A Vast Floating World in Agusan
Jul 26, 2014
Agusan Marsh occupies over 72,000 hectares, making it one of the largest freshwater marshes in the Philippines. It is consist of a great maze of interconnecting rivers banks, channels and lakes, with a few river banks and islands rising above the marsh, some permanently, others submerged during the rainy season.
Despite its isolation, the marsh is inhabited by about 2600 people, more than half of whom consist of cultural minorities, mainly the Manobo,
The town of Loreto, Agusan del Sur is most accessible entry point in going to the marshland. If you are from Davao City, you can take a bus going to Trento,Agusan at Ecoland Terminal. Bus fare is only 250php and will take you 4-5 hours.
Upon reaching Trento, you can hire a single motorcycle ,locally known as habal-habal, that can take you to Loreto for another 1 and 1/2 hour. Habal-habal fare is 200php
The Panlabuhan Guest House,floating on the marsh's waters.. A unique guest house that can give you an awesome experience with the marsh people.
The wide marshland offers a great experience to those who are in thirst for adventure. Boating, sight seeing, and bird watching are the things you can do in the place. The marshland is also ideal for those who just want to commune with nature.
This is not a motionless body of water but a huge flowing river, securing that all that are floating and not tethered will be carried persistently to the north side of the marsh.
Explore the wonders of Agusan Marsh. A wetland of international importance, an environment where humans and wildlife harmoniously co-existed. Be amazed of its unique scenic and prestine ecosystems, and learn and experience the indigenous communities way of living.
When to go: Rainfall is very high during the months of August- October but high water levels can give a unique view of the marsh and can give an access everywhere. While the months of March-June are the periods of less rain, offer the best weather, but shallow water levels may make it difficult for boats to reach some of its stunning lakes.
What to bring: quick dry outdoor clothing, jacket, slippers, sunglasses, drinking water , mosquito repellent , toiletries and your appetite for adventure
For more information you can contact the provincial tourism office for special tour packages: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Shirley at 0910-6712797. There are lodging houses in the town proper