Samal Island Travel Guide

  • Samal Island
    by Rastarigo
  • Samal Island
    by Rastarigo
  • Things to Do
    by DarleneCMF

Samal Island Things to Do

  • Pump boat

    Hired a pump boat and enjoyed a boat ride to the famous Pearl Farm Beach Resort. I Invited a family of this pretty girl whom I met at the Kaputian beach. 300 peso for about an hour.

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  • Visit Paradise Island Resort

    Take a cab from My Hotel to Sasa Wharf, from there I rode a Bangka to Paradise Island Resort. Pay Php 200 for the entrance (Php 50 is consumable) for a day tour.

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  • Paradise Island: Swim, Eat & Explore!

    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...

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  • A Cold Splash at Hagimit Falls.

    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...

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  • Bat Cave

    http://adventurousfeet.blogspot.com/2010/06/davao-monfort-bat-cave-in-samal-igacos.htmlDo not miss bat cave in Samal Island. One of the best experience is having to sight thousands of bats!!! Creepy but super fun.

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  • hagimit falls

    http://adventurousfeet.blogspot.com/2010/11/part10-davao-experience-hagimit-falls.htmlenjoy the cold waters of hagimit falls, a nice place to swim for a small entrance fee.

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  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort day trip

    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...

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  • island tour: by the sea

    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...

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  • Fishing

    on a sunday, to skip from an errand at home (hehehe) have to go fishing using this small 6.5 Horse Power motorized banca at the waters of davao gulf and samal island.

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  • ADECOR Mini-Beach Resort

    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...

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  • FISH FEEDING - SIMPLE PLEASURES

    If you are traveling with kids, this will be one thing they are sure to enjoy. You can walk to the end of the dock at Paradise Island in Samal and just scatter bread on the waters. Just throw it, and they will come. :)

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  • ISLAND-HOPPING AND SNORKELING IN SAMAL...

    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...

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Samal Island Restaurants

  • By some fish and have them cooked here

    Bought some fish - red fish like alfonsino, eel and something I forgot the name - at a local shop and asked the beach club to cook. Cooking was simple but taste was so nice, as the fish is very fresh. Enjoyed eating at the table on the beach.

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  • Fresh and Cheap

    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.

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  • food and ambiance

    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...

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Samal Island Nightlife

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    by arni_ph075 Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    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..

    Parola Bar

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Samal Island Transportation

  • Trip to Samal

    http://adventurousfeet.blogspot.com/2010/09/part6-davao-experience-guide-to-samal.htmlDavao city to samal can be reach through roll on roll off bus. There are also provate boats servicing to each resorts

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  • the Habal Habal

    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!

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  • Island City Express Bus

    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...

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Samal Island Local Customs

  • Cultured Sea Clam - Exotic Food.

    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...

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  • Local Weaving

    For those that appreciates tribal products, you can have your made-to-order handicraft from this lady who does hand-made woven products inspired by the Yakan tribe of Mindanao.

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  • Local Weaving

    A native weaving room is foud as well in the resort with real native Yakan women doing the job... what you get are exquisite handmade weaved products...

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Samal Island Warnings and Dangers

  • habal-habal driver named Jay - a devious...

    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...

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  • Alledged Safety Issues concering...

    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...

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  • Habal-habal

    "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,...

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Samal Island What to Pack

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    by happythoughts Written Jul 19, 2008

    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

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Samal Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by bike_packer Written Nov 18, 2005

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    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.

    Fresh Seafoods ADECOR Mini Beach Resort
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Samal Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by bike_packer Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    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.

    MTBiking - Limestone cliffs along the trail Downhill Ride Easy ride on the trail
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    Jun 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Sure love to open a MTB rides for the Island economic eco tourism and tread Lightly " If you Build it People will come "

 
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