Friday, January 21, 2011

Dawis Beach - Digos Davao del Sur

At the eastern rim of Digos City, an affluent suburban city in the province of Davao del Sur, is the leisurely stretch of fine, but dark gray sand. This is Dawis Beach, the city's number one beach strip. This is under the political subdivision of Barangay Dawis, one of Digos' 26 barangays.

It's easy getting to Dawis Beach. Everyone knows where it is so there's hardly any need for an elaborate instruction. You can hail a pedicab (a tricycle), agree on a fare (P30-50 fair one-way should be reasonable), this would take about 30 minutes or so from the city center. Getting away from the beach is also easy although rides get fewer from dusk.

Digos City itself is a burgeoning place with several proposals for huge malls including SM Digos (along the National Highway fronting Nakayama Tech), another much bigger Gaisano Mall (along MacArthur Highway in Tres De Mayo), KCC Mall and NCCC Mall (at the back of the NFA in San Jose), Robinson's Place in Tiguman. Economic prospect is robust, and things are looking up. It is a bit odd though that this city doesn't have a movie theater. If only they start having real taxis instead of the noisy, chaotic tricycles that ply the roads everywhere.

Dawis Beach strip is dotted by several resorts, mostly inexpensive ones. Transportation entrance rate at the main Dawis Beach (from the main road, you turn left at the fork of the road) is as follows:

Truck/Bus - PhP150
Elf - PhP100
Cars/Jeeps - PhP30
Multicab/Vans - PhP30
Pedicab (tricycles) - PhP10
Motorcycle - PhP5

There are small tindahans (stores), but it is wise to bring a take-away meal just to be sure.

Digos City is the capital of Davao del Sur province. It is located in Mindanao, in southern Philippines. To get to Digos, it's a 1 1/2 hour plane ride from Manila, then another 1 hour car ride going south from Davao City.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

Cottages for rent.

Fishermen pulling their fishing nets.

Coke is it!


Siddhartha Joshi said...

Lovely beach snaps of the people, especially kids :)

Its so odd that there is no cinema in the city...this is something that can never happen in India! I think we feed on movies here. lol!

eye in the sky said...

I'm aware of that, Sidd. Filipinos love their movies as much as the Indians too. But I know a place in India that hasn't had a movie theater in about 2 decades - Srinagar (in Kashmir)!

Anyway, when the malls finally arrive in Digos, they will have cineplexes like they do elsewhere, since there are already more than half a dozen in various stages of development.

Trotter said...

Hi Eye! Fabulous shots!! The blue of the sea is amazing. Perfect!!
Have an exceptional weekend!

eye in the sky said...

Thanks, Trotter. Kinda like how the "blues" turned out too. :->

Maria said...

Hi Eye! Thanks for posting my beautiful homeland;i miss the seashore, wonderful memories and my families there...and beautiful,amazing info it make me happy while reading a good news of my place.

eye in the sky said...

It's my pleasure, Maria.