Punta Dumalag

Satellite image of Punta Dumalag in Davao City

I like interestingly-shaped landforms (for example, Apo Lakay-lakay) and I stumbled into one: a nice thin peninsula jutting out into Davao Gulf from Davao City. This peninsula is called Punta Dumalag and it’s an interesting place as well and not just a nondescript landform.

Punta Dumalag is located in Barangay Matina Aplaya of this progressive city. I guess the most important site on this peninsula is the Pawikan Sanctuary. In 2003, a local resident reported to authorities about the nesting habits of pawikan (Hawksbill turtles), which are endangered, in the area. Since the Aboitiz family owned the land there (which they bought back in the 1960s originally to put up a coal-fired power plant but which was eventually shelved due to environmental concerns), they decided to set up a turtle sanctuary instead and the Davao City goverment pushed to have the surroundings declared as a marine protected area.

Sunset over Davao Gulf from Punta Dumalag Photo by myada97 (CC)

Aside from the turtle sanctuary, Punta Dumalag is also famous for being the setting of the award-winning and controversial indie film Imburnal. Imburnal, by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, depicts the lives of two street urchins spending their childhood in the dirty sewers of Punta Dumalag. The MTRCB thrice gave the film an X rating, which means it cannot be publicly screened. This didn’t stop the movie from getting the Woosuk Award (the top award) and the NETPAC Award from the Korean Jeonju International Film Festival earlier this year.

Well, there is one other attraction of Punta Dumalag and that is the Seagull Beach Resort on the western side of the peninsula. This resort boasts of white sand beaches, and very likely, turtle viewing tours as well (mating season permitting).

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December 11, 2009
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  1. charinacab wrote on April 28, 2010 @ 04:37PM

    im from punta dumalag thanks for posting
    this pics. that place is beautiful.

  2. Isa wrote on June 16, 2011 @ 05:26PM

    do you need to pay for entrance to get in the sanctuary? can we just go there directly without any notice? i’d like to see the place and the turtles with my daughter.

  3. allene wrote on February 21, 2013 @ 07:15PM

    how do i go to pawikan sanctuary from davao city? thanks

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