Looking for a resort where you can enjoy water surfing, vacation, parties or just have a nice walk? Dahican Beach resort is the place to be. Yes, it may be free for entrance but it offers clean and new facilities that is why many visitors come and appreciate the place.
Simply amazing. That is the word I can describe as I step in to the land of Mati City specifically the crescent-shaped beach some up to 7 kilometers long as the different hue of blue sea welcomes me and my friends. I really can’t imagine if the beach is true or if it is man-made. It is just amazing and pleasing to my eyes and I want to run in the sea to swim. It does not only capture your eyes, but also your heart as you would like to stay in the place, stare at the sea and fall in love with its beauty. I can say it is priceless and world class. It feels like you are in another part of the world.
My friend tours us around in the place. We learned that it is facing the Pacific Ocean that is why those big waves are present. You can see skim boarders flying on waves and enjoy it bit time. Many competitions are also held here for it suits water surfing activities. According to her, this area of the beach is the busiest during weekends. If you are into surfing, the beach break is on from late October to Early March or the Amihan season.
Aside from nipa huts available fronting the shore, you can also put up your own tent. This since they also have tents for rent.
You can buy fresh fish or squid if you are looking something to eat. Kuya Jun and Winston Plaza are leading this group of young skimmers and surfers and are taking care of the beach area and its turtles since 2004.
In terms of tourism
Dahican’s fine white sand draws thousands of local and foreign tourists every year round, said Jose Moring of the Mati city environment and natural resources office.
“In Dahican, there’s no peak month. All year round is peak season,” added Moring, who heads the agency tasked to protect Dahican and its rich ecosystem.
As of now, the local government has initiated a campaign to turn Dahican into a top tourist destination and a center of economic activity, said Dashiel Indelible Jr., Mati city tourism officer in one of his interviews.
How to get there
From Davao City, Mati City is three hours away by bus (with fare ranging between P130 and P250). At the Mati City bus terminal in Madang, one can hire a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) for P40/person to Dahican, some 10 to 15 minutes away.
/// Written by Sheena Lou Alagao, The Philippines