum in Ecoland Terminal or Gaisano Mall of Davao. Travel time to Tagum is 1.5 to 2 hours. You can ride the Davao Metro Shuttle, Bachelor Bus or any of the buses plying the Tagum route and alight at the terminal of the bus and proceed to the terminal of the buses going to Maragusan. Fare of the bus going to Tagum is P80 (ordinary bus) or P115 (aircon bus). From Davao City to Tagum it is 55 kilometers.

In Tagum City, you can either take the van to Maragusan (2 hours) for P130 or the bus (3 hours) for P80. There are many bus companies servicing the route such as Maragusan Tours, Mencidor Lines, Jessa Mae Tours and De Perio Express. From Tagum to Maragusan it is 97 kilometers.

Van rental is also available with special rates from Davao to Tagum City.

Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Life is Here

Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Life is Here

If you are planning a trip to Davao City, then get yourself ready as Davao City has a lot of fun to offer as what it’s a slogan “Life is Here” live up to what it says.

Be it any time of the year, it sure has many events you could join to celebrate with especially during August which has the highly anticipated Kadayawan Festival also known as the “Mother of all Mindanao Festival”.

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Its name is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw” meaning treasured or valuable, as the ethnic tribes of Davao use this time to give thanks for the season’s bountiful harvest and offer rituals and dances to the gods of nature.

Kadayawan Festival has many highlight events you could choose from such as

  • HiyassaKadayawan Coronation where 11 candidates from each tribe will battle for the crown through their talents and wits.
  • DulaKadayawan which gives chance for tourists to interact with the locals and tribes through games
  • SayawKadayawan show casing the traditions, folklore, and cultural uniqueness of the different tribes through dance performances.
  • Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan which is street-dancing competition inspired by Mindanao’s rich cultural heritage.
  • PamulaksaKadayawawhichis a gorgeous floral float parade of different tribes, groups and organizations in Davao City.

And finally, a trip is not complete without shopping for souvenirs. Kadayawan also open up markets, booths and exhibits showcasing local products which tourists and local people could buy from. In conclusion, Kadayawan is indeed a fun filled festival which bring tourists and locals great pleasure and enjoyments.