Travel Guide: Samal Island, Samal City, Davao Del Norte

Samal Island comprises the major part of the Island Garden City of Samal. It is a large island. There are also several small islands around it. Samal Island is blessed with a lot of beautiful destinations. There are a lot of hotels and resorts in the island. There is also a source of electricity and fresh water in Samal. Paved roads connect the different barangays in the island. There are several ports or point of entry to Samal Island. Transportation is not a major concern in the large communities or barangays in Samal because there are a lot of tricycles, jeepneys, bus and multicabs that plies the major roads in Samal. There are several beautiful beaches in Samal and some these are the cream/beige colored sand in Kaputian Beach and Canibad Cove. Another tourist destination in the island is the Monfort Bat Cave.

Kaputian Beach Samal Island Davao Del Norte
Kaputian Beach

Monfort Bat Cave Samal Island
Monfort Bat Cave

Samal Island Google Map
Google Map

How to get there:

From Manila, ride a plane bound for Davao City. From Davao Airport, ride a jeepney or a taxi to Sasa Wharf. From Sasa Wharf, ride a ferry boat to Babak Wharf in Samal.

From Davao City, you can also go to Sta. Ana Wharf and from that wharf, ride a motorboat bound for Kaputian.

In Davao City, you can also ride the bus that goes directly to Samal City. The buses plies the major streets of Davao City and then the bus will be loaded on a ferry for transfer to Samal Island.

Travel time:

Manila to Davao City Airport – 1.5 hours
Davao Airport to Sasa Wharf, Davao City – 15 to 20 minutes
Sasa Wharf to Babak Wharf, Samal City – 10 to 20 minutes
Davao Airport to Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao City - 20 to 30 minutes
Sta. Wharf to Kaputian - 15 to 30 minutes