Island Hopping in Davao Oriental
|The majestic Pujada Island|
To go to Mati, the capital city of Davao Oriental, we took an early flight from Manila to Davao. Upon arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, we hired a taxi to bring us to the terminal where GT Express shuttles bound to Mati (and other parts of the Davao Region) are stationed. From Davao, it took us around three hours to get to Mati. It would have been longer if we had taken the bus, which would take about five hours. From the terminal in Mati, our ever reliable tour guide RJ fetch us and we all took a tricycle to Baywalk Hotel. As the name says, the hotel is right on the Baywalk and is walking distance away from eateries, bars, banks, and the main highway.
Baywalk Hotel, location-wise, is very convenient. Its rooms are very basic but will definitely give you a homey feel for a night or two. My only concern about it is that the bathroom fixtures like the shower and faucet in our room were busted,and so we requested that we be transferred to another room. At the next room, the bathroom fixtures were all working fine, except for the water heater (which, by the way is the only distinguishing feature of this room category versus the cheaper one). The aircon was also very noisy and annoying, so it was a bit of a challenge to fall asleep...unless you are too dead tired.
|Our room at Baywalk Hotel|
|Boodle fight with the Amihan Team|
From Brgy. Tamisan, Oak Island is just less than an hour away. It is more of a sandbar than an island actually. It reminds me of the Naked Island in Siargao--just pure white powdery shores, no more, no less. We just took photos and decided to go to Pujada Island right away as the sun was beginning to intensify. There was nothing on the island, not even a tree, so needless to say, if you want to get a perfect tan, go ahead and stay longer.
|Approaching Oak Island|
|The current was a bit unforgiving|
|Pujada Island on the backdrop, as viewed from Oak Island|
|Food is served!|
|Yours truly, snorkeling above giant coral reefs|
|Clown fish again|
|Our guide in action|
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