Maragusan is a landlocked municipality and located in the mountainous province of Compostela Valley soon to be Davao de Oro. It is formerly named as “San Mariano”. The municipality is known as the “Summer Capital” in Davao Region ( Compostela Valley soon to be Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur where Davao City belongs, Davao Orriental which City is Mati City, Davao del Norte which Tagum City is their City and Davao Occidental which City is Digos) . It’s a hidden gem perfect for those adventure seekers and nature lovers.
The town celebrates “Pyagsawitan Festival” its a thanksgiving celebration for bountiful harvests and the rich cultural heritage of the Mansaka tribe. Best time also to try Mansaka tribe Lotlot( traditional food for Mansaka warriors known before as bagani. For the entire festival, every visitor can taste every sort of lotlot that can be made- from pork, chicken, fish and even, snails!) Also Bya-is Festival of Barangay Poblacion (Bya-is is a warrior wine of the Mansaka made from Pangla, a native variety of ginger mixed with honey and sugar fermented in 6-8 months in old jars and covered with a sweet smelling leaf. This is a must-try wine when in Maragusan). Apparently, the municipality has a lot to offer to the tourists from majestic waterfalls down to springs. Beautiful scenery of hills and mountains, overlooking views and stunning landscapes.
Here are some of the hidden gems to visit in Maragusan;
Sea of Clouds and Mountains
3. Hot and Cold Resorts
How to get there:
From Davao City, which is the entry point to Maragusan in Compostela Valley Province.
Best way is to catch a bus/van right in front of the airport. Actually, those bus/van pass there are going north of Mindanao.
Just take a bus/van going or passing in Tagum City. The fare is around Php80-120 and took you an hour of getting there.
When you reach Tagum terminal, take/ride a bus/van with a sign “Maragusan”. The fare is around Php130/head and took you another hour to reach the said place.
Or else, from Davao catch a van directly to Maragusan. They actually pass at the airport and the fare is around a Php220/head basis. (Davao Van terminal is located in Gaisano Mall of Davao)
From there, tricycle “pedicab” and motorcycle “habal-habal” are available to rent depends on your point to point destination. The town minimum fare is Php8 by tricycle.
Note: These tourist spots are both closer to the town or in neighboring Barangay So always ask the locals.
Where to stay:
If you wish to stay there a night, there are a lot of accommodation to choose from and most of them are resort type. One of the town’s pride is the “Heaven’s Peak Highland Resort” it’s an overlooking resort offers many options from a tribal room down to dorm type accommodation. They also have a restaurant for your meals and amenities like swimming pool. Next on the list is the “Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort” it’s another ideal place to stay a night in the town offers affordable cottages, in-house store for your needs, and perfect warm water to relax your evening. For details and inquiries. And lastly, the resort that offers a natural cold water pool the “Aguacan Cold Spring Resort” they also offered accommodation to those who wanted to stay and for the rest of the night. A restaurant is also available in the resort and other amenities for you to enjoy.
Note: Just in case you want to bring your own tents, those mentioned resorts will allow you but have to pay for a certain amount as space rent.
Things to do:
Heaven’s Peak (Php30 entrance fee)
Tagbibinta Falls (Php30 entrance fee)
Kanlawig Hot Spring (Php50 entrance fee)
Aguacan Cold Spring (Php40 entrance fee)
Pyagsawitan Festival (25th of November)
Mt. Candalaga (Rafflesia Mira – known as the largest flower in the world)
Sea of Clouds Farms (beautiful landscapes, sceneries, and views)
Best time to visit:
Weekdays or lean days (to avoid the influx of tourist)
Summer (for its cool weather)
Pyagsawitan Festival (25th of November)
Before heading off for an adventure;
Research the area first before going there. (safety and security first, availability of transportation, accommodation, foods and etc.)
Itinerary for the sequence of your travel. (where first, stop for your meal, activities in the area, the time you’ll be spending in that area, the most important is where to stay and etc.)
Budget. (the cost or expenses of your travel.)
Things to bring. (camera, phone, power bank, charger, necessities or travel kit, your medicine, tent if you are camping in the beach/island, and more important to bring.)
If you travel in a group better to seek a rented van or what depends on you so that you can go with your itinerary directly and less budget of course.
If you’re a solo traveler, you own your time so better to have a map or guidelines and extra money of course.
Take note for the travel time and your length of stay. Season and events (summer, the influx of tourist and the most important is the weather as Maragusan is a cool place but really gets cold during Ber seasons until March). Lastly, preparation (when, where to seek and what to do in case of Emergency) so that travel is enjoyable and safe.