From January 17 to 28, I went to Mindanao to celebrate my 21st year. I scaled some of the highest mountains in the country, visited an island and explored its wonders, stayed in some cities and discovered how each differs from my hometown, Manila. It was a 12-day long journey - fun, exciting and crazy.
Summary discussed in this link: Mindanao Mountain Madness
Who wouldn't want a beach side trip after an arduous 4-day climb? As soon as our team completed Mt. Talomo-Apo Megatraverse, we headed straight to Samal Island. It's time to hear the plea of our achy legs and feet for some relaxing activities.
This post narrates our side trip to Samal Island.
Day 5 - January 21, 2013
Day 5 of my Mindanao Adventure, after welcoming my 21st birthday on a roadside at Kidapawan City, we traveled back to Davao City to catch the first ferry trip to Samal Island. A day on this island would be perfect to celebrate both the success of our megatraverse and, of course, my 21st year.
From Sasa Port in Davao City, it only took about 10 to 15 minutes for us to reach Samal Island. Nagulat ako dahil napakabilis lang ng byahe.. kaya pala P10 lang ang pamasahe namin.
|at the port, filling up the manifest.|
P10 lang ang pamasahe, ang saya.
The Island Garden City of Samal or IGaCOS is the usual after-climb retreat for all the hikers who dared to challenge the greatness of Mt. Apo. This 2nd class city of the province of Davao del Norte offers great destinations to all kinds of visitors. They have Puting Bato mountain for hikers, Talicud Island for divers, Monfort bat cave for nature trippers... for more info, please visit their site.As for our team, who seemed to have had enough of hiking, all we wanted was a place to relax and unwind. Among the beach resorts that line the coast of the island, our feet brought us to Sunset Beach Resort about 2 kms from the wharf. There, we were welcomed and accommodated greatly by Ms. Nikki, owner of Jet Wave Sports in the area. I would personally recommend their place because what we've experienced with them during our stay was purely fantastic.
|a nice beach fronting the resort.|
|so we washed all of our muddy items|
|and turned the resort into a big drying rack.|
|halos bawat sulok ng bahay may nakasampay.|
|simot ang manok!|
She drove us around and served as our tour guide. Our first stop - Hagimit Falls. Like many natural parks around the country, this too fell victim to development. It would've been much better if its natural beauty was preserved. I really am not a fan of developments destroying natural beauty. Though the park was still very good to spend time hanging out and have picnic.
|it just rained, that's why the water is murky. According to our guiide, Hagimit Falls can be so clear if the weather was perfect.|
|Samal Island City Hall|
|we spent some time inside the tourism office |
|too bad we were not able to see the island's pride. Just so you know, Monfort Bat Cave holds world record of being the largest bat colony.|
|cheap local mangoes!|
|cheap local mangosteen!|
|and grilled foodies! dabest ang isaw at balun-balunan.. yum yum!|
|photo with Nikki (wearing white), our favorite local guide.|
Our day at IGaCOS, though quite too short, was still worth it. What we had in this island was just a tip of an iceberg, certainly there is more to see, to feel, and to experience. I would definitely be back for more.
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