Officially, SUMMER 2011 is here! Undeniably, the most awaited and exciting season of the year where people flock to beaches, go on Island Hopping, trek on mountains, and discover exotic places of interests in the different parts of the country.
The Island Garden City of Samal is the most popular island destination here in Davao Region and probably one of the best in the whole Mindanao. So kicking off this hotta hotta season, OLANOLOGY: Chronicling A Good Voyage responded to DOT-Region XI and Samal Island's Summer Campaign - the VISIT SAMAL ISLAND by organizing "Samal Island Ultimate Adventure - From Islands To Highlands" where 7 of the must visited destinations in the Island were explored, experienced and enjoyed! A total of 21 adventurous bloggers and outdoor enthusiasts participated the event and braved the challenge of island hopping, waterfalls trekking and mountain climbing in these seven equally worth-the-visit places.
Monfort Bat Cave is home to approximately 1.8 million Geoffrey's Rousette Fruit Bats and is the Guinness World Record holder of the largest colony of fruit bats in the world!
|ONE OF THE FOUR HOLES OF MONFORT BAT CAVE|
MAREX BEACH RESORT
An eco-friendly beach resort blessed with powdery white sands offering laid back beach life and fun filled Tropical Island escapade.
|MAREX BEACH RESORT - SIMPLICITY IS BEAUTY.|
Samal Island's best kept Island Treasure is the Vanishing Island. The name itself arouses curiosity. But yes! The island actually vanishes during high tide. Best for snorkel, diving, swimming or just plain beach combing.
|THE CAPTIVATING ALLURE OF THE VANISHING ISLAND.|
MOUNT PUTING BATO
At 1,345 feet above the sea level, Mount Puting Bato is Samal Island's highest point. It is best for a day trek and pre-climb expidition.
|A BREATHTAKING VIEW FROM THE PEAK OF MOUNT PUTING BATO|
KAPUTIAN BEACH PARK
Located at the Kaputian District, Kaputian Beach Park is probably the most popular public beach in Samal Island. Blessed with pure white sand beaches and serene bluish waters, Kaputian Beach Park is definitely a must try experience while in the Island.
|OUR TENTS AT KAPUTINA BEACH PARK|
Hagimit Falls is the most famous waterfalls frequented by most visiting tourists in Samal Island. Endowed with natural swimming pools and different rock formations, Hagimit Falls is perfect for relaxation and adventure.
|THE CASCADING SCENE OF HAGIMIT FALLS|
LA VIDA ORCHARD RESORT
One of the very few Orchard Resorts in Samal Island offering a budget friendly accommodation best for groups and even families.
|COMFORTABLE ROOMS AT LA VIDA ORCHARD RESORT|
CONGRATULATIONS to the participants namely Leah Valle, Dulce Rose Lada, Alberto Egot, Jr., Jona Gegremosa, Dr. Charles Ortiz, Mark Glenn Cabrera, Richard Diongson, Miyah Laborte, Rhon De Los Santos, Ghenessa Sabandal, Dr. Remo Aguilar, Angeli Nacorda, Arnold Cesar Romero, Joy Villareal, Rain Lapuz, Gene Sombito, Aries Cesar Romero, Gelie Virrey, Storm Velarde and Justin Richard Velarde for surviving the challenge!
FULL ARTICLES OF THESE SEVEN DESTINATION IS UP NEXT.