Adventures and Sports

Skimboarding? Go to Dahican!

Davao Oriental

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jun 11, 2013

Back in 2004 when skimboarding, was still in it's infancy, I interviewed a group of skimmers for the telemagazine program- MindaNow. They always talked about a certain beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental which they said was perfect for skimboarding.

Since then, I have been to different beaches all over Mindanao and one thing is clear, skimboarding has come a long way. From Davao City to Sarangani to Zamboanga, sun-browned afficionados have been skimming in these beaches and yes! the long stretch of Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental is the perfect place for this water sport.

The waves can be high for surfing and the blue waters can be rough but it can also be clean, clear and relatively calm for swimming. Just pick your sport and stay out of the way of the skimmers and surfers though.

If you’re not into water sports, one can just plain loll around on the beach. There is more than seven kilometer shoreline of cream- colored sand. But when night falls, one can set up camp and party. Or learn how to fire dance. It doesn’t happen every night but you have this option when skimboarding competitions are held at the beach.

There's your options! Skim, surf, swim, sleep, show skin and party in Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental!

What to Expect:

Pounding and wild waves. Its meant more for skimboarding and surfing.

The sun can be pretty harsh. Bring your trusty sunblock or sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better.

If you’re camping out, bring a bottle of insect repellant.

If you want to try skimming or surfing, the Amihan Surf and Skim Team can teach you the basics for just Php 400/hour, board rental included.

Dahican Beach is also a sea turtle (pawikan) sanctuary. So you might catch a glimpse of these reptiles when you go snorkeling. Please do not touch them!

Where to Stay:

BOTONA BEACH RESORT Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental 09185255227/09209703518/09167968054

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How To Get There:

Davao Oriental can be reached from Manila and Cebu by taking any of the daily scheduled airline flights to Davao City. From Davao City, Mati City, Davao Oriental is accessible via 3-hour private car ride or 3-31/2 hour public utility bus or van ride on a fully concreted highway.

Bus rate is from Php 200-220, Van rate is Php 230-250. From the city proper, its just a tricycle ride to Dahican Beach. Haggle with the driver on how much to charge you. Start with Php40.

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