The Island Garden City of Samal or IGACOS is an offshore island of Davao del Norte and has been a popular destination among travelers due to its successful advertisement of pristine environment. The place is a sensation among local and foreign travelers who wish to visit Davao.
|Stuffed Dugong, a common sight in Samal|
It was a funny day that I got acquainted with three congenial friends from Davao City, Rommel, Dado and Cosme and I got invited to visit Samal Island to cool down in one of the pride beaches of Davao del Norte. I thought we were going to popular Paradise Beach, but Rommel said that the place was already deteriorated and would no longer appeal to my “sensitive taste”.
Going to the island isn’t difficult as others would think of. The easiest ways is through the public buses 'Island City Express' at Magsaysay Road near the Peoples Park that regularly transport passengers and tourists to Samal. I was fortunate that day that Rommel brought his car that saved me from the hassle of traveling, after my 10 hour non-stop bus ride coming from Surigao del Sur.
|The beach and local port in Kaputian|
At the IGACOS Ferry Terminal we just paid a minimum of Php 270.00 for the van. It took us only less than 30 minutes to cross the sea through an LCT barge to where we boarded. From the terminal, we drove for less than 20 minutes before we reached Kaputian Beach.
The name of the beach stand firm to its reputation due to the white sands that harbors the shore of the resort. There was an entrance fee of Php 10 /each for a day tour. Cottages and rooms are also available if you wish to stay overnight.
Since we were there just to cool down, we opted not to rent any cottage .We just placed a beach towel on the sand and had our snacks fronting the nearing twilight. We were so thankful that there are also comfort and shower rooms available for washing and changing.
Twilight came and the view fronting us was a beautiful sunset creating a crimson sky with the peak of Mt. Apo as background on the other side.We simple enjoyed the day goofing around and soaking our tired body in the warm water of Kaputian.