The beauty of the San Augstin Lighthouses in the tip of Governor Generoso

A Trip to Davao Oriental and the Region of Governor Generoso

 

The beauty of the San Augstin Lighthouses in the tip of Governor Generoso
The beauty of the San Augstin Lighthouses in the tip of Governor Generoso

 

Governor Generoso is part of Davao Oriental and consists of the peninsula that juts into the Davao Bay. Many who travel this region do so by taking a trip that includes a tour of the entire expansive area.

A vacation to Governor Generoso is not for everyone as there is little to see and do, other than a few resorts and visiting the island of Sigaboy the entire peninsula is a great spot to escape from the norm of the hustle and bustle world.

 

Sigaboy Island  on the region of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental
Sigaboy Island on the region of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental

 

A trip to Governor Generoso takes about 3 hours from Davao City. Those that vacation in the region often enjoy the scenic roadway that leads up to the area of Tibanban Shores and the southern lighthouse point. When visiting the area be sure to take a boat to Sigaboy Island and climb the steep cliffs to the overlooking lighthouse point where a great photo opportunity is to be had.

Once back on shore, take a trip on the opposing hillside that looks back over Sigaboy Island and the entire Tibanban Shores area. This scene is just as impressive, if not more, then looking over the gulf from Sigaboy itself.

 

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Heading south towards Cape San Augustin you’ll discover the beauty of the Montseratt coastal highway and the scenery of the region known as the ‘view deck’. Nobody can get past the ‘deck’ area without snapping some beautiful photos, if traveling in a group this area is perfect for that ultimate group photo.

Just south of the “view deck” you’ll see from afar a unique thing pointing towards the heavens and as you near it you can only question the existence of such a great thing of nature. The Centennial Tree is a massive 300 year old Mamacao tree which stands over 260 feet into the sky. Once you near the tree anyone can simply pull off the highway and once again enjoy a unique and often talked about photo of a sleeping giant that only nature could produce.

 

cape st augustin

 

From the Centennial Tree you are soon in the region of Cape San Augustin. Be sure to find your way to “The Last Islet”, a tiny island that sits just off the very most southern tip of Governor Generoso. This little overlook is one of the most famous little photo opportunities in the region and the beauty that expands into the waters of the Davao Bay is unending.

The shores of Cape San Augustin are adorned with pink hued sand. For those that love peaceful swims and private lagoons to relax the evenings away in, are bound to find some beautiful spots in the areas of the cape.

 

The rock
The Alter

 

Cape San Augustin is also a place of historic proportions seeing as it holds a secret that only the locals and a few historians of the Philippines can tell you. The Spanish Missionary priest St. Francis Xavier celebrated his first Holy Eucharist upon his arrival in Mindanao. A unique rock formation known as “The Alter” is on the  western rim of the island and is impressive in that it appears much like the deck of an amphitheater. Xavier gave his first sermon and celebrated his first Holy Eucharist in the same area as this noted deck formation. Those who visit the cape for spiritual reasons, often seek out, climb and reflect in the life of one Francis Xavier.

The mountainous regions of Governor Generoso make for a great area to hike, walk and just to hang out and enjoy nature. The drive to and from the cape is very beautiful, peaceful and picturesque. Numerous parts of the area are untouched and those that seek out a vacation or life away from the city can find some very stunning and peaceful places throughout this provincial peninsula.

 

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Though Governor Generoso is not a widely known vacation spot, it does give way to a beautiful experience with nature and the elements that make this area what it is.

If you love to sit in peace and find the beauty in just looking about, then I’d suggest Governor Generoso, as the foreigner influx to the area is minimal and some of us enjoy the peace and tranquility of an island retreat such as this.

Governor Generoso, on the island of Mindanao, in the sleepy regions of Davao Oriental, mark it down and even if you come for a day trip, you’ll most likely find several aspects of this great little land that will call you back, time and time again.

 

Timothy Walker is a writer and photographer living in Davao City, Philippines
Timothy Walker is a writer and photographer living in Davao City, Philippines
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