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:
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
from my Agusan-Davao highway ride. Then took a taxi from there to Davao 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 Wharf
|Sasa Ferry Wharf|
|Babak Samal Wharf|
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.
Dramatic sunset comparable to our
(in Surigao City). Mabua Beach
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.