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The island of Samal name was derived from a tribal group located in the area named “Sama”. Datu Taganiyug, the first datu of the island was a native of Peñaplata, Samal. This bit of land was also witness to the Pacific War wherein Japanese invaders have forced the natives to work for them for four years. Now, the island is a province of Davao del Norte and currently houses more than 80,000 people according to the year 2000 census.

Samal Island
The island is popular for its coral reefs, enticing a visit from divers anywhere from the world. Marine life surrounding the island has been well preserved and continues to thrive over the years. However, this is not the only attraction as the waters surrounding the island are also rife with other aquatic sports such as sailing or snorkeling. The coast view of the island is enough to grace any magazine as the blue waves gently meet the white sand. The island itself boasts of natural wonders such as spring and waterfalls. Try looking for a reputable tourist guide that would gladly take you around some of Samal’s caves and fresh water sites.

Hotel and resorts are not lacking in the island. Modern amenities are also complete which would mean you could have the best of both worlds – air conditioned rooms and nature’s finest surrounding you. However, if you feel like “roughing” it up, there is an area where you can set camp and opt to sleep under the stars.

The route to the island depends on your starting point. You could enter the city directly from other countries or choose visit Davao via Metro Manila. The choice is really up to you. However, the view awaiting you in Samal is definitely worth the trip.

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