Finally, I am back on my own shores. I have been missing exploring Philippines since the year started. So, when the chance to go to Davao came, I hopped on a flight and headed off to one of the burgeoning destinations in the South, the emerging city of Mati in Davao Oriental. Dubbed as the new backpackers haven, the relatively small city of Mati offers beach excursions and island adventures.
The trip to Mati from Davao took 3 hours, though our driver was wild. You can take a bus to Mati from the Northern Terminal of Davao City. We sped over concrete and "under construction" roads. Arriving in Mati, we were treated to a great view of the peninsula. We left at 7:30 AM in Davao City and arrived in Dahican Beach, our first stop, at the east coast of Mati at 10:30AM.
Dahican Beach was dubbed as another Boracay of the South (I really hate it when people say Boracay of their area). Truth is, Dahican Beach is more like Pagudpud. There were locals swimming, and I only spotted a few tourists. We were supposed to stay in Botona Beach Resort, the only resort there, but after surveying the place, we decided to head back to Davao at the end of the day. We wanted to make most of our time in Davao.
The wide sandy coastline was met with huge waves coming from the Pacific Ocean. There were two young skim boarders who ran the sea. The waves weren't as huge though I think for a great surf ride.
It is good to note that the beach was clean, considering that it was undeveloped and a lot of locals resided in the area. I do hope the locals are aware of keeping their beach clean for tourists to come. The beach is around the length of 2 kms from end to end. There were some abandoned huts also.
The weather wasn't perfect, but at least it wasn't raining yet when we strolled along Dahican Beach. The rain clouds were getting darker, so we decided to move to Cinco Massau for lunch.
Dahican Beach in Mati is on the eastern coast, facing the Pacific. It may not be one of the best I have been to, but I believe that with the right and responsible development, the coastline can be converted into a world class tourist destination. It is also quite isolated from the city center, as you pass through rough roads. Nevertheless, Dahican had that beach vibe, making it perfect for beach bum backpackers indeed.