DAVAO CITY - The Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte is known for its beautiful beach resorts, the main reason why tourists frequently visit the island.
However, there are other ways that tourists can enjoy Samal this summer.
One is through an extreme water adventure. Visitors can try the giant water slide and water blob at Maxima Aqua Fun Resort in Barangay Peñaplata.
According to Erma Hagnaya, during her firsts attempts, she got scared. But eventually she found them quite funny and enjoyable.
"Scared at first but if you have tried it, it's fun," says Erma.
You can also ride the banana boat, drive a jetski, and of course, go scuba diving. Samal has a rich marine life. There are different varieties of corals, colorful fish and giant clams.
Samal also has a new attraction: Johnny's ride, which is similar to an open cable car.
A 30-foot high and 30-foot long canopy walk is also a must-try. At the finish line, you will have an adrenaline rush because of the super drop!
But if you want to experience nature trip, trek and swim at Hagimit falls. Hagimit actually has nine falls. Tourists keep on coming back because of its clear and cold water, which is perfect for summer.
Your itinerary would not be complete if you will not visit the Monfort Bat sanctuary in Babak, Samal, which is home to more than 2.5 million bats.
In fact, it holds the title of the Guinness World Record of largest colony of Geoffroy's Rousette fruit bats.
Tourist guide Analyn Baldoza says the area used to be a hiding place for Samal residents during the World War 2.
There are about 70 bat caves in Samal. No wonder Samal is considered as the bat cave capital of the Philippines.
Samal Island can be reached through a motorboat or a ferry at the Sta. Ana Wharf or at Km 11 and 12 in Sasa.