Here is an overview of one of the most popular places for expats wanting to live in or near Samal Island. The Philippines is just so beautiful, and this is a place to really have a look at.
The Garden Island City of Samal is located 2 kilometers off the coast of Davao City. Access to Samal is from Davao International Airport and getting to the nearby ferry services.
Samal Island landmass has more than 118 kilometers of shoreline to enjoy. The famous resorts of this region include the highly respected Pearl Farm Resort, once a farm for pearls it is now a landmark site for the people of the region. Numerous resorts are popping up along the coast and inland due to the demand to vacation in this beautiful region.
The resorts attract many people and this must be taken into account if renting or buying a home in that area.
Several unique areas to enjoy while in Samal Island are the Hagimit Falls and the Monfort Bat Cave. Hagimit falls is a beautifully set resort which is built right in the islets of a unique water system. This fresh water falls is fed right from a massive limestone spring and flows down over a series of falls till it reaches the bottom. Be sure to bring the swimming suits as the blue/green waters of Hagimit cannot be passed over just by looking alone. The Monfort Bat Cave is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding over 2 million fruit bats in one area.
Those who love to see the tropical fish and coral reefs can enjoy many hot spots around Samal and Talikud islands. Talikud is known for having some of the nicest reefs and sea life in the local area including the Mansud Wall, a deep gorge wall on the island reefs.
Several locations around the island have small places to see and learn from the locals. Towns like Babak and Penaplatta are just two of the unique towns which dot the islands. Beaches like Kaputian, where time stood still and others like Blue Jazz resort which is a more modern effect of the island, dictate what one wants to see and enjoy. Samal Island has it all from fun in the sun, relaxing by the sea to enjoying a mountain top resort in total tranquility.