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Frequently asked questions

Where is Samal Island located?

Samal Island, also known as Island Garden City of Samal, is located in Davao Del Norte. It’s 13 kilometers away from Francisco Bongoy Airport (Davao Airport), about 55 travel time. Meanwhile, it’s 45 kilometers away from Davao City Proper, about 1 hour and 45 minutes travel time.

What is the meaning of Samal Island?

The name Samal was taken from the island's first settlers, the Sama-Bajau people.

How do I get to Samal Island?

If you’re coming from Davao City, you can ride a ferry either at Sasa Wharf or Sta. Ana Wharf. Once at the port, ride a tricycle, or habal-habal (motorbike) to get into Samal Island.

What are the best Samal Island tours in the Philippines?

The best Samal Island tours in the Philippines are often combined with other Davao attractions, such as Eden Nature Park and other city tourist spots.

How many resorts are there in Samal Island?

There are currently 85 registered resorts and accommodations in Samal Island.