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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monfort Bat Sanctuary - Samal Island Bat Cave

Spectacular caves are one of the world wonders that God gave for us. Some people are afraid of caves because of it's creepy deep dark hole and due to scary movies they saw but for me caves are a great challenge and unforgetable experience, a great experience to explore some. But on this article, I'm talking about the cave which gives benefit to little creatures.

Samal Island Bat Cave Mindanao tourist spots

They called this cave a Bat Sanctuary Cave where millions of bats reside. It is the world’s largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette (Rousettus Amplexicaudatus) fruit bats living in the Monfort Bat Sanctuary and one of the tourist spots in the Philippines. It is a unique large cave with 5 deep holes however you cannot enter inside the cave because bats are surrounding even at the cave entrance. This is not a man made cave and I know you will be amazed how great Philippine nature is.

Samal Island Bat Cave Mindanao tourist spots

Samal Island Bat Cave Mindanao tourist spots

Monfort Bat Sanctuary Cave is located in Samal Island, Davao del Norte and I don't recommend you getting there with a bat cave travel target only. You can visit nice beaches at Samal Island and then just include this bat cave in your itinerary.

To reach Samal Island, take a ferry boat from Davao City Sasa wharf. There are lots of boats there with Igacos route. If you have a vehicle with you, I recommend take a barge. To experience more adventure, I suggest to ride a small motor boat and you will be overwhelmed seeing nice coral reefs and fishes under the water. Don't worry, it is not a shark infested sea.

Samal Island Bat Cave Mindanao tourist spots

Samal Island Bat Cave Mindanao tourist spots

When you reach in PeƱaplata, ride a motorcycle and tell the driver to drop you at the Bat cave. They will ask you for a higher fare because it is really far from the docking station. Having a vehicle with you is an advantage when travelling.

Location: Tambo Babak, Island Garden City of Samal Island, Davao del Norte
Budget: 1000-2000 per person

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Emars Wavepool - Hotel , Restaurant and Beach Resort

White sand beaches and resorts in Philippines are very common topic specially during summer. I saw many Wave pools and other davao tourist spots flashed on televisions last summer. But this wave pool really caught my attention and we never missed the opportunity to try this first wave pool in Davao City. Since beaches are dangerous specially to kids when they are unattended, wave pools takes place. It is much safer and even you're in a pool you feel like you are swimming on a beach because of it's artificial waves.

Emars Wave Pool now takes place as the top swimming pool this summer in Davao City. Emars is a plain restaurant and hotel before and now they made it into a beautiful and soothing place.

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

They have two swimming pools, one big and one pool for kids. The depth isn't that good if you want to try fun diving but as the waves activated, you can no longer reach the floor level because of it's big waves. These waves are artificial and they are produced through the strong air released on the corner. It is really fun and ideal for family celebrating summer.

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Aside from that, you can relax sightseeing the infinity of the beach near the rails behind the mini garden. As we all know that watching beaches can relieved stress and that is really true. Must try it.

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

And of course, swimming won't be fun without foods. There are cottages available for PHP500.00. The cottages are also cool. You can bring foods but should pay for the food corkage however if you don't want to bring foods then Emars have a restaurant where delicious foods are available but sad to say they are so expensive. They have wifi coffee shop, barbeque grill, KTV mini bar and souvenir shop. The entrance fee is PHP200.00 for adults and PHP150.00 for kids. I can rate the place to class A, so higher expenses should really be expected.

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Emars Wavepool Davao tourist spots

Location: Times Beach Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Budget: 1000-200 per person
Contact Numbers: 297-87-99 and 299-07-78