“There’s a strange magic to this islands.. spiritual roller-coaster that can make your head spin.. but at the end it comes down to the people“ -Rob Machado
Was reviewing my simple surfing video edits and my sister took a peek. I then showed her the difference of Sabang beach in Baler (where I usually go when I’m in Manila) and Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental (my homebreak).
If you still don’t have a clue where Dahican beach is. Try drawing a mental picture of the Philippine map. Now try thinking of the south-easternmost place and there you can see Dahican Beach.
Not A+ in your Philippine Geography? Then here’s the location map:
Anyway, the year is about to end and I wanted to just spend the remaining days chillin’ on the beach- yep, every single day. Wake up early to check the surf, have a cup of coffee then make love with my surfboard. If there is no surf then maybe do some snorkeling fun or run barefoot on the beach.
“Why do we complicate life?”
After those things, I’ll lounge on my hammock and listen the crashing waves near the kubo and maybe drink a cold beer or two. Ponder on the question “Why do we complicate life?”
“Dahican, Dahican, you are always on my mind. Dahican, Dahican, I keep coming to Dahican.”
That’s what I and CouchSurfing friends were singing last summer and watching it makes me giddy giddy to book the next Cebu Pacific flight going to Davao. Haaaay… soon soon! For now, I would content myself with this music video:
Dahican is home. And I would agree with Rob Machado when he says “If I had to pick a place I guess it’d be the ocean. It’s where I can just be myself.” Brgy. Dahican in Mati City has changed what I put on my address on official papers. I know I will soon visit its white sand beach, Pacific waves, swaying coconut trees, Amihan Surfing Team, fresh seafood (and kinilaw), dolphins, turtles and hammock-hanging crew.
But wait there’s more! Upon more thinking of my happy place, I was brought to some of the snapshots during my previous home comings.
Sharing at least 10 shots:
If you happen to visit Davao, do find time to spend a day or two at Dahican beach. Visit me and let’s surf together.
See you soon, Dahican!
How to get to Dahican Beach?
If you are coming from Cebu or Manila, the fastest way would be via plane to Davao City.
Cebu Pacific Air flies daily to Davao City from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Kalibo, Zamboanga, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro and Puerto Princesa . For bookings and inquiries, go to www.cebupacificair.com or call (02)7020-888. The latest seat sales and promos can be found on Cebu Pacific Air’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages (/cebupacificair).
From Davao International Airport, you just have to walk outside until you reach the highway. Bachelor Bus (yellow) that goes to Mati would pass by there almost every hour from 3am-8pm (Travel time is 5hours). You may also opt to take the taxi/jeepney going to GMALL or Victoria Plaza (jeepneys are available when you cross the highway). They have van terminals that goes to Mati City, fare is Php220 and travel time is 3-4hours. From Mati City Bus Terminal, you can take the motorbike (habal-habal) to Dahican Beach. Expect to pay Php50-100 depending on what time you arrive at Mati City. Tell the driver to bring you to Dahican, particularly to Amihan sa Dahican. After about 15 minutes you would find yourself walking towards the Pacific blue sea.
Amaze you, it will. Make the sand your bench and let your feet go bare. Enjoy!