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.
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.
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: http://samalbeaches.com/
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:
- Water Sports
- Banana boat riding
- Weekend View relaxation
- 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.