Tourism industry is one of the burgeoning industries in the country today. Specifically for Davao Region, its comparative advantage lies on its natural and exotic sites, hence, the thrust for promotion is on eco-tourism products such as Culture, Adventure and Nature, also known as CAN package.
Among the Region’s provincial inventory of eco-tourism products, Davao Oriental has the highest number of products classified as Natural. The province boasts of diverse natural spots such as cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes and rivers, idyllic white sand beaches, exotic islands, lush forests and a bonsai forest. There are also cultural and historical sites such as the Cape of San Agustin where St. Francis Xavier was supposed to have said mass, and, the 17th century San Salvador Church of Caraga that houses antique bells and images of saints. Tourists in the province are mostly local visitors coming from neighboring provinces and cities, “balikbayans”, visitors of some locales, participants to conferences and seminars hosted by the province, and, some serious tourists from all over the country who are lured by the natural attractions of the province. There are some foreign visitors brought home by locales who either worked abroad or who married foreigners, and, those who would really like to experience the rustic ambience of some places in the province. All of these visitors provide an anchor for Davao Oriental’s tourism industry to thrive.
The tourism industry involves a broad mix of tourism operators who do business to provide complementary services ranging from travel arrangements and bookings, transportation facilities, hotels/resorts and home stays for accommodation, restaurants and entertainments. Thus, the industry offers a lot in terms of investments, employment and income.
List of Natural Spots in Davao Oriental
|Aliwagwag Falls||Lake Diomabok||Rubilinda Falls|
|Aroma Beach||Puting Bato Waterfalls||Bacayan Beach|
|Magdawa Falls||Bitoon Beach||Twin Falls|
|Cabaisnan Beach||Calapagan Hot Spring||Dahican Beach|
|Buso Hot Spring||Manay Beach||Mariga Cold Spring|
|Tarragona Beach||Waniban Island||Punta Abijod|
|San Victor Island||Tinaytay Coral Reefs||Cabugao Island|
|Tagsagaong Heights||Sleeping Dinosaur Peninsula||Mt. Hamiguitan-Bonsai Forest|
|Sigaboy Island||Altar Cave of San Agustin||Carolina Lake|
|Cape of San Agustin||Dagat Delia Lake||Hanging Jars of Caraga|
|Lake Danao||San Salvador Del Mundo Church||Caraga Lagoon|
|Provincial Tourism Complex||Cawacawa Pools||Provincial Capitol Park|