I’ve been to Mindanao for the 3rd time already as a solo traveler. I always got thrilled everytime I set foot on this region for the reason that this part of the country is full of adventure and surprises— just say it and they all have it.
I booked a round-trip ticket from Bacolod bound for Davao for a 5days solo backpacking trip and opt to fulfill some things on my bucket list— surfing, paragliding and trek to Lake Holon— that would made my birthday month more memorable.
As soon as I arrived in Davao, I walked outside the airport & waited for a van going to Mati. If you’re more comfortable to take a bus,then you have an option to go in Ecoland Terminal where buses usually parked.
Travel Time:3- 4 hours travel time to reach Mati.
Fare: Bus(200-220)|| Van (230-250)
Upon arrival, habal-habal drivers are waiting near terminal to assist tourists for a tour.There are lots of resorts where you can stay for a night.I brought my tent and hammock with me,so I decided to stay in Amihan sa Dahican for a beach camp.
(w/own tent) -100 pesos
(tent rental+camp) -200pesos
I’ve got the chance to make friends with the famous surfing team—Amihan. This group had already won several surfing competitions in Asia. Winston Plaza,one of the member , was my surfing instructor that day and we spent hours in the beach for surfing lesson and snorkeling to look for sea-turtles. He also taught me basic techniques in free-diving and share some stories about their advocacy in protecting sea turtles and other marine life.
After surfing, the habal-habal driver who helped me yesterday fetched me on the resort for a city tour.
Entrance fee: 20pesos(Davao city resident)
Other places to visit and things to do:
- Mati Park and Baywalk
- Resort hopping
- Island hopping
- Flying on ultralight planes (Mati Airport)
Feel free to email me for questions.