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!
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.
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.
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.
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!