Mati, Davao Oriental
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Disclaimer: This review includes a review for a specific resort in Dahican beach named Dahican Surf Resort.🏽♀️
This is the first place that popped out when I searched for Dahican in Google, and so I messaged them and asked for details. They replied right away (and nicely) which made me decide to stay with them for my birthday weekend.
It was my first time in Mati (and actually in Davao), so I don't really have a clue on what to expect - aside from the fact that Davao is one of the safest cities (probably the safest ever) in the country which is perfect for a solo traveler like me.
From Davao City, it took me 3h to reach Mati (via shuttle) then a good 15-20 minutes (via habal-habal).
When I got there, there wasn't many people yet; I arrived on a weekday afternoon so maybe that's why. I asked Ate Claire (girl at the information booth) where can I set up my tent and she showed me the tent area. I paid 400php for the tent fee and had one local help me set my tent up. He then became my surf instructor as well. The tent area is good for I think 5 tents - you can bring your own or you can rent there. I'm just not sure how much is the tent rental fee. The place gave me that laidback, surfer vibe which is exactly what I was looking for.
Aside from the tents, they have cabins that are good for groups, a dorm with bunk beds and hammocks too. I got to see the dorm and its quite spacious. The cabins though, I didn't get to check.
They have clean common restrooms and shower rooms, with a lot of hanging hooks (this is something I really love about their shower rooms because you know what its like showering at a public place and you don't have someplace to hang your stuff, you know what I mean?). For the food, you bring your own, or you can buy at the public market and have it cooked/grilled there. They have a sari-sari store beside the place so you can buy some snacks and drinks too. There are also kids roaming around the island selling different kinds of food - but its pastel, most of time.
Anyway, the view here is super beautiful! The waves are perfect for surfing and the weather is not that humid but you'd still be able to get that Vitamin D you're craving for. Although it rained a few times when I was here, the locals said that the weather gets better during summer. My instructor said that the waves are great for all levels, and the corals underneath aren't too sharp so its not that dangerous. An hour of surfing lessons costs 400php by the way.
In general, I had a fun time at Dahican despite being a solo traveler because the locals are very nice and friendly. They are by far the friendliest people I've met. I didn't feel so much of an outsider during my stay. I even met some kids who sell "pastel" and they became all my friends. They would drop by my tent every now and then to have a chat and have their hairs braided. One kid even cut my fringes! Other locals were kind too, especially when they found out that I was there for a birthday trip. They spent the first few hours of my birthday with me! It was a one for the books, really!
I would definitely be back in Mati! And I would definitely stay at Dahican Surf Resort.
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I planned this trip for my birthday as I've never been to any part of Mindanao before.
We stayed in Davao City first, then went here on Day 2. It's a 4-hour drive from Davao City to get to this place in Mati, Davao Oriental.
It's one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen because of the color of its waters. The photos were taken from different parts of the beach.
The waves in Dahican are craaaazy! I tried to skimboard but man, it's hard. You can also try to surf. The waves are fast & big 'cause the sea is facing the Pacific Ocean already.
I will go back here someday. I loved the peace & quiet of the place and it gives you that feeling that you're really on vacation.
PS: It was so great to meet 2 looloo reviewers from Davao! Suzette C & Charlene C! Thank you for showing me around & for the food trip! I hope someday we can all go to Dahican na!
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The first time I heard of Dahican, i thought it's a name of a resort. I just figured it out when we arrived, that Dahican is actually the name of the whole beach and per area, there are different beach parks and resorts. Walking by the shoreline, you get to pass by the different beach parks.
Dahican is crazy beautiful. It is a white sand beach and the sound of waves are very relaxing. :)
The beach park where we stayed the longest is the "Amihan sa Dahican" this is where I think a lot of people come to learn and experience surfing. Rates are around 200/hr for skimboard lessons and 500/hr for surfboard lessons.
More details of Amihan sa Dahican when looloo adds the place to their database:)
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Boracay? No! it is in Dahican, Mati Davao Oriental, Dahican is famously known for white sand beaches. It is also a perfect place for surfers, the beaches along Dahican are facing the Pacific Ocean which causes big waves. Many surfers were practicing here for certain competitions.
We don't need to fly to Boracay to experience white sand beaches cause Dahican has its beaches to offer with such affordable entrance fee (for some private resorts) and very economical. But in our case you can't believe this, in the resort this picture was taken (Amihan Resort) there's no entrance fee, we only paid for table cottage which only costs 100php. If you want to experience surfing then you can rent a surfing board (in which I don't know how much, but it is an unlimited use). You can also cross along different resort since there's no barricades. Affordable and amazing, isn't it?
For sure in the near future this could be a tourist attraction and could be an optional place for Boracay.
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Every 1st of January it has become a tradition in our family to go to Mati City, it is a 6 hours drive (more or less) from Davao City, but since I lived in a rural area of Maco it's only 4 hours drive.
Aside from playing good music on your road trip, you could definitely enjoy the view along the road. As you can see in the picture it is the famous stopping spot of the road travelers, it is called "the sleeping dinosaur", you could enjoy the view of the green pastures and its formations, the view of the ocean and islands (which is not seen in the picture). Definitely a worth to visit.
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Some postcard worthy place to be
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The shore line is breath taking. Perfect for learning how to skim (easier version of surfing). Awesome for spending precious time with friends and family. The place gives you a peaceful feeling of being away from the busy city life.
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Loving the big waves!!
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