Islands and Beaches
This Charming Island Jewel In Davao Is A Hidden Paradise
Ida Damo | May 07, 2018
When you think of an island, what usually comes in your mind would be swaying green palm trees, white sand shore, and a deep blue sea. The waves would gently roll on the shore and your feet would sink in to the powder soft white sand while birds chirp in the trees.
Your ideal would be to have a hammock or a swing that you tie on the trees and you are gently lulled to sleep while it sways to and fro. When you wake up, you eat, and then walk along the shore, picking seashells or throwing back stranded starfishes into the sea.
Pujada Island is 156 hectares of green vegetation, white sand shore, blue skies and sea in the middle of Pujada Bay where the sleeping dinosaur also lays its body and sleeps.
Pujada Island is a 45-minute ride on boat from Davao Oriental’s lone city and capital, Mati City. It’s raw and pristine shore still invites you to remove your footwear, walk, and beach comb. For some, it is the best place for grounding and to feel the earth.
The island still allows you to get away from the crowd and just relax under the canopy of the different trees on its land. Pitch a tent, string a hammock between the trees, lay down a mat, have a picnic, or stay at their huts.
Dipping, swimming, floating, diving into the depths of its blue, clear water is like coming home. You would have to think of all the shades of blue as you look down below or high up above where an ultralight plane might just fly over.
Pujada is an island paradise that has kept its charm all these years. You may enjoy its beauty but please do not mar it by leaving your trash behind. Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.
How to get there:
Pujada Island is 45 minutes by boat from Tamisan Port in Mati City, Davao Oriental.
Lane’s Pujada Island Tour is PhP200 (boat fare and entrance).
Mati City is a 3-hour road trip from Davao City. Take the bus from the Davao Overland Terminal in Ecoland to Mati City. Vans plying the Mati route also have their terminals at Gaisano Mall, Abreeza, and SM Ecoland.
Bus rate is from Php 200-220, Van rate is Php 230-250.
PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu.