Vanishing Island

Attraction Mindanao, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
04:30 PM
06:00 PM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Beach
Island
Outdoor
Must see
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

Vanishing Island is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Vanishing Island of Sama is actually a jewel that surprisingly emerges when the tide recedes. It’s the paradise of divers and the heaven of beach enthusiasts

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Why Vanishing Island is special ?

Samal’s Vanishing Island is just one of the numerous beaches and attractions in the Island of Samal, Davao del Norte. It has just recently been developed to attract tourists and travelers from all over the world. To further support the rich marine life in the island, mangroves have been planted all over the premises and the island itself has been declared a protected marine reserve area. If you are looking for a vacation spot that’s far from traffic, excessive noise, pollution or crowded shopping malls, then this island is definitely the perfect place for you to unwind.


What to explore at Vanishing Island?

The Vanishing Island is just a small strip of white sands located just minutes away from the coast of Tambo, Babak in Samal. The island is visible only during low tides and can be noticed easily from the distance at the sight of houses floating just above the ocean. These have been made for visitors who wish to extend their stay in the island.

During high tides, visitors may roam around the island by foot with waters reaching their ankles only. Other tourists, however, choose to go diving and snorkeling especially when the waters are high. The crystal clear waters make it possible to enjoy the underwater view of sea grasses, corals, fishes and reefs. As such, it has been regarded a top diving destination in Davao City.

A prominent source of livelihood for the island locals is sea urchin. You will see many locals either waiting on their boats just near the coast or walking around the island, enticing visitors to try out their sea urchins. In the Philippines, sea urchins are typically eaten raw and are considered delicious delicacies. Many local vendors may also be seen selling fishes and other seafood varieties.

Source: http://triptheislands.com/destinations/the-vanishing-island-samal-davao/

How to get to Vanishing Island?

To get to Samal’s Vanishing Island, you first have to travel to Samal Island from Davao City. You can choose from any of the following routes:

From Santa Ana Wharf near the Magsaysay Park, you can take a motorboat which will directly take you to Talikud and Kaputian Island.

From Km 11 Sasa Wharf (Paradise Island Wharf), you can take a motorboat to Babak Wharf directly.

From Km 11 Sasa Wharf Ferryboat Landing, you can take the Island City Express Bus from Cabaguio St. (Satellite terminal) and R. Castillo and be transported by a ferry to Brgy. Caliclic, Babak district.

From Brgy. Tambo, you can rent a boat to reach the island.

From Waterfront Wharf, you can hire a boat to reach the island.

Source: http://triptheislands.com/destinations/the-vanishing-island-samal-davao/

Selling points

  • Like A Paradise
  • Being "Robinson"
  • Great island very near to the city
  • Nice cream colored sands
  • The Lost Paradise
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
92.39 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • Definitely no littering in the island! Remember it is a sanctuary, a marine protected area!
    Environment
  • Be sure to bring your own food as there are no food stalls here. You can eat on the boat, though
    What to bring
  • Dont forget to bring sunscreen/sunblock.
    What to bring
  • Bring some handy things to tie up your stuff to the mangrove trees!
    What to bring
  • Nice white sand good for picture taking.
    Photography
  • Just don't stay too long under the sun!
    Experience

Reviews

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I live in Samal Island and it has been a normal routine to enjoy the serenity of the place everytime I go home for holidays. My recent visit (august), was different this time. WE coordinated our trip to the brgy. officer of Tambo to help us plant mangrove (10 pesos each seedling), they are authorize by DENR to assist people in preserving and protecting the sanctuary. Yes it is a sanctuary, a protected area!The best time to go there is LOW TIDE to enjoy the mangrove planting. You can walk around the island and enjoy the clear water...The best part will be when it is really low tide because more areas can be explored. Be concious of the changes of the water because when it starts to rise (high tide) some areas easily vanished!WE had so much fun be it high or low tide! the bonus will be fishermen with fresh catch and you can have your grilled fish or kinilaw (if you are prepared for the ingridients). When it is high tide, be prepared to experience a variety of fish that will come close to the island...Definitely no littering in the island! Remember it is a sanctuary, a marine protected area!Let's help by planting mangrove in the island!

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The beach is nice but i was expecting more of the place. I thought the infinity pool is very wide but it is not in person. the service is very slow. however, the bathroom is clean.

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We had a lot of swimming from different beaches and this one I should say is one of the best....white sand beach...in the middle of the sea/river.....we went there in the morning so the water was up to knee to belly-deep....water was so clean!..Even just for an hour of stay...as if I swam for the whole day! Funtastic!

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I live in Samal Island and it has been a normal routine to enjoy the serenity of the place everytime I go home for holidays. My recent visit (august), was different this time. WE coordinated our trip to the brgy. officer of Tambo to help us plant mangrove (10 pesos each seedling), they are authorize by DENR to assist people in preserving and protecting the sanctuary. Yes it is a sanctuary, a protected area! The best time to go there is LOW TIDE to enjoy the mangrove planting. You can walk around the island and enjoy the clear water...The best part will be when it is really low tide because more areas can be explored. Be concious of the changes of the water because when it starts to rise (high tide) some areas easily vanished! WE had so much fun be it high or low tide! the bonus will be fishermen with fresh catch and you can have your grilled fish or kinilaw (if you are prepared for the ingridients). When it is high tide, be prepared to experience a variety of fish that will come close to the island... Definitely no littering in the island! Remember it is a sanctuary, a marine protected area! Let's help by planting mangrove in the island!

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