In search of another summer adventure after Britania, my hubby chanced upon a blog entry of the famous Dabawenya, Jojie Alcantara about a place called "Little Boracay" in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur. Thus, armed with guts and our family's sense of adventure, we set off early one fine morning.
We left Tagum around 6.15 a.m., arrived in Davao City around 7:00 a.m. in time for a little breakfast in a gasoline station along the way and off we went again after thirty minutes reaching the Sulop-Malalag juncture at around 9:30 a.m. Going right, the road leads to Gen. Santos City. On the left is the road towards Malalag town then Sta. Maria after. Farther are the towns of Malita, San Marcelino and Jose Abad Santos.
|The view from the cliff right after the welcome signboard.|
|The Municipal Hall of Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur.|
|There are a lot of signboards along the way leading to the resort.|
The resort has cottages facing the sea for day picnickers and those who would like to spend the night on the beach for as low as P75.00 per cottage. A restaurant is open on weekends otherwise people are free to bring their own food without corkage. They can also cook in areas meant for them. A huge seminar house sits on a elevated area at the back of the cottages. The gated resort has ample parking space.
The place would've been good enough for us if not for a couple of guys who came in by boat from out of nowhere and who offered to take us to the sea beyond the rocky edge to a place with even more powdery white sand. For P40.00 per person, we hopped on the motorized 13-15 seater banca and sailed into the bay beyond and smacked right into what else but...paradise!
"Paradise". That is what the secluded place is called. Although people from "Little Boracay" go there on boats during weekends, the place has no huts or cottages or amenities. Its beauty is untouched, the setting even made more rustic with dried coconut leaves and shells lining up the fine white sandy shore. I remember my childhood days in Maco where we used to take picnics at such areas long before the resorts have taken over Pindasan, Mabini, Compostela Valley Province. This place can only be reached by boat or by traversing the rocky edges from a nearby barrio.
The beachfront is owned by the grandfather of the two boys who took us there. Some rich people would want to buy it including Manny Pacquiao but the grandfather who is also the barangay captain there wouldn't hear of it.
The waters are crystal clear and truly so inviting it's like a huge swimming pool. We would've swam all day if we had the luxury of time. It felt like having one's own island like that in the movie, "Castaway".
We went home happy and grateful with sweet memories of a little paradise on earth.