Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Dream Destinations: Dahican Beach and Malapascua Island

This is my second post on My Dream Destinations, a series of posts about great places in the Philippines I have never been to. This is my "bucket list" of destinations that I wish I could visit someday.

1. Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental
Location Map of Mati, Davao Oriental
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Dahican Beach is located in Barangay Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental. It is a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand facing the great Pacific Ocean (wow!). Not a few tourists declared this beach as more beautiful than Boracay. Because of its location, the waves here are ideal for skimboarding. Dahican is also the home of the Amihan Boys, a group of young, local skimboarders being trained by Mr. George "Jun"Plaza to keep them way from drugs and other vices. Because of his noble deeds, Mr. Plaza was featured in the Heroes section of Readers Digest Asia's latest issue.

Dahican Beach--simply stunning! 

With Davao's proximity to Bukidnon, my home province, the possibility of me visiting Dahican may not be too far fetched. Hopefully, this one would soon be off my bucket list!

2. Malapascua Island in Cebu
Location Map of Malapascua Island
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About 8 kilometers from the northeastern tip of Cebu lies Malapascua, a tiny island which is only 2.5 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. Malapascua is part of the Municipality of Daanbantayan, Cebu. It started to gain popularity only in the early 90s mainly due to its dive spots and white sand beaches. Residents of the island derived their income mainly from tourism, fishing and farming.

Fishing boats lined up along a white sand beach in Malapascua Island.

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  1. So amazingly blue. I want to have a house there.

  2. nindota sa dahican beach. mao ba ni naay mga floating platforms bai?

  3. @estan: sa masao beaches and naay mga floating paltforms bai, about 30 minutes from dahican. sa dahican ang white sand ug ideal for skimboarding. my dream of going to dahican has already come true and i will be writing about this in my future posts. thanks for dropping by!

  4. nice ang Malapascua! if you talk about being laidback and chill... pero the quality of the sand is not as good as panglao's or bantayan...

  5. This is the perfect place where I can hit my summer vacation. Thanks for sharing this info!

    ----> Greg @ travel Philippines


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