Priceless sceneries and a warm welcome from the locals—that’s what you’ll get the first time set foot in Samal Island. Located in the Davao Gulf around two kilometers away from Davao City, the Island Garden City of Samal is made up of former municipalities of Samal, Babak, and Kaputian.

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View from Samal Island towards Talikud Island, with mainland Mindanao and Mt Apo in the distance.: Lachlan Fearnley [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Hagimit Falls

Inside the Samal Island is a gem called Hagimit Falls. Made up of five to six levels of waterfalls, the Hagimit Falls is one cool place you should not miss. With a minimal entrance fee, you can enjoy the cold water and relax the entire day in one of its cottages. If you are more adventurous, you can bring your own tent and stay overnight!

Mount Puting Bato

Samal Island is not only suitable for water activities. In fact, it also has a hiking trail that can be enjoyed even by beginners. The highest peak in Samal, Mount Putting Bato stands 1,755 above sea level so reaching its peak will reward hikers with a magnificent view of the entire island and other nearby provinces.

Talicud Island

To reach Talicud Island, one has to take a boat heading to either Isla Reta or Sta. Cruz Wharf from Sta. Ana Wharf. Upon entering Talicud Island, one will see a long stretch of beautiful white sand beach and ultra-clear water. Peaceful and relaxing, one can go to this place to swim, snorkel, and dive. Indeed, a perfect getaway!

Kaputian Beach

Facing the northern tip of Talicud Island, Kaputian Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Samal. At the entrance, visitors will be greeted by the preserved remains of a dugong or manatee. On the beach, one can spend an entire day relaxing under the shade of the trees.

Pearl Farm Beach

The Pearl Farm Beach is not only a popular destination among the Filipinos, but it is also globally recognized as a tourist spot. Equipped with 5-star amenities, Pearl Farm offers not only breathtaking views and serene beach experience, but one can also enjoy healthy food and not to mention, an ultimate relaxing experience.

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