Monday, December 15, 2008

Punta del Sol, Samal Island

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Davao is my most frequently traveled place in Mindanao. And I’m already sick of it. Who would not, when all the way from Surigao you have to let yourself stuck in the bus for 11-hours tiresome land trip? The only thing that keeps me looking forward to Davao is its adjacent island that always tickle my curiosity. Perhaps because of the overly publicized Davao Pearl Farm that boasts a world-class appeal. 

I am talking about the Island Garden City of Samal or IGaCoS as the island residents called it.
Punta del Sol, Samal Island
My wish was finally granted on December 10, 2008 when it was chosen as the venue of one of the activities where I was invited to participate. Yes, on official business. But not bad for an official business. In fact I consider it a vacation (with a serious twist). :D

Warning: Escape this part if you dont want to read a rant: 
When I first learned about the event being held in Samal, I feel like celebrating. I was full of anticipation and mindmapped the plans like go to this place, photograph this, and be photographed with this. But poof, coco crunch! I was stuck in Punta del Sol Resort. And to talk about how far I have gone in the island, I was only given the chance to travel its circumferential road to and from the Samal Wharf. I underestimated the island, I thought it was just a small one.

The lesson learned: dont set expectations. So instead of titling this entry in honor of Island Garden City of Samal, the spotlight goes to Punta del Sol Resort.

Going there, I dropped off first at Panacan in mainland Davao from my Agusan-Davao highway ride. Then took a taxi from there to Sasa Wharf which is just almost a kilometer away. I must have taken a cab in going there if I knew the location of the wharf. Anyway, the taxi only costs me 34.00 so it is not bad after all.
Sasa Ferry Wharf
From the Sasa Ferry Wharf in mainland Davao, I rode aboard the common transport facility to the island, a large barge. Punta del Sol Resort has its own established port in Santa Ana Wharf in Magsaysay Avenue but I prefer the Sasa Wharf since it is much closer from my point of arrival in Davao. Magsaysay also serves as the terminal for Island City buses, the local bus serving the Davao-Samal transport. Since I was looking for an adventure, I did not take the bus on my way to Punta Resort, I simply took a seat lined up on the mezzanine of the barge. I thought riding the barge for almost 20 minutes is free. But when I arrived at the exit gate of Babak Samal Wharf, I was asked for a toll fee of P10.00. This only goes that there is no such thing as free in this world today.
Babak Samal Wharf


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Outside the Babak Samal Wharf Gate is the motorcycle terminal that caters the commuting adventurers. Fares vary upon the distance and good leveraging. For Punta del Sol which is a 7 kilometers rough road shortcut ride, the fare ranges from P50.00 to P60.00 (commensurate to fare rates that Island City buses imposes plus the motorcycle transit that one has to take from its drop off point in Central Warehouse).

And so enough for the blah blahs.. presenting the Punta del Sol Resort.



-->Things I loved about Punta del Sol.. fresh kinilaw and warm welcome presentations of energetic dancers.





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Dramatic sunset comparable to our Mabua Beach (in Surigao City).









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Like what our organizers said when I requested for an island tour, “We’ll reserve it for the next time”. I just hope there will be some other time. I was really anticipating seeing the bat cave and some of the island’s waterfalls.

23 comments:

Ocean said...

wow!! nice place...

hi i started a new blog at ur free time try visit mine! i will be very thankful to u..
have a nice day!!!

the donG said...

isa yan sa gusto kong bisitahin. saang beach ang pinakamaganda dyan? any recommendation?

salamat!

The Islander said...

Hi Ocean... ill be there... thanks for dropping a comment.


@dong.. pearl farm is the most famous and the most aspired beach. havent gone there anyway.

KOSA said...

anung resort ba to?
ito ba yung pearl farm?
narinig ko na yung pearl farm pero diko pa nikikita sa internet kung may site sila...

pero kung hindi man ito yung pearl farm maganda din nman to!

The Islander said...

hehehe Punta del Sol Resort to. Mas high end yung Pearl Farm Resort.

Chi said...

howie there, merry christmas!nice shots, haven't been there though...

Lionheart : Richard the Adventurer said...

Merry Christmas!

janus said...

waw! you were here? haha. anyhoo, i've transferred. I do not update my domain site anymore. cheers!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Soy said...

It really is a paradise although I can't remember it looking that good when I went there over 10 years ago. Your photos are fab, too. :)

PUSANG-gala said...

buti kapa sick na sa kakatravel sa Davao---kelan kaya ako makakarating dyan? hmmmm....

Lawstude said...

ganda talaga ng island mo jaypee.

anyways, happy new year my friend and i really enjoyed and appreciated the returns and visits to each others' blogs in 2008. alam ko busy ka these days pero cheers for more in 2009!!!

Elyong said...

I also traveled by bus from Davao City to Surigao City and Back almost monthly for 2 years. The road was not as good as this time, actually it was really bad.

Nice picture by the way.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Trendy Jewelry said...

Nice Photos! I need a vacation.

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estan said...

wow nindot da. bitaw, i spent 2 years in davao and i only visited samal once, day trip pa jud :)

ayo ayo ug maayong tuig karon :)

Allan Barredo said...

Happy New Year bro! More travels for 2009!

leizlmarie said...

the resort looks so familiar.. i guess i've passed by it before going to other resort in samal.. anyway, nice resort! dami talaga nice resorts doon and affordable din.. and yeah, i also want to visit the bat cave! nice pics!

Dakilang Islander said...

ang ganda dito ah...yung pang dose na pic(binilang ko pa tala hah) kawayan ba yung dingding? ganda tingnan...

teka nasaan na yung pamatay mong posing sa huli..hehhe

Josh said...

Wow~ ganda naman. How much does it cost pag mag stay ka for about 2 days?

Kikit said...

my sister went island touring in samal last august and i envied her pictures. like you, i want to try it too. :)

great pics, btw. :)

Anonymous said...

helo may wifi ba sa punta de sol beach? ty po

Anonymous said...

dont ever think of going to PUNTA DEL SOL.. ang PANGIT ng beach puros bato.. and the SERVICE WAS SUPER BAD! instead of staying 2 nights in that resort we just stayed for an overnight.. the facilities was bad.. the kitchen was dirty and we rented it for 2,500 pesos.. the comfort rooms was not clean, even the faucet leaks..

NEVER EVER GO TO PUNTA DEL SOL.

dont tell me that i ddnt warn u guys.

James said...

Punta del Sol is super poor when it comes to customer service.
Me and my friends went for island hopping. WE chose punta del sol to booked out hopping since a friend of ours recommended it to us. By the time we got into the boat we asked the captain if its ok to go hopping and he said yes without hesitation. To our surprise while we are in the middle of the sea the captain told us that he can't go to Talikud Island because of the big waves. Our point is you are the only person who knows when is the best time to travel you should have advice us in advance if you can't take the waves. Because we are very much willing to reschedule our trip. We are asking for a refund but a certain Liza told us that they can no longer give us a refund because fuels has been consumed! It is very disgusting to have a tourism outlet like this. Thinking that Samal has been carefully promoted who has great beaches in Davao City.
To anyone, who plans to book their trip with PUNTA DEL SOL don't dare to give it a shot. You will be disappointed.

Ramon O said...

The boat captain was WRONG. He should have risked the safety of the boat and the lives of the other passengers, by making the boat go through the big waves, just so you could reach Talikud Island, and make you happy.