Our Weekend Escape to Samal Island

Spontaneous trips are always a good idea. Our weekend trip to Samal Island in Davao was planned just a week before we left, and it was just what we needed after a hectic start in 2018–we were both very busy last January and February. And even better, we found two other friends, Nikka and Ken, to come along.

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Thanks to Agoda, we found a cozy place to stay in called Chema’s by the Sea. For those looking for a hotel in Samal that will give you value for money, this is it! For just a little over Php5,500 we got a two bedroom cabana that fit three of us while Ken got his own cabana at an affordable rate as well. The rooms and other areas with Balinese-inspired decorations and the pocket garden in the middle, around which the rooms were built, made really made the whole place feel like a relaxing home away from the city.

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What is there to do in Samal Island? Island hopping and snorkeling, a personal favorite of mine! I love looking at fish and corals under the sea. We rented a boat that took us all around the surrounding coral gardens in Samal Island.

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We stopped at around noon and had fresh seafood for lunch, caught and cooked by the locals. We were only four and we devoured everything along with a whole kaldero of hot, white rice. Yum.

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Our second (and last) day was spent just chilling by the beach and cooling off with some halo-halo. The beach front is small, but since the resort is small and only holds a few people, you need not worry about it getting too crowded. We had enough space to swim and take fun photos in the sand bar when low tide came.

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How lucky are the people in Davao? They have this beautiful island just a bangka ride away from the city! If there were such a beach just as near from Manila, you’ll know where to find me every time there’s a long weekend or during the holidays. πŸ˜‰

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