I previously mentioned my worst beach experience last year. I have now found the photos of our trip to that beach for me to share to you. But before that, some background. We love Samal, and whenever we're in Davao, we make it a point to explore new places in that lovely island. So, we searched for other beaches in the Internet, and we found Canibad. A lot of bloggers swore that the beauty of the place, and the pictures were amazing. In no time, we were on the dirt road to Canibad, leaping in excitement and anticipation.
Canibad is located on the northeastern part of Samal. From the row of beach resorts fronting Davao City, you can hire a multicab to take you there. But we didn't know that, since we heard the road was bumpy and all. After all, it was a "secret paradise". So, we were offered a habal-habal, riding at the back of a motorbike. We were four, so we got two bikes, at P1,000 per bike. Pretty expensive, but we were so excited, so we said, what the heck. The journey took 1 and a half hours, yes, at the back of a motorbike. It was more like a bumpy rollercoaster ride, very uncomfortable for a long trip. But it was an experience doing so, and again, we were excited.
After asking our driver 10 times if we were near, he finally answered yes. And after 5 minutes, we saw a line of parked multicabs and SUVs. We were here, and the line of vehicles made me wonder. The best kept secret of Samal is not a secret after all. Still, we were excited, and so we found our way to the steep downhill steps to paradise.
When I took my first steps, I heard something that really bothered me, the sound of videoke. Yes, there was videoke in paradise, and because we were so excited, we still had high hopes that it was going to be a great beach. I already had a glimpse of the long white sand beach from uphill, probably not the one I pictured, but again, I thought it must be better down there. Halfway through the descent, there was a sign that said, TOLL: P10. Hmmm....I wasn't sure if it was a joke. Paradise had a sign of P10 for its pathway to its beach. It is at that time when I heard the laughter of people, another videoke machine, and dogs barking. Okay. Now I was worried. But we came a long way, so we had to think positive.
But that positivism didn't last long. As soon as we hit the sand, I wanted to turn back. There was trash around, and the "resort" we entered was like a rundown seaside beer garden in Cavite. There were a lot of people, children running naked, and drunkards powering the videoke. The beach in itself wasn't special. The sand was white but coarse, much like Galera's. It actually reminded me of Galera, which has sadly been abused by irresponsible tourism. Canibad was on the way there.
We were already pissed off. We knew this much anticipated paradise was not what we expected it to be. We were charged P200 for a hut where we could eat our lunch. I slept for an hour after lunch, because I wasn't in the mood to explore. I woke up and walked on the shores to the other end of the beach, and was charged for taking photos. Yes, P10 per shot. It may have been a joke, but the guy who was teasing us told us that this was so because he owned part of that beach. Wow. First time I've heard that.
So after, we decided to head back to Chemas. We had to hike up the steep steps, and ride the motorbike for another 1 and a half hours. We passed by some mangrove areas, which uplifted us in a way.
Canibad was one of my worst beach experiences. We were blaming the bloggers, the ones who took gorgeous pictures, and even ourselves for being so excited. But I've learned several things about the trip. I'm writing about a bad experience in Canibad, and sharing you what I had seen. That may not have been the case for those who went there previously. I may also be expecting too much, when in fact, to some people, Canibad may already be paradise. So, I therefore learned that in reading blogs, one should take note of the writer as well. He may not have the same standards as you do. And don't believe everything you read or hear. The best thing to do is, experience it yourself. That's what we did, and we're glad we got over Canibad already. At least we now know we won't recommend it to our friends.
PS. These pictures make Canibad look better, believe me.