Friday, January 13, 2017

Cape San Agustin Caper

It was a beautiful sunny day for a road trip in April 2016. So my husband and I took off one day on a "Mr. and Mrs. Adventure." Where to? To Cape San Agustin in Bgy. Lavigan, Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental.

From Tagum City, we traveled east to Davao Oriental. It was roughly a 3-hour trip on good cemented roads along the coast of the peninsula.

Boundary of Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province and Banaybanay, Davao Oriental
Back in 2012, my husband and three children went on a road trip on the same route. But the roads were rough and it took them five hours to get to the cape. It was only late in 2016 that the road leading to the cape has been fully cemented all the way. 

The 2012 trip of my husband and children
How to get there

If you're coming from Tagum City, drive through the towns of Maco, Mabini and Pantukan in Compostela Valley Province and go through the towns of Banay-banay, and Lupon in Davao Oriental. When you get to San Isidro, you will get to a fork in the highway. The left road goes to Mati City while the road on the right will take you to San Isidro and Governor Generoso towns. 

You can take a Bachelor Bus but it will only take you to Bgy. Pundaguitan which is quite a distance from Bgy. Lavigan. So it is better to use your own vehicle or hire one to get to over 85 kilometers to the cape.

 Here are some scenes along the way:

A century old tree
Cape San Agustin

You will know if you're already at the cape when you see the structures below. There may be more structures now with the addition of an eatery.

A minimal entrance fee is collected at the tourist lounge to be able to enter the area where the lighthouses are and to see the views from there.

What to see

There are three lighthouses in the compound.

Going up one of the three lighthouses (the middle one), one can see a breathtaking 360 degree view of the blue sky merging with the blue sea as the latter kiss the shores. It's not one for those who have fear of heights though.

Taken at the top of the middle lighthouse.

Shooting from the top.

The following photos are what can be seen from up the lighthouse. It is a delight for photography enthusiasts like us.

Taken from inside the lighthouse.

We were not content on just basking in the view from above, we went down to the rocky beach and had a treat, too. It was a good thing it was low tide. We were able to walk down the rocks. My husband was even able to climb one triangular rock and took shots from there.

The two lighthouses visible from below. 
During high tide, this part of the cape will not be accessible as it will be filled with water. This is where the waters of the Celebes sea meet the waters of Davao Gulf. Below is how this rock looks during high tide as what we've seen when we revisited it last December 2016.

There are also other areas where one can take a dip or explore the rocky beaches. One side of the cape has been bought by a banana magnate of Tagum City.

One day, this place will be swarming with tourists as it was already being discovered by many from the Davao Region. It would be nice to go there now before development sets in because a resort is reportedly going to be built in the area.

The beauty of Cape San Agustin is really worth the long trip.

[Note: Photos were taken by my husband, Larry A. Halili and me.]

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