Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental

Ride the waves and enjoy the laidback vibe of this long beach down south. Photo by @nellal

Mati is gaining a reputation as the skimboarding capital of the south and it's immediately apparent as soon as one steps foot on the white sand Dahican Beach. Locals – kids and adults alike – are constantly playing in the ocean whether they're armed with a skimboard or a surfboard. The laidback beach is also known as a sanctuary for sea turtles. Other attractions around the city include the breathtaking Sleeping Dinosaur viewing deck, Pangyan Falls and Mainit Hot Springs. Tourists may also enjoy Dahican Beach from the air with an ultralight aircraft ride with the Mindanao Saga Flying Club

How to get there
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia offer daily flights to Davao City. From the airport, ride a taxi to the Ecoland Transport Terminal where there are buses headed to Mati, Davao Oriental. Travel time is roughly four hours. Get off at the town center of Mati and ride a tricycle or habal-habal to Dahican Beach.

Cover photo is screengrabbed from @nellal on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published September 2016