Travel Guide: Samal Island

Samal Island is one of the best visiting islands in Mindanao as it houses numerous beach resorts, abundant marine reefs and tranquil waters that attract tourists to visit them. Samal Island along with Talikud Island comprises the largest resort city in the Philippines – the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte.

How to get to Samal Island?

Davao City is the jump-off point for Samal Island. If you’re coming from downtown Davao City, you can take a jeepney ride or hire a cab going to any of these three entry points going to the island:

  1. Sta Ana Wharf – motorboats are available to ferry passengers directly to Kaputian and Talikud Island. The wharf is located near Magsaysay Park.
  2. Sasa, Km 11 Ferry Boat Landing – passengers will be riding the Island City Express Bus from R. Castillo and Cabaguio St.and be transported by a ferryboat to the Brgy. Caliclic, Babak District.
  3. Sasa, Km 11 Wharf – motorboats are available to ferry passengers direct to Babak wharf.
View of Sasa, Km 11 Ferry Boat Landing Wharf

If you’re going directy to Kaputian in Samal Island or you’re visiting the other island which is Talikud Island go for option 1. On the other hand, if you’re going to Samal Island take option 2 or 3. I recommend you choose option 3 as the drop-off point in Samal Island is directly to Babak wharf where the tourism desk of Samal is just near. If you need assistance getting around the island, the assigned tourism officer will help you and can even give you various options on where you can stay.

Babak Wharf

Here are the popular tourist attractions of Samal Island aside from its numerous good beach resorts:

Monfort Batcave – home to more than 2 million fruit bats and is adjudged by the Guinness Book of World records as the largest concentration of bats in the world.

Hagimit Falls – the many mini waterfalls about a 30-minute ride from the port of entry in Babak.

Magongawong Falls – located in Kaputian District, it can be reached after a 45-minute ride from the port of entry in Babak.

Taklobo Tours – located in Barangay Adecor, it is home to more than 3,000 giant clams in different stages of growth.

Sanipaan Marine Park – located in Barangay Tambo, Babak District.

Kaputian Beach Park – located in Kaputian Poblacion, an hour away from from Sta Ana wharf.

Mt. Puting Bato – trekking destination which is highest peak of the island at about 1,786 feet about sea level.

Anggas Peak – for those who want to see a clear view of the whole island.

Tamburong Cave – wet cave situated in a private property with a length of 144.3 meters.

Isaland Garden City of Samal Map courtesy of Samal Tourism Desk

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