Industry Background/Situationer

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