Samal Island hopping , a taste of paradise in Davao

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.

Life is here. Welcome to Sta. Ana Port , Davao!
Life is here. Welcome to Sta. Ana Port , Davao!

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.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.

I set my eyes on the horizon, where the island garden paradise of Samal lies.
I set my eyes on the horizon, where the island garden paradise of Samal lies. (c) Apl Rey Samal Island Hopping Tour

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

 La Isla Bonita by the name itself literally means "a beautiful island"
La Isla Bonita by the name itself literally means “a beautiful island”

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.

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The Wishing Island of Samal, say your wish and will be granted!

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.

The idyllic powdery coast of Talikod island
The idyllic powdery coast of Talikod island

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?

12885802_1363280523697569_4898138151591232424_oTime 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 TourMeet 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.

Patric for being a great travel company
Patrick for being a great travel company

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!

Indeed there is a reason to back in Davao
Indeed there is a reason to back in Davao

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.

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23 thoughts on “Samal Island hopping , a taste of paradise in Davao”

  1. I love Davao! I’ve been there a couple of times and I can’t get enough of it! I also love how the beach is just a 10-minute ferry away from the city. Whenever we go, we include going to Samal island as part of our itinerary. During our last trip, our friend, who is a local of Davao arranged an island-hopping trip for us, so I was able to visit a couple of the places in your itinerary. It’s nice to know that a company offers a guided tour though. Will save this for future reference. 🙂

  2. I’ve been to Davao a number of times. It’s one province I like visiting in the Philippines. But I have not been island hopping at Samal. I’ve been to Pearl Farm though. 🙂

  3. Nice one. Samal Island is indeed one of the better known tourist destinations for anyone going to Davao. Although I have been there several times, it was purely business so I never had time to go see the sights. I think it is also because I was alone and having no one to share the fun with, I usually end up staying in the hotel.

    Pero looking at your photos and the way you describe your experinece, I do not feel an ounce of regret, rather happiness for you. Ganyan lang. Be happy for everyone 🙂

  4. It’s been years since we visited IGACOS! I hope when we move to Tagum, we’ll have more time to visit the beaches in Samal. We’ve been to Kaputian before and stayed there for about a week. I was with the whole family back then. But we’ve never tried island hopping! I’d love to experience that too!

    1. Wow! That one week vacay with family is envious mate. I decided to go island hopping in the island of Samal because I had limited time and I wanted to explore the famed Samal island.

  5. I’ve only been to Davao twice and both were fantastic experiences. The first one was when we were training teachers for Gawad Kalinga. The second one was attending the Singles For Christ Conference. During those times, I was able to check out Samal Island. Enjoyed the scenery but didn’t test the waters.

  6. I have never been to Davao before. We’re actually planning to go there next year but decided to cancel the planning for now because of the bombing. I really hope to visit Samal Island. My friend is heading there this month.

  7. I’ve never been to Davao before, but wow, don’t the pictures look gorgeous and inspiring!! I hope I get a chance to head there soon and have the opportunity to see the beautiful sights of Samal Island. Absolutely beautiful.

  8. The beginning of your article already got me wandering: Am I a sea person or a mountain person? Difficult question haha. I totally love the sea. But the mountains make me so so happy. I would definitely like a combination of the two. It depends on how I feel :). Where I live I have neither of them haha.

    I’ve never done an Island hopping. But it does look amazing. 2 years ago I have been to Key West (Florida) and I thought that was really amazing.

  9. The beginning of your article already got me wondering: Am I a sea person or a mountain person? Difficult question haha. I totally love the sea. But the mountains make me so so happy. I would definitely like a combination of the two. It depends on how I feel :). Where I live I have neither of them haha.

    I’ve never done an Island hopping. But it does look amazing. 2 years ago I have been to Key West (Florida) and I thought that was really amazing.

  10. Love Samal Islands. Its one of the many places I would want to visit again, with my family this time. People are real amiable and hospitable. Water is so clear and friendly and the food is just to irresistable.

  11. Reading this made me miss summer so much. I’m planning to go to Davao next year and this place will surely be part of my trip. Do you know other places in Davao that you can recommend?

  12. A friend from Davao keeps on inviting me to visit her and that she’ll bring me to Samal daw. I am still fixing my schedule and hopefully,if things are okay, I’ll surely visit Samal one day. 🙂

  13. Yung tipong sana may ‘talikod’ pose ka sa talikod island… hehehe anyways, I love the fact that you have given us this virtual tour of davao and some of it’s wonders. 300 for an island hopping trip is el cheapo and with your photos, they look awesome! The only thing that makes me sad here is the high airfare we have huhuhu…

  14. Ahhh! Everywhere I look, people are on vacation or are just heading out for one. 🙁 I know this was a while back, but lately, every blog I’ve visited had at least one post in September where they went on a trip. But yeah, haha. I haven’t been to Davao but your photos show how lovely the water is. That, besides having an awesome trip with friends you can meet on the way, haha.

  15. 300PHP? Really? You are very good at writing! I like how every detail was given and how helpful this post is for people who are planning on going to the place. I love how your oictures were taken and ofcourse how it was written. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Staying tuned for more! 🙂

  16. Waaaah. Haven’t been to Davao because I’m saving it for a special occasion travel. Though I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of good stuff about Davao. Especially about the beaches. And we’re the same too! I’m more of a beach person than a mountain person. Nothing beats the warm breeze of the beach. 😀

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