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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 - http://www.mati.gov.ph

Original post can be found at http://themarkofanexplorer.blogspot.com/2012/08/mati-davao-oriental-getaway.html

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