Mindanao is known for having unexploited natural wonders and resources. Davao Oriental is no different. The province is well known for its breathtaking waterfalls, historical attractions, white-sand beaches, and candid tribes. Many tourists come to observe the Mandaya tribe, which has an unadulterated culture and norms that are almost always amusing and surprising to other people.
Tourism is one of the major industries, so expect that the province is conducive for traveling and vacationing. Visitors could come to observe other major industries like fishing, agriculture, and cottage making.
About Davao Oriental
Davao Oriental is located at the southeastern section of Mindanao. It is included in Region 11 or southern Mindanao region. The province shares borders with Agusan del Sur in the north, the Davao Gulf in the south, Davao del Norte on the west, and the vast Pacific Ocean in the east.
Provincial land area is at 5,700 square kilometers. The population is lean at 486,000. There are 11 towns. The capital of the province is Mati, being promoted by no less than the country’s Tourism Department as a promising tourism spot. The main attractions of the area are its virgin white-sand beaches, specifically in Dahican. Mati is touted as Davao Region’s best-kept secret. Tourists and vacationers from Australia, Japan, Korea, Finland, and the US frequent the place.
Mati is the center of tourism in Davao Oriental. Masao is an area with a totally new aura. Among the popular tourism attractions are the Tourism Complex, Camp Jericho, the sleeping dinosaur, Waniban Island, and the Pujada Island. The Pujada Bay is considered as one of the richest and most spectacular bays in all of Southeast Asia. The water body is home to about 15,700 species of different sea creatures like lobsters, sharks, blue whales, sea cows, and manta rays. Scuba diving is a great vacation activity facilitated here as well.
Festivals that are identified with Davao Oriental are as follows:
Bauldayawan Festival – held every third week of June at San Isidro town. The celebration is a form of thanksgiving for good harvest.
Banayan Festival – held on the third week of October in Banaybanay. The festivity is a thanksgiving rite for bountiful harvests.
- Sambuokan Festival – held on the last week of October at Mati. The celebration includes cultural presentations and agri-industrial exhibits and fairs.
How to get there
Land transportation is the best way to get to the province. Public transport like buses cover routes to and from nearby cities and towns, specifically Davao City and Tagum City.