Samal, also known as Island Garden City of Samal, is located in Davao del Norte. It’s probably one of the best places you should never miss visiting in the Philippines. We will write a list of Samal Beaches that will make you inspire to visit all these 12 Beaches in Samal.
We really loved our Samal Island itinerary, and we believe that they have the best views ever! If you’re interested in going to Samal Island soon, you should read this blog post about the 12 Best Samal Beaches and Samal Beach Resorts that we know.
Read here: Where to Stay in Samal Island
BEACHES IN SAMAL
BEST TIME TO VISIT SAMAL ISLAND
Like any tropical destination, Samal Island is best explored during dry and sunny days. Of course, it’s always necessary to use sunscreen and to stay hydrated in these months.
Luckily, the climate in the Philippines is very predictable as it only has 2 seasons: wet and dry. Sunny weather stays for quite a long time in the area.
From December to May is the best time to visit Samal Island Davao. You can swim, catch a tan and enjoy exploring the island in Davao’s driest months.
SAMAL BEACHES AND SAMAL BEACH RESORTS
1. ISLA RETA
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Isla Reta is one of those beach resorts yet to fully bloom. You could swim, dive, and just enjoy the beautiful untouched sea kingdom. You could even pitch your tent near the shores if you’re planning for an overnight stay. Isla Reta is located at Talikud Island.
Entrance Fee costs about 100 PHP.
2. DAYANG BEACH RESORT
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Another beach resort in Talikud Island is Dayang Beach Resort. It’s another small humble resort that has white sandy beaches, beautiful views of the majestic Mount Apo, and a lush garden in the backyard. Cottages are also available in the area.
3. TALIKUD ISLAND
If you want more of those good island vibes, you can visit Talikud Island. It’s just a few minutes away from Samal Island (literally behind Samal Island) and almost an hour away from Davao.
Talikud is the perfect place to watch the sunset, relax on the beach and do some snorkeling.
There are several resorts on the island with entrance fees of around 75 PHP for a day trip and 50-150 PHP for an overnight stay in a tent.
On the other hand, cottage rentals cost around 400-1,800 PHP and is ideal for larger groups.
Click here to check prices and availability at Isla Bonita Resort in Talikud!
4. PARADISE ISLAND PARK AND BEACH RESORT
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Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort is arguably a perfect island getaway for families and friends. With a lengthy shoreline and clear and clean sands, this resort knew how beauty should be maintained and taken care of. Despite having lots of tourists, the place has never lost its likely flawless charm.
5. MAXIMA AQUAFUN RESORT
If you’re visiting the wonderful island of Samal with the family, you will surely enjoy a getaway to Maxima AquaFun.
It is one of the best things to do in Samal Island and one of the best Samal Beaches for big groups because of the super slide, banana boats, jet skis, snorkeling and diving gear you can enjoy.
The entrance fee is only 300 PHP for the majority of the activities in the resort. You can take a boat that goes to Maxima Aquafun from Sta. Ana Wharf at 9 AM and heads back at 4 PM. A round trip ticket costs 150 PHP per person.
6. COSTA MARINA BEACH RESORT
Image from Costa Marina Beach Resort
Another beach resort in Samal is Costa Marina Beach Resort. The resort has good value because of its budget-friendly room accommodations and meals.
Not just that, they are also conveniently located at Caliclic, Babak District. Costa Marina might be humble looking but it just realistically describes what it feels like to be an islander. One of the most beautiful Samal Beach Resorts.
The entrance fee would be around 120 PHP.
BEACHES IN SAMAL
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7. VANISHING ISLAND
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Another must-see in Samal Island is a unique area a few minutes from the coast of Tambo, Babak. Vanishing Island, as its name implies, goes underwater during high tide and resurfaces during low tide.
It has crystal clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling when the water gets deep and is also fun to walk around on and explore during low tide.
A boat to this stretch of sand costs around 250-300 PHP and usually comes with lunch and a 3-hour stay on the island.
8. KAPUTIAN BEACH PARK RESORT
Image from Samal Guide
Kaputian Beach Park Resort is a hidden laid-back haven. The long stretchy shoreline and the relaxing isolated vibes. The beach is also good for photoshoots.
The area is spacious and you’ll find good angles and sunlight for your Instagram-worthy shots. You’ll also have the beautiful view of the Talikud Island.
9. PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT
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If you’re into panoramic ocean views, gorgeous beach fronts and luxurious spaces in one of Samal Beaches, 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.
You can book a night for two people for around $250 USD.
10. SECDEA BEACH RESORT
Image from Secdea Beach Resort
Secdea Beach Resort is located right in the middle of Mangrovitum, a line of century-old Mangrove trees that make the place more unique. The pool is only small however, kids could still enjoy it.
The resort is pretty huge and you’ll really enjoy both the spacious and unique experience. Try their mangrove walk, to enjoy the nature “feels”. The resort is quite pricey for some. But amazing in this list of Beach Resorts in Samal if you are traveling with kids.
11. THE ISLAND BUENAVISTA
The Island Buenavista is the perfect island getaway. Complete with the amenities you need when staying at a hotel, except that this is a resort. The area is also comparably huge to other resorts in this list.
Also, the island is pretty well maintained. The connection between each process is smoothly done, so you don’t have to stress yourself because you’ll get your getaway just by feeling the procedure.
12. BABU SANTA BEACH RESORT
Babu Santa Beach Resort isn’t unlike any other resort. It’s a frequent stopover by the people going to Talikud Island, but it’s more than just that. It feels like it is an untouched island, safe to live on.
Just like what you see in the movies, simple hut along the shore, and a shoreline, water, trees, and that’s all. For a lot of people, they love going to these types of resorts to disconnect for a while.
There is no entrance fee but there is a dock fee of 200 PHP. A tent also costs about 75 PHP per person.
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These Samal Beaches and Samal Beach Resorts are indeed all beautiful and we loved each one of them. Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite beaches in Samal
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