Islands and Beaches

LOOK: This Beach Has Grass Not Sand

Davao Oriental

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 01, 2018
LOOK: This Beach Has Grass Not Sand
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When I started listing the differently beautiful beaches of Davao Oriental, little did I imagine that there would be additional entries for I already had 6.  How can the coastal area of the province be so diverse that surprises pop out now and then? 

Davao Oriental sure does deliver.  Over the last weekend of May, I got to explore two more for my list.  This one is the most unique for I walked through grass and tidal pools before reaching the water.  Yes… a carpet of grass underneath my feet and not sand.

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Alexander Smith’s “We bury love; Forgetfulness grows over it like grass: That is a thing to weep for, not the dead” came to my mind for underneath the grass canopy was a bed of dead corals and the holes in between them are tide pools reflecting the sky.

We only see the mantle of grass and forget that the earth below it used to be teeming with life.  Now the corals are bleached and the signs of life are in the tide pools where the fishes fleet.

But we cannot always weep for what was, but appreciate the beauty that comes out of it.

Green and brown vegetation mix with the roughly powdered coral sand and rocks that reaches out to the sea.

The white wave pound on the tidal pools and the sky at sunset is fiery with its magenta, orange, red, violet colors making the tide pools blaze.

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Dubbed by Cateel native and the town’s foremost social media advocate Olan Emboscado as the Bermuda Beach, the sky and sea meet beautifully on a mantle of grass at this beach in Tumaliktik in Cateel. 

What next, Davao Oriental?  

How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu.
Take the bus from Davao City via the Compostela Valley Road or Mati City Road. Buses are on daily schedule located at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT). These buses are operated by Mallen Express, Lyra Express, Floremel Express and Bachelor Express.

Tumaliktik is just 10 minutes from the town proper of Cateel just along the highway to Boston.

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