SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

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SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

It was our last night in Davao City.  And so the booze and the videoke sessions commenced.  It was fun.  And that night I decided, I will not go with my travel buddies to Samal Island as I need to rest and cure my hangover.

Call time came.  I ignored it.  But the persuasiveness of my travel buddies still had me dragged to the port devoid of breakfast inside a dizzy world.

Boarded on a ferry from Sasa Wharf, it took only minutes before we reached the Port of the Island Garden of the City of Samal.  The clear waters were a good introduction of what Samal Island is.  Time-constrained, we have to select only a few of the many destinations and beaches the island has to offer.


MALIPANO ISLAND VIEW DECK

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE


Samal Island have always been equated to Davao Pearl Farm Resort for me.  Discovering the island through a rented tricycle and after a series of steep, rolling and uphill terrain, a stopover was made on one view deck as our tricycle driver declares.  An island named Malipano is in view but honestly, I did not take notice of the same.  The Pearl Farm Davao can be seen from our vantage and of course, the highlight is the sight of the majestic Mt. Apo, though covered by clouds.

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

The original plan was to take the ferry boats to the nearby islands that are picturesque and worth of thousands of photo takes.  But for fear of being stranded in the island due to time constraints and that, our flight is scheduled at night time, we aborted the plan and just visited the beach nearby along the long stretch of the island.

KAPUTIAN BEACH

As the name suggests, the beach is indeed of fine white sand and crystal clear waters to begin with.  It is easy accessible but entrance fees are imposed.  We actually stayed there for only a few minutes. 

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

There are cottages nearby which makes the beach ideal for picnics and get together.

The beach is owned and managed by the City Government of Samal, which makes it well-maintained and tourist-friendly.

HAGIMIT FALLS AND NATURE PARK

In a concrete steps descending, we were lead to a sanctuary harboring natural pools whose source of cascading waters provide a panoramic scene.

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

The waterfalls and the natural pools are surrounded by tropical rainforest providing a cool ambiance.  Local residents have set-up cottages as well for visitors’ convenience and as an added income on their part.

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

The waterfalls may be quite small but water source is everywhere. And once at one of the rock formations, there are surprising activities ready to be discovered.  We did a mini-cave exploration and exited an opening direct to one of the main natural swimming pools.

SAMAL ISLAND ON A RANDOM CIRCUMSTANCE

With this visit, I realized there are a lot of destinations in the island ready to be discovered.  And that Samal Island is not only about Pearl Farm Resort.

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