Amazing Davao Photo Journal #2: Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte

The Island Garden City of Samal, also popularly known as Samal Island, is one of the provinces of Davao del Norte. Davao City is one of the island’s major gateways. It only takes about 15 minutes motorboat ride from Sasa, Davao City to reach IGaCoS’ Babak District. If you’re leaving from Sta Ana wharf, Davao City you can get to Kaputian or Peñaplata in approximately 45 minutes.

A tourism highway map someone gave me while I was there shows that there are roughly 24 beach and inland resorts in Babak District, 22 in Samal District, and 11 in Kaputian District. The information both fascinated and dismayed me. It meant that in all my years living in a city just across the island, I’ve only been visiting and revisiting the less than 10 beach resorts I know about. It seems like I have a lot of catching up to do.

View from the reception area at the Monfort Bat Cave. The white strip visible from a distance is the Vanishing Island. There are motorboats for rent that can ferry visitors across to that strip of land.
View from the reception area at the Monfort Bat Cave. The white strip visible from a distance is the Vanishing Island. There are motorboats for rent that can ferry visitors across to that strip of land.

 

The Monfort Bat Sanctuary or Bat Cave is a privately-owned property that’s been home to roughly 2.4 million Geoffroy’s Rousette Fruit Bats. (Entrance Fee: Php100)
The Monfort Bat Sanctuary or Bat Cave is a privately-owned property that’s been home to roughly 2.4 million Geoffroy’s Rousette Fruit Bats. (Entrance Fee: Php100)
To the bat cave that spans 1,000 feet. Our guide told us that there are plans of expanding the caves to accommodate the increasing number of bats. Their growing numbers force some to rest or sleep in exposed parts where they are more vulnerable to predators like crows.
To the bat cave that spans 1,000 feet. Our guide told us that there are plans of expanding the caves to accommodate the increasing number of bats. Their growing numbers force some to rest or sleep in exposed parts where they are more vulnerable to predators like crows.
Stairs leading to the Hagimit Falls resort. Going there on a weekday was a good idea. It’s less crowded and you hear nothing but the sound of rushing water. It’s the most relaxing place to stay for some nature appreciation time. (Entrance Fee for adults: Php40)
Stairs leading to the Hagimit Falls resort. Going there on a weekday was a good idea. It’s less crowded and you hear nothing but the sound of rushing water. It’s the most relaxing place to stay for some nature appreciation time. (Entrance Fee for adults: Php40)
Circles of life. And so it seemed, at least for me.
Circles of life. And so it seemed, at least for me.
Hagimit Falls
Hagimit Falls
View from another part of the resort. The mini-falls create pools of water ideal for swimming. Some parts are shallow while other areas can go as deep as 7 feet or more.
View from another part of the resort. The mini-falls create pools of water ideal for swimming. Some parts are shallow while other areas can go as deep as 7 feet or more.
Maxima Aqua Fun resort. My friend said it has Palawan-like waters. I’ve never been to Palawan, but I’ve heard about how beautiful the beaches and waters are in that place. I believe that Davao region is likewise blessed with enchanting, clean, and mostly still untouched beaches in the country. (Entrance Fee: Php200)
Maxima Aqua Fun resort. My friend said it has Palawan-like waters. I’ve never been to Palawan, but I’ve heard about how beautiful the beaches and waters are in that place. I believe that Davao region is likewise blessed with enchanting, clean, and mostly still untouched beaches in the country. (Entrance Fee: Php200)
A beautiful day
A beautiful day
One of the resort’s giant tarpaulin slides.
One of the resort’s giant tarpaulin slides.
Cat jumped and held that squirrel-like pose for a few minutes.
Cat jumped and held that squirrel-like pose for a few minutes.
Life is a beach.
Life is a beach.

 

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