Tourist Sites in Tagana-an
Pongkay Hills is 500 meters above sea level in height and is located in Brgy. Banban. The site accords an early morning coastal panorama.
Kanbilibid Peak is located at Barangay Laurel along Provincial Road some 3 km from junction at National Highway at Brgy. Upper Libas. A mythical place where people used to borrow utensils from Bilibid, on special occasions. This stopped when some failed to return the items.
URBAN – LOWLANDS
Katunggan Resto-Park is located at the mouth of Estuario de Tagana-an, the river highway that served all southern towns of East Mindanao since about 620 AD. The resto-park offers a place for relaxation and recreation, for marine sports and ecological education. The centerpiece is the gazebo-type Resto-Bar for picnickers. Swim pools, training center and a zip line to the Pension House are also there.
Tagana-an Eco Park
Tagana-an Eco Park has an expansive area of 4 hectares that integrates a Material Recovery Facility, Agro-Demo Farm, and Housing Facilities located just at the outskirts of the town. Amenities and services such as carabao rides, birdwatch, will be offered soon to enjoy the natural attractions. The Municipality of Tagana-an owns and operates the Eco-Park.
BEACHES AND ISLANDS
Borongkot Beach at Barangay Banban is the town’s most popular coral sand beach where locals flock regularly. It has an approximate area of 2.5 hectares. Distance from Tagana-an: 2.5 km by land. Several family resorts operate in the place. The name of the island is markedly ethnic – a probable remnant of the Mandaya Kalagan of the 1200-1750s.
Camille Ann Cottage
Camille Ann Cottage is a small island for a few people at a karst rock fronting Canal Bay, Barangay Banban. There are tables to serve, swimming, a place to talk.
Hoyanjóg is one of the karst islands dotting Canal Bay fronting Barangay Banban with a small beach. Another unexplainable name of what appears to be of ethnic origin from the proud, loud, and cultured Mandaya-Kalagan : one of the 8 sub-groups descended from the Manovu from Sumatra.
Lapsay Lagoon is located at Tinagò Dakû Islet with a marine lagoon. Popular for its eerie and secure feeling. Tinago is a karst islet- an uplifted coral limestone topography. This marine lagoon at karst Islet has become the topmost destination. Tinagò means hidden implying safety from waves.
Kampinya Islet is a distinctive coral islet with a small beach at the southern side and a slope midland.
Tanjog Beach is located in Barangay Fabio at Masapelid Island. This island is comprised of a mineralic, reddish-brown ultramafic soil – the oldest type of terrain uplifted from the earth’s crust some 160 million years ago. Bats hang upside down at the mangroves at the seaport. There is a small beach near the cave ideal for a dip after a caving activity.
Magkono Lagoon is a marine lagoon located at a karst topography of Tinago Gamay Island. Tinago is a geologic configuration of a former coral uplifted to the surface by tectonic action of the earth’s plates.
Samputan Beach is a 2-hectare stretch of coral beach at Hinatuan Island where nickeliferous laterite is mined by Hinatuan Mining Corp (HMC). There are pumpboats for hire from the Municipality of Tagana-an to Samputan Beach. It takes 1 hr & 30 minutes sea travel.
Lamangon Island. A coastal marine area at the vicinity of Barangay Himama-ug, and Condona Island where Barangay Opong is located. It is classified as a protected area by effect of Presidential Proclamation 2151, s 1981 in relation to the Expanded Protected Area Law Republic Act 11038 (2018).
Banug-banug Island is located at Barangay Talavera with an area of 3.54 hectares. The beach is comely and the surrounding teems with marine life. Some sites suitable for kayaks, bigiw boat, board sports.
Mangrove Forest of Estuario de Tagana-an
Mangrove Forest of Estuario de Tagana-an. The largest mangrove forest in the peninsular part of the Province, located at the mouth of Tagana-an River along Canal Bay. Other people call it the silangga. The mangrove forest is a primary breeding place for marine life. The numerous waterways in this ecosystem is ideal for marine sports and learning site.
Reefs of Kampinya Islet
Reefs of Kampinya Islet adjacent to Tinago Daku Island is one of the healthiest in the area.
Labuk-labuk Reef is adjacent to the beach at Silang (Length: 360 m), Talavera Island. Travel time from Tagana-an: 30 minutes. It is one of the major reefs of the Municipality, where locals fish regularly.
Tanhug Cave in Barangay Fabio is a bat kingdom with voluminous amount of bat dung taken out for fertilizer. This cave may be worthy and generate revenues if restored as bat sanctuary.
So-ongon Cave, Barangay Fabio. So-ongon means “to stoop upon entry”. Local folks do this to enter the cave and be able to fish inside.
Fabio Marine Sanctuary
Barangay Fabio Marine Sanctuary. At sea, Barangay Fabio -at the tectonic, ultramafic Masapelid Island – provides a guarded sanctuary to perpetuate marine life and increase fish stock. At coast, giant bats are visible roosting upside down at daytime at tall mangrove trees near the port, and at Tanjug Cave.
Opong Marine Sanctuary
Opong Marine Sanctuary. A coastal site at Barangay Opong managed by organized fishermen– the Opong Fishermen’s Association Multipurpose Cooperative (OPFAMULCO) – to ensure an undisturbed place for fish where they can forage and reproduce. Not for high-powered motorized crafts like jetski, speed boats – waves will disturb natural setting. The Marine Sanctuary has zonified sites allocated for recreation and learning.