Beaches, Waterfalls, Coral Dive Spots, Cheap Seafood
Commercialized, Very Near the City
Water and Mountain Adventure in Paradise Island
Swim, Eat and Explore the Paradise!!!Paradise Island Parks and Beach Resort is one of the famous and oldest resorts in Samal Island. I, personally, grew up witnessing how this resort has evolved - from being the locals favorite weekend picnic destination, and now one of the tourists' top destinations in the Philippines.Below are the things, which I...more
Actually, we made this as a Rest Stop 3/4 done with our MTBike trail ride of Samal. A splash into the cold fresh water relieves the tiredness after a few hours of pedalling.Hagimit Falls is easily accessible by jeep/vans. About 2 kms from Peñaplata, it features low-drop falls in a wide area. Basins formed by the high-drop ones are natural swimming...more
For PHP1550net per person, my husband and I enjoyed a day trip to the exclusive Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island. The package included a buffet lunch; use of the huts by the beach (cabanas), shower room, and beach towels; and, a round trip boat ride (Davao Marina to Pearl Farm and back).Since my husband and I went there to just do nothing...more
go island hopping. rent a motorboat and get a sea view of the different resorts of the island: paradise island, costa marina, blue waters, chema's, punta del sol, and the famous pearl farm. if going inside pearl farm is out of your budget, this is one good way to get a glimpse of the resort and have your pictures taken. go as far as the adjoining...more
Recommended for low-budget backpackers or day-tour-only visitors.There's a small fishing village within the vicinity of the ritzy Pearl Farm Beach Resort that have a mini-beach resort. FREE Entrance. WEll-kept, maintained by community volunteers. Cottages and tables can accomodate up to 50 persons. Cooking area and barbecue grills. Keep the area...more
During my last visit to Samal Island, I was fortunate enough to "hitch" on the boat rented by a friend's family for island-hopping and snorkeling. It's priced rather steeply (P7000 boat rent for the whole day) so it's best to go with a large group. It takes 4 hours to circle the whole island without stops, which is tight if you only have a day, so...more
The food is great, though you have to wait for quite a while to have them served specially if you come in early for lunch. Most of the staff report at night where there are more guests, according to the cashier whom we got to talk to. We had grilled Tuna which they have seasoned deliciously and adobong Paypay shells - which i got to see only here.more
the right combination of eating fresh local meals while enjoying the sea breeze. not to mention a very efficient service. truly the feel of paradise. just a word of caution though, don't expect too much when its a weekend or holiday 'coz they are usually cramped. pinakbet and grilled tuna belly are my favorite! the flavors of the vegetables in...more
There is no disco at the resort, no loud music either... only nightlife is having a drink at the bar, and meeting fellow guests.. Parola is beautiful at night as its well lighted and with mellow music playing.. Perfect way to cool down after full day swimming..
Dress Code: No dress code required, opps.. no bikini if you plan to lounge on the chairs, bring a sarong..
The most common ride you would find in the island of Samal is the Habal HAbal - a motorcycle. They charge P200 per ride depending on where you are going. In our case we hired the man almost half of the day to bring us to some unusual spots in the island. You will see them in the other pages i will upload.Hang ON! Happy Trip!more
The only bus company that services the island, Island City Express is owned by the Davao-Samal Ferry operator. This is the only option for the public land commuter to ride on when travelling from Davao to any major Samal destination. The ferry won't take passengers unless these are passengers of vehicles crossing with the ferry. Bus fares are...more
The fishing village at San Jose (near the Pearl Farm) is a group of stilt houses. The locals has underwater farms, about 10m away in to the sea at the back of their stilt houses (you may call it backyard farming then), to culture sea clams locally known as "Taklobo". They offered us to try a 5kg one. The meat of these are edible when boiled. Cut...more
Last week, my friends and I went to Penaplata, Samal and stayed at Fernandez Resort. A guy in the resort recommended Jay to drive us to Maxima Resort. At first, he was accomodating and offering us help like accompanying us to buy pomelo and coconut, and he was even willing to take our pictures. When we asked how much per piece of a coconut, he said...more
A little comment about the alleged safety issues in Davao and surrounding Area.As Davao is part of Mindanao, one would be forgiven for having heard about safety related issues in the News. Let me say that my fiancée is from Davao and I personally have never seen any signs of trouble and I have never felt threatened in any way, even when walking...more
"Habal-habal" in local dialect is motorcycle as a public mode of transportation wanting to beat the Guinness record of "most passengers a motorcycle can load". This is a common scene in the Visayas and Mindanao. Generally on areas where road conditions are rough, wherein 4-wheeled vehicles and/or tricycles are not welcome. But in some areas sadly,...more
Luggage and bags:
minimal baggage for easy travel though people from the resorts are available to carry your bags for you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: swim suits, diving gear and lots of sunblock
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: basic toiletries are provided by the resort . mosquito repellant may come in handy during the night.
Photo Equipment: waterproof underwater camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: shorts, t-shirts and sandals
While MTBiking with my friends around Samal, incidentally when the call of our grumbling stomachs set in, we were at this tiny fishing village in San Jose known as ADECOR in which they have their own mini-beach resort. Well kept and FREE Entrance. We asked around if there is any way we can have food, and we found out that a fisherman family in one of the stilt-houses has freshly-catched fishes stored in ice boxes and that they could grill some fishes for us, plus rice.
Eating with bare hands was fun and ohh, this was my best lunch ever in Samal. P500 for 6 people. Beat that.
Samal Island's land area is ideally explorable for those pocket day-tour CrossCountry MountainBiking. The island has a web of paved and dirt roads interconnecting the communities located mostly on the island's coast. Add to this, the single-track trails leading to the least explored best kept secret places this island has to offer. Samal is oozing with Mother Nature's Beauty >> White sand beach, waterfalls, caves.
A throng of weekend warrior MTBikers is but a normal scene boarding the ferry that crosses the Samal Strait on an early Saturday morning or on a Sunday. Any lone biker or a small group could easily hook up with the local groups which are very much happy to show their playground.
The road and trails are generally low-grade in steepness. A grade-4 400m long stretch is the hardest I encountered in my ride there. Mostly the trails are lined with trees, a canopy that shields the biker from the sun. A recommended slow-paced fun ride that would fit for a 1-day tour is the trail that starts in the wharf and ends up to the village community Adecor at the Pearl Farm Resort.
Equipment: A sturdy mountain bike, don't forget the helmet, hydration pack, and lot of pedal power. Strong cellphone (your best emergency equipment) signal almost everywhere the island.