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Island Garden City of Samal

Samal Island is a small island off the coast of Davao. It is largely covered with coconut and banana plantations, but has some very pleasant beach resorts as well. These include the well known (and very expensive) Pearl Farm, and the much more reasonable Paradise Island resort.

Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort

Paradise Island Resort overlooks the coast of Mindanao and the Northern end of Davao City. On a clear day you can see Mount Apo, almost 50 miles away. The narrow channel separating the two islands is very deep, and quite big freighters and ferries pass regularly. There are swimming areas, cordoned off to be safe from strong currents and sharks. Some coral still remains, though it is slightly damaged by the action of the tide on the cordon nets, and attracts many colourful fish.

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Talikud Island

Talikud means `back', and is an even smaller island off the coast of Samal. It is just over an hour by pump-boat from Paradise Island to Talikud, but the views from the boat are well worth it. There are a few beach resorts on the island, with lovely water for swimming, but not much coral (in the area we visited). As you can see, the water is very clear - this is where David saw a very long sea snake!

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On the far side of Samal Island is the small town of Kaputian (White), presumably named after the white sandy beaches. There are some nice walks in the woodlands beside the streams, with the occasional small waterfall. The town itself is quiet, mainly serving the local farming and fishing communities.

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