Davao Occidental is the 81st and newest province in the country. It used to be a part of Davao del Sur and in October 28, 2013, it became a province through Republic Act 10360.
Covering 2,163.45 square kilometers, its capital is Malita and its other municipalities are Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos, Sta. Maria, and the island of Sarangani.
First stop in Davao Occidental is the sleeping dragons just right after entering the town of Santa Maria. If Davao Oriental has the sleeping dinosaur, this province has land formations attached to the main land that juts out into the sea. They look like green dragons taking a rest with their heads and parts of their bodies lying down in the water. It is a perfect photo op place for travelers and a welcome to the province.
Head off to the Little Boracay of Sta Maria to get a sample of how the coastline of the province is.
Some have cream coarse sand while others have very fine white sand like the islands of Sarangani and the coves of Sta. Maria.
The coastline of Malita is an endless stretch of white sand and greens. Stop by the roadside and take in the sheer beauty of nature.
Sarangani, Olanivan and Balut Islands are Davao Occidental’s tourism crowd drawer for their untouched pristine beauty. The boat ride may be rough but it would be worth it.
These are just stopovers. Stay longer to really have a feel of what it is like to be welcomed and be with the people of Davao Occidental.
Photos by Len Jingco
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Davao Occidental’s Sta. Maria is an hour from the city and the rest of the municipalities are within hours of each other on paved roads.