In the laid back town of Medina is a tranquil,
pleasant place called Duka Bay Resort. Occupying a sandy shore
and part of a hill, Duka is soothingly shaded by a cluster of
large ancestral trees. Seven villas -- spacious, elegant, and
fully furnished -- provide a breathtaking view of the bay and
the island of Camiguin.
A freshwater stream winds its way from behind
the open-air restaurant, where one can savor an abundant variety
of local and foreign cuisine. Using hook and line, visitors
can experience the excitement of getting fish right from the
stream. And for sports buffs, there are kayaks, bancas, water
bikes, and gears for scuba diving.
Only a few meters from the shore is possibly
the liveliest teeming coral community in Mindanao. Populated
by colorful, tropical fish, and punctuated occasionally by a
streak of turtles, the reef can be observed from Duka's glass
bottom boats, which have become popular vehicles of marine education
and entertainment. An underwater spring (alibuag) and caves
provide excitement to divers.
Along the western side of the bay, partially
submerged, is a gathering of large rocks. Ejected years ago
from the fiery crater of Mt. Hibok Hibok in Camiguin Island,
the boulders now sit in quiet meditation with the waves, so
much like visitors of Duka Bay Resort, who have found in the
place a wellspring that refreshes the body and the spirit.