Travel: New way to explore Davao and Samal Island beaches

One of the many joys of living in Davao City is that it is just several minutes away (a 15-minute ferry ride away, in fact) from Samal Island (Island Garden City of Samal or IGACOS), home of white sand beaches, great resorts, clear water, healthy marine life and dive spots.

A lot of tourists usually go to just one resort in Samal Island but did you know that there’s now a new, fun way to explore Davao and the beaches around Samal? Why not go island hopping aboard Explore Davao?

Explore Davao is an outrigger boat (bangka) complete with an expanded sun deck, bean bags, iPod dock and a cooler. Explore Davao island hopping banca even has its own comfort room and a nifty trapdoor!

To show you just how comfortable Davao island hopping aboard Explore Davao is, here are my cool friends and fellow sun and sea worshippers – members of popular Filipino band Rivermaya. We all visited Vanishing Island, a sandbar in the middle of the gulf that disappears as the sun starts to set (hence the name), a few hours before their Rivermaya Live in Davao show which I proudly co-produced 🙂 Of course, the boys hopped on Explore Davao!


Check out my handsome dates that day 🙂 Hi boys!


Yes, they’re THAT kulit 😀



Here’s a video:

The Explore Davao boat is docked at the Pearl Farm marina in Lanang, Davao City. The boat captain and his crew are friendly and have ready smiles, too!


So go ahead and take a breather. Go island hopping in Samal and take a whiff of fresh beach breeze. Book your Davao island hopping adventure today!

Explore Davao
Call (+63) 9177640623, 09228733941 or 09239120338

*Explore Davao was one of the generous sponsors of the Rivermaya Live in Davao gig. Thank you Kim and Chris!

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Mindanaoan Irene

Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, Google Business Group - Women lead organizer, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. In 2012, Mindanaoan also completed a US Gov't. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at

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