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Samal Island Hopping – A must-try when in Davao.

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After greater than two years of “outdoor hiatus,” I’m glad that I’ve lastly made a comeback (apologies for the “comeback;” that’s only for the dearth of a extra acceptable phrase). However sure, proper! Now that strict restrictions and lockdowns are over, you will note me hitting the path and getting sun-kissed once more extra usually. That’s, in fact, if the pandemic scenario additional improves.

Final weekend, I used to be on a enjoyable island-hopping tour, circumnavigating  Talicud Island in Samal, Davao del Norte, passing by some well-known resorts, together with Pearl Farm and Malipano Island. It was made doable by our beneficiant mates at Manner Philippines. That charming end-of-summer exercise was a part of their Samal Island Hopping packages: a tour that offers friends a style of what island hopping ought to be – enjoyable, a chance to take pleasure in nature, a style of delectable delicacies, and extra!

So, right here’s how we had our sequence of island hopping actions:

Name time

Samal Island Hopping
Signing a manifesto/attendance sheet for the headcount.

The decision time was 7 AM, however I bought there means earlier than that to make sure every part was good and that I may discover our ferry means forward of schedule. Ours was third in a row, so we, the friends, needed to go on board by different boats – anticipated when watercrafts crowd the port already. Whereas ready for the opposite friends, we signed a manifesto for the headcount. We had breakfast (included within the package deal) not lengthy after that.

And we had been off to go

Samal Island Hopping - Orientation
Our tour information giving us orientation concerning the island hopping actions.

At round 8 AM, we had been off to go! The journey from Sta. Ana Wharf to our first vacation spot lasted about an hour (give or take ) so whereas on our means, our tour information gave the customary orientation detailing our actions and a few reminders on the dos and don’ts. After that, we had ample time for ourselves. It gave us greater than sufficient time to do private stuff, together with taking images, and put together for the day’s exercise.

First cease: The Coral Backyard

The Coral Garden in Talicud Island, Samal
The Coral Backyard in Talicud Island, Samal

The Coral Backyard – an space within the waters of Talicud Island that expands a number of hundred hectares – was our first vacation spot. Endowed with such magnificence, I loved the place a lot that I noticed the half-hour allotted to us simply handed by so shortly. Crystal clear waters and totally different coral reefs – and loads of dwelling organisms that dwell together with them – had been irresistible. Sure, an amazing expertise regardless of a not-so-vibrant colour – the climate was nonetheless a bit gloomy from the rain that had simply stopped.

Second cease: Dayang Seashore Resort & Babu Santa

Dayang Beach Resort
Boats had been docking at Dayang Seashore Resort as a part of their island hopping itinerary.

Dayang Seashore Resort is a personal seaside that tour operators additionally embody of their stops for island hopping in Samal. The place presents a stretch of white sandy beachline the place vacationers can take pleasure in swimming and different enjoyable actions below the solar. It additionally has rental cottages for these staying in a single day.

Babu Santa in Talicud Island, Samal
Having a “me” time at Babu Santa Seashore Resort (we got 45 minutes to spend right here earlier than we moved on to a different spot.)

Our boat docked at Dayang Seashore Resort with ease due to its shallow beachline waters. Our information gave us 45 minutes to benefit from the seaside. And similar to on the Coral Backyard, I loved it a lot as, other than swimming, I had the chance to tour across the space, together with Babu Santa – the adjoining seaside resort. I had sufficient time to take some panorama images – and drink some contemporary coconut juice too!

Third cease: Sabang Cliff

Sabang Cliff
Me, having fun with the refreshing water at Sabang Cliff.

Not like Dayang Seashore Resort and Babu Santa, the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in getting sun-kissed on their extensive beachline, on the Sabang Cliff, you’ll be able to see pure sea partitions that go vertically up, forming a deep ravine lined by lush greenery. Carvings from the splashes of waves, line patterns, and layers of limestones are extremely noticeable on these partitions, offering a foot path that enables individuals to go as much as a platform for cliff leaping and diving.

Rock formation at Sabang Cliff
Rock formation forming a deep ravine lined by greenery alongside Sabang Cliff.


I didn’t go for a soar (nothing to show; I did a 40-foot soar throughout my Kawasan Canyoneering already). However I loved swimming within the crystal blue-green waters within the space. We lingered a bit longer at Sabang Cliff as this was additionally the place of our buffet lunch (additionally included within the package deal). We had luxurious lunch – plenty of seafood, fruits, desserts, and soup. That’s the perk of getting a cook dinner onboard!

Fourth (and final cease): Big clam sanctuary

At Giant Clam Sanctuary
Our group – ready for our flip to get to the Big Clam Sanctuary.

We had been purported to go to Angel’s Cove for our fourth vacation spot, however our tour information stated that we may be extra inclined to decide on the Big Clam Sanctuary as a substitute. Visitors had been unanimous in choosing the latter for some compelling causes. For one, we had not seen large clams but, and two, if we had chosen Angel’s Cove, we might do the identical exercise as we did on the Coral Backyard – snorkeling and swimming. We had to decide on one given the time constraint.

Visiting the Big Clam Sanctuary was not a part of the tour package deal, so we needed to pay 200 pesos for the doorway payment, a snorkel masks, and a information. Was it value it? Positively! It was my first time to see meter-sized clams – not only one however quite a lot of them! You possibly can see six kinds of large clams within the sanctuary. My solely remorse was that not having the ability to seize underwater images/footage on the sanctuary as my motion cam malfunctioned immediately. However aside from that, it was an amazing expertise!

We stayed a bit extra on the Big Clam Sanctuary that we now not had sufficient time to go to the Wishing Island – our supposed final cease earlier than heading again to Sta. Ana Port.

Time constraints opted us to finish the tour after having fun with the Big Clam Sanctuary. Gracefully exhausted by the energy-draining actions – sure, it was all value it. 🙂

We had been again on the port earlier than sundown, simply in time for us to see large waves began splashing onto the port’s sea partitions

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