Finally, my feet touched the pristine sands of Dahican, Mati.
Just 2-3 hours eastside of Davao city, this pocket of white sand, playful waves and unadulterated shores caught me breathless the first time I saw it. Don’t get me wrong, I read numerous articles–and yeah, hundreds of Facebook comments–about how beautiful this place is, but it was really different when I went there. I’ve round up the reasons here:
1. The waves are just to-die-for! Because I was skin cancer paranoid, I chose to stay under the shade until 4PM. My friend Hannah and I sunbathed at around 4:30PM, and when the sun hid after an hour, I proceeded to tackle the ocean. My, that time, the waves were already ruthless! They were so high, mighty and proud that I didn’t know which one I’d be more afraid of–getting a nip slip or getting thrown to the shore like a lost slipper. If you’re into surfing, it’s truly the perfect place to practice your moves. Also, the sound of it was so soothing.
2. The public beach is super clean. Although the beach we went to (Amihan) was public, it was so clean. There were designated smoking areas, drinking areas and enough garbage cans. That helped a lot in preserving this beauty.
3. Shade was aplenty. This one is what I really like. There, you don’t need to rent a cottage. You just need a mat (or sarong, or anything you can sit on) and you’re good to go! The trees were just meters away from where the ocean kisses the shore so it’s also not too far if you are a little possessive about the waters. Or your children. Or your lover.
4. There was just enough “rural comfort”. Sure, a little problem arises if you want to hit the comfort room. The clean one is a 3-5 walk away. (For guys, you can just pick a semi-hidden area and share your organic fertilizer with the plants there.) However, aside from that, no other hassle exists. There’s a clean grilling area, a store that sells cheap, cold drinks, and affordable desserts and snacks are peddled.
5. Surf lessons go for P400/ hour only. I think this rate changes by season, but it’s still a good deal. Hit the waves at around 3PM and this one’s a winner. The lessons will be taught by veteran surfers and that also includes the board rental. My friends say you could really learn how to surf in just an hour! I’ll try this next time. I was too chicken for one this time!
See, it could well be anyone’s pocket of paradise. For those who are hitting Dahican, Mati soon, you can spend the night in Amihan. Just prop up your tents and it’s done. The nearby public markets and convenience stores (where you can buy meat and other food/ drinks) are only 5-10 minutes away and there are tricycles or motorcycles that will take you there for less than P20.
Our group, composed of 11 adults and 3 kids, rented a room at Blue Bless Beach Resort. It’s a new resort, only 10 minutes away from Dahican. For a room that could comfortably house 8 people, you only need to shell out P3500/ night. What’s more, that even contains a 32-in Cable LED TV, private CR, aircon, a water dispenser, a spacious sink, cabinets, utensils and veranda sala. As a bonus, a room rental comes with a 20-seater cottage located right in the middle of the ocean. There’s also a generic cooking and washing area that you can use.
Blue Bless Beach Resort is a nice new place located at Masao, at Brgy. Bobon, Mati city, Davao Oriental. The resort brochures say it’s a great place to go night swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Upon seeing the waters, I believe them! They were so clear and there weren’t many sea urchins (unlike your fear suggests so). Unfortunately, we did nothing but sleep and have breakfast there. Oh, and the boys drank til 3AM too. So hardcore.
Going home, I suffered from a little sunburn, spoiled my hair with intensive conditioning and I couldn’t wait to get to my laptop so I could write about how delightful that Dahican trip was. Let me know about your visit, too! Or, if you have questions, please feel free to drop them as comments.
And, unlike me, please do not make excuses to delay your visit to this wonderful place. 🙂