Discovering Passig Islet

Hidden away from the clamoring sound of the Big City, a secret Islet kept by many from the crowd so hungry for beach escape was the recent beach destination I discovered last Sunday. The secret little islet is called PASSIG ISLET.

This “secret no more” beach haven lies at Sitio Bato in Santa Cruz, Davao Del Sur just so near to the City of Digos.

Passig Islet used to be a very tiny islet open to the public. It used to be a favorite beach hang-out of the local beach goers in the area. Soon after, the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur saw its eco-tourism potential that resulted to the allocation of funds in developing the Islet turning it into a stunning and relaxing resort with an astonishing ambience of tropical leisure.

Managed by the Provincial Tourism Office, the Islet is now known as the Passig Islet Aqua-Eco Park Resort. Today, it is one of the province’s pride and honor.

Getting to the Islet, I passed a newly constructed concrete foot bridge in the middle of the bushy mangroves. The walk on the bridge amidst these abundant mangroves gave me a sense of adventure feeling like I’m on an amazing race. At the foot of the bridge, there awaits several pump boats ready to take guests right to the Islet. The 5 minute boat ride to the islet was stunningly awesome giving me 360 degrees view of the sea, the islet and the mountains behind me.

Upon docking, I was so impressed with the tidy ambience and the heartfelt tranquility of the Islet. I felt so relaxed and comfortable. It seemed that the place is my sanctuary.

oing around the islet, everything is in place. From small cottages to its main function hall, everything seemed to be just right. The whole surrounding is so clean and well maintained. Tropical trees and palm trees were planted and fully manicured. Bathrooms and restrooms are clean and fresh waters are provided.

The Islet’s abundant white sand is not as refined as those of Boracay’s but its color gives the Islet a real tropical beach touch. The ocean surrounds it is clean and green. There were small fishes nearby.

The humidity of the air is just so right for a perfect beach getaway. In general, Passig Islet is one of the beach places I would recommend to my friends so worthy to spend time just lazing around and savoring its beauty. For that, I’ll be back there soon.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS: The Phillippine's Highest Waterfalls

My hometown Cateel in the province of Davao Oriental is the home of the highest waterfalls in the country - Aliwagwag Falls.It is a towering waterfalls considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest in the country. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in Mindanao.Aliwagwag Falls is a series of 84 falls appearing like Stairway to Heaven with various heights among the steps ranging from 6 to 110 feet.One step is measured 72 feet and another is 67 feet. Overall Aliwagwag Falls is 1,110 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. All these in the midst of virgin forest.

This is my Aliwagwag... My Home... My Pride!

Barangay Aliwagwag
Cateel, Davao Oriental

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Lushes of verdant vegetation, clean fresh tropical air, a picturesque panorama of nature and contemporary works, a definition of a true Resort Living – these are what VILLA DE MERCEDES is all about.
Perfectly nestled atop the natural east-sloping terrain of Catigan, Toril, Davao City, Villa De Mercedes tops among the best Resort Subdivisions in the City. At 535 feet above sea level, Villa de Mercedes proudly offers a 360-degree quaint panoramic view of the great Davao City, the majestic Mt. Apo, the pristine waters of Davao Gulf, the charming Island Garden City of Samal.
Among the best things about Villa De Mercedes is the CLUBHOUSE where a contemporary coffee shop alongside a manicured view deck welcomes its guests. The stunning luxury of the infinity pool built in a landscape of lined up palm trees and ornamental flora accentuated by real white sand on one area gives an illusion of real tropical beach lounging.And by night, the humid air embraces one’s soul and the view from the top overlooking the Davao City’s lights is simply remarkable!So, at Villa De Mercedes, feel not just the charm of Resort Subdivision living but experience a real gate away just within reach!


Beach Life at Babu Santa, Talicud Island, Samal is not all about the great sun, the beautiful sunset, the enticing white sand and crystal clear bluewaters. Babu Santa Beach lies within the shoreline adjacent to one of Samal Island's true Wonder - The Coral Garden.
THE CORAL GARDEN OF SAMAL is located in the Island of Talicud. Talicud, as mentioned on my previous post, is the home of my now beloved Babu Santa Beach. With its crystal clear waters, the Coral Garden's various amazing coral formations are visibly seen even from the sailing boat.

The Coral Garden Garden is the haven for people who love underwater adventures. Here, you'll see awesome coral formations of different shapes, different sizes and of different vibrant colors. On the other hand, these corals become the homes of various tropical fishes and sea creatures visibly playing and swirling around the garden.
What i like most about the Coral Garden of Samal is that it lies so close to the shoreline. And because it lies so close to the shoreline, it gives wonderful opportunity to everyone to enjoy snorkeling and spelunking in the very shallow waters. Drowning becomes not a problem! Not only that, just within reach huge coral formations can be seen even a shallow waters.
BUT of course, scuba diving in the Coral Garden is one of the best experiences one should try while at Island of Talicud. With vast coral reefs and amazing friendly tropical colorful fishes swirling around you while diving, rest assured diving at the Coral garden of Samal is nothing but amazingly unforgetable!
SO, when in Samal never miss the chance to see and experience the Coral Garden of Samal at iyts best!