One of my fond memories of Davao is the beautiful Island of Samal. It had a small beach resort: Paradise Island Beach resort. We still had to ride a boat going to the Island but it wasn’t too far. When we got there I got sight of the cute beach front. It wasn’t really big but it was enough to allow people to swim around.
No matter how small the beach looked to me, I didn’t really care, what mattered to me was the open sea. Oh after how many months of being in dry land I was very excited to just jump in the open sea. The thing about the beach resort was it had this “safety line” which people were encouraged to stay in. Of course me being the hard headed swimmer I decided to go beyond the safety line and see what else I could find.
It was nice to once again see some familiar fishes like the trigger fishes, parrot fishes, clown fishes and the occasional starfish. However it was also sad to know that the bleaching has also reached this beautiful resort. I saw some corals already turning white and I wasn’t really satisfied with the marine biodiversity I saw there.
Then I went back to dry land to have breakfast with my host family (feeling adopted son ako). The food (breakfast) was actually good. I particularly liked the pork tocino. The fish wasn’t that bad either.
Then again I was in a hurry to dive in the water again. This time I went a bit further and I saw why they placed the safety line for the beach resort. A little bit further the safety line there was a thermocline, from hot to cold. Then when I tried to look even further I couldn’t see anything anymore. The water looked dark and deep. I was able to catch a glimpse of a school of really huge fishes. I don’t want to assume but I think I saw Tuna.
Because the water was getting way too deep and I’m not knowledgeable of what dwells in the seas of Davao, I decided to swim back to the shore and swam together with my host-shotis: hans, sean, and kyl.
Samal Paradise Island Beach resort is a nice place if you want a quick beach get away. You won’t get much from the snorkeling (especially those who have seen a lot of different species of fish) but swimming around their will give you a quick fix if you’re a swimming addict. The resort seems pretty safe and the entrance fees are not extreme so I’d say this is a nice budget beach resort to visit during the day. They serve good food and there are a lot of tables around. There are no guards to constantly watch over your things so going alone isn’t the best idea.
I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of the beach, I was just too excited to jump in the sea and just swim.