Sunday, July 30, 2017

Samal's Hidden Gem

The Davao Region is surrounded by fertile lands, verdant mountains, and cerulean waters. As the region propels to rapid urbanization, more and more people have started to discover the wonders of Davao. A few days ago, the DBS Travel Squad explored one of the few renowned tourist hotspots in Davao.

Tucked away in the turquoise waters of Davao Gulf is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. What started as an air-lifter of 12,000 oysters cultivated for their pearls became one of the best world-class resorts in the country.

I was keeping my expectations low, and I bet everyone in the group felt the same way. We were just looking forward to a quick respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. As we neared the shores of Pearl Farm Beach Resort, the deep blue sea slowly transformed to a sparkling cerulean. We were greeted by the stunning rock formations, white sand beaches, and the warm welcome of the staff.

Approaching Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

Welcome drink upon arrival!

View from my room.

Take me to the beach!

Swimming closer to you!

As day turned to night, we went back to the island for our special dinner. Our boodle fight was prepared by their resident chef, and we ate almost everything on the table with so much gusto. We ended up so full that we had a hard time getting up. Walking around became a hard task. Lol! We went back to Malipano Island and spent the rest of the night shooting for our vlogs, and talking anything under the sun. The night was peaceful albeit the occasional tease and laughter of the group. It was something that I've wanted for a long time - to be away from the city life even just for a night or two. It was around one in the morning when we finally decided to call it a night. Slowly, my energy was ebbing away. The city lights from afar and the stars up above the night sky silently glistened, reminding us that we'll shine in our own way, and no force shall obscure our own light.


The bagoong was to die for!

Fresh catch.

I woke up at around six in the morning, and the tide was already high. We continued our shoot, and by eight, we sailed to the main island and ate our complimentary buffet breakfast. I was really looking forward to swimming even just for an hour. The beach boy in me wanted to try all of their water activities. Luckily, I tried kayaking and paddle boarding (actually my first time). Paddle boarding seems hard at first, but once you gain your balance, sailing around won't be a problem. I fell down once, and let the deep blue sea embrace me.

Good morning from Malipano Island.

By the beach.

The sand, and the waves, and you and me.

Take me to a place where the sky meets the sea.

Leaving the island was the hardest part. Separation anxiety got real while the boat sailed away from the island. I was really thankful that the weather was fine during our visit at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Reality started to kick in the moment I saw the familiar buildings of the northern district of Davao.

The iconic parola of Pearl Farm.


Pearl Farm's infinity pool.

Cute floaties!

Here's a teaser video I made:


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