Malamawi Island

Malamawi is an island just opposite Isabela City, an hour’s travel across the kilometer-wide Isabela Channel. It used to be a separate municipality but it became part of Isabela.

Basilan may have a bad reputation but if you are up for a one-of-a-kind adventure to visit a beautiful beach paradise, then heading to this small island in Mindanao is worth the risk. All your fears will be washed away once you’ve set your foot on this untouched beauty.

However, just to be on safe side, be sure to have a local tour guide come with you.

(c)Photo: Boarding Gate 101 – Guide to Malamawi Island (a must read article)

Island Garden City of Samal

The Island Garden City of Samal is a part of the Metropolitan Davao area and is located two kilometers away from Davao City. To reach the island, transportation is available via a barge/ferry service or passenger boats along the Sasa Wharf. The modes of transportation on the island are tricycles or trikes, bus and private car services offered by resorts.

The Island Garden City of Samal is the largest resort city of the Philippines. The city has good beaches and houses many beach resorts, such as Kaputian Resort, Pearl Farm, Paradise Island, and many more. It has also numerous marine reefs and tranquil waters that lure the tourists to visit them. Because of these, the Department of Tourism named it one of the best visiting islands in Mindanao and now the fastest growing tourist destination in the country. Thus, tourism is the main source of income in the city. Biggest taxes are imposed to tourism and resort industry.

Beach resorts and hotels abound in the western coast of Samal Island. Some resorts and hotels have complete amenities. The rates are reasonable. Laze around, relax, and enjoy the sun, the fresh air, and the sea. For sun-loving people, Samal Island is a real paradise. And for those that are on a tight budget or backpackers, save a lot by opting to camp out instead of renting a cottage house. Resorts and hotels charge a very minimal amount for those that are hardy enough to camp out in the open.

The name Samal was derived from the word (sama), the tribe of the natives who are the first inhabitants of the Island. People used the word Samal because of the Visayans who miscalled the word Sama. The first datu in the island was Datu Taganiyug, a native of Peñaplata, Samal. In the past, the people of Samal name a place about what was the said place known for. For example, the name Peñaplata was derived from the word “piña” or pineapple because of the abundance of pineapple in the area. This, however, is folk etymology as peñaplata literally means “rock of silver” in Spanish. Tagpopongan is the first barangay in Samal which name was from the word “tagpo” or meet. It was called so because in the past, this place is chosen by the datus as their meeting place. The word Samal was also known before because it was commonly used as surname by datus. Abu is the national costume of Samal long time ago. The first business transaction in the island was during the Chinese era. Spanish influence was also felt in the island.

Fly direct to Davao City. Going to Samal Island from Davao City, take any of the established entry points:

Sta. Ana Wharf
Near Magsaysay Park, downtown area, where motorboats are available to ferry passengers directly to Kaputian and Talikud Island.

Sasa, Km 11 Wharf
Motorboats are available to ferry passengers direct to Babak wharf.

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands is located in Barangay Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. Britania Group of Islands is composed of 24 islets that varies from shapes and sizes scattered magnificently around Lianga Bay facing the great Pacific Ocean.

The adjacent Islets are mostly spherical in shape and some of them are partially surrounded with pristine white sands so pure and refined. Famous for its pristine water and very fine, almost powdery sands and the different hues and colors of sea water that changes from one island to another.

Boslon Island, the largest islet in the group. Boslon Island is surrounded by different rock formations on one side; on the other are powdery white sands stretching out to the bluish green sea waters. Being the biggest islet among the 24, Boslon is the perfect place for overnight camping.

Panlangagan Cave Island and Panlangagan Forest Island on one side is a walk away during low tide from Boslon and on the other side was the spectacular sight of Minasingin Island.

The sight of Isla Verde Island, Malingin Island and Litik Island looked like green mushrooms that sprouted out of the sea.

Bonbon Island has a long stretch of powdery white sand beach and green vegetations and can be reached by boat in 20 minutes from Boslon and along the way you’ll pass Kang Jose Island, Kanlota Island and Taguan Island.

Hiyor Hiyoran Island and Hagonoy Island are so enticing to frolic and laze around with its refined white sand shores. The farthest are the Islands of Panas and San Pablo.

And last but not the least is the famous Naked Island, a long stretch of sand bar so pure and white that vanishes during high tide.


From Bancasi Airport in Butuan City
-Take a commuter van that will take you directly to San Agustin. Its a 3-4 hours trip from the airport. Make sure you pee first.

-Or go to Butuan City Bus Terminal and take bus going to Barobo Terminal. From there, ride another bus going to Tandag and get off at San Agustin.

From San Agustin, ride anything that moves and visit the local Tourism Office.