As the blazing sun continue to warm this tropical Asian archipelago country, the Philippines. There is no excuses nor alibis is valid enough not to have fun under the sun even in the start of BER months.
Speaking of fun, I always associate it with wanderlust, chasing sun and frolicking. Prolly I’m more of a sea person than a mountain but it doesn’t mean that I have less favor with the latter. After all, I am son of the beach. I admit I went through an emotional roller coaster ride, days earlier my travel date. My mind is filled with beautiful scenarios of the city and its people. Yet the vastness of the city and unfamiliarity scares me. Getting lost yet as the adage goes, getting lost is part of the journey. So, I braved and follow where my heart desires.
This time I’m heading to Mindanao, the biggest island of the Philippines down South. Considered, one of the biggest city in the world. As a matter of fact it is six times the size of Metro Manila and three times the size of Metro Cebu says Wikipedia. To add, it ranks among the world’s safest city in the world, Davao!
Samal Island hopping , a taste of paradise in Davao!
When I reached the city it was night and the city is glimmering with lights that breathes the city. Upon reaching our humble adobe for our stay in Davao, I instantly called it a day and hit the hay. I believe it was a soundly sleep , the time flies fast as I woke earlier than my set time. I take a quick stroll in the area, it was a peaceful morning sun rays that greeted me.
With an arrangement made before heading to Davao, our itinerary for the day is have an island hopping. Under the care of the friendly Ate Rio of Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour. For only PHP 300 or USD 6.43 , you can have a whole day Samal island hopping trip. I bet it is one of the cheapest island hopping I had. With the sun at its brightest and the weather was also cooperative.
Seeing the smiling faces of the other Davaoenos, is welcoming. (c) Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour
The trip started at the port of Sta. ANA Wharf Davao, it just a few minutes ride from our hotel. Among the things, I remembered is that this place is near the Ramon Magsaysay Park. The wharf is just a few walk from the park. Seeing the smiling faces of the other Davaoenos, who came before us in the boat is welcoming. As soon as all the passengers are complete, the Samal island hopping commenced.
Drifting away from the port and leisurely cruising off the coast of the Davao City. I was stunned by the emerging skyline of the metropolis. But I set my eyes on the horizon, where the island garden paradise of Samal lies. A few minutes passed we have reached out first stop. With 5 island stop overs plus 15 highlight passes of around the island, is like tasting the best of the paradise island of Samal has to offer.
Frolicking in Samal Island hopping a taste of Davao’s paradise
Being a beach bummer , the Vitamin Sea is a playground to me or a home to an extent. The island of Samal is a huge island to tour I realized after hours circulating it. The clear water sparkles like diamonds in the bed of azure blue sea. The underwater world kingdom is spectacular if you dive in more.
Every minute of the trip is priceless, the serene sea of Davao is simply breath-taking! Among all the stop over, I must stay the Garden Island, the Talikod island and Isla Bonita is my favorite part. The Garden Island diving site features the rich marine underwater of Davao. Seeing its beauty underwater, will take you to a different dimension. As I plunged deeper, I saw wonders larger than life. Corals of various shapes and forms conjures a kaleidoscopic scenery underwater.
Comes next is idyllic powdery coast of Talikod island. This paradise island is guarded with towering coconut trees lined in its bay. The long stretch of white sand makes, it ideal frolicking and beach bumming. If only I have bought something to play like Frisbee it would much fun. The least I did was swum and chased the waves , bliss found! Down to my third choice, La Isla Bonita by the name itself literally means “a beautiful island” . Imagine surrounded with pure white sand in the middle of tortoise clear water. Isn’t it paradise, right before your eyes?
Time flies quicker than the waves, sun starts tainting the sky with tangerine hues and shadows now grown longer that it was. The day is almost coming to a close indeed yet I am still left hanging of the moment, I would like to have more of it. True enough, to my title Samal island hopping is just a taste of the paradise.
How to taste Samal island paradise for only PHP 300 ?
Reached any local island hopping tour operator in the internet or on site in Sta. Ana Wharf or in my case I have arrange beforehand with Ate Rio of Aple Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour.
Here’s what includes the package of Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour:
- 15 pass by places such as: Pearl farm, Filinvest Resort, Isla reta1 and 2, Hof gorie resort, Dayang Beach Resort, Taclubo Sanctuary etc.
- 5 stop over Destinations such as: ANGELS COVE, BABU SANTA, CORAL GARDEN, ISLA BONITA, TALIKOD Island , ISHING ISLAND
- Round trip back to Sta. ANA Wharf Davao.
- Boat with DOT accredited
Meet Ate Rio and her husband. (c) Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour
- Well trained crews
- Free use of vest
- Free environmental fees and docking Fees.
- Free use of Grill just bring your own charcoal.
You reached Ate Rio through their facebook page or contact them at 09334956186.
How to get to Davao
Davao can be easily accessed by major airline companies with daily trip.
From Davao International Airport, take a cab going to Sasa Wharf.
My two cents for my Samal Island Hopping , the garden paradise of Davao
Indeed there is a reason for Davao to call this island, a garden paradise! The island hopping gives me an idea of how amazing the island, I only have seen only a fraction of its total beauty, I only had a taste of its Samal island experience would be. I wonder what other gems are hidden in the island itself.
I know in time, I will be back again in Davao I would definitely be back for more of Samal, I will not just have a taste of the island garden paradise, I will devour it. Samal Island hopping is a must try activity if you are in Davao, it is worth it!
At this point, I would to express my gratitude to Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour for the fun island hopping and for the new-found friendship as well as for the photos. Speaking of photo, thank you Cherry Mobile Action Cam for giving me great shots and for staying up until the end of the tour. Also, to Patrick for being a great travel company. And to you dear readers for reaching this point in blog reading, thank you! Catch other Davao trip tales soon.
That’s all for now folks!
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