went for husband's 35th birthday.. without preparations!
hubby just told us that we're going there, so we packed asap for an overnight stay ;)
take a ferry boat ride to the island (isla reta resort) at the sta ana wharf of davao city (near magsaysay park). FARE is php80 from davao to sta cruz wharf (talicud island), since the ferry we had isn't docking on the resort directly. note that there are ferries that routes directly to the resort.
fortunately, there was a group who had pre-contacted a banca to serve as a connecting trip from the sta cruz wharf to isla reta. fare is php20/pax. if you opt not to take the "connecting banca", single motorbikes are available for an added excitement, though, the resort is just a walking distance from the brgy wharf.
Daytour – Php 75.00/head
Overnight – Php 150.00/head
Overnight(Kids) – Php 75.00/head
3 years old and below – Free
tables/bench under the acacia trees are free, so as their monoblock chairs (ask their friendly staff to borrow some).
they have close cottages and tents for overnight stays. TENT RENTAL is php450 (2 pax), single-sized mattress/foam is php40; double size is php50. also have pillows and blankets for rent. their closed COTTAGES is for php800/night/2pax. they also have a dormitory room for 22pax for php6,500 only. no aircon rooms.
food is affordable, whole native chicken tinola only costs php300; dining utensils/plates provided. though i do not have an idea of the food choices since we ordered native chicken viands only.
beverages are pricey. san miguel beer light costs php60/bottle; milo/coffee w/ hot water & cup is php20
first trip to the island is 9am, last trip to davao is 4:30pm via Hof Gorei ferry. hof gorei routes from isla reta - kaputian district, samal - davao city.
area is generally clean. comfort room is spacious & clean, but its water source is sea water, so expect that bath soaps wouldn't bubble ^_^
resort has stand by life guards & a security personnel who roams around the resort at night, checking its guests & asking them to log their names in their resort book.
very good area for snorkeling ;)
recommended season to visit the island: SUMMER!
a "low pressure" storm got our area that frightened us. wind was so strong. i thought a hurricane was coming.
resort's contact number: (082) 234 7903
the asap packing was worth it.. the water, the shore, the island is a sparkle to our eyes...
take the hut cottages since it is nearer to the shoreline. concrete cottages are quite far.
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