Davao del Sur: Philippines’ King of all Mountains


I made it to a point that every time I travel for work, I made sure to take a short side trip to nearby places that I can explore. This time, I had to visit Davao City for work for 2 days at the same time pick my sister’s new ride while I was there. I only have the 2nd day as my free day to explore.

I thought about the places that I can explore given to a very limited time that I have. My first plan was to visit General Santos City while trying to break in the new ride of my sister. But upon rigorous research, it seems impossible. Traveling by car to and from Gen San would consume a considerable amount of time which I cannot compromise considering how limited my time was.  So i made an alternative to visit some areas of Davao del Sur instead. I decided to take a quick peak to Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur to see the Philippines’ King of all Mountains, the Mt. Apo and to engage into a unique kind of adrenaline rush by achieving River Tubing at Sta. Cruz.

My itinerary for my Davao del Sur Escapade was:

  • 5am-start driving to Kapatagan, Davao del Sur
  • 7am- arrived at Mt. Apo Highland Resort
  • 8am- have breakfast with Mt. Apo’s famous Civet Coffee.
  • 9am- start my half day tour within the area:
  •             I visited: Marawer Hot Spring – Mainit Hot Spring – Lake Mirror- Kublai Khan Art Garden – Agong House
  • 12noon- end of tour since it suddenly rained heavily.
  • 1pm- drove back to Sta. Cruz for my River Tubing
  • 2:30pm- Arrived at Sta. Cruz for River Tubing
  • 4:30pm-back in Davao City


I drove to Kapatagan around 4am in the morning in hopes that according to my research would make me witness the marvel beauty of this mountain during sunrise.

I made use of Google map from my mobile phone to locate the area and some tips that I gathered during my research on how to get there.


After 2 hours of driving I was able to arrive at Mt.Apo Highland Resort.

If you don’t have a car with you, this is how you can get to Mt. Apo Highland Resort in Kapatagan, Digos City:

From Davao City, ride a cab or multi-cab to Davao Ecoland Terminal. Get on a bus bound for Digos City. From the city, ride a tricycle to old Digos Terminal where you can take a van to Camp Sabros, Kapatagan. Van fare is roughly P100.00. At Camp Sabros, you can avail of a package tour from Mt. Apo Highland Resort for about P400.oo where you can have the option to choose the 25 things to do in Kapatagan.


After I arrived at Mt. Apo Highland Resort, I ordered my Breakfast with Mt. Apo’s Famous Civet Coffee, of course.

visit Mt.Apo Highland Resort facebook page here.


After which I asked the care taker of the resort if I could avail a half day tour by motorcycle. The resort have local contacts that will let you tour around the area. Mine was 400.00php. It will be cheaper if there are two of you so you could split the rate. After I had my breakfast, I went straight to start the tour.


First stop was Marawer Hot Spring then proceeded to Mainit Hot Spring which was located a little bit far off from Marawer Hot Spring and is actually the main source of Hot Spring water in Marawer.


We passed by some Banana and Coffee Plantation. After which, I headed to Lake Mirror which didn’t took long enough for me to stay. The weather did not cooperate at that time. It rained and I wasn’t able to see Mt. Apo reflecting on the lake since it was fogging. Went straight to Kublai Khan Art Garden and Agong House for a quick picture taking then headed back to Mt.Apo Highland Resort before lunch.


I wished I had more time to explore the other places not mentioned above like trekking to a waterfalls or do ziplining. I just didn’t have much time since I decided that I need to try River Tubing and yes,due to bad weather.

After I had my tour, I left Kapatagan to have a quick lunch at a gas station located away from Digos City proper before I drove myself to Sta. Cruz for my River Tubing.

More about My river tubing Experience here.






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