Samal, known as Island Garden City of Samal, is a favorite island destination in the gulf of Davao. Its popular beaches (from the high end to camping styles) draw visitors all year round. Spend a few days in Samal and you'll appreciate its official name. The fact that its very easy to get to Samal from Davao City adds to its appeal.
Isla Reta is one of the more popular resorts there (and can get crowded during the weekend) as its near the port and some of the ferries head directly to Isla Reta. But if you can hold off from jumping into the clear waters once you reach the port, and take another short boat ride to the other side of the island, then you can find yourself in a little piece of paradise called Dayang Beach.
Sunset and twilight
Dawn by the pillars
Planning your trip to DayangDid this piqued your interest? Consider a trip to Talicud island or specifically to Dayang the next time you are in Davao City. Here are details that can help you plan your trip:
- Davao/Sta Ana Wharf to Talicud: There are several ferries that have daily trips to Talicud from Sta Wharf (fare: Php 50 pesos). There are no hard schedules, but sure to get to Sta Ana wharf before 9AM. Last trip to Talicud is usually at around 2PM. The some ferries would dock at Isla Reta resort first before heading the nearby to Sta Cruz port. I researched the ferry schedules only to find them practically useless when we got to the wharf. The ferries will leave once full and once ALL its cargo had been loaded, which in our case took a good 1.5 hours. Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Davao/Sta Ana Wharf to Kaputian: Another option is to go via Kaputian on the southern end of Samal Island. Ferries are in Sta Ana wharf as well. From Kaputian its just a short 20 minute boat ride to Talikud on the Isla Reta side.
- Davao/Sta Ana Wharf to Dayang: If you are large group you can rent Dayang's own boat (Php 3,500 one way, 30 pax capacity). You may contact +63-918-386-8793.
- Talicud/Isla Reta to Dayang: If you took the Sta Ana - Talicud ferry, you can get to Dayang via habal-habal (motorcyle, Php 50 per person) or rent a bangka (usually Php 500 per trip). Travel time by bangka is around 20 minutes.
Accommodations in Dayang
- Closed cottages : Fan room rates starts at Php 700.00 (4 pax capacity, with a small veranda). Entrance fee for day trips is Php 50.00 per pax.
- Electricity : Available between 8AM to 11PM. However they don't have outlets in the cottages. You may need to bring socket adaptors that you can use with the light bulb sockets.
- Cellphone/WiFi : Good signal for all carriers. WiFi is available but you'll have to pay 100 pesos for 4 devices. WiFi is OK, if you stay close enough to the owners' villa.
- Food/Water : There is a store where you can buy basic stuff. You can bring your own food (no corkage fee) and can also cook for you if you buy fresh catch (which can be overpriced). Cooking fee is Php 30.00 per kilo. Fresh water for washing or rinsing can be bought at Php 15 per 4-gallon container.