Thursday, May 2, 2013

Falling in Love with Puting Buhangin Beach

Located along the coastline of Surigao del Sur, the Municipality of Cagwait boasts to house the ever-charming Cagwait White Beach - attracting a number of visitors during summer and Feast of St. John the Baptist every June. With the popularity of the white beach, tourists and locals alike choose to go there to relax and enjoy what the beach offers.
The welcome view of Puting Buhangin
Unknown to many is this one of a kind beach in the same municipality, a beach that is unspoiled, untouched and pristine that one could find it romantic, dreamy and mesmerizing.
A stretch of white sand :-)
As a proud native of Cagwait, I gladly welcome you all to the Puting Buhangin Beach!!!
A picturesque view of Puting Buhangin
Puting Buhangin Beach is located at Bitaugan East, one of the 11 barangays of the Municipality of Cagwait. It is a 30-minute drive away from Barangay Aras-asan terminal – one of the entry points to Bitaugan East. The beach is so named Puting Buhangin because in Bitaugan, it is the only beach with a sand color closer to white. As seen on the photos, the sand is actually brownish, giving the viewers a room for inquiry why it is called Puting Buhangin (White Sand). Nevertheless, this beach among others is more than just the white sand, it’s the soothing feeling, a sparkle of appreciation and a magic of love that it gives its visitors.

A walk to remember :-)
Oh, I must have fallen in love with the beach because of the romantic atmosphere it sets. A walk through its soft sand leaves remarkable footprints – one thing that I really enjoyed there. A dip in the beach with cute little waves is also revitalizing and what a great way to just lie down the seashore enjoying the fresh sea water touching my body.
Just want to lie down for a long time... 

A grateful pose :-)

Sitting on a driftwood along the shoreline :-)

My high school batchmate Mae Grace 
Truly, Puting Buhangin is perfect for anyone to have self-reflection, for lovers to have a date and for groups to enjoy each other’s company. How I love to stay there… enjoying fresh air, taking a barefoot walk on the sand, swimming, relaxing, meditating and appreciating the beauty of nature. Thank God for such a paradise!!!

Getting There:

From Butuan City, Bislig City and Davao City

Ride a bus going to Tandag City and tell the bus conductor that you are going to Barangay Aras-asan. Alight at the Aras-asan Terminal. The bus driver and the conductor usually announce that you have arrived in the said barangay. From there, habal-habals (motor vehicles) are available for hire. Tell the driver you are heading to Puting Buhangin, Bitaugan East. Fare is Php 25.00 per person.

If the road is not muddy, you will be sent directly to the shore of the beach. Since we went there last December, we walked a few meters to reach the beach.

A view before reaching the beach
From Tandag City

You can ride a bus heading to Butuan, Davao or Bislig City and tell the bus conductor that you will alight at the Aras-asan Terminal. There are also jeepneys and vans from Tandag as options for you to reach Aras-asan.

Where to stay

To date, there are no resorts in the area offering accommodations to visitors. I suggest that you go there in the morning and go back to Barangay Aras-asan or proceed to Cagwait White Beach where there a number of resorts. Click here.  


Bring some food for snacks or lunch as well as your preferred beverage because there are no stores near the beach.

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