April 04, 2014

Manda Island, Mapun

Mapun is one of the municipalities of Tawi-Tawi. Manda Island is part of Mapun municipality which is a Marine Protected Area. It is a perfect place that offers diving spots with numerous coral beds lushing lavishly that is visible to the naked eyes. It is also a nice spot for snorkeling. It was an awesome experience to be in this island. The sights of unexplored white sandy beach and the scene of huge rocks formation are just splendid. However, it was kinda freaky experience getting near the rocks. It was a different feeling because the rocks look ghastly and spine-chilling. Anyhow, going to Manda Island is not easy. You need to hire a pump boat or motor launch to get there. Oh, I can just imagine the big waves we encountered going back to Mapun from Manda Island. Nonetheless, it was a worth it experience! 

April 03, 2014

Samal Island

Samal Island is part of Metropolitan Davao area. From Davao city, you can ride a ferry/ barge or a passenger boat to reach the place. Once you get there, you can hire or commission  a motorcycle/habal-habal driver to show you around. Samal Island also offers many tourist attractions. You should not miss to visit the Monfort Bat Sanctuary where you can see many creepy bats. It is known to be the home of 1.8 million Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats, the largest known colony in the world. What we find amazing during our visit was the fact that despite the nocturnal in nature of these bats, you can still see them very active during daytime. You can see them fighting, flying and some sleeping. Though, it is not allowed to enter the cave, you can still have the chance to glance and peep them through the five openings. Just minimize the noise and loud sound to avoid disturbing the bats. Another attraction that you need to see when you get to Samal Island is the Hagimit falls. It is a cascade of smaller waterfalls that streams down to the water catch basin.It is surely a place where you need to be when you are seeking a lazy break or a moment to sit back and relax. And lastly, there are many resorts that offer different kinds of service to the adventure seeker, tourists and locals. You name it from dull ride to extreme watersports ride. This might be the perfect place for adventure, fun, reunion and romance.