It was on the 31st of December 2013 when I went to Cagwait White Beach to welcome the new year by the beach. It was somehow a bitter-sweet experience. My camera stopped working the day before when I accidentally thrown it in the seawater during our island excursion in an island in Cagwait. I was hoping that it will eventually turn on again after I soaked it in a kilo of raw rice. Unfortunately, it did not turn on around 10PM so I was upset and instead of welcoming the new year at the beach, I ended up sleeping.
There was still hope in my mind and heart so I woke up early to witness my first sunrise in 2014. The first thing I did was to try turning on my camera. To my surprise, it was working again. So, I was very happy and immediately took my tripod and started shooting. The weather wasn’t good so I knew right then that there will be no sunrise for me. Instead of going back to my room, I started taking photos. It was such an amazing dawn. I love the deep blue color of the sky and the sound of the waves.
How to Get There?
Take a bus/van going to Tandag City and tell the bus conductor/driver that you are going to Cagwait. There are two options in going to Cagwait White Beach : 1) alight at the junction of Cagwait where you can see the welcome landmark, then take a tricycle going to the white beach P10; 2) alight at the Aras-asan bus terminal and take a tricycle going to the white beach P15 each. The first option is more convenient. Alternatively, you can cut your trip if you can’t find a Tandag-bound bus. Take a bus from Davao/Butuan and alight at San Franz bus terminal and then take another bus/van going to Tandag. Fare from Davao to San Franz by Bachelor Express bus (airconditioned) is P370 for 4-5 hours and fare from San Franz to Cagwait by van is P120 for 2-3 hours.
From Surigao City
Take a bus going to Tandag, alight at the bus terminal and take another bus/van/jeep going to Cagwait.
From Tandag City
Take a Butuan/Davao/Bislig-bound bus/van and tell the bus conductor/driver to drop you at the Cagwait junction.
Where to stay?
When I went there, I stayed at Lizville Resort. They have nice and affordable villas for rent. Rate for the villas is P1200. Should you want a cheaper room, you can opt to stay in their P800 air-conditioned rooms.
There are quite a number of resorts in the beach area, so you will not have a hard time finding a place if you wish to stay overnight. Cottages along the beach are also available for day visitors.From Davao City / Butuan City