if Cebu has its progressive Mactan island, Iloilo with a beach haven Guimaras island, Bohol with the peaceful island of Panglao, Zamboanga with the unique pink beach of Santa Cruz, Davao can't get behind with its island garden, Samal.after the splashes created by the white water rafting experience, here comes the calm waters of the Davao gulf. it was just time for us to be in an island again, a short 15-minute boat ride brings us to Samal.there are several options to get to this island but we took advantage of the special boat trip offered by Paradise Resort in Samal. they have boats big enough and is geared with lifevests enough for the strict number of passengers.when we reached the shoreline of the resort, i was so surprised to see the clear waters despite it being just infront of Davao's oil tanks. it strongly proves how serious Davaoenos are in protecting their natural resources.the water reaches the beach shelters along its beach line during high tide showing only a little part of its fine sand. i actually didn't like much the idea of those type of shelters along its shoreline because it actually limits what could have been a beautiful shoreline.the resort has a wide area with sandy paths and coconut trees lined on the side. which i liked the most. it even has its own bird sanctuary with some other animals.Paradise Island Beach Resort seems to be the default resort when tourists visit the island of Samal simply because of its accessibility and well maintained area. one thing that i didn't like was the long way from our rooms to the beach. there were no shortcuts.but it remains a good option since it has a well maintained area, good resort crews and staff and the free wifi access near the beach line.to get to Paradise Island Beach Resort Davao take their exclusive boat trip at the Sasa pier. boat has regular trips daily for only P15 per head. contact them at (82)-233 – 0251, (82)-2341229, (82)-3002343 for accommodations.