Some of the Philippines’ most beautiful beaches are located in the Davao region, so you need to make sure to take a side trip to some of these beaches when you’re in the area. After all, Davao is considered to be one of the country’s top tourist destinations when it comes to white sand beaches.
Foremost among these Philippine beach holidays destinations are the pristine beaches located in the Island Garden City of Samal, a fifteen-minute boat ride away from the busy districts of Davao City.
Located right in the center of the Davao Gulf, Samal Island provides a tranquil and a magnificent view of the gulf. This is indeed one of the perfect destinations in Mindanao when you’re planning for a getaway. So here are some of the must-see resorts on the island and in the surrounding areas in the Davao region:
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
This 14-hectare beach resort known as Pearl Farm is considered to be one of the most luxurious beach resorts in the entire Davao region. It’s located in the coastal area of Samal Island. It’s one of the most expensive resorts on the island, but you’ll be getting your money’s worth when you stay here.
The resort is also known for the chic Parola Bar, a two-storey bar that’s also used as an area to welcome guests, where staff greet them as they arrive at the resort.
Located at Talicud Island, Isla Reta is one of the popular beach destinations in the Davao Region for those who aren’t willing to spend on, or can’t afford to stay at Pearl Farm. The name “Talicud” was coined after the Filipino term “likod”, which means “the back” as the island is literally located at the back of the mainland Samal Island.
Isla Reta is all about fine white sand and crystal blue waters. Its shoreline is dotted with talisay trees, which help provide shade for the visitors. Tables, chairs and hammocks are also placed under the trees for guests to have a relaxing experience without having to worry about the heat of the sun.
Little Boracay Beach Resort
Little Boracay is located in the new province of Davao Occidental and is known for its white sand beach. It’s located in the coastal barangay of Sto. Nino in the town of Sta. Maria. It has approximately two kilometers of white sand shoreline and sports amazingly clear waters. The day tour rate they offer is only 20 pesos for adults and 10 pesos for the kids.
Dahican Beach is a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand beaches in Mati City, Davao Oriental. It’s located on the eastern coast of Davao Oriental facing the Pacific Ocean. It’s become a surfing and skimboarding destination in the region due to the massive waves.
In addition, Dahican Beach is also dubbed as the Capital of Skimboarding in the Davao Region. In other terms, this is the best place to experience skimboarding.
These are just some of the beaches you can visit in the Davao region. They’ll give you the best beach holidays Philippines experience that you will never forget for the rest of your life.
Western Mindanao region may have had its share of bad publicity, due to the pestering conflict there between separatist rebels and the government over the years. But, if you take a really close and more balanced look at this area, you’ll be so surprised to find a lot of areas that show great promise, especially in terms of travel and tourism. Located just a few hours away from Sabah, Malaysia, Tawi Tawi is an island-province blessed with white sand beaches, dive sites, stunning mountain lookouts, prehistoric caves, and more. For the bold and daring, there are a lot of rewards for visiting this gem in the Sulu Sea.
Sangay Siapo Island
If you want to feel like a castaway for a day in a majestic island, then take a boat ride at the Bongao port and head to Sangay Siapo Island. Once you arrive here, you’ll be mesmerized by the turquoise, blue-green waters that surround this small island. A trip to this far-flung outpost should make a perfect addition to your Philippine Beach Holidays!
According to a local caretaker, the island used to be a popular resort, until the original owners fell into tough financial times. The resort’s main structures have now been abandoned, and remain in disrepair. That’s why if you plan to come here, make sure you bring your own food, as well as your own diving and snorkeling gear, because the waters off the island teem with lovely coral reefs and rich marine life!
You could also ask your guide to buy “Junay”, which is rice steamed in coconut milk with toasted coconut, from the public market. This aromatic rice is wrapped in banana leaves, and goes well with salty dried fish, along with shredded mango in soy sauce and chili. Now isn’t that delicious?!
Sandbar Beach Lepa and Restaurant
If Sangay Siapo is too far for you at the moment, you can actually swim, snorkel and dine at one of the newest tourist resorts near the capital town of Bongao, and it’s called Sandbar Beach Lepa and Restaurant.
This is located on a very scenic part of the town, where the mountain meets the sea, and visitors can enjoy a hearty meal and go swimming afterwards! The resort has stylish, good-looking villas for overnight stays, and its main restaurant is designed like the “lepa” boat, which is the houseboat of the Badjao tribe.
Other Nice Things To Do In Tawi Tawi
Apart from swimming, diving and snorkeling, visitors to Tawi Tawi will also enjoy exploring Bolobok Cave, and paying a visit to the Tawi Tawi Provincial Capitol too. Likewise, they can buy dried fish and other seafood at the market and Old Chinese Pier, also souvenir items at the Badjao Village. A quick trip to the mangrove forest should also offer a refreshing respite.
And of course a trip to amazing Philippine Tourist Attractions like Tawi Tawi will not be complete, if you don’t experience hiking up Bongao Peak, or Bud Bongao! Locals often go up the cliff to pray for good health and more blessings, as well as enjoy the sweeping views of Bongao Island. Don’t forget to bring bananas for the monkeys living along the hiking trail!