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Entering the Gulf of Davao, vessels can
approach on either east or west side of Samal
The channel between Davao mainland and
the west side of Samal island is busy with boat
and ferry traffic. The narrowest area (just over
half a nautical mile wide) has a strong tidal
current, mostly south-setting. Sailing closer to
the Samal side, the west side is lined with resorts
and white sanded beaches.
You are permitted to come in the marina
first and clear entrance formalities yourself in
Davao City. Coming up along the East side of
Samal will give you more room to sail and less
current and boat traffic.
The marina is surrounded by a stone wall
(breakwater). Stay well clear of the breakwater until
ready to approach. The 20 meter-wide entrance is on
the NW corner, marked with red and green flags.
Approach from the north and turn into the marina.
Caution: Breakwater walls are lined with rocks on the
seabed. Allow clearance. The entrance has a metal
gate to prevent swells and debris from entering the
marina. It is left opened when there is a vessel
expected to arrive or depart. Otherwise, it remains
closed. Inform us in advance of your arrival.
The Philippines islands are situated on the crossroad between the South
Pacific and SE Asia. Being a big nation with lots of skilled workers, but with
low wages, it is a good place for yachtsmen to do boat maintenance and store
their vessel while traveling.
The South part of Mindanao is also typhoon-free. Despite some political
unrest in other parts of Mindanao, Davao City and Samal have a long
standing reputation for safety of people. The area enjoys a weather that
remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of
rainfall, temperature, humidity, and there are no wide fluctuations of the
barometric air pressure. There are two seasons – the NE monsoons (October
to March) and the SW monsoon (April to September).
Davao City boasts of some of the finest beaches and mountain resorts in the
country, and proximity to the Philippines’ most captivating diving spots as well
as its highest peak, Mount Apo.
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BY ROAD FROM DAVAO CITY
Take the Ferry at the SASA Ferry Wharf leaving
Davao City en-route to Samal for a short 10-minute
ride. Ferries are running every 15 min during day
hours and every hour at night.
Upon reaching Samal island,
Holiday Oceanview Marina is less than
20 minutes from the Samal Ferry
Wharf. Take a left on the
circumferential road, going North, via