Dahican Beach is one of my favorite "escape" places.
It's located 3-4 hours from Davao City. From Mati City, it's a 15 minute motorcycle ride. There's not much in terms of hotel choices, but if you're not afraid of roughing it, you can put up a tent, or sleep in a hammock at the Amihan headquarters where the local skim boarders and surfers reside. Best thing to do is bum around the beach or... *drum rolls* skim and surf as the review title goes.
As for me, I like going there to watch the sunrise and enjoy the waves. And it's always exciting to watch the local kids do their training early in the morning. You can ask them for some skim boarding or surfing lessons if you want. Just a bit of warning though, if you're squirmish about rest rooms, best stay in hotels. I personally prefer camping at Amihan, but the rest rooms need a lot of work done. I'm sure the other hotels around the area have restaurants, but at Amihan, you either get your food from the city center beforehand or buy seafood when available from the locals.
If you're in Davao for only a few days, there's no need to go to Mati though. Best enjoy the beaches in Samal. But if you have more time and you're looking for an adventure, suggest you give this place a try. Best time to go is in October for the local festival. They have skim boarding competitions at this time which I hear is very exciting to watch.
Overall, it's a gem of place and I'll be coming back over and over again!
P.S. Turtle Hatching! Pawikan's lay eggs around the area and there's a nursery at the Amihan HQ where you can watch turtle eggs hatching!
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