Probably one of the best beach destinations in the country, Isla Reta is a modest beach resort facing Kaputian Beach in Samal. It is actually located beside the pier where the ferries from Davao dock, but a wall divides it and transforms it to a beach paradise.
When we first went to Isla Reta two years ago, we were overjoyed with the talisay trees that line the powder white sand beach. Yes, that's powder, meaning, similar to Boracay. It was unfortunate that we couldn't stay overnight there, since their accommodations were very spartan and we weren't prepared to rough it out. No restaurants, no bed sheets, no towels, shared baths. So we had to move on to find another resort. Since then, we yearned to come back to Isla Reta for a day trip. The last time I was there was last December. I found myself back again at the end of April.
Isla Reta is privately owned, and in the two years, nothing has changed. The beach was clean, and the back area was landscaped with green flat grass that contrasted brilliantly with the blue waters. There are actually two beaches, Isla Reta 1 and 2, but I just consider it to be one long stretch, all the way to another resort, Pacific's Little Secret.
The talisay trees give the beach a chill out setting, where you can lay on the sand without being burnt by the sun. There are also rocks that separate the powder sand. If you go a little further into Isla Reta 2, you'll find yourself more and more castaway.
Rocks form secluded coves perfect for hiding out. The water is not as crystal clear as with Babusanta, but is refreshing nevertheless. I really like its peaceful setting.
I could spend an entire day just reading a book in Isla Reta with bottles of beer by my side. For its secluded appeal and powder soft white sand, Isla Reta will always be one of my favorite beach destinations.