Compostela Valley, shortened as ComVal, is a province in the Philippines known for its rich gold deposits and unspoiled tourist spots. Though this province may not be on the spotlight of mass tourism in the country, it’s actually a very potential tourism hub in Mindanao that most people flock during summer.
Among the beautiful scenery of its rolling hills and mountains are distinguished peaks best for trekking. Tucked on these mountains are amazing cascades of waterfalls for some seeking adventure. And because of the presence of an active volcano, there are hot springs located on the outskirts of its towns which are best destinations for family outings. Moreover, beach resorts and a famous island located on its coastal areas are favored weekend getaway among the locals.
The province of Compostela Valley is the only province in Davao Region of Mindanao that has no “Davao” prefix on its name. It is being bordered by the provinces of Agusan del Sur (north), Davao Oriental (east) and Davao Gulf (southwest) and Davao del Norte (west). It has over 730,000+ residents that speak in mainly Cebuano, Tagalog and English languages. The municipality of Nabunturan, dubbed as the “Summer Capital of Davao Region”, is its provincial capital.
The eco-tourism destinations of the province adds more glitters to the gold, silver and other precious minerals abundant in its lands. From nature adventure to one of a kind relaxation, you’ll always have your piece of place in the province. Have a glimpse of the most visited tourist spots in Compostela Valley below.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Compostela Valley
1. Awao Falls
Some waterfalls in the Philippines can really be distinguished apart from the rest, Awao Falls in the province of Compostela Valley is one of them. In this 20-meter falls, the water cascades on an rough irregular boulder that creates a beautiful curtain of waters that drops on a rocky shallow basin below. This is actually an unspoiled 3-tier falls but the first one is the most iconic of them all. If you are up for some adventure, you’ll be challenged to do rock climbing before you can reach the other tiers above. To reach Awao Falls, you have to trek about 15-30 minutes following an established trail from the jump-off point.
Awao Falls is located in Barangay Awao, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.
2. Tagbibinta Falls
Another famous waterfall in Compostela Valley is the Tagbibinta Falls, the most majestic waterfall in the province. The strong rushing waters drops 700 feet down the catch basin. It is being surrounded by verdant foliage and greens while the riverbed is composed of huge boulders that serves as resting grounds for visitors. If Awao Falls has 3 levels, Tagbibinta Falls has 7 levels that challenges daring adventure seekers to go up the 7th tier.
Tagbibinta Falls is situated in Barangay Coronobe, Maragusan, Compostela Valley.