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.