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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
This 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.
Located 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 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.
Majority of the Filipinos know that Cebu is the main attraction of Central Visayas, being the premier tourist hub of the region, as well as an important city for trade and commerce. What many do not know is that, somewhere in the easternmost part lies a province teeming with several different exhilarating attractions. We’re talking about Samar Island.
For those who don’t have any idea, Calbayog City in Samar can now be considered as one of the promising Philippines beach holiday destinations. Aside of course, from its lovely beach fronts, the city is blessed as well, with several lovely natural attractions, among which are as follows:
The Treasures Of Samar
- Tarangban Falls, Calbayog City
Just close to the Bangon Falls, Tarangban can be found in Barangay Tinaplacan, around 45.2 km from the city proper, going north. The falls is still 4 kilometers away from the national highway, meaning it entails around an hour of trekking inorder to get to the said scenic destination.
Or, you may also take the habal-habal which the locals would gladly tell you where they are stationed. Nice thing – the falls has never been rated for difficulty to reach such as easy, medium, hard, and so on.
Visitors who have experienced the adventure swear about its uniqueness since the waters crisscross onto many rock formations, and cascade rapidly towards the river. You also have to tread on many of the cascades to get to the main falls.
To enjoy your swimming, bring your own provisions of food and water as food outlets are not yet available in the area. The local tourism officials recommend both the Bangon and Tarangban Falls for great outdoor fun, besides magnificent photo opportunities!
- Haven of Fun Beach Resort, San Antonio, Northern Samar
The perfect getaway for those escaping the hustle and bustle of modern living, this resort is located in the heart of Dalupiri Island, in the northern part. The Haven is touted to be the best alternative to Boracay’s high-end resorts.
Here, visitors are treated to a slow-paced beach life where a quiet frolic in the white sand and clear blue waters can surely rejuvenate tired spirits. You will instantly feel safe away from home. What’s more, they have several choices for accommodations that will suit any budget regardless of whether you are a foreign or local tourist.
How To Get To Calbayog
Catch the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) Express that flies to Manila to and from Calbayog and Catarman City. Calbayog is around two hours travel by van from Catarman. Those who opt to take the long ride may catch the bus that plies the Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao route since it treads the Maharlika Highway which runs through the entire province.
The buses are stationed at the Ali Mall Bus Terminal in Cubao and the various Pasay City terminals. At the southern tip of Luzon, a ferryboat will take the bus for a 30-minute ride to the northern tip of Samar, after which you may proceed to your chosen destination.
After your Samar escapade, proceed to Mindanao to experience the must-visit sites in the island. Don’t forget to explore top restaurants in Davao City for a truly delightful gastronomic experience.