Photos by Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Chemas by The Sea Resort
Samal Island or the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte is one of the popular tourist spots for those visiting Mindanao's busiest metro, Davao City. Located just 2KM away from Davao City, travelers can easily go to the island via ferry.
Samal Island is known as the largest resort city in the Philippines because it's home to over 30 resorts dotted in its white-sand beaches and islands like Kaputian Beach, Canibad Beach, Talikud Island, and many more. The best part of staying in Samal Island is the feeling of seclusion and privacy, as it has fewer crowds compared to other resort cities in the Philippines. Aside from beautiful beaches, Samal Island tours will also have you exploring its many snorkeling and diving spots and natural attractions, making it one of the best destinations for island hopping in the Philippines.
Samal Island does not have its own airport, so Davao City serves as the primary departure point. Francisco Bangoy International Airport or Davao International Airport (DVO) is the nearest gateway to Samal Island. Several Philippine destinations, including Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga, and Clark in Pampanga, have daily flights to Davao City.
If traveling by sea, you have to take the Palboros passenger ferry boat to Kaputian Beach on Samal Island. If traveling by bus, ride an Island City Express one. This bus will take you to Sasa Wharf from Agdao in Davao City. The bus then boards a ferry called RoRo (Roll-on, roll-off) for the trip to Samal Island.
If you're planning a trip to the beautiful island of Samal, check out this handy list of our recommended resorts that you should stay in:
Samalan Camp and Sea Resort, a cozy accommodation located in Kaputian Beach in Samal Island, is perfect for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts wanting to experience camp-style living. The resort has a 300-meter powdery white sand beach, a forest, and a marine sanctuary.
All of their themed campsites and cottages are equipped with beds or sleeping mats, comfortable pillows, blankets, tables, sitting areas, and more. Some rooms also include air-conditioning and fan. They also offer spacious camping grounds for guests who prefer to use their own camping equipment and gear.
Aside from beach access, guests will have the opportunity to see Philippine macaque monkeys and sea turtles from a good distance in the resort’s 2-hectare lush forest. They also have a vast marine sanctuary for snorkeling and diving and boating and water sports activities available upon request.
Photo by Indo Bali House
No need to travel to Bali, Indonesia, to experience its laidback island vibe. Indo Bali House in Tambo, Samal Island, offers a Balinese escapade with their themed rooms and facilities. It is only 2 KM away from Vanishing Island in Babak.
Their Balinese-inspired rooms are fully equipped with air-conditioning, premium beddings, sitting area, tables, sofa, well-ventilated bathroom with shower and toiletries, free Wi-Fi access, and more. The main house has an al fresco dining and living area and a treehouse too.
Some of the resort’s unique facilities include a mini pool, jacuzzi, Kawa bath, a Bali-inspired lounge area, an outdoor dining space, and more. Guests will also have free breakfast and welcome drinks, depending on the package chosen.
Photo by Costa Marina Resort
For a quick white-sand beach getaway that is both convenient and affordable, Costa Marina Beach Resort is a perfect choice. It is one of Samal Island's few beach resorts in the Babak District, offering both open and air-conditioned cottages.
Their beachside and hillside cottages are equipped with air-conditioning, premium beddings, a working desk, a spacious bathroom with shower and toiletries, free Wi-Fi access, and more. The resort also offers housekeeping and room service upon request.
Aside from beach access, guests can also enjoy their numerous facilities such as garden, restaurant, bar, cafe, gaming area for billiards and darts, motorized water sports, beach volleyball area, table tennis area, videoke area, function halls, picnic area, shops, and more.
Photo by Secret Paradise Resort
Secret Paradise Resort, which is conveniently located in Canibad, Samal Island, is one of the top resorts perfect for family parties and gatherings. The resort has beachfront access, giving its guests the chance to take a dip in one of the unspoiled beaches in Davao, Canibad Beach.
All of their rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, premium beddings, in-room safe, minibar, refrigerator, cable TV, en-suite bathroom with shower and toiletries, balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi access, and more. Daily housekeeping and laundry services are also available upon request.
Aside from beachfront access, guests will have access to the resort’s bar and restaurant, coffee shop and lounge, waterpark, barbeque area, massage and spa services, kids playground, motorized and non-motorized water sports, diving facilities, and more.
Photo by Lorelei Beach Resort
Lorelei Beach Resort is a fairly new beach resort designed to make it like your home away from home. It is equipped with themed rooms overlooking sea views, coconut palms, swing sets, and more — perfect for every kind of traveler.
All spacious rooms and suites in the resort are equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable beddings, cable TV, sitting area, en-suite bathroom with shower and toiletries, a terrace or balcony, and more. There are also laundry and room services available upon request.
Aside from the beachfront area, guests have complimentary access to the resort’s swimming pool, massage area, spa facilities, fitness facilities, bar and restaurant, table tennis area, kids area, and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to try fishing, diving, and other water sports activities upon request.
Photo by Paradise Island Beach Resort
One of Samal Island's most prominent resorts is Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort. It has an immaculate beach suitable for different types of water sports and is only 44KM away from Davao City, which is close proximity compared to other Samal Island resorts.
All deluxe rooms in the resort are equipped with air-conditioning, premium beddings, cable TV, sitting area, desk, mini powder area, in-room safety, clean bathroom with shower and toiletries, balcony or terrace, and more.
Guests will have complimentary access to the resort’s beachfront area, swimming pool, open-air restaurant, snack bars, cafe, garden, spa facilities, water park, motorized and non-motorized water sports facilities, gaming area for billiards and dartboards, souvenir shop, concierge area, and more.
Photo by Club Samal Resort
Club Samal Resort, which is located in Babak, Samal Island, is one of the most beautiful beachfront resorts in Samal Island. The resort's blue and white hues complement the clear and lovely sky and the sparkling crystal seas.
Their spacious, soundproof rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, premium beddings, cable TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, desk, in-room safe, separate dining area, en-suite bathroom with shower and toiletries, and more.
Aside from beachfront access, guests will be able to use the resort’s outdoor and children pools, spa services, function rooms, bars, restaurants, and lounges, and more. The resort also has a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and bellhop services.
Photo by Hof Gorei Beach Resort
Hof Gorei Beach Resort, a luxury beachside retreat sanctuary in Samal Island, is famed for its stunning white sand beach with turquoise seas. It’s one of the few resorts in the Philippines that features Butler Service, a one-of-a-kind concept of integrated services designed to provide guests everything they need during their stay.
Their spacious rooms, bungalows, and cabanas are fully furnished with air-conditioning, premium beddings, cable TV, minibar, coffee, and tea-making facilities, en-suite bathroom with shower and toiletries, a private balcony, free Wi-Fi access, and more. Room service and daily housekeeping are also available upon request.
Aside from beachfront access, guests will be able to enjoy their cozy facilities such as their swimming pool with hydromassage, jacuzzi, garden, alfresco terrace, function rooms, bar and restaurant, videoke area, and more.
Photo by Chemas by The Sea Resort
A scenic property that boasts magnificent scenery and crystal blue waters in their private beach, Chemas by The Sea Resort in Samal Island is a luxury resort in the Philippines influenced by modern interior and nature-themed design. It is only 34KM away from Talikud Island.
All of their lush cabanas and cottages are equipped with air-conditioning, premium beddings, cable TV, mini-refrigerator, coffee and tea-making facilities, desk, en-suite bathroom with shower and complete toiletries, free Wi-Fi services, and more. Most rooms also have a veranda, a private terrace, and an alfresco dining area.
Some of their top facilities include a private beach area, an infinity pool, garden, massage area, spa facilities, bar and restaurant, and more. Their restaurant called Garden House serves Filipino and Mediterranean cuisine.
Photo by Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort is known as the most luxurious resort in Samal Island, located just off the coast of Davao City. Lavish comfort, contemporary Filipino design, a secured natural environment, and the rich culture of Mindanao all come together here. It was once a simple pearl farm turned into a private luxury resort perfect for all kinds of travelers.
All of their cozy villas and cottages are equipped with high-class amenities such as air-conditioning, premium beddings. cable TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, en-suite bathrooms with shower and complete toiletries, free Wi-Fi access, and more. Some suites even have a pocket garden and a private balcony, as well as an easy stair access to the beach.
Aside from the resort’s private beach area, guests will have access to top amenities such as swimming pools with a view of Mount Apo (the highest in the Philippines), spa facilities, conference hall and pavilion, kids club, sports bar and gym, movie lounge area, cafe and restaurants that serve a variety of local and international cuisine, and more.
Explore Samal Island and Stay at These Beach Resorts
Samal Island is one of the top destinations in Davao and Mindanao that you wouldn’t want to miss. With its unspoiled powdery white sands, natural attractions, delicious food, and unique scuba diving sites, you wouldn’t go wrong considering Samal Island as your destination for your next getaway.
For a mix of pleasure and adventure, stay at one of these top Samal Island beach resorts. These top accommodations offer quality service, great facilities, and amenities, plus close proximity to some of the best Samal Island tourist spots.