Finally have posted my Davao photos on my blog - you are welcome to post questions and comments, and I will answer them. If there are many comments, I just might get off my lazy bum and write more in the blog. he he!
Here are the photos -
Stayed at Hof Gorei - absolutely stunning! The only qualm I have is - time was too less!
How to reach -
Fly into Davao - Air Asia has excellent discount tickets from Clark. We paid just 2000 pesos per head. The landing is beautiful, as the plane flies above the coral reefs.
Thence take a taxi to Santa Ana wharf / Magsaysay park. Ignore the insistent private taxi drivers who descend upon you as you exit the airport. Just take one of the metered taxis on the left side. Costs 140 pesos if I recollect right. 20 minutes. Or was it 55 pesos? Something like that.
Santa ana wharf -
is a rubble and makes you wonder if you are at the right place. Hof Gorei has a free bangka service at 11 am and 2 pm daily. This is the only way to reach. Road is too cumbersome. The baot ride takes 1 hour.
Where to stay?
There are about 30 + resorts in Samal garden island - to suit various budgets. Hof Gorei charged us about 2500 pesos per night, breakfast and transport included. See this detailed map - 3.bp.blogspot.com/-z2r1H31iK3g/UHUFyNc28zI/AAAAAAAACaY/p_ITsiTTdRM/s1600/map+of+samal.jpg OR here - …blogspot.com/2012/10/davao-stunning-beaches… and choose where you want to stay. Directly contact the resort. Some need an online payment, some need a bank transfer, and some are happy with an email booking confirmed over telephone.
What to do -
If you still have some time to spare - there are a couple of places you can visit - waterfalls, caves, and of course, lots of coral reefs to snorkel around. The beaches have white sand, but not as fine as Boracay / Potipot island
You are free to ask me any questions - either on this thread, private message, or by posting a comment on my blog, and I will try my best to answer you. I do not claim to know all the answers, but I will try. :)