Travelling to the Philippines and want to see some attractions? The municipality of Sta. Maria in Davao del Sur, Philippines is an enticing haven that is a perfect getaway from the stress and strain of modern living. This quaint picturesque village is located 96 kilometers south of Davao City. You can reach Sta. Maria by land in either a bus or a private car and your first view of Sta Maria is over a cliff after a panoramic view of Malalag Bay. This tranquil town called Sta. Maria that appears to have been forgotten by the outside world boasts of secret wonders that are delightful as well as spectacular. Meandering through byways and pathways past sleepy barangays will bring visitors to highlands and coastlines flaunting natural riches such as extensive virgin forest, cultivated farm lands, beautiful beaches of different colors and textures, meandering rivers and a rich flora and fauna.
The warmth and friendliness of the Philippines tribal communities like the Tagakaolos, a highland tribe that continues to perform tribal rituals, adds to the allure of Sta. Maria. Sta Maria’s coastline is lined with enchanting beaches, from beaches with pristine white sands to beaches with volcanic black sand. One place worth mentioning is the Colagsing Point which embraces a secluded but spectacular powdery white strip of sand. There is a huge mystical rock at the tip of the cove that look like a male human face which locals call Lungag Bato or Hole in the Rock to describe a small cave next to it. The most popular beach in Sta. Maria is Little Boracay, a secluded picturesque cove that is a favorite haunt of people who long for a private hideaway. During the low tide at noon, the sea pulls back to expose a long expansive soft and velvety white sand that is perfect for family outings. To tour the coastlines of Sta. Maria, there are boats for hire for less than US$1per head manned by young strapping men while fishermen sell their catch fresh from the sea. Another favorite activity is trudging through rocky cliff sides scarred with fascinating configurations created by the impact of the waves. To reach Sta Maria, there are daily flights from Manila to Davao City and from Davao there are airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses that will bring visitors to Malita. From Malita a tricycle will bring visitors to Sta. Maria where locals are friendly and welcoming and are just too willing to show the secret wonders of Sta. Maria.