Samal Island Davao's ecotourism hub

Subscribe Now May 21, 2013 at 07:37am

The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the "Visit Samal Island Year 3" campaign to focus on the Island Garden City of Samal, in the Gulf of Davao, as an emerging ecotourism hub of the Davao region.

The island is a tourist haven, whose attractions include white sand beaches, waterfalls such as Hagimit Falls, over 3,000 giant clams in marine sanctuaries, and two million fruit bats flocking out of Montfort Caves.

The campaign was started by DOT in 2011 to introduce Samal to both domestic and foreign tourists. The Island Garden City of Samal is surrounded by a natural garden of corals. The crystal blue water is rich with underwater wildlife and a vast array of tropical fishes. The mountains and lush forests are ideal for mountain-biking and camping.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a must-see destination for travelers in Davao. Its white sand and clear water are comparable to those of Boracay. It has a panoramic view of Mount Diwalwal, Mount Matutum, and Mount Apo. Kayaking, sailing, rappelling, wind surfing, banana boat rides, jet skiing, and snorkeling are some of the activities for visitors.

Visitor arrivals in Davao City reached 1.075 million in 2012, the first time the city breached the one-million mark, as more flights were opened by airlines between Davao City and Clark, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo, Butuan, and Dipolog. Foreigners comprised 10% of tourist arrivals in 2012, mostly Koreans, Japanese, Australians, and Chinese.

We congratulate the Department of Tourism headed by Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez and Island Garden City of Samal Mayor Aniano P. Antalan, in their combined undertakings to make the island a popular destination for foreign and local tourists in the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!


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