Cagwait White Beach – Cagwait, Surigao Del Sur

Instead of an overnight visit, we made a daytrip out of our Cagwait adventure.  A downpour early in the afternoon got us all drenched and cold and wanting to go home badly.  Nothing like the weather to start raining in your parade.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

My Cagwait adventure started with dark skies.  Dark, like this.[ad#link468]
San Francisco at Night
Because it was still night.  I was  up way ahead of everyone and already plotting out the rest of the day.

From San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur, we have to go through Barobo, Surigao Del Sur, traverse slippery, unpaved, potholed, muddy roads before we can even hope of reaching our destination.  In short we have one hell of a road trip in front of us and I’m liking it already.

The naysayers did not disappoint, there were roads where we have to move at a snail’s pace just so we don’t get stuck in mud.  Our car’s underchassis is sure going to need a thorough washing after the ordeal.  And yet these are the same roads that have already been declared completed and operational (is this true? I hope not).  But just look at this (trust me, this one is tame, we had to go through roads that are a lot worse than this).  The scenery however is superb.  You get green forests, vegetations, and people trying to destroy mountains.

Dirt Road[ad#ad-1]Half-assed RoadProgress?Breath-taking

We also stopped over beach resorts that folks say have good beaches.  So we passed by Pugad Beach Resort.  This one’s in Lianga I think.  Erm, no failed to impress.  It didn’t help that it was high tide as well which somehow hid the beach.  Still, it’s just a shade above the ordinary.


Then we went to Cansilag Beach Resort.  Again it’s just along the way but we stopped there nonetheless bouyed by another friend’s suggestion that the food there is terrific.  But at P500/kilo for crabs?  I don’t think so I don’t have to travel south of Manila to get that price.  The resort has some potential though.  The owners clearly put in some serious money to lure people to go there.  It’s alright, but if you’re really into beaches, like me, this might not be your cup of tea.  But still this one is seriously way better than Pugad.

Kansilag 1Kansilag 2[ad#link468]Kansilag 3

It was the mountains after that and roads that would make the lighthearted seriously consider going home.  But again we’ve had scenery that would have inspired the great Fernado Amorsolo to paint so it was alright.  We’ve also had stretches of paved roads from San Agustin to Marihatag that were pure joy.  Enough to somehow blunt the edges of those nasty mudcakes they call roads here.

Mountain PassesRipe For The TakingHarvest Time

After almost three hours of interesting driving, we hit paydirt– Cagwait at last!  Of course there should be a little lawbreaking to commemorate the occasion.  Our little posse of kids and their old folks managed to overlook the keep off the grass sign and gamely posed for posterity. :)

We Have Arrived!

Cagwait, as mentioned by PAL’s Mabuhay Magazine was referred to as the Waikiki of the South.  Where they got the notion I have no idea.  I would be no less baffled had they referred to it as YKK the zipper instead of Waikiki.  It is no Boracay you can be sure of that.  And to call it a ‘white beach’ well you’ll have to excuse our penchant for hyperbole and exaggeration.  It’s no white beach or even an ochre beach or mother of pearl beach.  Sorry for pointing it out but it’s not.  It’s closer to light brown but when the sand is completely sun dried, there are some angles that would make you consider calling it white.

[ad#ad-1]Cagwait The Big PictureCagwait White BeachWhite Beach?White Angles?

Is it any lesser then because it’s not white?  Of course not.  Cagwait may not be the “Waikiki of the South” but it has it’s own charm.  For example, the sand is superfine.  One only has to look at it and notice that it is so.  The water is also perfectly fine.  It’s clear and warm and doesn’t have those sudden drops that are so hazardous for beach lovers.  It’s also very clean.  In short Cagwait is perfectly made for swimming and frolicking.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the beach to families.  Even to barkadas or corporate folks who want to have out of town seminars.  The resort has a convention center (sort of) where corporate types can hold seminars and all that.

Frolic!FrolicsFor Moms Too!And kids!Did I Say Kids?

While there are concrete structures on the resort, I wouldn’t venture as to say that it is already commercialized.  I didn’t see any bar or watering hole in the area.  This is ok for local tourism but if the local government wants to attract tourists from other parts of the country, watering holes can be persuasive.

After a half day of frolicking under the sun, the weather suddenly changed and we were driven off the beach by a torrential downpour.  After the rain the tide receded and low tide set in, exposing some of Cagwait Beach’s secrets…

After The RainGash

Going Home

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the place.  But the journey didn’t stop there.  Along the way, we stopped over at Wakat where there’s a cave where people say that if you go through it, you can walk all the way through Baba.  The only thing is nobody has done it before.  Not sure about this but that’s what I’ve been told anyway.  There is a river flowing through this cave and people love taking a dip here.  See below.  This cave is just along the Barobo – San Francisco road so it’s a can’t miss spot.  Just look for the pictured signage.

Road SaysWakat Cave

The End – Dude, Where’s My Car? Lol.

Where's My Car Dude?

37 Comments… add one

  • Eddie Garcia Apr 14, 2009

    Absolutely wonderful photography. Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure. Makes me want to go there tomorrow and enjoy all that you experienced.

    Friends 4 Life!

  • pinoytraveller Apr 14, 2009

    Thanks Eddie. Travelling gives me joy so I try to travel as much as I can. :)

  • Leann Apr 14, 2009

    Thank you for taking me on such a beautiful view journey, though I made it just in my office. The beach really made me relax. I guess I'll come often especially on work time for a little break.

  • deejay Apr 15, 2009

    beautiful pictures, you have enjoyed a lot in your travel, i will back for new post in your site.

  • K Apr 17, 2009

    It made me scratched 'me head' at the road signage, San Francisco? They have those names there? Love that cave, the water must be very cold but fresh.

    The cars looks too bad tho, it needs a serious washing.

  • pinoytraveller Apr 17, 2009

    Thanks deejay. I'll be posting on my upcoming travel to Baler next week! Stay tuned…

  • pinoytraveller Apr 17, 2009

    Hi K, welcome to these parts! We have those kinds of names here, lol. The water is flowing and yes, it is very cold! The car washing took more than 2 hours and cost me $4. :)

  • Tita Beng Apr 18, 2009

    I do envy those wonderful escapades of yours. I certainly love the place through the photos. Truly breathtaking! I wish I could see the place! The trip I think is worth the pain and the dirt on your car. he he..

  • pinoytraveller Apr 18, 2009

    Hi Beng, it was worth the pain and the more than 2 hours worth of washing the car. lol.

  • Rey Apr 21, 2009

    nice pic shots!!..

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  • pinoytraveller Apr 21, 2009

    Thanks Rey! Cool blog you got there too!

  • rayadictousa Apr 25, 2009

    se mira mamalon yo quiero ir….

  • free css templates Apr 26, 2009

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  • pinoytraveller Apr 29, 2009

    Thanks Sagar! I do my best to update this blog as often as I can.

  • pinoytraveller Apr 29, 2009

    I don't really understand what you're saying but thanks anyway. lol.

  • Ninia Apr 30, 2009

    Very nice place!!! Wow Mindanao Philippines, I will spend a vacation here after my viajes a Egipto next year.

  • Kent Jenver May 3, 2009

    Hi, thanks sa trip.. actually i like all the provinces there in Surigao del Sur, its a nice place to go.. nag-vacation nga ako dyan dis summer.. kaya nga lang, wala akong kasama.. mag-isa lang lang din akong nag-travel dun.. talaga nga namang ang hirap daanan ang kalsada dyan, kasi ilang beses din akong na-siraan ng sasakyan, almost 3.. Honda civic kc dinala ko dyan eh.. hehehe nice…

  • 焦糖 May 4, 2009

    beautiful beach,i love it.

  • gladita May 5, 2009

    Ahhh… the countryside. Don't you just love it? Nice place. I hope I can set foot in any place in Mindanao soon.

  • pinoytraveller May 11, 2009

    Hi glads, thanks for stopping by! I hope you do too!

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  • pinoytraveller May 11, 2009

    Hi Kent, just made your experience more fun I bet. The surigao roads are really unmerciful towards sedans. Twould be best if you bring along a 4×4 vehicle. :)

  • Plane Tickets Jun 23, 2009

    Mrs. Cabigas and I finished our official activity in Lianga, Surigao del Sur the day before and eagerly awaited our trip to the hardly visited but much talked about beach at the town of Cagwait. On the day of our trip, we woke up to a major downpour. For a moment, I was disheartened. By the time we got up at around 7:00am, we noticed that although the sky was darkened by thick clouds, it has stopped raining. When we got out of the house to take pictures at the plank leading to the water, we realized the wind was blowing ferociously. It was not what we were hoping for. We decided to wait it out a bit. Around 9:00am, with the rains still at bay at the wind calming down, we decided to head out and try our luck. With fingers crossed and a silent prayer, we headed to Cagwait.

    From Lianga, Cagwait is about 2-3 hours away. This is mainly due to the heavy rains and major road construction from Lianga to Tandag. Rains would occasionally pour but we would also be rewarded by the sun peeking out of the clouds every now and then. Along the way, we saw beautiful countryside sceneries of rugged beaches, sloping hills, rice paddies with ready to be harvested grains and small nearby islands with private white beaches. We passed by a particular cluster of islands and Sir Chito of Enterprise Bank, Inc. (our host and partner) said that the islands can be accessed for day trips. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time.

  • bleue Aug 14, 2009

    wow! i should visit this place soon 😀
    i love your blog 😀

  • jangeronimo Sep 22, 2009

    se mira mamalon yo quiero ir….

    Translation: I love the place. Kidding. Malay ko ba sa sinasabi niya ano. lols….Hey, you've captured it beautifully in photographs. More if it's a first hand look at the place.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 22, 2009

    Hi Jan, my photography skills are too amateur pa. But yeah, it's a first hand look at the place. :)

  • Wilson Nov 4, 2009

    Thanks for a worth reading blog about your adventure in Cagwait Beach. I agree it's no Boracay It’s no white beach or even an ochre beach or mother of pearl beach. But it has a crystal clear and clean water and fine sand where you can relax and recharge.
    I am a proud Cagwaitnon, and I advocate in protecting and promoting our small treasure.
    Can I borrow some of your photos? I add those to our social networking wesites.

  • angeL Dec 10, 2009

    cagwait beach is so amazing…
    what a wonderful experience
    perfect for outing..with your barkada..
    also families..
    cagwait is so cooL!!

  • dgcostes Jan 8, 2010

    thanks for sharing this paradise…you have'nt mentioned about expenses though! I might have to pawn my pants so I can home…LOL!

  • merlie b dalnay Feb 27, 2010

    helo poh,ang ganda po ng beach niyo?

  • dota Mar 25, 2010

    …..I’m glad that you liked CAgwait White beach.I’m a Cagwaitnon also, very proud to promote our beautiful- breath taking beach.the road from Barobo to cagwait now is very good so no worries of having a “slippery,unpaved and muddy road trip.:)

  • jojo Apr 10, 2010

    ang ganda tlaga ng surigao del sur…..
    visit kau…………

  • palmlady31 Apr 14, 2010

    i hope cagwait will be developed so that many tourist will come to see our beautiful beach.cagwait white beach is one of most beautiful beaches in the philippines………..

  • beach shorts May 21, 2010

    Sounds like you had a good time. I love your pictures. I recently went on a road trip and this is bringing back the memories. I haven’t been to Cali since I was a kid but would love to go again.

  • JULIE Jul 14, 2010

    nice place ill be back again soon….

  • JULIE Jul 14, 2010

    ill be having my feasibility study xa place…. echussss

  • kisis Jul 15, 2010

    we will be heading to cagwait white beach resort this afternoon.. cant wait really!! 😉 this will be my second tym going to that place and this tym i make suRE that il be bringing along my camera and two piece for some pictorial. lolz 😉 i soo love the place!!

    we might as well go to the enchanted river tomorrow.. ohh i just hope we wont travel that long.. hehehe!!

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