LAKE HOLON: A Sacred Place to Commune with Mother Nature

Weekend wanders seem unstoppable over the past few months. Juggling between work and this unceasing travels is becoming strenuous and sometimes all I wanted is to stay at home and do nothing but put my feet up. I must admit, unending weekend getaways can sometimes make me wonder why wander at all times. I wanted to halt for a moment but when one weekend adventure was laid before me, I can’t simply say no. It was a kind of trip I prepared so hard – a kind of meander I would die if I missed. This is my journey to Lake Holon.

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Behold the LAKE HOLON!

Found in the municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato, the majestic Lake Holon is the crater of Mt. Melibingoy, a dormant volcano towering at about 1,750 meters above sea level. It takes pride for being recognized as the Cleanest Inland Body of Water for 2 consecutive years (2003-2004). It is the source of five large rivers in the Region including the vast Allah River. There are two trails to get to Lake Holon. The more established is the Sitio Nabol trail and the harder one is the Sitio Kule. Since our outreach program for the T’bloli Community was at Sitio Kule, our journey to Lake Holon commenced there too. As our trek started, we were informed that what we were trekking through, the Sitio Kule Trail, is a hunter’s trail – a treacherous trail apt for adventure seekers like me.

The Sitio Kule Trail

The Sitio Kule Trail

Lake Holon is about four hour hike from Sitio Kule – that’s three hours ascend to reach the view deck overlooking the majestic lake and another one hour trek going down to reach the lakeshore. I must admit that it wasn’t an easy trek. In fact, it is more challenging compared to other mountain trekking I’ve made in some parts of the country. But the tougher it got, the more challenged I became to reach our goal. Thanks to the gods of the mountains, my physical preparation for this trek really worked.

One Perfect Cloudy Day at T'Boli

One Perfect Cloudy Day at T’Boli

The weather that day was cloudy. There were drizzles in between but it was generally a perfect weather to climb and marvel at this sacred place of the T’boli people. Along the way, we were sweetly greeted by the wild flora and lush vegetations that environed that whole place. In fact, it caused a little delay as we had to make stops and photograph these wild plants and flowers we cannot see in the concrete jungle. And for someone who truly admires everything that is wild and untouched, seeing them was a great joy. The wild orchids, pitcher plants, wild berries, gigantic ferns and more that we captivated us were among those that made the trek more satisfying.

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wild flora and lush vegetations that environed that whole place

As ascended further, the trail got rougher and the slopes were getting more challenging. This time I was beginning to catch my breath. I was panting and breathing so hard and so fast while my knees was shaking uncontrollably. Sharp grasses started to scratch my calf and it went on and on. And as we moved further, I was already carrying bleeding legs. Few steps more and we reached the view deck.

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The neon orange against the GREENS. 🙂

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The Verdant Forest of T’boli

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Lush Vegetation Abound

The view deck sits at the topmost point of the hill overlooking the majestic crater of Mt. Melibingoy. The view from the top is so superb that I forget about how I braved so hard to get there. It is so gorgeous and it possesses a striking appeal that all men will adore. It has a bewitching magic that can stop your world for a moment and has the power to ease all tired veins and exhausted body in just a snap. Lake Holon as viewed from the top is so grandiose that left me dumbfounded. Softly I muttered, “Wow! Wow! Wow!”

...that, my friends, is the majestic Lake Holon! :)

…that, my friends, is the majestic Lake Holon! 🙂

I almost glued myself from where I stood savoring the full top view of Lake Holon when suddenly an excruciating pain hit my legs. Just as I thought scratches were enough, this time I was stung by a bee. It was itching painfully I had to go back trail and eased it for a moment. But itching continued. Damn that bee, it ruined my instant romance with the Lake from the above.

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Lake Holon possesses a striking appeal that all men will adore!

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I was speechless! She’s just adorable!

And so from the view deck, another hour was spent hiking down to reach the bank of Lake Holon. I thought going up to reach view deck was already the hardest part of the trail, to my surprise, going down was worst. The one hour trek was the most challenging that I had to endure bruises and wounds when I slid for four times. I had to use my kung fu skills, tinikling expertise and tarzan-like ability to survive the steep and difficult trail. Yes, it was very difficult I reminded myself, “kay nganong ni-enter?”

A bleeding calf and a leg stung by a bee.

A bleeding calf and a leg stung by a bee.

One hour passed and there I was finally descending down to the bank, down to the lakeshore, down to our main destination, the mesmerizing Lake Holon. And when I finally got to the grounds, I dumped my things at one side and hurried to the lakeshore. There I stood and paused for a long moment staring at the mirror-like body of water murmuring whispers of adoration for such perfect work of nature. It was getting dark when we got there but even dusk cannot conceal the striking exquisiteness of the lake. And I said, “Lake Holon, here I am, an avid fan of yours long before I met you”. And suddenly I felt a cold wind caressing my face. Ah, the nature heard me.

After the 5 hour trek, I shouted for joy to finally reach the shore of LAKE LOHON!

After the 5 hour trek, I shouted for joy to finally reach the shore of LAKE LOHON!

As darkness devoured the tranquil surroundings, the coldness of the night began wrapping us. The lake was still as if it was in deep slumber. I waited for the moon to show up but seemed shy. I listened to sound of nature encircling us. I listened to the giggles of the mountains, the chirping of the wild crickets and the music of the forest. My ears cannot hear them but my heart can. Inside the tent lying so close to the cold earth, I thought of the comfort of my bed. But it was just a thought. I never wanted it for that night. For I was in the comfort of true home – in the comfort of Mother Nature. Lake Holon is Mother’s nature’s great creation. I was being cuddled. It was lullaby to sleep.

A Beautiful Morning Praise

A Beautiful Morning Praise

The chirping of birds woke me up in the freezing dawn. The cold morning mists kissed my cheeks waking my full senses. And when I finally got into it, it was the incredible view of Lake Holon that greeted my implausible morning. The dawning of the day slowly revealed the true and mystical beauty of the lake. My admiration for her grew deeper. As sunlight shone on her, her radiance was becoming spectacular. The greens enveloping her reflected on the water and I felt like I was in a reverie floating in those placid waters.

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Lake Placid

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…the dance of life, the music of nature!

I grabbed from camera and started photographing every inch of her beauty. I prayed inside me that I can capture her true radiance because my naked eyes can. I prayed I can give justice to her incomparable gorgeousness because she truly is. She is lake placid; she is lake of the gods.

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Mirror Lake

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Can you hear the call of the Lake? I do.

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The bounty of nature

As the sun rose up, I felt the sharp ray of light hitting my face. But as I looked at the lake and saw the dazzling reflection of azure skies reflected on the waters, I thanked the heavens for giving us such clear weather that day to compliment the beauty of Lake Holon. Stunned, I sat on a rock gazing at the waters that seemed to embody the mystery of nature. And I sat and paused there wishing I could spend more time relishing every bit of her. She’s just absolutely adorable.

my fellow worshipers of nature

my fellow worshipers of nature

And when our time was up to say goodbye to Lake Holon, I took a deep breath and say my own prayer. I thanked God for giving the rare opportunity to be who I am – a wanderer and worshipper of His creations. But I thanked Him more for bringing me to this place and let me be clothed by the wonders of Lake Holon. So thus I pray, I pray harder that this masterpiece of nature will be preserved and nurtured. I prayed that when time comes that I come back there, she is still there at her most exquisite natural beauty waiting for me – untouched and unmolested – for me to worship her again because she’s worth all praises, all admiration. Lake Holon is worth it. Now I understand why Lake Holon along with Mount Melibingoy is a sacred place of the T’boli tribe.

Now I’m a captive of her beauty but I don’t have the intentions to be freed.
I shall see her again.

How To Get To Tboli:

From General Santos City, the Municipality of T’boli is just 1.5 hour away by private ride or barely 2 hours by public ride. If you are traveling from Davao City, it will take you around 3.5 hours to get to General Santos City. Buses and utility vans are available for those who will take the public transportation.

Travel Time and Transportation Fare:
Davao City to Gen.Santos City – est 3.5 hours – P270.00
Gen.Santos City to Koronadal City – est. 55 minutes – Php 97.00 by bus, P75 by van
Koronadal City to Tboli – est. 45 minutes – Php 70.00 by van

WRITER’S NOTE: I would life to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Friends of Holon and Melibingoy (FHM) and theMindanao Tourism Council (MinTC) for organizing this event and for inviting us to be part of it. Special thank you shout out goes to Louie Pacardo and Jonalier Perez.

THE WARMTH AND RICHES OF THE T’BOLIS

We agreed to meet by 11:30 on Friday night but I was still home at this very hour packing up for this trip I’d been preparing so hard the day I got invited to join. I remembered the last time I had this kind of trip, it almost cost my life. This is the only kind of trip I would consider to decline – it’s strenuous and “buwis-buhay”. But how can I say no for such invitation if the destination was among the places I drooled and bucket-listed. I would die in envy seeing my friends up there and me at the comfort of my bed lamenting for not saying yes – because the destination is worth all the pain, all the exhaustion and the hard work.

Destination: LAKE HOLON | T’boli, South Cotabato.
Mission: TAKLADTAMIG | Outreach Climb

Tboli 1It was past midnight when I hurried to Davao City Overland Transport Terminal where my friends waited for the next trip to General Santos City and Koronadal, South Cotabato. The whole travel from Davao City passing through these two important cities in SoCCSKSarGen takes about 5 hours. At 1:30, we left Davao and got to Koronadal City at 7:00 in the morning and from there a tourist bus boarded us bound to our main destination, the Municpality of T’boli.

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The Very Challenging Open Trail

The butt-numbing drump-truck ride to Sito Kule

The butt-numbing drump-truck ride to Sito Kule

The municipality of T’boli is located in the hinterlands, on the southwestern portion of Province of South Cotabato. With rugged, rolling terrain, valleys and high slopes a top the mountain ranges, T’boli is home to the two important ethnic tribes in the province – the T’boli and B’laan. Our outreach destination is the Tboli community in Sitio Kule, Barangay Salacafe, and jump of point to the famed Lake Holon.

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The Quaint Sitio Kule, Barangay Salacafe

TAKLADTAMIG | Outreach Climb is an outreach program of Friends of Holon and Melibingoy (FHM), a group of independent and solo mountaineers in South Cotabato. This year’s program was in partnership with the Mindanao Tourism Council (MinTC), a voluntary non-stock, non-profit organization of private tourism players in Mindanao where I am designated as the unofficial Travel Blogger. Sitio Kule, Barangay Salacafe is about an hour ride from the town’s Poblacion and about 45-minute hike to the sitio proper.

The Welcoming faces of the Children of Sitio Kule

The Welcoming faces of the Children of Sitio Kule

Children beaming as we exchanged morning greetings!

The beaming Kids as we exchanged morning greetings!

It was the genuine hospitality of the T’bolis that welcomed us as we arrived at the Sitio Kule. The elders, the young and the children were all beaming as we exchanged morning greetings. Everyone went outside of their homes lining in the narrow street welcoming us like we were their most valued guests. They spoke their tongue but I knew those were words of welcome and that warmth, that hospitality defines the richness of their culture and their way of life. And it sweetly lessened the exhaustion we endured going up there.

T'boli woman dressed in colorful T'boli apparel.

T’boli woman dressed in colorful T’boli apparel.

Ma Sinam Muan, an elder  and chanter of the Tribe helped me with my scarf.

Ma Sinam Muan, an elder and chanter of the Tribe helped me with my scarf.

As program started, an elder of the tribe named Ma Sinam Muan welcomed us with a soulful T’boli chant. As he chanted, his people were cheering for him yelling out words I didn’t comprehend. But sure those were welcoming words from a very welcoming tribe. I was glued from where I stood listening to him wondering what it meant but so mesmerized by such astonishing ethnic tradition. Later I’ve learned that Ma Sinam Muan is one of the few remaining Tboli chanters. We are so lucky to have heard him chant.

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With the T’boli Kids of Sitio Kule

TTT or The T'boli Teens

TTT or The T’boli Teens

Just among the many items we give to community. Thank you DONORS.

Just among the many items we give to community. Thank you DONORS.

The welcome chant was then followed by ethnic performances from the members of the tribe. Dressed in the full colorful T’boli costumes, T’boli women started dancing while accompanied by the rhythmic beat of the T’boli gongs. I’ve seen many cultural performances in the city and places I’ve been but this kind of performances only become more significant when played and performed by authentic members of the tribe. I find it amusing seeing them perform these traditional dances that are handed down to them by their ancestors.

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I found a DOLL in T'boli. She's so adorable.

I found a DOLL in T’boli. She’s so adorable.

After the distribution of school supplies, medicines, canned goods, packed food items and slippers to 200 kids and 52 households, the community treated us for scrumptious lunch where local and indigenous food were served. We shared and feasted over local gastronomic finds some of us haven’t eaten in years. Oh, the taste of the local coffee is still fresh and I wish to taste it again when I chance to come there.

Local Food Overload

Local Food Overload

We brought some of these at Lake Holon.

We brought some of these at Lake Holon.

Native na Mais

Native na Mais

I was looking for Ginamos for this.

I was looking for Ginamos for this.

Honestly when I left Davao City that morning, I thought it was only Lake Holon that will mesmerize me. I was surprise to realize that its people can melt my heart. It wasn’t only Lake Holon that made me so connected to this town – but the people who welcomed us, who embraced us with their warmth and kindness. These are their exemplary traits – their riches.

MAY YOUR TRIBE INCREASE!

Oh by the way, I planted a tree at Sitio Kule.

Oh by the way, I planted a tree at Sitio Kule.

Friends of Holon and Melibingoy (FHM), a group of independent and solo mountaineers in South Cotabato.

FHM is a group of independent and solo mountaineers based in South Cotabato.

How To Get To Tboli:

From General Santos City, the Municipality of T’boli is just 1.5 hour away by private ride or barely 2 hours by public ride. If you are traveling from Davao City, it will take you around 3.5 hours to get to General Santos City. Buses and utility vans are available for those who will take the public transportation.

Travel Time and Transpo Fare:
Davao City to Gen.Santos City – est 3.5 hours – P270.00
Gen.Santos City to Koronadal City – est. 55 minutes – Php 97.00 by bus, P75 by van
Koronadal City to Tboli – est. 45 minutes – Php 70.00 by van

WRITER’S NOTE:

I would life to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Friends of Holon and Melibingoy (FHM) and the Mindanao Tourism Council (MinTC) for organizing this event and for inviting us to be part of it. To the leaders and members of Tboli Community, thank you for welcoming us to your homes. To our sponsors and benefactors who generously shared their possessions, namely the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Senator Misis Cynthia Villar sa Mindanao, GUIDE Davao, South Cotabato Provincial Tourism Office, Lake Sebu EcoTourism Council, the LGU of Lake Sebu, our birthday girl Ate Ju Dy Pazon and of course the LGU of  T’boli and its Local Tourism Office.  Special thank you shout out goes to Louie Pacardo and Jonalier Perez.

Bong S’lamat. Hanggang sa muli!

MY FIRST DAVAO WILDWATER ADVENTURE

Braving the wild rapids of the Upper Davao River is something I always dreamed of doing. I have tried tubing and river rafting in the other parts of island but never in my own city of Davao. Thus, when I had the chance doing it for the first time in the city where I lived, I could hardly contain my excitement. Thanks to Davao Wildwater Adventure, this long time dream was made possible.

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The Upper Davao River

Thrilled to experience a magnificent ride into the mighty Davao River, I woke up very early and drove towards Crocodile Park Compound where Davao Wildwater Adventure, Incorporated is located. They are known to be Davao’s authority for river rafting and Davao River is their playground. Like me, excited participants got there earlier than the scheduled briefing. There were around 30, a quarter of which were foreigners. All faces seemed pretty thrilled.

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Excited for my first Davao Wildwater Adventure

By the time the orientation started, we were given safety gears to fit – helmet and life vests. During the briefing, were told about some facts and information about the Davao River – the course of river rafting and other related information. Before the briefing ended, we were asked to watch a short video presentation about DWAI, the Davao River and things to expect during the said course. I noticed some of my fellow participants got frightened seeing some rafts capsized for several times. I, on the other hand, felt so exhilarated.

Me and my travel buddy Sarah, ready for the RIDE!

All set and ready, the group including our raft guides hopped on the jeepney and headed towards Marilog District of Davao City. Our target destination is Barangay Tamugan. It is about an hour travel from Davao Crocodile Park. Tamugan River is the starting point of this four-hour wet adventure. From Tamugan River, we will be traversing the long and winding Davao Upper River passing through 24 challenging rapids and end in Barangay Lacson in Calinan District.

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MY TEAM ON THE RAFT

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THE OBLIGATORY JUMP POSE BEFORE LEAVING

Upon reaching Tamugan River, as a requisite, we all had to undergo a brief training – the safety briefing on how to put on our rafting gears, how to use the paddle, commands to follow and the strokes to use. Next stage was the safety drill on the rafting site. We were all asked to jump into calm flat waters and learn how to drift and how to rescue if someone falls from raft. With all the pre-rafting lessons learned, guessed we were all set and ready to conquer the wild Davao River. The guide told us to listen to the commands being yelled out and to unfailingly work as a team. I had to admit, listening to those raft lingos made me even more excited.

Our starting point – TAMUGAN RIVER

…the group!

There were seven of us in the raft including our guide Wilbert – one Canadian, one Indian-Singaporean and the rest were Filipinos. As we got onto the raft, our guide gave us final tips and techniques while on board. When Wilbert yelled out “Paddle Forward”, it signaled that our great wild water adventure was about to begin.

…starting up for the great ride!

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…all set to raft!

The river was pretty calm and flat when we started leaving. Hence, we took the chance mastering the right paddling. Just about 10 minutes from where we started, the river became wilder. We were paddling through rapids that seemed scary at some point. Some of these churning whitewater rushing over boulders and rocks were pretty challenging putting us all in great exhilaration and fright. But whenever we overcame challenging rapids, the more we became aggressive to survive other rapids.

paddle forward!

faster!

Wilbert was a good raft guide. His roaring voice commanding us to paddle harder was our great guide to survive as a team. And then we would happily raise our paddles every time he yelled, “High Five”! Team effort as he would always say.

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braving the rapids

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conquered! high 5!

Moving forward, rapids became more and more challenging. There is one called “Washing Machine” and the other called “Rodeo”. True enough, these two are the most challenging rapids on the Tamugan-Lacson Run. At times, our raft will suddenly drop from a huge boulder but will go along with the rapids. This happened at the part where they called “Double Drop” and “Drop and Suck”. There were times our raft will bump against huge rocks but still we all managed to conquer. And yes, our raft capsized twice and we all fell – but that was the best part of the course. We became more adventurous.

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Splashed!

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High 5!

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capsized!

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into the rapids again!

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there goes the raging rapids!

As we went further, we became more excited. Fear no more. All of us in the raft became no longer strangers. We all became friends. We shouted together and enjoyed every minute of this wet ride. Paddle forward! Paddle back! Paddle up! High 5!

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paddle forward! faster!

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fear no more! conquer the rapids!

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exciting ride, it is!

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

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Davao River it is.

While traversing the 13 kilometer Upper Davao River, it was also a great chance sightseeing this unfamiliar part of Davao City. We passed by wall rocks and luxuriant foliage on the sides. We entered a cave and drank spring water from it. Saw wild birds chirping from the trees, iguanas crawling on one side and even children playing by the river.

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FEAR NO MORE!

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just go with the flow and conquer the rapids!

The most refreshing sight I was amazed to see there was the Vanishing Falls that according to Wilbert was so kind to us on that day. Like its name, the water vanishes during dry season but there were aplenty when we got there. It was such a great sight to behold. Enticed by it, we got off from our raft and took time bathing under its refreshing cascading waters.

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The Cave

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I Drank A Spring Water from Here

Traversing some 13 kilometer of the Davao River was a wild adventure I truly look forward to doing again. Among the many things one can do in Davao City, this heart-pounding experience is truly a must-try. Having done that, I therefore say, I SURVIVED and CONQUERED the wild beauty of the Davao River.

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The Vanishing Falls

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Refreshing!

THANK YOU Davao Wild Water Adventure!

Special thanks to DAVAO WILDWATER ADVENTURE INCORPORATED for letting me experience this heart pumping water adventure. To Sir Sonny Dizon, Davao people should thank you for spearheading not just this kind of adventure but the many things you have started to boost tourism/adventure in the city. To you Sir, my deepest thanks

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PACKAGE RATE: Php 2,000.00 per person
Inclusive of the following:

  • Transportation (From Crocodile Park to Rafting Area and back)
  • Packed Lunch & Bottled Water
  • Use of Gears & Equipment
  • Raft guide
  • Souvenir Shirt
  • Documentation: Photos/Videos (2 Disc per group of 6)
  • Ticket to ZIP CITY, Tribu K’mindanawan & Butterfly House

ITINERARY

  • 800 am Assembly at Crocodile Park
  • 930 am Departure
  • 1030 am Arrival at Put In area, Tamugan
  • 1100 am Start of Rafting
  • 1200 nn Lunch
  • 300 pm Arrival at Take Out area, Purok 8, Lacson
  • 330 pm Departure for Crocodile Park
  • 430 pm Arrival at Crocodile Park

FOR RESERVATIONS AND GROUP DISCOUNTS, please visit or call:

DAVAO WILDWATER ADVENTURE INCORPORATED
Crocodile Park Compound
Riverfront Corporate City
Diversion Highway
Maa, Davao City
Telephone Number : (+6382) 221 7823 / 286 1055
Website: http://waterrafting.psdgroupph.com/

DAHICAN BEACH: The Skimboarding Capital of the South

If you are a beach freak and you’re gone traveling down south in Davao Region, your trip is not complete if you’ve never touched the pristine sands of Dahican Beach in the quaintest City of Mati in Davao Oriental.

Skimboarding Dahican Beach (34)Just 3 hours ride from the metropolitan Davao City, this Edenic paradise of powdery white sand, playful waves and untainted shores has fast become popular among beach enthusiasts around the country. It has become one major tourist destination groomed to become the Skimboarding Capital of the Philippines.

The seven-kilometer shoreline of Dahican Beach

The seven-kilometer shoreline of Dahican Beach

Used to be secret beach paradise of the locales, this tropical jewel is endowed by a seven-kilometer stretch of pure white sand beach lined attractively with coconut trees, facing the clear turquoise waters of the great Pacific Ocean. During monsoons months, the open sea’s waves and currents are huge and ravaging. It seems pretty scary and ruthless for those who do not know how to swim. But for those who love to play the waves, the beach is a perfect spot for surfing and skimboarding.

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A Day at Dahican Beach

When it gained a reputation being the region’s skimboarding capital, Dahican has attracted thousands of skimboarders and surfers across the country. In fact, Skimboarding Competitions are held here annually gathering the best players of the waves coming not just from the Philippines but some parts of the world. It becomes one of the most anticipated annual events in the whole region drawing thousands of crowds – skimboarders or not. Because of such, Dahican Beach becomes synonymous to the word “skimboarding”.

Rustic Appeal of Dahican Beach

Rustic Appeal of Dahican Beach

Laid-back Beach Scene

Laid-back Beach Scene

Dahican’s reputation for skimboarding is attributed to the team that started it all on the shores of Dahican – the Amihan Boys.  The now renowned Amihan Boys is a homegrown team of local skimboarders and surfers headed by Kuya Jun Plaza, a native of Dahican. Amihan Boys has gained wide reputation as the best Skimboarders and Surfers in the country and has gone far joining competitions here and abroad. Today, these amazing boys became local celebrities as some of them have won various local and international skimboarding competitions.

Skimboarding Dahican Beach

Skimboarding Dahican Beach

Kuya Jun, who acts as a father and mentor to the team does not only teach the boys to become the best players but he teaches them with good values to live by away from vices and the likes. Today, the group of Kuya Jun gives free skimboarding and surfing clinics, spearhead surfing tournaments and promote good sportsmanship.

LET THE GAME BEGIN!

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This blogger at Dahican Beach

This blogger at Dahican Beach

Dahican Beach is about 15 minutes drive from the city proper.  You have to pass by rough roads before reaching the beach.  The good thing is that there is no entrance fee and it is open to the public – be it locals or foreigners.

HIT THE DAHICAN BEACH NOW! ENJOY LIFE!

VISIT SAMAL. STAY AT PUNTA DEL SOL BEACH RESORT.

If you are in Davao City and you have an instant itch for the sun, the sand and the sea – worry not, the Island Garden City of Samal is just within reach. If you need a place to unwind and chill out savoring Davao Gulf’s serene feel, do check out Punta Del Sol Beach Resort – it is one charming beach resort that offers relaxation and tranquility away from the bustles and hustles of city living.

Punta Del Sol Beach ResortBe it a company outing, a weekend escapade with friends, beach trip with families, or even a quite time with one self, Punta Del Sol is an ideal place for you in this corner of Davao Region.

The Tranquil Ambiance of Punta Del Sol

The Tranquil Ambiance of Punta Del Sol

Punta Del Sol is conveniently located in Catagman District. It is easily reached whether by boat or overland vehicles. Be it private cars or passenger buses, getting to Punta Del Sol is easy. It is about 20 minutes ride from Babak District and about 10 minutes ride from Peñaplata.  Aside from its proximity, Punta Del Sol’s facilities and amenities are among the best things why it should be your next place to stay in Samal.

Lovely Cottages By The Sea

Lovely Cottages By The Sea

The entire beach resort is ideally designed to provide privacy and convenience while enjoying beach activities and aqua sports that defined Samal Island as the one of the best Island destinations in the country.

Punta Del Sol's Quaint Beach View

Punta Del Sol’s Quaint Beach View

If you want to take pleasure snorkeling all the day long, Punta Del Sol’s waters will never fail you. If you’re up to see the underwater world and meet the friendly whale sharks, sea cows (dugong), sea turtles, Punta Del Sol offers great scuba diving packages that will best suit you.

Visit Samal. Stay at Punta Del Sol.

Visit Samal. Stay at Punta Del Sol.

Room Accommodation? Worry not! Punta Del Sol Beach Resort offers room accommodation that will suit your budget. Their rooms range from Php 600.00 to Php 3,600.00 per night, double occupancy or more people. You got the choice of fan room or air-conditioned cottage. So whatever your budget, Punta Del Sol delivers the right package for you.

SNAPSHOTS FROM PUNTA DEL SOL

Budyong at Tsinelas

Budyong at Tsinelas

Flowers in Bloom

Flowers in Bloom

Souvenir Pieces

Souvenir Pieces

Wall Decor

Wall Decor

Flowers in Full Bloom

Flowers in Full Bloom

Punta Del Sol Beach Resort (73)

More Flowers. More Colors.

Punta Del Sol's Eagles

Punta Del Sol’s Eagles

Air-conditioned Cottages

Air-conditioned Cottages

Fried Chicken. Dinner.

Fried Chicken. Dinner.

...where I spent my night at Punta Del Sol

…where I spent my night at Punta Del Sol

Breakfast in Bed.

Breakfast in Bed.

Scorching Sun

Scorching Sun

Into The Green and the Blue

Into The Green and the Blue

Cloudy Morning

Cloudy Morning

Fun Fun Fun at Punta Del Sol

Fun Fun Fun at Punta Del Sol

Room Accommodation to Choose from

Room Accommodation to Choose from

The Summits of Mounts Apo, Sibulan and Talomo slowly devoured by a charming dusk as seen from Punta Del Sol

The Summits of Mounts Apo, Sibulan and Talomo slowly devoured by a charming dusk as seen from Punta Del Sol

Beautiful Davao City by Night

Beautiful Davao City by Night

The lonesome ship in the sea of glowing lights

The lonesome ship in the sea of glowing lights

Punta Del Sol by Night

Punta Del Sol by Night

The Travel Teller capturing the beauty of Punta Del Sol

The Travel Teller capturing the beauty of Punta Del Sol

The Travel Teller at Punta Del Sol

The Travel Teller at Punta Del Sol

So, if you’re planning for your next visit to Samal, be it a weekend getaway or not, check out Punta Del Sol Beach Resort. Its quaint relaxing ambience will surely give you more reasons to come back more often to the Island Garden City of Samal.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Punta Del Sol Beach Resort
Catagman District, Island Garden City of Samal
Contact #:(+63) (082) 221 -2121; 305 – 3838
Mobile #: (+63) 922 – 836 – 1092
Resort Office: (+63) (084) 301 – 4018
Email Address: [email protected]
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/PuntaDelSolProperties
Website: http://www.puntadelsolsamal.com