How to get to Samal Island from Davao City

Last updated on April 28th, 2019 at 07:17 pm

Samal Island called officially the Island Garden City of Samal is definitely an island gem, or should we say, a gem filled with thousands of amazing islands. We will tell you how to get to Samal Island from Davao City. There are two possibilities by boat and we will explain with all the details. Read here our favorite things to do in Davao City if you spend a few days in the capital of Mindanao.

There are many things to do in Samal Island, Davao. The views here are priceless, and the locals are welcoming. We loved snorkeling, diving, and island hopping here. is one of the places a traveler should go to when they visit Mindanao, Philippines.

Read here where to stay in Samal Island, Davao!

Read here where to stay in Davao City and how to get to Davao City

HOW TO GET TO SAMAL ISLAND FROM DAVAO

We flew from Manila with Air Asia to Davao City and spent around 2 hours on the plane. There are more options to fly to Davao from Angeles City, in Clark. There are also direct flights to Davao from Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Iloilo and Bacolod. And even flights from Singapore with Cebu Pacific.

From Davao International Airport is the busiest airport in Southern Philippines, with a capacity to accommodate more than one million passengers annually. From the airport you can ride 2 jeepneys to reach the pier. From there, you will ride a boat to go to Samal. There are boats at the port that leave as early as 4 AM. Since we weren’t really in a hurry, we stayed in the airport for the night and got going at around 10 AM. From the airport you can also ride Grab if you wish more comfort and even taxi if you aren’t on a budget.

HOW TO GET TO SAMAL ISLAND FROM DAVAO CITY

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How to get to Samal Island from Davao City easiest way

Take 2 jeepneys from the city to Sta. Ana Wharf and from there, ride the Palboros boat to go to Kaputian, Samal. This is the cheapest option and it will cost around 20 PHP for the jeepneys and 60 PHP for a one-way boat. The boat ride last 45 minutes and there are a few boats during the day.

How to get to Samal Island from Davao City from Sasa Wharf

Take 2 jeepneys to Sasa Wharf and from there, ride the bus. The bus will go on board a vessel ship to Samal. We really love these local experiences in our travels. From Penaplata, you can ride the shared tricycle to Kaputian for 75 PHP each for around 20 kilometers. This can be an option if the weather is bad since the ferry takes only 5 minutes to get to Samal Island.

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We had to choose the second option (we definitely wanted the first), as there were some locals who informed us that the boats from Sta. Ana Wharf were not sailing the day we were traveling due to some weather complications.

How to get to Davao City by Ferry from Manila

If you go on a budget and you want to enjoy of two days sailing for around 2000 PHP you can get tickets from Manila to Davao City.

HOW TO GET TO DAVAO BY PLANE

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (or Davao International Airport) is the busiest airport in Southern Philippines, with a capacity to accommodate more than one million passengers annually.

Local airlines with direct flights from Manila are Cebu PacificPhilippine Airlines, and PAL Express. Flights are available from other Philippine cities such as ClarkCebu, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and many others. You can also book international flights from Silk Air and Singapore Airlines which offers direct flights to Singapore.

From the airport, there are taxis that can take passengers into the city. Hotel pick-up can also be arranged. Another alternative is to hire or rent a car if you would like to drive around by yourself. Outside the airport you will find regular jeepneys to get to Davao City.

HOW TO GET TO DAVAO CITY BY BUS

Buses to Mindanao come from different nearby like cities Cagayan de Oro (read here our best touris spots in Cagayan de Oro and best restaurants in Cagayan de Oro), Cotabato, Digos, General Santos, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Surigao. This is the cheapest mode of transportation to travel to Davao City. Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned public buses go to and from Davao on a daily basis. Even if you are coming from Manila, you can still travel by bus!  The Philippines has what they call a Ro-Ro (short for roll on, roll off). Ro-ro ships are vessels that carry other vehicles like cars and buses over water.

WHERE TO STAY IN SAMAL ISLAND DAVAO

PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT

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If you’re into panoramic ocean views, gorgeous beach fronts and luxurious spaces, Pearl Farm Beach Resort is the place for you. This is the only 5-star resort in Mindanao and takes pride in its promotion of local culture and products. The resort also offers plenty of thrilling water activities and tours. It has a spa for relaxation and a lounge for movie nights. The rooms are spacious and have enchanting decor.

Those looking for budget hotels in the island will find a B&B that goes for as low as 600 PHP. Mid-range resorts typically cost around 2,500-3,750 PHP while other luxury spots can be afforded at 5,500 and above.

To get the most amazing room deals, you can book a place in Samal Island before you travels with Booking and Agoda.

If you want to use Airbnb for your trip to Davao City and Samal Island. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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If you are traveling to other destinations in the Philippines check how to get to Camiguin Island one of our favorite places in the Philippines.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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