My favorite getaway is Pearl Farm Resort, an 11-hectare resort nestled in Samal Island, just 45 minutes by boat from Waterfront Insular Hotel's port. Though overnight stays are relatively expensive, a day-tour can be enjoyed at just under PhP2,000 which already includes transportation, welcome drink, a dizzying array of culinary delight at the lunch buffet, and boat rides to and from its neighboring island, Malipano, which is a secluded island which has 11 villas of the Florendos. For day-travellers, boats leave for the city at 3:30PM.
The Parola Bar at the entrance of Pearl Farm Resort in Samal Island.
It has 2 swimming pools. This one overlooking the Malipano Island, which you can visit for free, as often as you like during your whole stay. Boats can be readily availed - for free, if you want a more solitary sun-and-sand experience in Malipano.
Mangroves in Samal Island
Native designs of elegant cottages, one is named after a royal guest, the Prince of Brunei.
Commune with God and nature at a chapel in Malipano.
Ahhh... life! (Malipano Island, overlooking Pearl Farm Resort.
The bluest of blue skies can be enjoyed almost all year round in Davao.
This is the Eye in the Sky!