Cheap Beach Resort in Samal Island – Travel Guide

May 9, 2012 22 Comments »
Cheap Beach Resort in Samal Island – Travel Guide

Together with my travel buddy recently we visited the place called Samal Island 20mins boat ride from Davao City.  Samal Island is known as Island Garden City of Samal or ICAGOS and being declared as a city in January 30, 1988. This Island offers different outdoor activities and not far from the City of Davao. There are many resorts to choose from, boat transfer to beach resort is better than bus commuting.

Davao map to Samal Island, Picture from google Map


One of the cheapest Beach resort in Samal Island is the Bluewaters with relaxing and really good beach view. Every time we woke up in the morning their nice staff delivered breakfast to our room without extra charge. They also have 2 pool area 1 is for adult and 1 for the kids. Our experienced in Bluewaters beach resort is really good with nice service from their staff. Compare to other beach resort in Samal Island we had a nice deal with the room rate if you look at the nice view.

Adult and Kiddie pool area


Bed and Balcony – Apartel/Deluexe room rates : PHP 1800


Hotel room at 2nd floor and view from balcony


Suggested resort in Samal Island riding by Boat:

Bluejaz Beach Resort – Bluejaz Beach Resort and Waterpark is situated at Brgy. Caliclic, Babak Dist., Island Garden City of Samal.

Directions: Boat transfer is available at Maryknoll Beachside, Lanang, Davao City. It is in Vicente Hizon Road (few meters away from Waterfront Insular Hotel) in front of Novatierra Village (the street in between Jollibee and Petron Gasoline Station) in Lanang, Davao city. Room rate starts at : PHP 800

 Paradise Island Resort – Only seven (7) minutes away and traffic-free from Davao City, Paradise Island is very near and visitors are ferried by a fleet of ten (10) colorful boats efficiently operated by the management of the resort from 5:00 AM up to 5:00 PM. After 5:00 PM, those who wish to go to Samal Island may ride the Ferry Boat

Directions: The first regular boat trip leaves the dock at 5:00 am and last trip is at 5:00 pm. Special trips may be arranged with the Management. Room rate starts at PHP 2,300

Costa Marina Beach Resort- It is located at Caliclic Babak District with the entrance fee of P80.00 only. It takes 15 minutes of boat ride to reach this beach resort, an you only need to pay P10.00 per head for the boat ride.Room rate starts at Php 2,150.00

 Blue Waters Resort – Experience the soft white sand beaches and turquoise waters on Bluewaters Village, it is located along Samal Island coast.

Directions: Ride a pump boat named “Danica” located at Marina wharf in Davao boat club – Davao pearl farm jetty. First trip at 7AM last trip at 5PM. Room rate starts at PHP 1,500

Note: There are many beach resorts within the area search for the best rate and place. Most of the Beach resort in Samal Island doesn’t accept credit cards they preferred cash. Calling is the best to book a room just leave your name and booking date.

Useful link:

 How to get there:

From airport – Ride a taxi just outside the airport (taxi stand) and give the information to a taxi driver on which entry points your destination. Taxi airport or taxi drivers in Davao are honest and safe they are properly use their taxi metered unlike in Manila. They will drive you all the way to your destination this is base on our own experience traveling in Davao.

Things to do in Samal Island:

  • Diving/Snorkelling
  • Water Sports
  • Banana boat riding
  • Weekend View relaxation

Must visit:

  • Hagimit falls
  • Monfort Bat Cave

 Best time to visit: Philippines summer starts on March but best time to have trip is April month. Witness the Caracoles de Samal also known as Samal Island ‘s festival.


  1. Gladys | May 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    yey! bluewaters! we stayed there too when we spent xmas at samal island 2 years ago. i love the resort coz its reasonably priced :)

    • macatugal May 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      I Agree gladys superb nice room we had and nice stay as well :)

  2. Ryan Mach l Pinoy Wandering Boy May 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Very handy. Will bookmark this post.

    • macatugal May 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ryan :)

  3. Renz Bulseco May 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Samal Island is the place to be

    • macatugal May 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Renz, Its nice and peaceful

  4. Mai Flores May 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I am bookmarking this post! Davao, especially Samal Island, has been in my travel list from quite sometime now. I’m making sure to visit that lovely place next year. :)

  5. Joy S. May 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Bookmarking your post para may reference ako when I go there. Soon, I hope. :)

  6. soloflightEd May 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I remember that we were regular weekenders sa Paradise Island when we still lived there. Sarap bumalik! :D

    • macatugal May 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Nice Ed :D Still on the road?

  7. Rozy May 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Wow! Am so impressing to hear about the Paradise Island and hotel in Bangkok.. i wish to visit there one day!! xx

    • May Primdal May 25, 2012 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Hi Rosy, You should visit nice beaches in Philippines

  8. Kaiser | WayPH June 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    You should have visited Isla Reta Beach Resort, for me this is one of the best resort in Samal Island and it’s affordable.

    • May Primdal June 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Next time :) I will take note of that thanks for the tips

  9. Melissa October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Hi! Do you have the contact details of Blue Water Resort? Thanks! :)

    • May Primdal October 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Melissa, here’s the official website of bluewaters you can find their the contact info. as I remember I just called them for reservation.

  10. Carlota January 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Ms. May.
    Meron po ba kayong suggestions na resorts na yung kaya ng budget? yung pwede pong mag camping? Thanks po!

    • May Primdal February 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Hi there,

      Sorry ni Idea po resorts i think pinaka mura ang blue water

  11. Gabz | Pinoy Travel Freak April 7, 2013 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for the info! Can’t wait to visit Samal Island. :)

  12. yet May 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    almost all beach resorts in samal are okay for camping.the best thing to do is search mo sa google beach resorts in samal.the names of the resorts will then pop out by then you can click on what resort so you can inquire.

  13. christland monjardin December 23, 2013 at 7:09 am - Reply

    samal island malapit na.. antay lng ng kunting sandali.

  14. Aaron January 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    We are going to Davao City this coming mid-February for the first time. We’ll definitely find time to go there!

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