Bodies of water calm me whether it is a river, a lake, a pond, the sea, or the ocean. I guess it has something to do with being an Aquarian. Davao Oriental has been a wellspring of water forms from waterfalls to lakes and beaches that run the gamut from black, cream, grey, white, pebbly, grassy, rocky, coral, smooth sand.
In Caraga, where the sun shines 4 minutes earlier than the rest of the country, there are beaches that are waiting to be discovered just like Bango Beach.
Bango Beach’s 500-meter shoreline is a mix of rocky and sandy portions during low tide and becomes covered by the incoming tide of the Pacific Ocean during high tide. This is the best time to frolic in the warm water.
According to locals, this beach got its name from the trees that used to bear sweet scented flowers surrounding the 3-hectare property. The trees are now gone but the name lingered.
There are still trees that provide shade and from which swings are strung. One can lazily pass away the hours under its canopy and let your troubles be swept by the wind and the waves.
Bango Beach has no frills. It is raw beauty of sun, sand, and sea. Bring your own cooked or raw food and cook it there.
The owner Sir Remus treated us to filling boiled bananas and sweet potatoes, shrimps, and the candied sweet coconut.
Whether you hang out by the cottages or under the shade of the trees, sing your heart out on the videoke or out there swimming in the sea, Bango Beach lives up to its name of being a sweet scented escape.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Travel time from Davao City to Caraga, Davao Oriental by land is 5 to 6 hours. Coordinate with the Caraga Municipal Tourism Office 0945-5663078. Email at [email protected] or contact Mr. Remus Lumaya at 0939-912-4305.