Talikud: This Beach May Have the Bluest Water in the Philippines!

Davao del Norte
Ida Nanette Damo | Nov 14, 2016
Posted in http://www.choosephilippines.com
Swimming Pool or Long Beach of Talikud?When Talicud Island in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte opens its beaches to the general public, the stretch of long beach would be one of its popular attractions. It almost-literally pulls in most of the visitors to the region, owing to its crystal-clear waters, and kilometers-long stretch of fine white sand.
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A HOME AT THE EDGE OF SAMAL ISLAND

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JULY 4, 2016 DTP_ADMIN

Sometimes the only way standing between the rustic charms of an unspoiled beach and loud, rowdy tourists is a dirt road. Such a dirt road exists in Brgy. Camudmud, Babak District just a few meters past the main road leading to the Monfort Batcave right across an INC church on the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao.

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Vanishing Island

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Vanishing Island (Number 1 in the list in 5 Must-See Sandbars In PH in 2015 published in https://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/pinay-solo-backpacker/5-must-see-sandbars-in-ph-this-2015-022044668.html) is merely the adopted contemporary popular monicker for this stretch of sandbar located at the north-western part of the Samal group of islands at the heart of Davao Gulf. Its official name is Sanipaan Shoal or referred to as Arboles Island in other older maps.

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Samal Island, the underrated paradise: A 'Biyahe ni Drew' itinerary

 
 


Our travel resolution this 2014: See familiar places in a new light.

For Drew Arellano’s first budget adventure this year, Drew and the “Biyahe ni Drew” team went to Samal Island. Also known as the “Garden City Island,” Samal is just 15 minutes away from Davao City via ferry.

Drew says, "Ang suwerte ng mga taga-Davao na mayroon silang Samal Island. It's like an adventure paradise island. I only wish it stays clean, beautiful and peaceful for years to come."

Here’s his full itinerary for a weekend in the underrated paradise:

How to get to Samal Island
From Manila, take a 2-hour flight to Davao City. From there, it’s just a 15-minute ferry to Samal Island!

Where to stay

Photo from Bali Bali Resort (balibaliresort.net)
Bali Bali Beach Resort
Bali Bali is Samal Island’s high-end resort. Here, all suites are good for two and come with classy interiors that include a spacious bedroom and walk-in shower.

Their rates for an overnight package with boat transfers and meals range from P8,000 to P9,000, though you can simply book the suites for P4,500 to P5,500 per night. Pricey, but worth it. Check their official website for a full list of prices.

Samal Camp Park (San Remegio Kaputian)
If you’re up for a camping adventure, Samal Camp is the place for you. Beachside tent rental for two costs just P200! You can pitch your tent under their kubo tents, strong bamboo structures that protect you from wind and rain.

What to do and see

Sinkhole rappelling
A sinkhole is a natural depression in the ground caused by a collapse in the surface layer. Samal Island got creative, turning their hectare-wide and 60-meter-deep sinkhole into a spot for rappelling.

The only downside here is that there’s no cleared path back up the hill: It’s a grueling hike over uneven ground and large boulders. This attraction is open upon request, so just contact the local tourism office in advance.

Snorkeling with giant clams
There are over 3,500 giant clams around Samal Island! Head to the beach and look for the boatmen: P9,500 will get you a three-hour island tour with boat rental and snorkeling gear.

The price of the tour can be split among your group; if you’re traveling in a group of five, that brings the price down to P1,900 per person.

While you’re at it, visit Salipaan Shoal, also known as the “vanishing island”. It’s only there during low tide!

Where to eat
Paradise Island Beach Resort
Paradise is another high-end resort on Samal Island, but Drew likes this one for their delicious food. It’s pricey at around P500 per person, but you can expect fresh seafood in Asian fusion recipes. Cristina Tantengco/CM, GMA News

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