All about Colagsing
Only a thirty-minute habal ride from the center of the small town of Santa Maria, Davao Occidental, there is a kilometer-long strip of white sand beach that is waiting to be discovered by beach lovers. It’s called Colagsing.
When I got there, Colagsing didn’t disappoint. I went there on a Sunday and there were only one family occupying a cottage and at the other cottage was a young couple. Just great! It was a quiet place, nothing fancy. I didn’t plan to stay overnight so I just paid the entrance fee of P35 and off to the water I went. Take note, the sand was white, the water was clean but I got there before noon so it was low tide and the staff said, I had to be careful of the sea urchin along the boundary of the resort.
Beside the resort were undeveloped beachfronts where communities of fishermen live. I walked towards the area and I didn’t see any other tourist which was the best part of that trip. Not even locals were as visible except for a group of children on their way to the other side of the beach.
If you want a new beach to discover, go to Colagsing. It will not disappoint.
Entrance fee: P35 ($0.63)
Tent rental: P100 ($2)
Open cottage (good for 8-10 people): P800 ($14)
Fan rooms (good for 2): P800 ($14)
Airconditioned rooms: P2,000 and P5,000 ($35 and $89)
How to get here
Your starting point is in Davao City, the south of Mindanao. There are daily flights from Manila (the capital of the Philippines) to Davao via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Air Asia. You may check WayAway for flight prices here:
Ride a bus at Ecoland Terminal going to Malita and make sure it’s going to have a stopover at Santa Maria. Travel time is around 2 hours, fare is P200 ($4) one way. Alight at Santa Maria terminal. There are habal (single motor) drivers there. Tell them you’re going to Colagsing. Travel time is 30 minutes. Tell him to wait for you becuse there’s no public transportation going back to the terminal. Fare roundtrip: P300 (good for two).
By private car
Roads going to Colagsing are unpaved and not yet developed so smaller cars may have a hard time. It’s advisable to ride 4×4 off road vehicles.
TaKe a ferry at Malalag Fish Port. The ferry can accommodate up to 10 people and costs P1,500 ($27) back and forth. The ferry is only available from 7:00am-4:00pm.
Other things to do in Davao City
Davao City is a vibrant city with a lot of things to do. Klook has a lot of offers that you might be interested in.
Watch my vlog about Colagsing
And the cinematic travel video: