Cape San Agustin

Late last year we had a weekend getaway in Cape San Agustin, Governor Generoso. Initially we planned to go to Lake Jolon in South Cotabato, however due to conflict of schedules we opted to take a trip to the country’s south-easternmost point. Though it was only our second option, the place was a stunner and a must visit for people who are up for a laidback kind of adventure.

Cape San Agustin is a 2-hour trip from Tagum City, that is, if you travel on a private vehicle. But on our part it took us 3 hours because we were stopping here and there for photo opps.  There are basically a few instagrammable sights you can find on your way there.

This one for instance. We’d like to call it “The Wall”. It’s just basically a mountain of rocks that’s been structurally bull-dozed for road widening. A warning though: Be careful of falling rocks!

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Across “The Wall” is a small dock for fisher folks in the Municipality. This is where we caught the sunrise.

This humongous tree must not be missed! Because we wanted to be early in Cape San Agustin we decided to take pictures the next day. It’s over a century old. You can obviously tell its age from its trunk.

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We’re finally here!

Since we came early and no one was manning the entrance, we got a free pass to the lighthouse. On our second day though, we paid P50.00.

Cape San Agustin has three light houses, only one is operating, and the other two are the only ones accessible to the public.

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The first and shortest among the three lighthouses is an open staircase of time-worn cement spawning a more rustic feel. You better watch your steps here or suffer breaking a limb; this is the farthest barangay by the way so the hospital is nowhere near!

The second lighthouse gives you a better panoramic view of the place. It’s pretty windy up here but the view is just breath-taking; the sea with hues of blue and green, the big waves splashing through the hefty rocks and off the vast shoreline is just awesome!  Take note that Barangay Lavigan where Cape San Agustin is situated is surrounded by three major waters – the Pacific Ocean, the Celebes Sea and the Davao Gulf. No wonder the waves are these good!

After filling our stomachs with appetizing food, we went to “The Altar” where St. Francis Xavier first presided a Holy Mass. Going to the Altar requires a long but gratifying tread on the untainted Parola Beach. You can tell from the long strings of trees and wilted leaves that the beach is definitely untouched by commercialization. People flock to the shorelines with just their picnic baskets, take shade under the trees, swim through the waves, and simply relax and relish paradise.

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On the other side of the Parola Beach is a hidden oasis and a perfect spot to watch the sunset. Getting there can be quite creepy because you have to pass a small cemetery. The way to this secret sanctuary is a bit steep, the makeshift ladders will help you climb down, but no worries, the sound of gushing waves and the glaring light of the sun producing palettes of blue, yellow and green will make the traverse worthwhile.

Staying overnight in this unspoiled haven won’t hurt your wallet. You only have to pay P500.00 for a small decent hut. There’s a challenge though, there is no direct supply of water within the area so the resort still has to get gallons of water from the nearby barangay. The resort provides for free two gallons for every rented room. Other than that you will have to pay P20.00 for each gallon. But for adventurists like us, it’s not entirely a problem.   The beach is already enough!

For those up for camping, you can bring your own tent. Just be careful of the coconuts.