With its natural beauty, lush gardens and wildlife species there is nothing like Samal Island. It is one of the popular destinations among the Philippine Islands; although its actually part of Davao del Norte, it is still considered part of the Davao Metropolitan area. Some popular activities there includes cycling, mountain climbing and volleyball. Because of Samal’s great beaches and resorts, this is a travel destination that is growing in popularity in the Philippines and other countries too.
Samal Island Dive Sites
One of the most popular actives on Samal is the dive-sites; some of the most popular sites includes the northeast’s Ligid Caves & Pinnancle Point: the east coast’s Pindawon Wall and the southeastern Mushroom Rock. In addition to these sites, the west coast is best known for the sites Marissa one, two and three. These sites are fairly shallow reefs that descend to 90 feet.
Aside from the activities and attractions found at some of the island resorts, there are a few popular attractions worth mentioning these include: the Vanishing Island, Monfort Bat Sanctuary and Hagimit Falls.
When visiting Samal Island, if you want to do something different than going to a beach, consider Hagimit Falls. This is a small waterfall with a naturaly shaped swimming area. It is also a great place to camp. A quick swim at the falls will refresh you and add variety to your trip.
If you want a diversion from the normal flow of your holiday, visit Monfort Bat cave. This attraction is in the Guinness World Book of Records for having the largest colony of Fruit Bats in the world. With more than 1.5 million bats hanging out in the cave, even the least squeamish among us will be scared. This is a truly unforgettable experience.
In addition to Samal’s attractions and activities, this island has its share of resorts. Some of the more popular ones includes: Hof Gorei, Paradise Island and of course Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
Samal Island Beaches
Samal has its share of great beaches too; some of the more popular ones include: Canibad Beach, Buenavista Island and BlueJaz Beach.