Samal Island’s Puting Bato Peak & Canibad Beach

21 Sep

We had lots of plans for our last weekend in Davao. There were too many great places to choose from. But we ended up deciding to conclude our Davao trip in the same island that we first explored, Samal. 

This time, aside from the beautiful beaches that they are known for, we wanted to see the highest peak in the whole island – Puting Bato. At 1,755 ft above sea level, it was no easy feat for most of us who were not well-versed with the techniques of climbing. But when all of us had a hang of it, we fell in love with not just the place, but with the whole experience as well.

We started off by riding the barge at the Samal Ferry Terminal in Sasa. The fare was at Php 10.00 per person.

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When we got to the island, we hired a motorcycle or habal habal to take us to the jump-off site. We paid Php 125 per person. We later on found out that this was overpriced. The caretaker at the first campsite told us that the usual price was only Php 25. So, if ever you follow our route, then be aware that some of the habal habal drivers have the tendency to charge more than the regular rate for tourists.

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There were basically two different trails that you can use in going to the peak. The first one, which was the 2-hour trip, was called the Guilon Trail. Since, we didn’t want to end at nightfall, we decided to take the second trail, which was called, the Tayapok Trail.This was shorter, but not less steeper than the usual hikes for beginners. Personally, I think this trail should be classified as for semi-experienced climbers. There were locals who offered to be our guide, but we wanted to navigate by ourselves. Good thing, we met friendly people along the way, who kindly advised us to follow the orange ribbon as our guide to the peak.

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Jump-off point to Puting Bato Peak.

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It was tough for some of us, but in the end, we were able to push each other to finish the more difficult part of the trail.

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After an hour, we finally reached the first campsite.

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The caretaker at the first campsite was kind enough to sell us fresh buko at Php 15.00 per pc. We also had to pay a fee of Php 10.00 per person.

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Eagles would sometimes grace this picturesque view. We were able to spot one, but it was too quick for us to get a good photo of it.

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My most favorite part of the trail was when we had to skip through several rock crevices to get to this amazingly beautiful treehouse.

So this must be Tarzan's house.

So this must be Tarzan’s house.

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A simple tree hut nestled at the heart of this trail was the perfect resting place for us. Though, the end-boards felt shifty, the whole thing looked sturdy to me.

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I was one of the few to brave sitting at the edge of the tree hut. I don’t have problem with heights, so I found this exciting.

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My break bench for a quick sandwich bite to re-energize my crazy-tired legs.

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At the near top to the peak, you’d pass by this amazing garden filled with gorgeous wild flowers. You’d get to frolic with the cute, little butterflies flying around the whole place.

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Site Fee: Php 10 per head

Site Fee: Php 10 per head

Though, I grew up in the city, I've always loved the outdoors. Mountain climbing has always been one of my favorites.

Though, I grew up in the city, I’ve always loved the outdoors. Mountain climbing has always been one of my favorites.

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More and more amazing views as we neared the top.

Who wouldn't fall in love with this piece of art?

Who wouldn’t fall in love with this piece of art?

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See that white rock? That’s our final destination — the Puting Bato Peak! (“Puti” = visayan word for the color White ; “Bato” = visayan word for rock)

The beautiful mix of green and brown.

The beautiful mix of green and brown.

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We’re about to enter the amazing grassland.

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I know they look beautiful but they can be really itchy on your bare skin.

I know they look beautiful but they can be really itchy on your bare skin.

We're almost there!

We’re almost there!

The entrance to the peak. We had to pay another Php 10.00 per person to enter the park.

The entrance to the peak. We had to pay another Php 10.00 per person to enter the park.

We have arrived in our destination -- Puting Bato Peak.

We have arrived in our destination — Puting Bato Peak. And yes, I have conquered the highest point in Samal Island 🙂

1,755 ft above sea level -- The sky is bluer, the air is cleaner, and the green is brighter.

1,755 ft above sea level — The sky is bluer, the air is cleaner, and the green is brighter.

I have always depicted eagles as symbols of power and strength; the ultimate predators of the sky. For a short while, we were able to experience the feeling of flying when we looked around the amazing bird-eye view of the whole island.

I have always depicted eagles as symbols of power and strength; the ultimate predators of the sky. For a short while, we were able to experience the feeling of flying when we looked around the amazing bird-eye view of the whole island.

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Oh yes, I was here. 09 – 20 – 15

Can't blame me for enjoying the natural Bermuda Grass around the park.

Can’t blame me for enjoying the natural Bermuda Grass around the park.

Dead tired. haha

Dead tired. haha

Here’s a short video that we tried shooting as we struggled to reach the peak, and enjoy the view at the same time:

It was a long way down to the next main road. We had to find another motorcycle that could take us to the infamous Canibad Beach. It wasn’t as hard though because the trail was already going downhill. When we finally found a motorcycle, we then did another 30-minute ride to the hidden paradise for Php 50.00 per person. 

The whole climb took us around 4 hours to finish. We started our trip at 1pm and ended at 5pm. We got to the beach at almost 6pm. Though, the rain was starting to brew (as we could visibly see it in the sky), we stole a few quick moments to enjoy the beauty of the place.

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The waves were wild but spectacular.

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I wish we could’ve spent more time here. The beach was very peaceful and not at all crowded as you would expect since it was a Sunday when we visited.

I loved the stretch of the shoreline.

I loved the stretch of the shoreline.

The place is also known as Hidden Paradise, which was exactly what it was.

The place is also known as Hidden Paradise, which was exactly what it was.

Here’s my attempt to show you guys the 360-degrees view of the amazing Canibad Beach.

This wasn’t our usual weekend. We didn’t just go to the beach, we were able to enjoy the other part of nature as well. The mountains could always give you this different sense of peace. Getting the chance to view the world from up there made me fall in love with nature a little bit more. 

(Some of these amazing shots were captured by my good friend: James Bake Masong [IG: bakemason] )

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