This is my first time traveling solo 😉 and a friend of mine suggested this place as he has seen it on TV. I have seen it in Facebook but I didn’t know that the place was so sweet, enchanting, spectacular, and fascinating! LOL, I can say a lot of adjectives for this place. At first, I was kinda nervous (probably thrilled or too excited) hearing the strong winds and roaring waves but when I see the entire view of Laswitan Lagoon, I was in awe, I could almost cry 🙂
Laswitan Quick Facts
- Laswit is a Visayan word which means “Talsik” or Splash.
- Also known as Laswitan lagoon
- Limestones height: 30ft – 40ft; Waves can reach up to 60 ft
- Facing the Pacific Ocean
- Strong wave during Northeast Monsoon (Amihan). But according to the locals, it’s best to see it in October to March.
- According to the stories of the locals, the big limestones served as a hiding place of some Filipinos during Japanese occupation.
- Is it safe? Well, water is uncontrollable, so I may say it’s not safe. They already placed a bouncer barrier for safety. I can say that it’s really not safe to be in the limestones as the amount of water that pours into it cannot be determined.
Glimpse of Laswitan
How to Get to Laswitan in Cortes
Where are you coming from?
From Davao City
Go to Davao City Overland Transport Terminal.
Look for Bachelor Express bus lines that is bound to Tandag City. Be confident to ask around if you feel you’re lost 😉
Aircon bus leaves at exactly 11:30 pm (based on my experience). Yes, they leave at their scheduled time.
Travel Time: ~8 hours
Once in Tandag City terminal,
You can ride a multicab bound to Cortes.
Fare: P40; Travel Time: 1 hour. During your travel, you’ll see pacific ocean view and of course, lots of luscious green.
You can then ride Habal habal from the town proper, P40 per way. Travel time, 15-20 minutes.
If you’re planning to stay whole day, you can ask for the driver’s contact number so you can contact them to pick you up. Otherwise, you can ask them to wait for you. Be generous enough to give tip 🙂
Heads up! Road to Laswitan is rough, just be prepared. If it’s raining, expect muddy road.
Coming from Manila or Other Country
If you’re coming from Manila, you have to book a flight bound to Davao City. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Airasia Philippines fly to Davao daily.
If you’re coming from other country, you have to book a flight to Manila. Then from Manila to Davao. Otherwise, if your destination has a direct flight to Davao, you can take it.
Once you get there, you’ll see this:
- 5-15 years old: P10
- 16 years old and above: P20
- Cottage rental P200.00
- Table rental P100.00
- No Smoking
- No Littering
- Climbing the limestone is prohibited
- Leave no garbage!
Accomodation in Laswitan Cortes
Well, this was just my side trip. My accomodation was at Barangay Britania in San Agustin Surigao del Sur (2.5 hours away from Laswitan Lagoon). The nearest accomodation that you can book will be in Tandag City (which is approximately 1.5 hours away from Laswitan).
Check out Agoda website for accomodation in Tandag City or nearby areas
If you know any accomodation, please leave your comments below so it can help other travelers. Alternatively, you can ask the locals where to stay but of course, booking in advance is way better.
- Bring lots of cash (no ATM, you’ve been warned!), in small denomination as much as possible.
- Always be polite, people here are kind and accomodating
- Bring your own food and leave no trace of dirt anywhere!
- Prior to your trip, advise your love ones that you’ll go to a place that has a very very weak data and network signal or no signal at all.
- Feel mother earth, don’t hurt her
- Don’t ask for discounts
- Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Have you been in Laswitan Cortes? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below. Or perhaps you have questions? I’ll be happy to answer it as much as I can. Thanks for dropping by.