Vanishing Island in Samal, Davao

When the tide recedes, this beach appears, a picture-perfect oasis in the shores of Davao. Photo by @gensantiago


Crystal clear,high or low tide.????

A photo posted by Gen Santiago (@gensantiago) on

The Vanishing Island is just off the coast of Samal Island, a 15-minute boat ride from Davao City in Mindanao. It's a strip of sand between Samal and Davao that's a charming place to spend the day, but time here is limited as it disappears underwater at high tide - thus its name. The expansive sandy area makes it an enjoyable stop for tourists though. Shallow waters surrounding the Vanishing Island, which cover a seabed of seagrass and white sand, are safe for swimming. Past the sandbar is a thriving mangrove area - the island has actually been declared a protected marine reserve area. Guests can stay at cottages built on stilts so they can have some shade while taking a rest in between swimming, eat or stay to enjoy the island longer even if the tides have set in.

How to get there
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia ply to Davao daily. From the airport, take a taxi to Km 11 Sasa Port, then ride a ferry boat to Brgy. Tambo, Babak in Samal Island. Another boat will take you to the Vanishing Island.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @gensantiago on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published October 2016