Samal Island is located in Davao del Norte and is considered the country’s largest resort city or island, with its powdery beaches and numerous beach resorts. It is also a diving haven because of its lush and diverse marine life, especially in Talikud Island.
The island, aside from the main island itself, is composed of the islands of Talicud, Malipano, Big Ligid and Little Ligid. It's official name is Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS).
Samal is known for the ultra-luxe Pearl Farm Beach Resort but there are many other middle-end accommodations you can choose from.
Davao International Airport
From Davao City, take a taxi and bring you to the port, ride the Palboros boat to go to Kaputian, Samal. The moment you arrive at the island, you can take a Habal-habal to take you to your resort.
Davao's (and the whole Philippines) climate consists of two seasons: generally dry (tag-araw), from December to May, and wet (tag-ulan), from June to November. The dry season is the best time to visit to avoid being locked in your hotel room due to some monsoon rains or typhoon.
Local residents speak Tagalog and Cebuano. Most locals understand English and can speak it, at the very least, in bits and pieces.
Two to four days is enough to enjoy most of the highlights in the island.