TheLoneRider.com Thursday November 23, 2017 EST 
a nomad in search of...
HOME PAGE About TheLoneRider Contact TheLoneRider Web TheLoneRider.com      
HOME PAGE
DESTINATIONS
Cambodia Canada France Hong Kong Indonesia Italy Laos Malaysia Monaco Myanmar Philippines Singapore Switzerland Thailand Vietnam USA
ACTIVITIES
Astral Projection Caving Fitness Freediving Kayaking Meditation Mountain Biking Mountaineering Rafting Rock Climbing Scuba Diving Snowboarding Surfing Traveling Yoga
REVIEWS
Book Review Gear Review Hotel Review Movie Review Restaurant Review
MISC
Art Chilling Out Cool Sites Community Counter Culture Food Odyssey best food recipes Lucid Thoughts Peoplescape Politics Print Media Quantum Mechanics Random Lives Showbiz Snapshot Slice of Life Thought Bubble Teaching Verbatim Wealth Building
WEB SERVICES
SEO Services Web Design Services Advertising Here

Traveling

Magnaga Waters Beach Resort, Compostela Valley Sep 30 - Oct. 2, 2013

Magnaga Waters Beach Resort, Compostela Valley

GPS waypoint: N 07° 09.476 E 125° 53.568
Location: Tunga, Barangay Magnaga, Municipality of Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province

Resort Grounds
With my Camiguin option not materializing, it was timely that Ciara (my Tagum benefactor), offered 2 nights in their beach resort in Pantukan, Compostela Valley, 1 hour by bus south of Tagum. Magnaga Waters Beach Resort is a vast 14-hectare beach front that spans a 300m walk on the beach! The surrounding is manicured and generously planted with trees. Shade is abundant - you don't even have to bring your hammock; they provide it. Along the beach are amptly-spaced picnic tables under the shade. The beach frontage is spacious. This entire resort is screaming wide space.

Food
Breakfast is included in the stay. The servings are generous and attention to detail is apparent. For breakfast, I ordered Bangus and I got a thick slab of Bangus - the biggest breakfast-included serving of any hotel stay I've had. Their vinegar is home-brewed sinamak from the harvested tuba from the coconut trees within the resort. Dessert comes from YuYu Cafe in Tagum where hands-on Pastry Chef Adi painstakingly ensures quality, freshness and 'yummy' factor.

Tuba
Tuba, or coconut nectar (not the coconut juice), is harvested here fresh daily and offered to guests as part of a breakfast drink. Tuba is sweet and astringent...a perfect way to start the day. My advise, order from the staff a half gallon of white sweet tuba (no tungog) for the following day. When you get it, find yourself a nice hammock in a shady part of the resort and start indulging. You'll get a pleasant buzz that makes it feel right to do nothing, but be lazy on the hammock. Be prepared to write-off the entire day. It's like being in an opium den where people smoke a few and then lie down in bed until they come out of it. NO, I've never done that. I just saw that episode in the movie, Once Upon a Time in America.

Clubhouse
The main gathering place is the alfresco clubhouse. Meals are served here. Ceilings are high and vented. It's cool even at the height of the afternoon sun. There is a small convenience store, a souvenir shop and a cafe/bar and a billiard table. The cue stick tips need replacement though...same thing for the #1 ball.

Jetski
There are 3 non-functional jetskis now used as improvised dining tables. I remember a conversation with Vistamar Resort owner Charlie - a character. If McArthur is known for saying, "I shall return", Charlie is known for his on-the-fly remark, "at 75, I'm still attractive to the opposite sex". Sorry, I digress. He said he lost money in Jetskis. The engine breaks down and it'll cost you more to have it repaired. So he junked them all. Same thing happened in this resort. But instead of junking them, at least they found creative use for it. I now wonder. What if you modify a regular pumpboat engine to fit in there? That way, Manong Fisherman can do his thing in style!

Beach Slide
A unique touch are 3 big slides perched on the water, connected to the beach by a footbridge. Hanging out on the walkway is fun enough.

Goats
While walking on the beach, I came upon a herd of resort-owned goats. Not the local type, this one has a shedding thick wool-like hair. I learned they are kept for proliferation - not exactly for milk or meat. Not for milk? Chevre cheese comes to mind, specially when just a few days ago, I was at Malagos Farm House savoring Davao-grown European-style cheese. Olive Puentespina, the cheese artisan, keeps a herd of goats for Chevre!

Samal
I thought about crossing the water to Samal after my stay here, but learned there is no passenger pumpboat taking people to Samal. But Samal is right in front of the beach! The only passenger boat taking people to Samal is from Davao. But that's exactly my point - with a pumpboat service, people in Compostela can reach Davao by crossing Samal instead of taking the 3 hour half-circumferential bus ride to Davao. If you look at the map (above) you'll see what I mean. I would liken access to Samal as a the proverbial worm-hole that tears through the fabric of space.

Private Turf
Given the 14-hectare spread, real estate is not a problem. It would be a nice touch to develop an exclusive area for high-end clients where they have privacy more than others - run around naked if you like! David Copperfield (the magician) owns an island resort with carefully designed cottages where guests won't even see the other guests.

Where to, Next?
As I checked out of Magnaga Waters, Mimi, the resort manager, arranged a meeting for me with the owner of the adjacent resort regarding the branding for Compostela resorts. It's cool that they keep a healthy and friendly competition along this strip. But what really was racing inside my head was, "after this meeting, where do I go? Where would I even sleep for the night?". I couldn't wait to see what my benevolent universe has in store for me.

Lingering Thoughts
If I have company, I would like to come back to this resort. For long walks on the beach, the peace, a place lending itself to conversation, and its sheer expanse....it's too good for just one.

It's uncanny that as I enjoy compli lodging at the 2nd Ave Hotel and here at Magnaga Waters, I also gifted a hotel stay in Surigao City (vs my room credits for web work) for a surfer friend who extended me her hospitality as well when I met her in Siargao. What goes around, comes around.

Thank you Ciara. Thank you Mrs. Uy (Ciara tells me this happened because of your blessing).

--- TheLoneRider

ps - If you want me to objectively cover your resort for this website (beach resort, mountain resort, island resort, etc.), email me.

magnaga_waters01 magnaga_waters02 magnaga_waters03 magnaga_waters04
magnaga_waters05 magnaga_waters06 magnaga_waters07 magnaga_waters08
magnaga_waters09 magnaga_waters10 magnaga_waters11 magnaga_waters12
magnaga_waters13 magnaga_waters14 magnaga_waters15 magnaga_waters16
magnaga_waters17 magnaga_waters18 magnaga_waters19 magnaga_waters20
magnaga_waters21 magnaga_waters22

Rates

  1. Standard Room for 2 - P1500, aircon, private bath and shower, breakfast included. Take 20% off Mondays - Thursdays
  2. Beach Cottage for 12 - P600
  3. Tent Hall for 150 - P5000
  4. Dining Hall for 20 - P2000
  5. Daytime Entrance - P30 (P40 in December), no corkage, includes use of water slide, comfort room and grills
  6. Nighttime Entrance - P60 (P60 in December), no corkage, includes use of water slide, comfort room and grills

How to get to Magnaga Waters Beach Resort from Davao

  • Bus - from Davao Ecoland bus terminal, take a bus going to Mati and tell the conductor to drop you off Magnaga Waters Beach Resort, about 1 kilometer before Pantukan Poblacion. Less than P185/pax, aircon, 3 hours

  • Private Vehicle - take the highway south towards Mati. When you reach Tagum, at the main intersection, (landmark: Jollibee), turn right heading to Pantukan. After 30 minutes from Tagum, you see the "Magnaga Waters Beach Resort" sign to your right. It's about 1 kilometer before you reach Pantukan Poblacion

How to get to Magnaga Waters Beach Resort from Tagum

  • Bus - from Tagum bus terminal, take a bus going to Mati and tell the conductor to drop you off Magnaga Waters Beach Resort, about 1 kilometer before Pantukan Poblacion. P70/pax, aircon, 1 hour

  • Private Vehicle - take the highway south towards Mati. After 30 minutes from Tagum, you see the "Magnaga Waters Beach Resort" sign to your right. It's about 1 kilometer before you reach Pantukan Poblacion

Contact Magnaga Waters Beach Resort

  1. +6384.2166.379
  2. +6384.370.1986
  3. 0925.523.1330
  4. magnagawaters@yahoo.com

Compostela Valley Blogs by TheLoneRider

Compostela Valley Travel Information



Facebook Users
Sep 30 - Oct. 2, 2013

»» next Traveling story: Fun Times at Jienos Garden Beach Resort, ComVal Coast
»» back to Traveling
»» back to Homepage

ARCHIVE: 2017 | JAN| FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | ALL BLOGS



Compostela Valley


your LOGO here. Contact the webmaster




Compostela Valley

your LOGO here. Contact the webmaster




Subscribe

TheLoneRider