“Rainy days are here already, but summer ain’t over yet!”
This summer was quite unique for me for a number of reasons. Save for that grueling Dulang to Kitanglad Traverse Climb I survived last march, all my other wanderings where in some body of water. The fact that I spent most of my outdoor bumming beach side made it even more memorable. And I enjoyed tanning my already burnt skin, with Joy- a superb adventure buddy!!
This summer we head back to this white sands and bade goodbye to a mentor, friend and climbing buddy, Sir Joy. He’s climbing dunes in Dubai soon.
Situated along the white coastline of Glan, this place is easily accessible riding a private car or a habal-habal from the town proper. And for a minimal sum, you’ll already enjoy the lavish natural white sands and serene shallow waters beach side. And they have a tiangge who’s food prices are as affordable as their cottage rates.
Cannibad in Anundanao,Samal Islands
My all time favorite for it’s pristine waters and almost untouched natures bounty, Cannibad is paradiso contodo.
The ephemeral seclusion is overshadowed by its astounding beauty. You can hear pebbles rattle past one other like rustling waves.
A cove farther left is a haven for romantic isolations of the sane minds.
One caveat though. This place is way off the boundaries of civilization. Getting there is like another adventure in itself. But the trek is worth the paradise’s beauty. Electricity in the beach is up to 9PM only and generators are in place only on peak days. For some campers like me this offer ample time to star gaze and get a serene night time. No boisterous videokes that would blast your eardrums!
To get there in your own private car (a 4×4 is highly recommended), just follow the directions well described by Maej here in her blog, Me, Myself and Mindanao . Otherwise, you can hire a habal-habal from Penaplata or Babak Warehouse to Cannibad. Make sure the driver has a cellphone so you can contact him anytime you wanna go back to civilization. Or just ask him to fetch you on a specific time.
This view of Cannibad from a hill top is breath taking. So taking shots like this one is worth the climb up.
Isla Reta in Sta Cruz, Talikud Island
A recent rediscovery for me, Isla Reta boast of a well maintained beach resort and a cordial staff.
Talikud Islands is easily accessible via a ferry (Php 50.00/passenger) that leaves Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City every 9 AM and 3 PM daily. If you’re coming from the beach in Kaputi-an, you’ll have to ride a motorized banca from Kaputi-an market for Php 20.00 if you’re lucky enough to catch the regular market days trip schedule. Otherwise, renting the boat costs around Php 200.00. All these boat ride will land you directly at Isla Reta Beach Resort.
Talikud Island’s wet market is just walking distance from the resort. So if you happen to go hungry, you’re in for a meal already. I suggest you bring a hammock to lay on during hot summer time!