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January 13, 2018 Comments Off on DAVAO ORIENTAL | The City of Mati Outdoor Destinations Exploding in Colors Davao Oriental, Travel Photography

DAVAO ORIENTAL | The City of Mati Outdoor Destinations Exploding in Colors

Mati City destinations shot during the golden hour

City of Mati is just 3 hours drive from Davao City via the Mabini-Pantucan-BanayBanay coastal road. So when friends asked if I could tag along their Mati trip, I said yes on one condition- I could shoot some of Mati’s outdoor destinations at sunrise and sunsets.

City of Mati Destinations

Mati City destinations shot both from above and below along its coastline

So, without much ado, here are some of Mati’s outdoor destinations during the golden hour!

Sleeping Dinosaur Sunrise View at Brgy Badas  Mati City
A thirty minute, early morning trek from the highway’s to one of the peaks of Brgy. Badas ridges gave us this astounding view of “Sleeping Dinosaur”.

Balete Bay east of this ridge also unfolded in colours at sunrise!
Balete Bay

When the sun was high up already, we played around with silhouettes in another ridge.

Mindanao Saga Flying Club Ultra Light Planes
Minutes after I boarded an ultra light plane, the clouds over Mati City exploded in colors just prior to the glorious sunset.
Mati Sunset from above
This explosion of color’s really unique for this trip!

White Sands of Dahican Beach

The site of Mati City’s “Summer Frolic”. The long stretch of white sands and blue crystal clear waters is one of the best I’ve seen. This is also the famous surfing and skimboarding site synonymous with Mati City.
Dahican Beach Resort

Pujada Island
This one of those island beaches Mati has to offer- raw, pristine, serene and filled with thriving fauna. My lens is shooting a different scene however.
The port bridge, above.

And below.

Brgy. Tamisan Coastal Road.
This mini port area with mangroves exploded with great scenery during sunset. So we stayed for a bit longer.

Mangroove + Sunset


Miniport + Sunset

I have tons of photos from Mati. Butch told me there were still other very nice places to explore other than its beaches. Well, I promised I’d be going back to Mati soon!

I’ve explored some of Mati’s well known destinations back in 2015. I learned basic surfing from the mentor of “Amihans Boys” at Amihan sa Dahican, partied at Dahican Surf House, flew on board an ultralight at Mindanao Sage Flying Club, watch the Sleeping Dinosaur at the highway view deck and went inside Subangan Museum. It took me 3 years to go back with friends to Mati City!

If you are interested in exploring Mati City, I highly recommend you call Mati Tourism Office directly for inquiries. A quick Google search about Mati City destinations will yield a number of itineraries and their corresponding approximate expense. Please do not ask me these questions. My trips are heavily influenced by the nuances of my work and free time so itineraries and expenses will probably not be the same as in your trip.

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