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Dahican Surf Resort Review

When we arrived in Davao our first itinerary is Dahican Beach since it’s the farthest. From Davao City, it will take about 4 hours of land travel to reach to Dahican.

We booked the Dahican Surf Resort (DSR) for a night stay. The ambiance of the resort is fit for backpackers. Beds are not as comfortable as common resorts and some rooms have a hammock. The washing and comfort area is shared as well as the kitchen area.

They have a restaurant/bar called Surf Shack Beach Bar and Grill which is time-dependent; it is not open until the specified time. Though kudos to their food as it taste really good!

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serenity and tranquility

The place is perfect for youngsters who seek a little adventure and at the same time a quiet place to chill and unwind for a little bit.

When we arrived in the resort, we did not see waves that fit for surfing similar to Siargao. However, their waves on the shore are perfect for skimboarding.

Tip: Bring food and water, they have a shared kitchen thus you can cook your own meal if you don’t want to order in their restaurant. Water is very important, there’s no nearby convenient store and the sari-sari stores may not have bottled water for sale.

Overall, the accommodation is not for someone who prefers comfort and convenient. It’s for people who’s standard is flexible and a backpacker character.

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Our Davao Adventure 2019

I was not expecting that I will be able to land my feet in Davao this year, thanks to Cebu Pacific promo! Davao region comprises 5 provinces namely Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental. It has a total area of 20,357.42 km2 and the regional center or capital is Davao City.

We have 5 days to explore Davao and since it has a very large area here are the only activities we had that was surely worthwhile.

Durian

Our first order of business is to eat the famous fruit Durian, Durian is famous in Davao and in the Philippines. It is a large fruit, infamously known by its strong odor, and the fruit’s skin is spiky. Personally, I find it’s odor sweet, though the aroma can really be overpowering. According to our driver, Aroncillo variety is the best for its taste.

Sleeping Dinosaur

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As we are heading to Dahican which is located on the other side of the gulf or in Mati City, Davao Oriental. We did some stopovers and took pictures.

Dahican Beach

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The taxi driver from Davao that we met offered us to charter his taxi for our trip directly to our accommodation in Dahican. He offered it because he’s also from Mati and I think it is his way of going home for a night and yet still productive. However, for a normal commute, you can take a bus or van. The public vans terminal is located in Gaisano Mall or Victoria Plaza while the bus terminal is in Davao City’s Ecoland Bus Terminal. Once in Mati Bus Terminal hire a tricycle to your destination in Dahican Beach and the fare is around 40 to 60 pesos or more depending on the distance, the number of persons, and your charm. hahahaha

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We booked the Dahican Surf Resort (DSR) for a night stay. The ambiance of the resort is fit for backpackers. Beds are not as comfortable as common resorts and some rooms have a hammock. The washing and comfort area is shared as well as the kitchen area.

They have a restaurant/bar called Surf Shack Beach Bar and Grill which is time-dependent; it is not open until the specified time. Though kudos to their food as it taste really good! The accommodation is not for someone who prefers comfort and convenient. It’s for people who’s standard is flexible and a backpacker character.

Ultralight Flying Saga

One of the highlights for me during my visit to Davao: to experience and ride this ultralight plane. The 15minutes ride is Php 2,800 and Php 3,000 if you will use their action camera. You’ll be toured above the plains of coconut trees then Dahican beach. It is operated by the Mindanao Saga Flying Club (MSFC), a flight school based in Bgy. Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental.  If you want to experience this too contact them through their Facebook Page Mindanao Saga Flying Club.

Roxas Night Market

Roxas Night Market is located in Roxas Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur. The prominent landmarks are Marco Polo and Ateneo De Davao. It is open daily from 6:00 PM till midnight. Roxas Night Market is no different from another food market like in Larsian or in Sugbo Mercado but compares to them they offer foods that they are the only ones sells like the different flavors of Buchi, legit Durian icecream, and pastel (adobo and rice in a banana leaf). 

Samal Island Hagimit Falls

Located in Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal, enjoy and relax in a cold rush of the Hagimit waterfalls. Hagimit is a cascading waterfall down the Hagimit river terrain with around 3 to 5 meters high. The entrance fee is Php50, Php40 for senior citizens, and Php25 for children 3 to 7 years old. Cottages from Php200 to Php600 while tables and chairs are from Php150 to Php200 per day.

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hagimit falls
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Ultralight Plane Experience

One of the highlights for me during my visit to Davao is to experience this ultralight aviation. The ultralight aircraft has ailerons, elevator, and rudder.

As of this writing, this recreation is not yet available in Cebu. The cost for the 15minutes ride is Php 2,800 and Php 3,000 if you will use their action camera. They are located in Mati City, Davao; a 4-hour land trip from Davao City.

This activity is weather dependent, they only have 2 schedules per day: 5 AM to 8 AM and 3 PM or 4 PM to 5 PM (not sure if they are open during weekends but you may contact them) depending on the wind’s gustiness. You cannot make reservations and they only accept cash. It is operated by the Mindanao Saga Flying Club (MSFC), a flight school based in Bgy. Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental. 

Please note that if you’re staying in Dahican Surf Resort or the resorts on that area, the entrance of the airport is the right road of the 3-way junction where you’ll see a 7-eleven store or the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road then turn right when you see the rice mill or galingan in bisaya (around 5Km from the junction) then pass through the Golf Course gate. We were from Dahican and we enter the wrong road where it also leads to the airport, however, the school is on the other side and the guard did not allow us to enter through that gate. (Do not follow Google Map’s recommendation). Bring food and water since the place has no near food kiosks.

The transportation is an issue in the area since few tricycles are plying, you need to be very early and if you are able to get one while along the highway or on your way ask him if he can fetch you back.

If you want to experience this too contact them through their Facebook Page Mindanao Saga Flying Club

The experience is worthwhile, highly recommended! But check your area if there’s one that offers the same. You don’t need to travel to Davao Oriental to experience ultralight aviation because what I know is there’s also in Pampanga.

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Roxas Night Market Davao City

Night Market is a commonplace now here in the Philippines. Almost every region or cities have their own version of the night market. The highlight of the night market is food though there are some stalls that sell RTWs or Ready To Wear and accessories; people visit the place because of the food.

Roxas Night Market is located in Roxas Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur. The prominent landmarks are Marco Polo and Ateneo De Davao. It is open daily from 6:00 PM till midnight.

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Different flavors of Buchi
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Chorizo, chicken intestine, and pork

Roxas Night Market is no different from another food market like in Larsian or in Sugbo Mercado. They offer very affordable foods like skewers, grilled panga (tuna jaw), tuna, milkfish, chicken, refreshments, and desserts. Compare to Sugbo Mercado or Larsian there are foods that they are the only ones (that I know of) sells like the different flavors of Buchi, legit Durian icecream, and pastel (adobo and rice in a banana leaf). Unfortunately, they don’t have a pater, which I was really looking forward to try during my visit. 🙁

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Staycation at Club Tara Resort Siargao Island

The Maldives inspired cottages, a peaceful place, beautiful scenery every time you wake up; perfect for a retreat!

The place is kind of secluded, at first, we thought it’s very accessible but the locals said that it’s located on an island near the Sohoton Cove and you need to hire a boat to get there.

How to Get to Club Tara

To get to Club Tara, as mentioned in the video above or on my Youtube channel. If you’re from General Luna, ride a tricycle for 40 pesos going to Dapa (Dapa is Siargao’s capital) where the main port is also located. Inform the driver that you’re heading to Socorro so that he will drop you to the right gate.

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The boat fare is 120 pesos for an hour’s journey to Socorro. Note that you need to inform Club Tara ahead of your schedule of arrival in Socorro because the only way to get to the resort is through a private boat. Let them know so that they can arrange a boat for you. You need to charter the boat for 1,500 pesos one way only. Because we were only 2, so we need to half the payment.

Highlights in Club Tara

Club Tara has been an icon since before because I remember that it’s in the postcard representing Caraga. For us, the highlight of the resort is their jacuzzi facing a picturesque view of nearby islets. Probably there are other resorts too that have the same amenities and view but I think so far, Club Tara is the affordable one with that IG worthy facility.

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just chilling
Looking at my future ahead
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picturesque view
Club Tara cottages

Another attraction is the multi-layer pointed roof of their cottages that resembles the roof of a pagoda and palaces in Indonesia.

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Off to Siargao the Surfing Capital of PH

Since before, Siargao is already known for its waves that attract surfing enthusiasts around the world. Siargao is a small island located in the Eastern part of the Philippines with a land area of approximately 437 square kilometers.

Siargao’s name is derived from a kind of mangrove tree called saliargaw. When you are above the island you can see that Siargao has large mangrove forest.

Last week we went to Siargao to experience island living, get closer to the beach, and experience a peaceful place once again after 3 quarters of grinding for living this year. Though our visit is just for a couple of days it was absolutely awesome!

Itinerary

The first day was actually just half-day and mostly dedicated to the travel, the only thing we did is dine at Budhha Thai Restaurant.

Club Tara cottages
Club Tara

Our second and half of the third day were in Club Tara Resort, this resort is well known. The resort is like inspired by Maldives cottages. As I can remember, the resort’s aerial view was once placed in tourist cards back then when I was in elementary along with Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Maria Cristina waterfalls in Iligan, etc. So somehow it’s my childhood dream destination.

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21st Siargao National Surfing Cup at Cloud9 General Luna, Siargao Island
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Half of the third day was spent visiting Cloud 9 in General Luna, however, there’s an ongoing competition (21st Siargao National Surfing Cup) during that time and it was so crowded so we decided not to pursue the surfing lesson. We just watch the competition for a little, took some photos and videos then decided to travel to the palm forest.

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We chartered a boat to and from Club Tara

Because of the limited time we were not able to visit Magpupungko Rockpools, we also did not take the island-hopping since it’s not new to us anymore (because it’s common here in Cebu). Call us old souls because we also did not take the Sohoton Cove, we weren’t excited about it. We both don’t like jumping and spelunking. We both prefer the staycation in Club Tara for this travel. Maybe in the next visit, we will consider those activities. 🙂

Budget

Below is the rundown of the expenses that I had during my stay. Please note the time of writing, the common expenses that you may incur like transportation and food may change as time goes by.

  • Flight
  • Land transportation
    • Tricycle fare is Php20 during day time and Php 30 during the night time within General Luna
    • Tricycle from/to General Luna tricycle terminal or drop point to Dapa is Php 40
    • Van from airport to GL is Php 200
    • Van from General Luna to the airport is Php 300 (early flights got only a few van passengers that’s why there’s a price hike) in our case we are only 4
    • Rent-a-scooter is Php 350 for 24hrs (we only use it for a few hours) + gas Php 65 per liter. Don’t grab the offer if it’s more than this price.
  • Sea transportation
    • boat charter to Club Tara is Php 1,500 per way per boat
    • boat ride to and from Socorro Php 120
  • Food
    • Miguel’s Taqueria Php 350
    • Buddha Thai Cuisine Php 405
    • Carenderia/hawker Php 140
    • Club Tara dinner Php 750
  • Accommodation
    • Tuazon Vella Php 1,600 (shared, so I spent Php 800 only)
    • Club Tara Php 5,241.60 (shared, so I spent Php 2600 only)
    • Kokai Php 800 (shared, so I spent Php 400 only)

I hope you find this blog post helpful if you’re planning to visit Siargao. The best time to experience Siargao’s waves is during “ber” months especially November and December.