Contrary to popular misconception,Samal Island is not part of Davao City.Otherwise called "Island Garden City of Samal" ,it is a separate Municipality.What's good about Samal though is that it's very near Davao City.It could be seen from the naked eye from the city and could be accessed via boat from either Sta.Ana or Sta.Rita wharf's,of which travel time could take at least 30-45minutes on the the nearest destination. I had to say that so as you would understand why boat schedules to and from the island are limited and tricky.You see,the schedule is based on the average volume of locals going to and from the island.In short,if you are a tourist,you need to go with the schedule of the locals and not the other way around.
Passenger boats are kinda big and could carry around one hundred passengers at a time.Our chosen destination was not in the main island but in a smaller island they call TALIKUD which lies west of Samal.Talicud is known for a couple of beautiful beaches,one of which being ISLA RETA.
Isla Reta has its own port.The boat docks and wait there as it will be the same boat that you take on your way back to Davao City.
All of us were looking at the stretch of the beach (which I guess is more or less 1km long) while the boat slowed down and made its way to the dock.I reckon the foreign tourists we were with in the boat already imagined themselves stripping and sunbathing the moment the saw the beach from afar.I knew we were going to enjoy the place.
Entrance to Isla Reta is 75 pesos per person for day tour.I noticed though that the owners or at least,the staff in charge that day are not the type who would approach you upon stepping at the property and ask for the fees.Nobody actually approach us for us and not until I went to the resto to order lunch that I was collected for it.So you get the sense that you own the place.
The word crowded doen't exist in Isla Reta.Our boat wasn't full that day and the same people at the boat are the same people you see at the beach.Noticed that there were some people who were already there when we came though.My hunch was that they were checked in there.It was originally my plan to stay in Isla Reta overnight but accommodation in the resort is really simple.No a/c rooms.The best that you can have is either kubo or concrete fan room.I thought the beach is too beautiful the accommodation doesn't add up.
That's one thing the resort should look into.What about those guests who want the comfort of a well furnished airconditioned room?There should be something for everybody.I think they need an investor.If I were only rich.But yeah,Isla Reta Resort is too beautiful the accommodations could't give justice to it.Also No electricity during the day but our gadgets were still fully charged that day so we hardly noticed.
Since there are tables and benches under the talisay trees,it's so convenient to eat along the beach.What most people do is buy food in Davao city coz ordering food in the resort is understandably more expensive of course .We were out of time to do that so we had no choice.
It would have been more perfect though if they offer seafood in the menu.I love eating shrimps and crabs on a beach setting.Kaso wala. :(