A lot of people right now are aware that Davao City is a bustling metropolis, but that’s hardly a good enough reason for tourists to travel to the area. To get the most out of your trip, you need to go a little bit farther than just Davao City – you need to head into the Davao region, in fact.

The region includes the city and the Davao Gulf as well as the Compostela Valley, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte. With that said, here are some of the destinations to consider for Philippine beach holidays when you want fun under the sun.

The Island Garden City of Samal
Samal Island Davao

Located along the Davao Gulf, this holiday destination is known to be the largest resort island in the Philippines. It has almost 70 resorts to choose from, including the most famous ones – Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Paradise Beach Resort. You’ll have absolutely no problem finding the right accommodation here for you.

The one thing all the resorts have in common are white-sand beaches and the deep, clear, blue ocean. Beyond that, Samal Island has something for everybody, on any budget.

Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental

Dahican BeachSeven kilometers of white sand beach confronts first-time visitors to the “skim boarding capital of Mindanao.” Just be careful when you visit this place, however. Why? It’s because the waves are high and the currents are a bit too strong. Still, it’s a haven for anyone that likes a challenge in the water, and peace on land.

Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park in Cateel, Davao Oriental

Aliwagwag Falls Davao

If you love the water but hate the salt, Davao has the Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park. It’s made up of a series of 84 waterfalls that spill into the Cateel River amidst a lush rainforest you can admire using the monkey bridge. It’s a fully developed tourism destination, however, so you can enjoy your nature stint in comfort.

Matin-ao Inland Resort in New Corella, Davao del Norte

Bask in the natural spring waters that empty out into the numerous Matin-ao Inland Resort swimming pools. The children would love the slides here, just remember to keep a close eye on them so they won’t get hurt or anything. Of course, you, the parents, can also have a great and wonderful time here as well.

Banana Beach in Tagum City

Banana Beach is the only beach that’s found inside of a banana plantation in Tagum City. But you have to admit, it can’t be anything but a unique experience to say the least.

Davao grows some of the best fruits in the country, but this place is definitely not one for monkeys to lurk in. Plus, this place has first-rate accommodations and amenities, so head on down here now!

So, there you have it. These are just some of the best beach holidays Philippines destinations in the Davao region. Just remember the basics when it comes to planning for your beach trip for you to avoid any disasters along the way.

Some of the Philippines’ most beautiful beaches are located in the Davao region, so you need to make sure to take a side trip to some of these beaches when you’re in the area. After all, Davao is considered to be one of the country’s top tourist destinations when it comes to white sand beaches.

Foremost among these Philippine beach holidays destinations are the pristine beaches located in the Island Garden City of Samal, a fifteen-minute boat ride away from the busy districts of Davao City.

Located right in the center of the Davao Gulf, Samal Island provides a tranquil and a magnificent view of the gulf. This is indeed one of the perfect destinations in Mindanao when you’re planning for a getaway. So here are some of the must-see resorts on the island and in the surrounding areas in the Davao region:


Pearl Farm Beach Resort

pearl farm editedThis 14-hectare beach resort known as Pearl Farm is considered to be one of the most luxurious beach resorts in the entire Davao region. It’s located in the coastal area of Samal Island. It’s one of the most expensive resorts on the island, but you’ll be getting your money’s worth when you stay here.

The resort is also known for the chic Parola Bar, a two-storey bar that’s also used as an area to welcome guests, where staff greet them as they arrive at the resort.


Isla Reta

isla reta editedLocated at Talicud Island, Isla Reta is one of the popular beach destinations in the Davao Region for those who aren’t willing to spend on, or can’t afford to stay at Pearl Farm. The name “Talicud” was coined after the Filipino term “likod”, which means “the back” as the island is literally located at the back of the mainland Samal Island.

Isla Reta is all about fine white sand and crystal blue waters. Its shoreline is dotted with talisay trees, which help provide shade for the visitors. Tables, chairs and hammocks are also placed under the trees for guests to have a relaxing experience without having to worry about the heat of the sun.

Little Boracay Beach Resort

Little Boracay is located in the new province of Davao Occidental and is known for its white sand beach. It’s located in the coastal barangay of Sto. Nino in the town of Sta. Maria. It has approximately two kilometers of white sand shoreline and sports amazingly clear waters. The day tour rate they offer is only 20 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for the kids.

Dahican Beach

dahicanDahican Beach is a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand beaches in Mati City, Davao Oriental. It’s located on the eastern coast of Davao Oriental facing the Pacific Ocean. It’s become a surfing and skimboarding destination in the region due to the massive waves.

In addition, Dahican Beach is also dubbed as the Capital of Skimboarding in the Davao Region. In other terms, this is the best place to experience skimboarding.

These are just some of the beaches you can visit in the Davao region. They’ll give you the best beach holidays Philippines experience that you will never forget for the rest of your life.