Samal Island © burgermac
A short ferry ride separates the island of Samal from Davao City. The destination is part of an archipelago of islets, which together provide a getaway from city life. Its calm waters, coral reefs and lovely beaches draw crowds of tourists, though the island has managed to retain its charm despite the influx. Visitors will long remember its sunsets, sunrises, rolling hills, mangrove swamps and tiny fishing villages. The island also has some gorgeous waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Regarding activities, hikers and spelunkers will find lots to keep them occupied. Tourists can enjoy a variety of watersports as well.