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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Canibad Escapade

 Summer is just around the corner - totes agree! But in my case, I came in a little earlier at the same time, queen of late. What's new? Lol! I actually forgot this blog post that was supposed to be posted last year. Say whaaaat! Hence, October 2014. I don't know if I was really busy (which I am) or totally, accidentally forgot about this. Oh my goodness, how could I possibly. It's the beach for crying out loud. And it's definitely not your ordinary paradise, but a virgin island, one hour away from the city called Canibad. It's literally located in the remote area, signal is weak, but the view is great! 

When you're planning to get out of the city, escape the noise and toxic and adventurous enough to climb up cliffs, well, Canibad is the right place for you! I've been to this island numerous times already with good and fun company of course, and honestly saying, the island has never failed to put a huge smile on my face. It's majestic! The island is undeveloped, so you can see different fishes near the shore, the water is as blue as sky, clear as crystal and definitely calm. Enjoy all the photos below and might want you to come and visit the paradise.
Come in group and enjoy the scenery! I also suggest bring a lot of food. You can cook and do whatever in the island. But there are also locals (who lives in the island) that can do the cooking for you, of course with a fee! 
If you really want to experience the same, leave the city early, like 7 in the morning. Pack up your things, make sure to bring some cash (because ATM machines are not available in the area), your camera, bikinis, and your self! ;) 
Cliff diving area

HOW TO GET TO CANIBAD, SAMAL ISLAND:

IF YOU ARE FROM DAVAO CITY (COMMUTING)
1.) RIDE THE JEEPNEY THAT HAS SASA SIGN BOARD ON IT GOING TO SASA WHARF.

2.) IF YOU DON'T WANT TO RIDE THE JEEP, THERE IS ALWAYS A BUS AVAILABLE GOING TO SASA WHARF (BARGE) AND DIRECTLY OFF TO PENA PLATA BUS TERMINAL.

3.) WHEN YOU ARRIVE TO PENA PLATA (WHICH IS 20-30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM SAMAL PROPER), RENT A "HABAL-HABAL" (BIG MOTORCYCLE THAT HAS A CAPACITY OF 4 INCLUDING THE DRIVER) GOING TO CANIBAD WHICH IS 45 MINUTES TO 1 HOUR DRIVE FROM PENA PLATA. THE COST OF HABAL HABAL IS 150 PER PERSON.

4.) AFTER A 1 HOUR DRIVE, YOU HAVE TO HIKE DOWN TO REACH THE SHORE. THE STEPS ARE REALLY STEEP AND SLOPE-Y SO YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.

5.) THERE ARE SEVERAL RESORTS SURROUNDING THE ISLAND. USUALLY, WE ARE STAYING IN SECRET PARADISE OR HIDDEN PARADISE. THOSE TWO ARE REALLY NEAR, WALKING DISTANCE. BUT I SUGGEST YOU STAY IN HIDDEN PARADISE IF YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE TO THE CLIFF DIVING AREA. 

6.) THERE ARE CORRESPONDING PRICES TO EVERY RESORTS BUT IT RANGES TO 5PESOS TO A HUNDRED SO THERE'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BUDGET. THE ISLAND IS 100% SAFE AND DEFINITELY WORTH THE SWEAT! 

7.) TAKE SOME PHOTOS. RELAX. ENJOY. WANDER. AND NEVER LEAVE THE ISLAND WITHOUT EXPERIENCING CLIFF DIVING! 


Unwind. Loosen up. Leave the stress behind. Explore more and don't be a tourist of your own nation! Philippines has so much more to offer, you just have to love your own. Don't be a tourist, be a traveler. Meet other people, live with their culture, eat well, travel often, be broad, be certain, and experience more. 
Hope you had a great time reading this post! I really missed it. I can't wait to hit the beach soon. I'm planning to go to Siargao soon because I always wanted to go and learn how to surf. Also, I've been reading blogs about it and it looks fun! Any suggestions? Send me a message! :)

Love,
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