Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Desiring to do solo travel and also to challenge myself going to a place where I have never been before, I’ve constantly told myself to do it as soon as possible. Around summer of 2015, there happened to be a seat sale in an airline company for 2016. Not to waste the opportunity on having a cheap ticket going somewhere, I booked a flight. As I was looking for a budget-friendly destination, I happened to pick Davao since I’ve wanted to go far from Metro Manila and I haven’t been to Mindanao before. In my mind, as a Filipino, I should go to Mindanao and learn about it like a Filipino citizen’s responsibility. XD

 

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Isla Reta
As my flight was nearing and almost done with my itinerary, I was having second thoughts about continuing the trip for there is fear lingering in me. Since I am going solo, negative thoughts are rushing in. What if I got kidnapped by terrorists? (Since there was a kidnapping incident in Samal in the previous months.) What if I got lost or stranded?” These almost pulled me back. Then, after a lot of thinking, I just told myself, “This is what I’ve been wanting for a long time, if not now, when? F**k it, I’ll just do it! (or in a good manner, Bahala na, tara!)

 

In my itinerary, I planned to go to Samal Island, Talicud Island, and Davao City.
1ST DAY
2ND DAY 
3RD DAY
  • Monfort Bat Sanctuary
  • Hagimit falls and Natures Park
  • Kaputian Beach Resort
  • Kaputian Town
  • Isla Reta Beach Resort
  • Ramon Magsaysay Park
  • San Pedro Cathedral
  • Museo Dabawenyo
  • Davao City Hall
  • Philippine Eagle Center
  • Bankerohan Market

 

I have 3 days to spend… ALONE. What could happen?

 

I filed for my leave. I packed my things. The day has come. The Adventure Begins!

 

I arrived at Francisco Bangoy International Airport at 8:45 in the morning. Looking for the way out of the complex, I’ve stumbled upon this monument of a Durian. It’s nicely crafted and depicts Davao’s identity and unity at the same time.
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Durian Monument by Kublai Millan

DAY 1: SAMAL ISLAND

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
RO-RO in Sasa Wharf
I took a taxi going to Sasa Wharf to ride the RORO going to Samal Island. The fare took a 100 pesos including the tip. The RORO ride took less than 30 minutes going to Babak Port which costs 10 pesos only. Outside of the port, habal-habals and tricycles are parked waiting for passengers to be picked up. I’ve talked to one of the habal-habal drivers (I’ve forgotten his name, so let’s call him, “Mang Pogi” :p) who approached me to bring me to these places Monfort Bat Sanctuary, Hagimit Falls and Natures Park, and Kaputian Beach Park Resort.

 

Monfort Bat Sanctuary

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Monfort Bat Sanctuary
I told Mang Pogi, “To the bat cave!!” (just kidding :P) Located in the northern part of Samal Island, Monfort is home to thousands of Geoffroy’s Rousettes Fruit Bats which is the largest bat colony of its kind in the world.  Once you’ve reached the area, a strong smell will welcome you. It was the smell of the bats’ poops (Guano). These may be stinky but they offer a lot to farmers since they are good fertilizers. They are the reason for Davao’s flourishing durian industry. The entrance fee is 100 pesos with guide included.
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
The black thing is the Guano
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
 

Hagimit Falls and Natures Park

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide

Located at the barangay of Peñaplata. The resort is a collection of small falls with pools available for swimming. Cottages are available for rent. Sadly concrete pathways were constructed to ease the access going to the resort which kind of decreases its visual appeal but still it’s a view to see. I took my time taking pictures and splashed into the cold water of the pool. Entrance fee is 40 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for kids.
Hagimit Falls

 

Kaputian Beach Park Resort

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
After a refreshing swim, I’ve decided to go now to the District of Kaputian, where my last destination for the day is located. The ride took a while before we’ve reached the district. Mang Pogi dropped me off at the entrance of the resort. This was my farewell to my habal-habal ride. I’ve paid 400 pesos for the whole trip (This was a lot). I’ve rented a small cottage worth P500 to stay in for the night. The resort is simple but remarkable. The sand is white. The sea is clear. And it was not crowded. I put my stuff inside, ate my lunch, and gone swimming. The hours passed by. I took a pause and just witness the sun set behind Talicud Island.

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DAY 2: TALICUD ISLAND

Early in the morning, I went straight to the port to ask the locals for boats going to Talicud Island. Boat rides going there are limited. I rode the boat with the name of Ronnie-1. It took a while before we leave, we waited for more passengers to accommodate. The ride took less than 30 minutes. The boat fare will depend on how many passengers are there.
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Kaputian Port. Ronnie 1.

Isla Reta Beach Resort

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide

There are many beaches in Talicud Island but I just chose to stay in one to enjoy the moment and relax. Just 15 mins away from the port, Isla Reta Beach Resort is the nearest one to visit. You can walk or ride a habal-habal going there but I chose to walk to cut expenses. As I arrived at the resort, I was planning to rent for a tent, but seeing the price with just a small difference with the available cottages, I chose the cottage for comfort. The rent is 700 pesos. Staying there is one of the highlights of my trip. White, powdery sand, and clear waters. Despite the heat of the sun, I’ve kept on swimming. The place is paradise. Aquatic lifeforms will accompany you as you swim, fish and starfish alike. My skin got darker because all I’ve done is swim and took a lot of pictures under the scorching sun. I’ve explored the outskirts of the resort and still has a great view. As I continued swimming, one group noticed me and they began asking me why am I alone and where I’m from. Eventually, they became my companions as the day ends. We talked about Manila, Davao and Tagum City (Where they’re from). Despite being alone, I’ve made friends with the locals. By the way, the resort also breeds sheep, which kind of strange since we are a tropical country.

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Where’s Patrick?

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Unexpected to see a flock of sheep here
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Talicud Island
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Samal Island on the other side

 

DAY 3: DAVAO CITY

I woke up 5:00 in the morning to reach the 6:00 AM boat ride back to Davao City. The boat ride to Sta. Ana Wharf is limited–one at 6:00 AM and one at 9:00 AM.

 

After an hour boat ride, I’ve arrived in Sta. Ana Wharf. I’ve started my city tour as soon as I got off the boat to fully enjoy the remaining time I still have in Davao.

 

Ramon Magsaysay Park

Just a few meters away from the port, I walked towards Ramon Magsaysay Park as my first destination of my Davao City trip. A simple park with a memorial statue of the late President Ramon Magsaysay.
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Ramon Magsaysay Park

San Pedro Cathedral

From the park, I rode a jeep going to downtown Davao. Located near the City Hall. San Pedro Cathedral is one of the Jubilee Churches in the Philippines.  I took the time to kneel and pray.
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
San Pedro Cathedral
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
San Pedro Cathedral Parish Office

Davao City Hall

Mayor Duterte’s office before being elected as President. Simple, yet you can feel its influence to its people–Davaoeños proudly sharing their experiences of Duterte’s accomplishment in the city, like the driver of the taxi I rode going to Sasa wharf. He keeps on promoting me of Davao City’s 911 and being one of the safest cities in the country.
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Davao City Hall

Museo Dabawenyo

An interesting place for history fans like me. There is no entrance fee but you can donate any amount of money for the development and preservation of the place. They are open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. I’ve learned of the different tribes residing in Mindanao, like the Tausugs, Maranaos, Maguindanaons, etc. Another interesting story to hear is the story of Davao being dubbed as a mini Tokyo before World War 2. One way to be part of the place is to know its culture and history. 😉

 

Philippine Eagle Center

Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
Fighter
The home of our majestic eagles, the Philippine Eagle or the Monkey-Eating Eagle. Located at Malagos, this is about an hour trip from Davao City proper. I rode a van at Bankerohan Market going to Calinan. I rode another Habal-habal going to Malagos Water District where the center is located. Pay an entrance fee of 5 pesos for the Malagos Watershed. Entrance fee for PEC is 150 pesos for adults and 100 pesos for kids. Aside from Philippines Eagles, the center also takes care of crocodiles, Brahminy Kite Eagles, and White Bellied-Sea Eagles.
Philippine Eagle
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
White-bellied Sea Eagle

Bankerohan Market

Before I went to the airport, I bought pasalubongs in Bankerohan Market. You will find Durians, Suhas, Mangosteens, fruit-flavored candies, etc. If you want to try the infamous Durian, this is the place. Sadly, I haven’t tried one because of the time. I’ve bought the “Golden” brand suha as one of my pasalubongs, it’s quite pricey but it’s the best.

 

After buying the pasalubongs, I took a cab going to the airport. As I sit there, I looked out the window and thought that 3 days was short for a wonderful place like this. I asked myself, “If ever I return here, where should I go next here in Davao?”
Davao: Samal-Talicud-Davao City Itinerary and Travel Guide
I know that facing your fears is one factor to achieve what you want, but this trip struck me and made me realize that it really is. When I let fear devour me, I probably would not have seen those wonderful places and experience the joy of solo traveling. The thrill and learning experience. It happened to be one heck of an adventure. I realized that I really like to travel. It reminded me of my childhood–going to other villages and walking through creeks to get to the other side, not knowing what lies ahead. I have a thirst for adventure.

 

Those memories will let me miss Davao. I recommend everyone to visit Davao. There lies in Mindanao another ours that we can be proud of.

 

ITINERARY

Davao Itinerary

 

EXPENSES

I am bad with haggling, so if you are good with it, you can lower the expenses more. 😉
Airfare (Roundtrip)
800 Pesos
Taxi to Sasa Wharf
100 Pesos
RORO to Babak Port (Samal Island)
10 Pesos
Habal-habal in Samal
400 Pesos
Environmental fee for Monfort Bat Sanctuary
5 Pesos
Monfort Bat Sanctuary
100 Pesos
Environmental fee for Hagimit Falls
5 Pesos
Hagimit Falls Entrance
40 Pesos
Kaputian Beach Resort Entrance Fee
10 Pesos
Kaputian Beach Resort Cottage
500 Pesos
Boat from Kaputian Port (Samal Island) to Sta. Cruz Wharf (Talicud Island)
60 Pesos
Entrance Fee for Isla Reta (overnight)
150 Pesos
Isla Reta cottage (Can accommodate 3 persons)
800 Pesos
Boat From Sta. Cruz Wharf (Talicud Island) to Sta. Ana Wharf (Davao City)
60 Pesos
Jeep to Downtown Davao
8 Pesos
Van  from Bankerohan Market to Calinan
40 Pesos
Habal-habal from Calinan to Malagos Water District
30 Pesos
Entrance fee to Malagos Water District
5 Pesos
Philippine Eagle Center Entrance Fee
150 Pesos
Tricycle going to van terminal in Calinan
25 Pesos
Van from Calinan going back to Bankerohan Market
40 Pesos
Pasalubong (Suha, Durian and Mangosteen Candies)
800 Pesos
Taxi to Airport
180 Pesos
Food for 3 days (Carinderia, Canned Foods, Restaurants)
500 Pesos
Terminal Fee
200 Pesos

TOTAL EXPENSES = 5018.00 Pesos 

 

 REMINDERS/GUIDES/TIPS

How to get there:

  1. Samal Island
    • From Francisco Bangoy International Airport, take a taxi going to Sasa Wharf or Sta Ana Wharf.
    • Ride ferry/RORO going to Babak Port (Northwestern part of Samal) or Kaputian Port (Southwestern part of Samal).
  2. Talicud Island
    • From Francisco Bangoy International Airport, take a taxi going to Sta Ana Wharf.
    • Ride ferry/RORO going to Sta Cruz Port.
    • If coming from Samal, you can take the ferry from Kaputian Port going to Sta. Cruz Port.

 

Accommodations:

 

Fees:

  • Entrance Fee (Kaputian Beach Resort) = P10
  • Entrance Fee (Monfort Bat Sanctuary)  = P100
  • Environmental Fee (Monfort Bat Sanctuary) = P5
  • Entrance Fee (Isla Reta Overnight) = P150
  • Entrance Fee (Hagimit Falls) = P40
  • Environmental Fee (Hagimit Falls) = P5
  • Entrance Fee (Malagos Water District) = P5
  • Entrance Fee (Philippine Eagle Center) = P150 for Adults/100 for Kids

 

Connect:

 

Notes:

  • Museo Dabawenyo is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • The boat ride from Sta. Cruz (Talicud) to Sta. Ana Wharf (Davao City) is limited–one at 6:00 AM and one at 9:00 AM.
  • Before going to the islands, make sure you know the schedule of the ferries since they are limited.
  • Other places to visit in Davao: D’Bone Collector Museum, Jack’s Ridge, Davao Crocodile Park, Davao Pearl Farm, etc.

 



 

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