I attended one of Davao’s popular festival in Mati- The Sambuokan Festival, a thanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvest and community progress. But the festival’s best attraction for me was the beach of course. They have fine white sand, clear blue water, and amazing waves in the line up and on shore making it perfect for nice longboard rides and skim boarding!
One place out of my bucket list, but I will definitely be back!
How to go there?
From Davao Airport walk to the highway and take a yellow bus going to Mati. You will be dropped in Mati’s Bus Terminal, from there you can take a habal-habal (motorcycle) to Dahican. Cost: Php 220+ (one way)
Or you can rent a van to pick you up from Airport to Dahican. Cost: Php 3000-3500 (two way)
Where to stay?
Since I was there for work, we were supposed to be booked in Tropical Kanakbai, however; the booking didn’t push through so we had to look for a place the night before our flight.
We saw this piece of gem: THE SURF VILLAGE HOSTEL
Room for 2, with own toilet: Php 1300/night
Look for Kuya Harry or Harrison. The huts are clean. It can get hot in the afternoon and very cold at night. But hey, you’re in a tropical country so don’t expect a cold weather 🙂
What to do in Dahican, Mati?
- On your way to Mati, stopover the view point to see the sleeping dinosaur!
- Surf! Surf! Surf! – Their season is supposed to be September to March but because of weather changes, best to go December-March for the big waves. When I visited, the waves were gentle and perfect for long board. And we didn’t get any photo, haha! Oh yeah, the shore can be rocky. Total Cost: Php500/hour with board and instructor
- Skim! – My last lesson was in Boracay back in 2008 so I basically started from scratch. It was fun though, thanks to my instructors – Jeb Jeb, DanDan, and Kuya Vincent. Total Cost: Php200 with board and instructor
JebJeb teaching me how to stand
My waiting for the waves face haha!
Finally got it right!
Thank you Mati!
- Swim with Dugong and Butanding – I didn’t get to do this. I promised i’ll swim with Dugong when I can seriously paddle already. You will only need your surfboard to paddle to where they are. Quite scary but sounds like something I want to try.
- Dolphin watching
Part of the Sambuokan Festival is the Skimboarding Competition. Enjoy the short clips!
I will definitely go back for a longer vacation!
P.S My excuse for this trip? For work!
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