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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

White Island - Mati Davao Oriental

Another fascinating island in Mati Davao Oriental is the White Island. It is a small island with purely white sand and no trees. It is only a few kilometers from Pujada Island.

White Island is often surrounded by huge waves because it lies in an open water of Pacific Ocean. You cannot stay there at night due to it's dangerous huge waves and some part of the island will disappear during high tide.

From Pujada Island, we sail our boats again to reach White Island. At that time, I didn't know that the island was encircled with huge waves. And we are having hard time docking at the shore. So we do some timing with the waves and jump out from the boat as fast as we could.

Upon reaching the island, it's a wonderful feeling walking barefoot. You can see the other side of it facing the whole Pujada Island. It was indeed a scenic view. Perfect for taking pictures having the whole Pujada Island as background.

On the other side of White Island, there were still huge waves banging on the shore. And you can see waves from different directions are coming in. The waves in White Island were much larger compare to Dahican Beach.

It wasn't a sunny day at that moment and we experienced a little rain while sailing but when we reached the White Island, it was so hot and we easily got sunburn. I think it's because the island doesn't have any trees. :D

The hardest part we encountered was the time we depart from White Island. It's really a struggle launching ourselves to the boats again. It's a kinda fighting with the huge waves scenes. But overall, despite of that struggles, we enjoyed that most. It was a childlike experience according to one of my travel buddies. :)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pujada Island - Mati Davao Oriental

We all know that Mati Davao Oriental is a goldmine of natural wonders and one of this wonders that I can highly recommend is the Pujada Island. Pujada Island was our next target after the harsh huge waves in Dahican Beach Resort.

We hired small boats to get there. Those boats are actually used for fishing that is why it's capacity was only for 2 to 3 person. I enjoyed the view of a numbered small boats sailing together to reach the island. I also enjoyed knowing that the boat operators and the relatives of my friend were also enjoying being with us. One of them said she never reached Pujada Island although she was living in Mati for a long time. :D

Before we headed to Pujada Island, we went to a fish vendor near the island. They sell variety of delicious fishes and some are not really common in a city's wet market. I can say that locals there are truly blessed because they are very rich in marine life. Their fresh water was over flowing too 24 hours each day. They let it flow all day because the water pipe will explode if they'll close it.

When we reached Pujada Island, I was amazed of it's beauty. It is an undeveloped island and populated only by caretakers and locals whose task is to guard the Island from abuse and to maintain it's pristine condition. According to the locals we talk to and to our boat operators, the island was shared by Barangays Lawigan and Macambol.

We explore half of the island by walking along the shore. The white sand were so fine and soft that makes our foot sink a little when stepped on the sand. We enjoyed also taking pictures and doing anime fighting scenes. We want to stay there overnight however there's no light and we didn't brought any tents for sleepover.

How To Get There

From Davao City Ecoland terminal, ride a bus going to Mati and from Mati City, talking to locals is the easiest way to get to Pujada Island. The locals are so very nice and approachable. In our case, we stayed at my friend's relatives which is located just along the sea shore and lots of fisherman's boat docked.

So we asked them if we could rent their boats to help us reach Pujada Island. They were so nice and kind and even them were also having a good time staying on Pujada Island.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dahican Beach Resort - Purok Maribojoc Mati, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach Resort was one of the most popular spot in Mati Davao Oriental. It was dubbed as another Boracay of the South but it wasn't look like one. Dahican Beach Resort is famous due to it's huge waves where a lot of surfers spend their time playing with the waves, enjoying surfing and skim-boarding.

Dahican Beach was the second place we visited when we had our tour there. It is also quite isolated from the city center, as you pass through rough roads. The wide fine white sand coastline is fronting to an open sea from the Pacific Ocean, that's why huge waves are coming in to the resort.

We witness some people there who do skim-boarding and they were awesome. We had a lot of fun playing with the huge waves without boards. :D

Dahican Beach Resort is clean, from the shoreline up to the cottages and comfort rooms despite of still being undeveloped and a lot of locals resided near the resort.

Botona Dahican Beach Resort is located in Purok Maribojoc, Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental. Set within the fully-fenced 2-hectare area are two European-inspired houses with two airconditioned rooms in each house. With only four rooms available for rent, the resort maintains its quiet and relaxing ambiance.

Botona Dahican Beach Resort
Contact Numbers: +63918-525-5227; +63916-796-8054

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mainit Hot Spring and Pangyan Falls - Brgy. Don Mariano Marcos, Lupon Davao Oriental

At Brgy. Don Mariano Marcos, Lupon Davao Oriental lies a refreshing waterfalls and hot spring. The locals called it Pangyan Falls. It is a small cascading waterfalls and behind the flowing streams, there's a small hot spring tub with a natural flowing luke-warm water.

You need to walk for a few minutes before you can reach the place. The resort was affordable. There are cottages too. And you need to pay entrance fee and parking fee for motorcycle - if you have any. Many locals used to take a bath there and sometimes do their laundry.

At the waterfall curtain, you can swim there but not suitable for diving because it is not too deep. At the time we went there, it's a little rainy day and the waterfalls is kinda heavy.

We tried to cross the shallow flowing stream to reach the other side and try to climb the upper part of the falls. The current is a little strong and can't hardly control our balance. And they said, the current become too strong during a heavy rain season.

We reach the top and witness a nice view there. There's an upper portion but then it's hard to climb it, so slippery and not a so good view. So we just enjoyed the view and water there and then proceed to hot spring to relax out body from the long travel.

Other hotos taken at Pangyan Falls

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

What To Do in Mati Davao Oriental

Mindanao has a lot to offer when in comes to nature tripping, adventures and breathtaking white sand beaches. Been planning so long to visit Mati Davao Oriental as I wanted to explore more in local spots.

I have a friend who lives in Mati Davao Oriental and just this year, me and my travel buddies decided to go to their place. This is one of the best travel experience I had. Adventures, great bonding with friends and a lot of new experiences.

You will be amazed as you enter Mati Davao Oriental. A huge signage welcomes you. You can stop there, take pictures like we did. There's a restaurant too in case you wanna have some break and buy foods.

And along the highway headed to Mati proper, you can witness the so called Sleeping Dinosaur Island. From above, you can see the whole shape of island which is really a sleeping dinosaur shaped. You can see changes to the said island due to some numerous trees cut down. But island still looking good.

We asked the driver to let us took pictures outside. So we have bunches of photos there and enjoyed the scenic island view.

We stayed at the house of my friend's auntie. They are so very accommodating, friendly and nice. You cannot have an awkward feeling as you talked and go along with them and seems like they are also enjoying being with us up to the end of the tour.

We are expecting to visit Pujada Island and Dahican Beach and to our surprise, we visited more than that. We experienced a little bit of trekking since we went to waterfalls, hot spring, cold creeks, white sand beaches and white island. Places that aren't known to many who has been in Mati.

We visited a flowing cold stream - a suggested attraction of one of the locals there. They called it the Secret Creek. It was a 30 minutes trek before you can reach the Secret Creek from the main base.

When you're near, you can hear the flowing water. It is actually a shallow long flowing stream. Entrance Fee is Php 10.00. The water is fresh, clear and cold. Suitable for relaxing and can take away stress.

We also visited waterfalls and hot spring, white sand beaches in Pujada Island and White Island. Watch out for this blog entries. I will discuss more about those islands and other spots we visited in Mati Davao Oriental.

Here's how to get there

We hired a van for Mati tour. The advantage of hiring a van is that it is more comfortable and you can ask the driver to stop at any spots you like and took pictures. Also it is much cheaper and I swear, commuting there by land is so difficult.

Also it is much better if you have a friend with you who knows routes in Mati. Or you can get a tour guide. You may contact the tourism officer in Mati and ask for assistance or tour guides -

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