Samal Island, Davao… Island Garden City of Samal… IGaCoS… an island, a garden, a city… Davao’s new adventure destination… ideal for snorkeling, sailing, scuba-diving, island-hopping, biking, hiking and nature-tripping. The island has natural springs, waterfalls, numerous caves, mountain ranges and white-sand beaches.
To get to Samal Ilsand, one can fly direct to Davao City or via Cagayan de Oro and take a bus ride to Davao. One can also get on a passenger boat bound from davao from Manila or Cebu. From Davao City, you can ride a jeepney or taxi to take you to Sta. Ana Wharf or Sasa Km 11 Wharf and take a ferry to take you to the island. Numerous beach resorts abound the coast of Samal Island like the world-class Pearl Farm Resort and Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort among the few. Some of these resorts even give you island-tour packages .
at Paradise Ilsand Park and Beach Resort
walking around the resort
outside the cave
Samal Island Bat Caves
fell in love with this native resthouse… just a few meters away from the Bat Caves
the old Moncado Ancestral House or locally known as the “Old White House”… home of Hilario Camino Moncado, the founder and leader of the Moncadistas… a group whose adult male members sported long hair and beards originally thought to shadow the face of God and are noted for eating only raw and uncooked food.
at the entrance of the old house
second floor of the old house… after a few attempts, the pictures still remian blurry… guess something mysterious is going on in the old ancestral house
view of Mt. Apo from theveranda of the Moncado House