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.
the water reaching the shelters remind me of a similar experience in quezon a few years back. hindi nga maganda na may malapit na kahit anong resort structure sa shoreline.
anywho, that is one beautiful resort. iba talaga ang beaches dito sa pinas! :D
i've heard samal was a beautiful place... didn't realize how true that is.. can't wait to see more pics dong!!!
aha, jan nagmoments is Dyanie di ba? Ü
ano na balita sa food trip natin?
this must b paradise,unspoilt n beautiful
oh isa nga syang paraiso! ang linis at ang linaw ng tubig.
A nice place for a retreat
Lovely, can't wait for the chance to be back here.
Wow the beach is really a paradise. Very clean and beautiful. I love this type of beach. The water is so clear and beautiful too.
ang ganda...how long were you in davao nga ulit? im going there with friends soon. dunno which to prioritize. the water rafting or samal. :)
dom, bakit parang ang tagal ng boatride nyo? hihi :P apir! same tayo ng pinagstay-an! :)
I'm smiling when I read that you were looking for a short cut way to the beach. Very funny.
i agree about the shoreline.
also, it could have been a long shoreline if there were no walls between resorts. Did you try the more secluded beaches? they have longer shorelines.
Beautiful! And I'm glad to hear that Samal and Davao are taking good care of their environment — the reason why tourists come in the first place. I hate it that so many other provinces don't protect their environment. In the long run, they will lose both their livelihood and the tourists.
Samal is a beautiful island, and so near Davao City, walang stress ang pagpunta.:p
And this resort is a good place to stay when in Samal. Reasonable price pa, and accommodations are good. hayy, kelan kaya ako makakabalik dito?
Maganda nga sa Paradise not to mention sobrang accessible nga... but there's even more great resorts situated also in Samal... Basta marami pa dun... jijijijijiji
When I see all this beauty...it looks like you always find paradise and I know understand why you never want to shoot with me ;-)
another paradise caught by your lens! you've been enjoying summer, dom! lucky you.
wow naman, eto pala ang samal.. paradise nga.. sana mapasyalan next summer.. 15-min boatride lang, kaya ko 'to.
during my college days in Davao, Paradise beach was our default day trip beach destination too, never mind if huge oil depots were in sight in front. It was as close to "paradise" as we could get on a student budget.
Wow, paradise found!
Almost paradise, We`re knockin` on heaven`s door
How could we ask for more?
I swear that I can see forever in your eyes
haha, sorry for my sabawness lyrical moment! ;D
Wonderful place, someday I hope I get to visit that paradise too...
So beautiful place!
I'm glad your mother wants to visit the Shroud: it will be displayed in the Cathedral till 23/5/2010, Pope Benedict will be in Turin on 2/5/2010.
DongHo, today's post in my blog is specially for your request on Bugis. :) There are so many malls (more than a hundred) in tiny Singapore so will take time before I revisit any malls that I visited recently....lol.
wow..exactly the same resort I was at last Oct 09..ganda talaga samal..hahay..di lang ako masyado naenjoy nun dahil sa mga kasama ko...but am considering davao for another holiday trip! love davao ^^
Calm waters and beautiful landscapes! I feel refreshed just looking at your photos.
bwahahaaha. may naaalala akong hindi na dapat alalahanin. tsk tsk. :p
vanny = bitterness. ^__^
Mahabang lakaran talaga dyan dong,galing sa restaurant papuntang kwarto,maliban na lang kong ang kinuha mo na room,ay premier,medyo malapit ng kunti.
any interesting places in bacolod?
nandon ako election week
Looks like a really nice place to chill out in. Thanks for the tip bai :D
It's a beautiful haven. The water looks really clear. I'm sure the long walk is worth it. :)
You blog always takes me to places that I have never been to and they all are indeed magnificent. Thanks!
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