Davao Oriental: Full of Awesome Adventures

After our chasing waterfalls in Compostela Valley, we visited Davao Oriental. It became one of the famous destination in Davao Region because of their fascinating sights such as Aliwagwag Falls, Dahican beach and Mindanao Flying Saga’s Ultralight Plane activity.

Before our trip, my friend advised us that we need to be early at the bus terminal. So, at 3:30 in the morning, we were already at Montevista Terminal waiting for the van or bus that bound for Cateel, Davao Oriental. But, sadly, there was none. Sabi ng mga locals dumaan na daw yung mga buses kaninang 1:00am-2:00am at baka nag-changed nanaman daw ito ng mga schedule. Ok sana yung route na ito pero walang fixed schedule ang mga buses. Hahah!

Image051Waiting game starts now! πŸ˜€

The locals, told us that we can go to Compostela, Compostela Valley and we might catch a bus going to Cateel. We took their advice and rode a tricycle to Compostela town. Pagdating sa terminal,, may mga locals din na nag-aantay ng bus and there this one local who offered us to ride his “bau-bau” going to Cateel.

Image013Bau-Bau is like a mini multicab and can sit 5 persons. The locals of Cateel called it as “Bau-Bau” and “Ongbak” for the locals of Compostela Valley. That’s Kuya Noni, our bau-bau driver.

We arrived at Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel after 2 hours of bau-bau ride. Had our breakfast and waited for the Ecopark to be open. Aliwagwag Falls is said to be the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and one of the most grandiose falls that I’ve seen. It will take 5 days before you reach the main source of the falls.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR2761.Ligo nalang sa ulan, importante makapag-picture! Hahah! Habang inaantay nyo mag-open ang ecopark, pwede nyo na ma-view ang Aliwagwag Falls from the main road! πŸ˜€

ImageWelcome to the highest falls in PH, Aliwagwag Falls! πŸ˜€

Image001This part of the falls is swimable but we failed to try it because of the strong current.


Image001We met Mr. Rick, according to him, he is a chief of the Mandaya Tribe. Look for him when you visit Aliwagwag Falls Ecopark and he has so many stories to share.

It was still raining when we arrived in Mati, Davao Oriental. Hindi na kami masyadong umaasa na makakapag-ultralight plane kami kinabukasan para hindi na din kami masaktan. Hahah! Kahit maulan, inenjoy nalang namin yung tour sa Mati Baywalk, Sleeping Dinosaur and Subangan Museum. We spend the night at La-ne’s Kalapyahan in Dahican Beach.

Image014The bones of the 53 ft long sperm whale named DavOr will welcomed you as you enter Subangan Museum.

Wala ng ulannn! Welcome to Mati Baywalk! πŸ™‚

Image001Visit Seaside Restaurant near Mati Baywalk, their Pork Empanada is a must try!

Image016The sleeping dinosaur! πŸ˜€ Pwede kayo magtrekking dyan, just asked your habal-habal guide to bring you to the nearest jump off point.

The next day, I woke up 5:30 in the morning and the first thing I did was to went outside and checked the weather. Tumingin ako sa langit at may mga stars na! “Yehey! Makakapag-ultralight plane kami mamaya!” – told to myself.

Flying an Ultra-light Aeroplane of Mindanao Saga Flying club is a must try activity in Davao Oriental. The price is quite expensive, mas mura pa yung roundtrip plane ticket mo ng Manila-Davao, hahaha! But, it will give you the best view in Mati, best experience and perhaps the best 15 minutes of your life. Hahah!

Preparing for take off! πŸ˜€

Image019I was the first one to try the ultralight plane. We mounted our GoPro in the aircraft. Soon before we took off, I noticed that “SD Error” was flashing in the GoPro screen. I guess, my luck was still asleep at that time! 😦 Selfeet nalang wala ng selfie sa ere! Hahaha! But, it was a wonderful experience though. πŸ™‚

Image017My one and only GoPro shot before it stopped.

Image021So, nung turn na nya, i told him na hawakan nalang yung monopod ng GoPro! Then bang! Whatta great shot! Huhu! Hahah! 😦

Image022It was a lucky day for Bodex that the pilot taught him and let him try to maneuver the aircraft.

Image023View of Dahican Beach. Gandaaa!


After our exhilarating ride, we went back to our hotel and chill for a few hours at Dahican Beach, the surfing and skim boarding spot in Mati.

Image025Amihan boys of Dahican. πŸ™‚




β–  Getting to Cateel, Davao Oriental: From Compostela Valley, you may ride a bus bound to Cateel but there’s no fixed schedule. You may also ride a bus in Davao Ecoland Terminal. Travel time is approximately 6 hours, while if you’re coming from Compostela Valley, travel time is 1.5-2 hours.

β–  Aliwagwag Falls Ecopark is open from 8am-5pm. Entrance fee is Php50. You may also try their monkey bridge and zipline if the weather is good.

β–  Getting to Mati, Davao Oriental: From Cateel, ride a bus or van bound to Mati. Travel time is 3 hours, fare is Php240. You may also ride a bus or van in Davao Ecoland Terminal, travel time is 4 hours.

β–  Ultralight plane is not operational during bad weather even if it’s only a light rain.Β  READ:Β Davao Region Travel GuideΒ for complete itinerary and expenses.


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