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MANAY – A Traveler’s Seventh Heaven Edit

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Nak Balaba  • Contributor
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Growing up in my hometown, never did I think that this place could be my own version of Utopia. I’ve been into different places quenching my thirst for breath-taking mountains, wonderful beaches, amazing waterfalls, crazy adventures, and everything a beautiful place could offer, without realizing that all these things are already right at my feet.


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Bidayan falls

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Precious Gem Waiting to be Discovered

The Municipality of Manay is located in the eastern coast of Davao Oriental, probably 4-5 hours ride through van or private vehicles from Davao City – the gateway to the municipality.

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Bonga cave 

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Logpan beach

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Logpan beach

You see, if you’ve ever thought of Davao Oriental, I bet that the top destination that comes to your mind is Mati, so for sure, it will intrigue you what might be there to see in Manay. The place is an excellent jumping off point for thalassophiles, adventure aficionado, people who love chasing waterfalls, and for those who are simply looking for a great destination over a long weekend.

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Concepcion river

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Concepcion river

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Logpan beach

Manay caters torquoise-blue beaches, untouched crystal-clear streams and rivers, inviting rugged hills and rolling valleys, and of course, friendly people alongside.

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This place, like any other, is a precious gem waiting to be discovered, waiting to be told, waiting to be appreciated. More than just blue and green that my hometown is made of, my spirit will always wear the colors of this place wherever I will go.

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Panontongan ridge

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Here are some of the photos I took as I meander around my homeland recently (and some few years back) that might quickly pique your interest. 

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And if you wish to visit around, please bear with some of the minor setbacks since ours is still a developing municipality.

Here's the top 5 attractions in Manay

  1. Bidayan falls
  2. Bonga cave
  3. Logpan beach
  4. Panontongan ridge
  5. Concepcion river

What is the cheapest way to get from Davao City to Manay?

  1. Drive from Davao City to Manay for about 3 to 4 hours. Fuel cost is around Php 1500
  2. Davao City to Manay via bus will take approx. 5 hours and cost around Php 1,000

Kadi da kamo Manay! #WowManay #ComeSeeConquer 



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Life is not meant to be lived in one place, they say. Explore and conquer, not just the world, but yourself.


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