One of the hidden gems in Davao Region is Kapatagan Valley. It is known to mountaineers as one of the pathways leading to the Mt Apo trail. It is also the camp site of choice for Mt Apo trekkers. In recent years, it has become an exciting destination for those looking for a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of city living.
One of the resorts that is nestled in Kapatagan Valley is Camp@tagan, formerly known as the Mt Apo Highland Resort. Camp@tagan is composed of two resorts: Mirror Lake and Hillside.
Mirror Lake is designed to be a comfortable halfway camp site for those preparing to trek to and assault the peak of Mt Apo. It has room accommodations and camp grounds equipped with a bonfire pit and a kitchen for easy food preparation and cooking. The cottages and the camp grounds are located alongside Mirror Lake which makes it an idyllic venue for bonding and team building activities, as well.
Meanwhile, the still under construction Hillside Camp@tagan Resort is located along, where else, the hillside with a beautiful view of Mt Apo and the mountainside of Davao del Sur. It is the perfect escape for couples, families, and even groups of friends who want to enjoy the unadulterated beauty of nature.
Camp@tagan offers day trips through Kapatagan Valley and one destination you can go to is the Tibolo Village, home to a Bagobo tribe. At Tibolo Village, you can experience the culture of the Bagobo Tribe, converse and interact with the locals, take a look at their houses and crafts, and taste their food. They can prepare a mean chicken dish called Nilutlot na Manok that is so sinfully good and rich. And don’t forget to try their delicious coffee and cold refreshing drink which are prepared with ground rice.
The Agong House of acclaimed artist Kublai Millan is another must-see at Kapatagan Valley. The various sculptures and installation art pieces is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful playground for kids and the kids at heart. It is a one of a kind recreation space where you can enjoy both the beauty of nature and the wonderful handicraft of man.
Kapatagan Valley is a gem for tourists who want a different kind of adventure. Even people who do not enjoy the outdoors, that’s me, will enjoy a day or two of Kapatagan Valley’s unique destinations and adventures.
For information on Kapatagan Day and Overnight Trips, contact Rommel of Mt Apo Highland Resort and Camp@tagan at +63-918-9591641 and at +63-82-2757955.
Kapatagan Valley is located in Davao del Sur, around 2 hours by bus from Davao City.
AirPhil Express flies to Davao from Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo daily.