Things to do...
Scuba Diving: There are many wreck sites around Samal. The islets of Talikud and Liguid have beautiful coral reefs and amazing marine life. Talikud Island has a 150 hectare Coral Garden and Marine Reservation Park.
Island Boat Trip: You can take a cruise around Samal Island and get to see over 20 white sandy beaches.
Caving: Great caves abound in Samal Island and among them are: Balete, Magongawong and Baga Caves.
Mountain Climbing: Mt. Putting Bato, on the island gives a picturesque view once you reach the top.
See Wildlife: The world's largest colony of Geoffrey's Rousette fruit bats inhabit the Monfort Bat Sanctuary.
Davao, on the island of Mindanao, is the third most popular city in the Philippines following Manila and Cebu and is the center of trade and business in the southern part of the Philippines.
It offers a lot of wonderful tourist destinations including the Philippine Eagle Foundation, and the Eden Nature Park and its people are among the most friendly and hospitable in the world. Davao City is close to many of the Philippines’ finest diving destinations, as well as its highest peak, Mount Apo.
From Davao it is a short hop to the beautiful Samal Island, one of the top tourist destinations in the country, which boasts sparkling waters, white sand beaches, private islets and caves. It is also home to the famous Pearl Farm Beach Resort, where you can laze around all day, and simply have a good time day or night.
Samal Island is one of the most visited islands in Mindanao and also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the Philippines. Visitors can take advantage of the beautiful scenery, laze around all day, explore the sandy beaches, take part in activities like caving or trekking, indulge in watersports, and simply have a good time day or night.
Samal Island has a lot of fiesta celebrations and is in fact even dubbed as the Island of Festivals. Hugyaw Madayaw Samal falls in August; the Kabasan Festival, which is a 7-day celebration is on in May; and the Caracoles Festival is held every April. Here, the richness of marine life and the cultural heritage of the people of this island is highlighted with street dancing, parades, sports competitions and a beauty pageant. There are also other celebrations such as the Bat Festival and the Pangapog - a thanksgiving celebration to the Sama God held every first weekend of August.
Around Davao, you can visit a number of fascinating places such as the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the Eden Nature Park, and many other tourist spots.
The city is a melting pot culturally, having had a lot of influences to draw from. The Japanese love this city, and Davao was once known as “Little Tokyo”.
South West Mandanao
It is not advised to travel to the very south west of Mandanao - (the Sulu archipelago), as the Philippine government has been fighting insurgency there for many years. Philippine Trails does include this area in any of its holidays.