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Summer Bucket List: 8 Things To Do in Samal Island

Davao City

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Apr 08, 2016
Summer Bucket List: 8 Things To Do in Samal Island

The Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) is 301.3 square kilometers land area where endless fun and adventure take place especially during summer season. Here are 8 thrilling things you can do in the island paradise: 

1) Swim, Dip, Laze at the Beach

In Samal Island, you can choose from different resorts ranging from public to exclusive: the unexplored Canibad, the private resort of The Island Buenavista, the very accessible Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, and the newest Cavanico il ma re.

2) Visit the Monfort Bat Cave


The 57-acre Iñigo-Monfort Bat Cave is home to the largest population of 1.8 million Geoffrey's Rousette fruit bats in the world. Bats are the main pollinators of durian and are indicators of ecological balance.

3) Swim with the Giant Clams

Dive and explore the gems found underneath the sea just like the giant clams or Tridacna which is an endangered species in the waters of Brgy. Adecor.

More than 3,000 different kinds of giant clams are in the sanctuary. These giant clams are important indicators of a healthy ecosystem. 

4) Giant Slide Maxima

Brace yourself for one adrenaline rush as you glide your way down from a 40-meter high slide and plunge into the 120-foot deep water 

The water being dripped on the canvass helps you slide easier. No one is allowed to go without a life vest.

5) Hagimit Falls

Located inland of Peñaplata, Hagimit Falls is surrounded by lush forest.  The sight of several tiers of falls is relaxing to the eyes and dipping into the cold water would surely ease your tired body.

READ: Beat the Heat at Samal’s Hagimit Falls 

5) Island tour of Talikud

Talikud Island has long stretches of white sand beaches which are still not commercialized.  An open beach policy would ensure that there would be no ugly jetties that jut out into the sea.

READ: Enjoy an Underwater Adveture in the Sparkling Waters of Talicud 

7) Snorkel or Dive


The waters of Davao Gulf and the Pacific Ocean are home to very rich marine life.  Fishes and corals of different colors, sizes and shapes swim in and out the reefs.

8) Immerse in the Culture of the Sama Tribe in Tagbaobo

Witness how the Sama tribe cooks their delicacies; dance with them to get a feel of their beat, and explore their environment. There are actually 7 must-do activities to experience in Tagbaobo.

Next time you are in Samal Island, don’t just enjoy the beach, take note of these must-do’s so you can make your experience richer.

How to Get There:

Major airlines fly daily from Manila and Cebu to Davao City. The Island Garden City of Samal is only 5-10 minutes boat ride on the passenger ferry or barge.

From the docking area, the Cavanico il ma re is Resort is accessible by private vehicle or habal-habal. 

Contact the resort at 09424738122 or 09051809508 or call (082)284-6491 or email at [email protected]

Read Related Articles: 

Punta del Sol Beach Resort: Your Place in the Sun in Samal 

Maxima: Samal Island’s Iconic House Above the Sea 

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