Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Isla Reta is another one of the resorts lined in Talicud, Samal. Our stay was short and "bitin" (for lack of a better word)... It was mainly because the boat (Pacific) left Davao City at around 10:30am and arrived in Isla Reta at almost 12 noon. Travel time through ferry from Davao to Talicud is approximately 1 hour and 20 mins. The earliest ferry leaves Davao at 9am (but poor unfortunate souls as we are, the Isla Reta Ferry did not have trips that day for reasons I do not know). The Pacific Ferry is the next boat for Talicud Island which is scheduled to leave Davao at 10am. The last trip from Talicud to Davao, by the way, is at 3pm! So, from the preliminaries I've laid, you can sense how furious I must have been to arrive at the resort at almost 12 noon and leave the same in as early as 3pm! It's my fault anyway, because I refused to stay at the resort overnight (I have work the following morning!).
Well anyway, 12 noon is NOT the perfect time to arrive at any resort: the sun is at its peak and it's the hottest time of the day, and its' usually LOW TIDE (the sea is knee-deep). Fortunately, Isla Reta has a little restaurant that offers Native Chicken (cooked any way you like it: adobo, barbeque, etc). So, we had barbequed chicken, and OMG, it did satisfy our palate! Truly, finger-lickin' good! (It has beaten KFC with that!) Good thing the food is good, though native chicken is the only food on their menu! Hahaha! You can bring food though, but the resort charges corkage fees for softdrinks.
I really don't have anything more to say because I only stayed there for 3 hours. Yes, I did enjoy my stay but its still "kulang." I hope someday, there would be more trips going to and from Talicud, like as early as 6am and as late as 5pm so that we can truly enjoy our day tour.
Ferry: P60.00 to P70.00 / person/one way
Cottage: P150.00 Day Tour; P700.00 to P800.00 Overnight Cottages
Entrace Fee: P75.00 per person (adult); Kids at P35.00
Food: Approximately P150.00 per meal
Monday, June 01, 2009
What's nice about Chemas is that it is semi-private. They don't accept walk-in clients so you better make your reservation if you're planning to go there. You don't have to worry about it being overcrowded. Corkage fees apply except for chips and water. But you don't have to worry because they have a restaurant that offers sumptuous meals.
The Beach. Normally, you would compare different resorts in the same beachline by the facilities and services they have since these resorts naturally share the same beach! But Chemas is different, it not only boasts its facilities and services, I've noticed too that their beach is absolutely safe! No corals!
The Pool. The saltwater infinity pool is a plus, too! It's shaded so you can enjoy swimming minus the sunburn. Unfortunately, I think that the pool is designed for adults only, its depth being too deep for kids.
So, if you want to have a serene summer beach getaway, go to Chemas!
Rates (these are as of May 29, 2009):
Boat transfer from Waterfront Pirata Bar - P200.00/trip
Entrance Fee - P125.00/person
Cottage Day Tour - P500.00/ 4 persons
Cottage Overnight - P4,200.00/ good for 4
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
If somebody would ask me about my most unforgettable childhood memory, I would definitely say “Dahican.”
Dahican is a virgin stretch of beach along Mati, Davao Oriental. When I was young, our summer days are never complete without a visit to this magnificent beach. It was until I was in highschool that we stopped going to Dahican. I missed Dahican's tiny pebbles and huge waves that used to thrive my summer days.
December 30, 2008, a day after my 24th birthday, we went to Mati to pay a visit to our grannies and relatives. We didn't expect that we'd be going to Dahican on that very same day. I'd describe it as an anticipated surprise, anticipated because we really look forward to going to Dahican whenever we visit Mati, but it still remained as a surprise because for all we know, dad did not schedule a beach outing, we didn't even bring swimming gears that time!
Dad, Mom, ate Christine, Dani, April, Jun2, Grace, and I, we were all very happy to see that magnificent beach. We were all smiling as we trekked the narrow road in goi
ng to the beach. The beach did not change that much, it was still the same as what I've imagined through the years. No formal cottages, gigantic waves, that piece of paradise that gave me my biggest smiles when I was young.
It was not Boracay, not even Samal, it's not highly advertised, but it gave me the simplest but most satisfying joy that I could ever have. My family, complete and happy, in this li'l piece of paradise. I love Dahican! (--,)