Location: Sta. Cruz, Talicud
Enjoy your deserved weekend in the sand and
waves of Isla Reta Beach Resort. The resort is only a 45-minute
trip from Davao City’s Sta. Ana wharf via water bus going
to Talicud Island or directly to the resort itself. The fare
is quite huge for a very-budgeted island trip, but surely it
is really worth spending for! For the water bus, you need to
have a budget something of Php100/head for a round trip ticket
to Talicud Island and back to Davao City.
Talikud literally translates to "back,"
which is what it is, an island at the back of Samal. The bigger
island of Samal already boasts light brown sandy beaches, albeit
the low tide prevents fun swimming during the middle of the
day, but people still frequent the place for a relaxing day
at the beach
Just be aware of the water bus schedule of travel:
(From Sta. Ana wharf or Talicud Island)
First trip - 5:00am
Second trip - 8:00am
Third trip - 10:00am
Last trip - 3:00pm
For the entrance fee, each person will be charged
Php15 (daytime rate) and Php100 if you opt to stay overnight–just
bring your tents and your own beddings. If you wish to stay
in one of their cottages, it ranges something from Php300-Php500.
You can bring in your own food, but sodas
and alcoholic drinks will have corkage. But if you don’t
want to get into the hassle of preparing your food, the resort
has its own canteen where you can order meals, snacks, and drinks
at very cool price. They also have warm and friendly staff that
will surely make you feel at home and relaxed in your deserved
The beach is marvelous! The sand is light brown
and powdery, but as you near the water, pebbles and bleached
broken coral line the beach. The water is crystal clear and
cool. Though at certain times of the day, there are some water
bugs than can make you start itching. That would be the best
time to lie in your hammock.
For those who are more adventurous, you can
choose to walk the rest of the stretch of beach after a low
rock wall. That part is less maintained with some natural trash
brought in by the tide, and some unnatural trash, too. Shell-hunting
is best at this part of the island.The water area of that part
of the beach is also more rocky, but also has more coral and
fish compared to the more public area.
Enjoy the powder-fine beach and the clean and
clear blue waters of Isla Reta with your loved ones this weekend.
Just don’t forget to bring your swimming outfits, sunblock,
and your cameras to capture one of the best memories that you
will have! So, pack your things and have the break you truly