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Are you tired of your usual travel destinations? Have you been longing for a drive that will immerse you in nature and history? Look no further than Cape San Agustin, popularly known as Parola.

Located at Sitio Talisay in Barangay Lavigan, the southernmost barangay of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental, Cape San Agustin offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance. It is bordered by the wide stormy waters of the Celebes Sea to the south and the tranquil waters of Davao Gulf to the west. Accessible by land travel, this destination is just hours away from the bustling streets of Davao City.

For this week’s Car Rental Davao travel guide, we are listing down the 7 reasons why you should visit Cape San Agustin.

1. Witness the mesmerizing and stunning view of the Celebes Sea and Davao Gulf

Be captivated by the picturesque and scenic view of the sea where the raging waves of the Celebes Sea meet the calm waters of Davao Gulf. The view of the sea horizon from the vantage point at Parola will make you appreciate the incredible beauty of nature. It is a one-of-a-kind experience, and the view itself is a sight to behold that you definitely should witness.

2. Experience the Parola Beach or Pink Beach of GovGen

Why spend a tremendous amount of money to visit some of the renowned pink beaches overseas when we have one here in the Philippines? Yes, you read it right. It’s not common knowledge, but we have it here in the country, and it’s called Parola Beach, located, of course, at Cape San Agustin.

People who have been here dubbed this beautiful stretch of powdery and pinkish sand as the Pink Beach of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. It is also known as Pundaguitan Beach.

Unlike common and commercialized destinations in the country, Parola Beach remains untouched as there is only minimal development around the area. It likewise only accommodates a few tourists.

You cannot see cottages nor houses along its shoreline because this beach is secluded from the nearby community. The solemnity and relaxing ambiance of the place make it a perfect place to swim with your family, friends, or loved ones.


3. Travel back in time with the colorful history of Parola

A trip to Cape San Agustin is not just a leisurely escape but also an educational and immersive experience. It offers an opportunity for you to learn about the importance of lighthouses and why they were built in the first place. This journey will also give you a chance to reflect on the sacrifices of our forefathers during World War I and World War II.

The Cape of San Agustin held critical strategic navigational significance during the Spanish colonial era and played a vital role for the Americans and Japanese in World War II. This area is dotted with Japanese shipwrecks because it was a favored hunting ground of American submarines during WWII.

There are three magnificent lighthouses in the area, located at its farthest end, overlooking the Celebes Sea and Davao Gulf.

The oldest lighthouse stands about 50 feet tall and has an exterior spiral staircase with 93 steps leading to the top. It was built in 1938. The middle lighthouse, shaped like an umbrella, stands at about 80 feet in height.

Lastly, the newest lighthouse towers at a height of 100 feet, making it the tallest among the three.

Witness the stunning panoramic view of the Celebes Sea and the Gulf of Davao from the top of one of these lighthouses. Feel the sea breeze and be amazed by the majestic view they offer. No words can truly describe the beauty of the sight from the top.


4. Get a closer view of “The Altar”

Among the beautiful rock formations crafted over centuries in the area, one stands out: “The Altar,” so named by locals because it witnessed the foundation of Christianity in Governor Generoso.

Spanish missionary priest St. Francis Xavier celebrated the first Holy Eucharist and Mass on the Cape’s rock formation upon his arrival in the Philippines in 1550, hence its name, “The Altar.”

This natural rock formation stands 60 feet high from the ground, enduring the relentless waves of the Pacific Ocean at Barangay Lavigan.

St. Francis Xavier was named the patron saint of Governor Generoso due to his personal presence at Cape San Agustin in 1550.


5. Witness the stunning view of “The Last Islet”

It is situated between the tumultuous waves of the Celebes Sea and the serene waters of Davao Gulf. Nestled between these two bodies of water is a sea cliff known as “The Islet” — the farthest point of Cape San Agustin, the southeasternmost tip of the Philippines.

Formed over centuries by the relentless pounding of the Celebes Sea, the islet features unique rock formations. Crowned with lush vegetation, it offers a surreal and picturesque view.

6. Dive to witness the abundance of marine species and astonishing corals of Cape San Agustin Reef

Cape San Agustin is an ecological haven, boasting diverse species of land and marine animals, including vibrant coral reefs.

Nestled between the tumultuous Celebes Sea and the tranquil waters of Cape San Agustin is the San Agustin Reef. Stretching three kilometers in length and approximately one kilometer in width, this reef is a sanctuary for majestic sea creatures such as whales, dolphins, and sea cows.

While the area is rich in marine life and its corals are pristine, the reef is not as popular for diving due to its strong currents and remote location. Nonetheless, adventurous divers still attempt to explore its depths.


7. Experience the road trip like no other

Who would have thought that a long drive to Parola could be so enjoyable? That’s exactly what I experienced on my trip to Cape San Agustin.

Accompanied by my travel buddy, we set off in our rented car towards Parola. Unlike previous journeys, I remained wide awake, captivated by the stunning coastal road of Governor Generoso. The serene waters of Davao Gulf, bordered by lush greenery and quaint local communities, added to the area’s peaceful ambiance. It was a revelation to discover such a perfect view of the sea horizon in Governor Generoso.

Feast your eyes on this picturesque view, reminiscent of postcards and stock photos. You’ll feel a sense of tranquility and bliss unlike any other.


How to Get to Cape of San Agustin

Interested in visiting Cape San Agustin? You have two options: take public transportation or rent a private vehicle.

1. Taking the Bus or Van

From the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), you can catch a bus bound for Lavigan, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. Buses depart at 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM daily, with the journey taking approximately 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take an L300 van from Gaisano Mall or Victoria Plaza along J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City, to Poblacion. From there, you’ll need to take a habal-habal ride or motorcycle, adding another hour to your journey.


2. Renting a car 

Commuting to Cape San Agustin can be quite a hassle, so renting a vehicle is often the best option. If you want to avoid the complexities of multiple modes of public transportation, renting a car is a highly recommended choice. Car Rental Davao offers a range of vehicles including sedans, SUVs, and vans, and our services are available for booking 24/7. Whether you need a car for a short trip or a long-term rental, feel free to contact us directly, and we’ll be happy to assist you.


We are available through the following options:

➡️ Our Book A Car page
➡️ +63906-059-1323 or +63945-238-4283 (for English speakers)
➡️ sales@carrentaldavao.com


How to contact the Davao Oriental Tourism Office

Tel. No.: (087) 3883-109
Email Address: pgodavaooriental@gmail.com
Website: https://davaooriental.gov.ph/