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Monday, May 23, 2011

Babu Santa Beach Resort - Linusotan Talicud, Samal Island

White sand beaches, fresh water under the sun is truly a refreshing moment during this hot summer. One undeveloped but nice beach resort in samal Island is the Babu Santa Beach Resort. Babu Santa was named after a woman named Babu who was a cheerful giver just like Santa Claus. It is exactly located on the last part of Talicud Island. The resort isn't crowded because it is not yet fully developed, very far from other resorts in Talicud Island and there's no electricity however the place is very ideal in you want peace of mind and wanted to be far from a chaotic city.

Babu Santa Beach Resort is affordable. There's no entrance free and the open cottage is only PHP300.00. There's no electricity however you can stay overnight if you want. The closed cottage is only PHP500.00 and good for 5-6 persons. You can also bring tent. They don't charge corkage for food and drinks. Very affordable.

However, the travel time going to Babu Santa Beach Resort is really time consuming. It is very far from Davao City since it is located on the very last part of Talicud Island. And you can only spent a little time because the boat going to Babu Santa Beach Resort has only one schedule and only one boat schedule when leaving the resort. But you can enjoy the place, go any time you want and leave any time you want if you hire a private boat for your trip.

How to Get to Babu Santa Beach Resort

From Sta. Ana wharf, there's a boat going to Babu Santa. It usually leaves the wharf at exactly 1:30PM. You can ask people on the docking station about the boat going to Babu Santa. The boat fare is only PHP60.00. The same boat will also pick you up at the resort at exactly 7:00am. So meaning if you travel through those boat schedules, you will only have a limited time enjoying the resort. From 1:30PM to 7:00AM and take note, there's no other boat schedule going to Babu Santa Beach Resort aside from that. The travel will took you 1 hour and half.

If you wish to stay longer on the resort, you can hire a private boat. There are many on the wharf and just asked them.

Location: Linusotan, Kaputian District Talicud, IGACOS

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Isla Reta Beach Resort - Sta. Cruz Talicud, Samal Island

One best and ideal get away for you this summer is the Talicud Island. Talicud Island is still a part of Samal Island and one of the best Mindanao tourist spot. The advantage of the resorts located in Talicud Island is that the waters are fresh and very clean. Highly recommended to you and must include it on your travel blog. Unlike some resorts in Samal Island fronting Sasa Wharf are really not that good. They are rocky, itchy, many sea orchins and jelly fish. It is not suitable for sensitive skin.

One resort that is very known is the Isla Reta located in Talicud Island. It has clean and crystal clear water that is very indulging and refreshing. Isla Reta is an inexpensive resort with nice and approachable caretakers. It is an ideal place for family outing, team building and other summer activities.

Isla Reta Talicud Island

The entrance fee is only PHP75.00 for day tour and PHP150.00 for overnight stay. The open cottage in talisay tree is free of charge. The nipa hut cottage is PHP500.00. The closed cottage is PHP2,000.00 good for 4 persons. Those cottages are suitable for overnight stay. There is also a huge tent available for only PHP1,000.00.

There is a corkage on beverages. It is okay to bring baon. In case you don't want to, there's a canteen available and you can buy fishes, rice and let the caretakers cook it for you. But of course they do charge for it and canteen prices are much higher.

How to get there:

Getting there is very easy. From Sta. Ana wharf, there's a boat going directly to Isla Reta. Boat leaves from Sta. Ana wharf at 8:30AM and leaves Isla Reta resort by 3:00PM. Don't worry, there are other boat schedules going to Isla Reta. So you can travel by morning or afternoon. Boat fare is only PHP80.00. But if you wish not to stay overnight, you should catch the boat that leaves the resort at 3:00PM.

Pictures taken at Isla Reta Beach Resort - Sta. Cruz Talicud, IGACOS

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Isla Reta Talicud Island

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bluejaz Beach Resort and Waterpark - Samal Island

Enjoying the heat of summer, my friends and I decided to go to Bluejaz Beach Resort and Waterpark. I been longing to go there and now I got a chance to visit the place. So I decided to file a vacation leave one week before our scheduled summer trip.

We meet up at Sta. Ana Wharf and take a boat ride going directly to Bluejaz. They have own boat headed to the resort. Upon reaching the place, it is really a jaw breaking view. It is a modern style resort, very nice swimming pools and a challenging slides.

They are strict with swim wear. You are only allowed to swim on the pool if you wear appropriate swimming suits like silk swimsuits and swimming trunks. Cotton tops and with zipper are not allowed.

When stating only at day, day tour fee is only Php100.00 per head. That includes the entrance fee, open cottage, boat fare and usage of swimming pool and slides.

Night tour rate is Php250.00 per head and includes entrance fee, open cottage, swimming pools and slides and round trip boat fare. There are closed cottages that are available at least minimum of Php500.00 and of course, corkage are expected.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

How To Make An Effective Itinerary

One best experience and the most exciting feeling is getting a chance to travel around the world. It is everybody's dream. When we step a destined places, we really never want to miss every single nice tourist spost rested on that certain place and to give you a start light up step, I will reveal some methods and tips in preparing your itinerary.

1. First is to list down all places you want to visit. You can start places near to your region. Let's say you live in Mindanao, then list first all the places you want to visit in Mindanao. Select your first choice then proceed to step two.

2.] On the selected location, you can list all nice spots in a sheet of paper. You can do research to get all places in a certain region. Divide it into three category, first a must see, second a must doa nd third a must eat then estimate how many places you can visit within the time span of your trip.

3.] On your primary destination, wriet down how you will be able to get there, how much time your departure will take.

4.] Next step is to create a detailed to do list on the first day of your tour. Example, you arrived at 6am, then list down to do list like having a breakfast, preparing for tour and a to do list until you get back home.

5.] Know the amount needed on the trip. You can make a budget plan. One good tip is that instead of eating in expensive restaurant why not have a simple and good breakfast at affordable price. Also, to prepare and save money for that trip, make also a daily budget each day.

6.] When your planned trip is nearly coming, prepare your thing and pack up. Remember to bring only important ones, click here to check out the list of essential things that you should bring. Avoid things that are heavy to carry because it will not be convenient and be reminded to avoid bringing things that you can't afford to lose.

That’s it! You’re done.Hope this could help you in making effective itinerary