Mati City, the capital of the province of Davao Oriental, has been receiving good reviews from tourists and nature lovers alike. Having read several comments about this simple, quiet and somehow laidback remote city located down under, I decided to discover the hidden wonders of this city myself.
To get there, one can take either an air-conditioned bus or van from Davao City and the trip usually takes three hours to Mati City transport terminal. Tricycles and habal-habals are the most common mode of transportation to get you to any destination around the city. There are no taxis.
First stop – Dahican Beach.
A 30-minute ride either by habal-habal or tricycle will take you to Dahican Beach. Little by little, this long stretch of undisturbed white sand beach facing the Pacific Ocean has been getting surfers’ attention. In fact, Dahican is now tagged as the next surfers’ paradise after Siargao . There are no commercial establishments, not even a nice restaurant along the beach. However, surfing equipment are always available for rent.
Second stop – Cinco Masao Beach Resort and Waniban Island
There are a lot of beach resorts in Mati City to choose from but I found Cinco Masao as the best in terms of location and facilities. Accommodation is cheap with a magnificent panoramic view of Pujada Bay and the nearby Waniban and Pujada Islands. Visiting Waniban Island or Pujada Island should never be missed. Rent a motorized banca for P1,200 for the entire day to take you to these islands. Spend the rest of the day swimming or snorkeling or scuba diving, or simply relax and get mesmerized by the beauty of the islands surrounded by undisturbed white sand beaches.