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Kalinawan Resort: Your Piece of Paradise in Samal Island

Kalinawan Resort
Posted: September 14, 2014 at 3:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Being on a beautiful beach is like being on a date with your dream guy/girl. You don’t notice the time because you’re having a good time and you feel like you can stay that way for long. This is exactly what I feek when I step into Kalinawan Resort in the Island Garden City of Samal.

Who wouldn't want to swim here?

Who wouldn’t want to swim here?

Kalinawan Resort is like my dream beach. It sets itself apart from other beach resorts in such a way that it doesn’t look like another commercial beach resort. When you step into it, you instantly feel ‘home.’ It gives you the privacy that you need and peace (kalinawan is a Cebuano term which means peace).

This is my favorite spot in the resort.

This is my favorite spot in the resort.

The sea breeze, sound of the waves, and the calming effect of the entire place is perfect for anyone looking for a quick getaway from the bustling city. And if you feel the need for adrenaline rush, you can go for an hour or more of kayaking, snorkeling (better to bring your own gear), and even rock climbing (this needs prior arrangement).

another spot to chill in the resort

another spot to chill in the resort

What I like best about this resort is it’s rich marine life. It feels like swimming in a huge aquarium. If happiness for you is seeing healthy corals and schools of fish, then this place should be in your list.


It is reasonably priced. We went there for a day tour and we’re charged PHP500/pax inclusive of cottage and kayak use. Plus, we’re allowed to use the kitchen and the utensils. I think the day tour is too short to fully experience its relaxing vibe. Hence, I highly recommend spending a night here.

beds for those who want to stay overnight

beds for those who want to stay overnight

For overnight, they charge PHP700/pax for minimum of 3 persons inclusive of the cottage, kitchen, and kayak use. They don’t have electricity but they have a generator (guests have to bring their own gas; 10 liters is good for 6 hours).

Kalinawan Resort Day Tour

Other activities that you can enjoy in Kalinawan Resort include SCUBA diving (in partnership with the Carabao Dive Center), rock climbing, and rapelling (in partnership with EDGE Davao). If you want to try these activities, you have to inform the staff ahead of time. Fees for these activities are not included in their day tour/overnight rate.

How to Get There

If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can ride habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) from Central Warehouse Store in Peñaplata. They usually charge between PHP75-100/way (it can accommodate 2 persons).

The road can accommodate small to medium-sized vehicles as long as the driver is skilled enough to get through the rough road. It’s also best to check the weather condition before heading there (not advisable during rainy season).

**There are direct flights from Manila or Cebu to Davao. From the airport, you can head directly to the Davao-Samal ferry at Sasa (taxi drivers know where it is) and take the bus heading to Peñaplata. Tell the driver to drop you off at Central Warehouse Store.

Another Option: From Davao International Airport, you can head to Magsaysay Park and ride the bus bound for Peñaplata (bus fare: PHP30).

How to Contact Them

They have a facebook page where you can check out here. The best way to contact them is through their landline or mobile number.

Mobile Number: 0932-154-7661
Landline Number: (082) 305-4435

Let me know how your trip goes!