Islands and Beaches
The Seven Signatures of Dahican Beach
Ida Damo | Apr 23, 2014
Panoramic view of the 7-kilometer Dahican Beach.
Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental is known as the Skimboarding Capital of the Philippines, but it has more to offer than just skimboarding. Presenting the 7 Signatures of Dahican:
Signatures 1 and 2: Skimboarding and Surfing
The wide stretch of shoreline makes it a perfect place for skimboarding, making it a haven for local and foreign skimmers. It has also produced the Skimboarding World Champion, Bayogyog.
World Skimboarding Champion, Bayogyog, doing the back flip.
Surfing lessons are offered by the Amihan Boys of Dahican to which Bayogyog belongs. Strict rules are followed when you’re an Amihan boy -- no smoking, no drinking of alcohol, no cuss words, and you must finish school.
George Plaza or Tatay Jun has been heading and training the Amihan Boys for more than 10 years. Your safety while learning how to surf and skimboard is their top priority.
George “Jun” Plaza paddles to sea with his young surfers.
Signature 3: Swimming
The warm and clear blue waters are your one big swimming pool.
Signature 4: Sun
You get all the sun you need and don’t need. Shade from the trees is a few steps away, though. Don’t forget the sunscreen or sunblock to avoid getting sunburned!
Signature 5: Sand
You can walk, make sand castles, and comb the beach all you like, what with the 7 kilometers of soft white sand. No barriers or fences that separate one beach from another. No structures that jut out into the sea.
Signature 6: Sailing
Motorized boats are available for sailing if you want to catch a glimpse of dolphins, dugongs, sea turtles, and other marine life.
The motorized boats float near the beach as skimboarders strut their stuff.
Signature 7: Sanctuary
Dahican is a sanctuary for the endangered pawikan or sea turtles. Along its stretch are nesting sites for these gentle creatures. Dugongs and dolphins are also protected here.
Now, these are just seven signatures. You might think of more, such as summer, sinful food, sexy bodies…the list can go on forever. Dahican surely sizzles.
How to Get There:
Davao Oriental can be reached from Manila and Cebu by taking any of the daily scheduled airline flights of PAL and other major airlines 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 Php 200-220, van rate is Php 230-250. From the city proper, it's just a tricycle ride to Dahican Beach. Haggle with the driver on how much to pay; start with Php 40.