Davao Oriental, The Coconut Capital of the Philippines

Badas, Mati, Davao Oriental by JuanPiso

Davao Oriental is a picturesque province located in the Davao region which is in the southeastern part of Mindanao in the Philippines. Its provincial capital is Mati City.

Known for its rich natural resources, the province boasts of scenic landscapes ranging from lush forests to white sandy beaches. It is bordered by the Philippine Sea to the east, creating an extensive coastline that is home to diverse marine life and some of the country’s most beautiful beaches.

by Jo Dee

Geographic Diversity

The province’s terrain varies from coastal areas to mountainous landscapes, including part of the Hamiguitan Range, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is acclaimed for its unique pygmy forest and an impressive array of flora and fauna.

Mount Hamiguitan peak, Davao Oriental by Kleomario

Cultural Heritage

The cultural tapestry of Davao Oriental is a reflection of the various indigenous groups, such as the Mandaya and Mansaka, that have made this region their home for centuries. They are known for their intricate weaving patterns, vibrant festivals, and a rich tradition of storytelling.

Economic Potential

Agriculture is the backbone of Davao Oriental’s economy with coconut, banana, and rice being the primary crops. The region also has promising growth in the areas of tourism, as the natural attractions provide a solid foundation for eco-tourism and adventure tourism development.

by Provincial Government of Davao Oriental

Tourism Highlights

The province is home to some of the most stunning attractions in the country:

  • Cape San Agustin: The historical site where three stunning lighthouses watch over the seas, marking the easternmost point of the Philippines.
  • Aliwagwag Falls: A stunning multi-tiered waterfall considered to be one of the tallest and most beautiful in the country.
  • Dahican Beach: A 7-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters, popular among surfers and beachgoers.


Despite being relatively off the beaten path for many tourists, Davao Oriental is a province that offers a wealth of natural wonders and a deep sense of cultural heritage. Its untapped potential for tourism and agriculture makes it a noteworthy destination capable of captivating those who venture to its shores and mountains. Visitors to Davao Oriental can expect not just a journey through stunning landscapes, but also an immersive experience into the life and culture of its people.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (turistasapilipinas.com)


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by Provincial Government of Davao Oriental
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