Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines
We planned to go camping, packed our bags and hoped to have a weekend fun at the beach. And sure we did…and it’s one great adventure we had. Our destination: Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines. The place has become quite a sensation with its beautiful beaches being featured on television and all. So off we go…
Our adventure started as we gathered around waiting for the bus to take us to another part of the country – turned out not anyone of us has been to the place before. The only knowledge we have of the place is that it has enticing beaches with cool waves to make people come, but we don’t have any idea how far it is from home. We were hoping we’d get to watch the sunset by the oceanfront. Oh yes, Dahican boasts of pristine waters facing the Pacific Ocean. However it took us six anxiety-filled hours in the bus hoping we’ll arrive there with the clear night sky since sunset was already out of the question. We travelled many miles with most towns getting downpour as we neared our destination. We disembarked from the bus and took a tricycle to get us to the holiday spot. Six of us were packed in a tricycle, again not knowing where we’re headed – just the name of the resort to get us about. Roughly thirty minutes in a bumpy ride got us cramped but happy arriving at Dahican Surf Resort grateful for the balmy weather.
We had the resort to ourselves and set up camp although there were cabanas around the place. After dinner we checked out the beachline only to hear crashing waves and feel the cool breeze from the sea. We got busy though chasing after crablets that are too nimble but a couple weren’t fast enough. Well mostly the guys did the hunting and the crablets weren’t harmed, just had fun catching them and set them free, as well. When they had their fill, we got back to our campsite and was about ready to call it a night. But wait, camping wouldn’t be a camping without a bonfire, as the youngest among us insisted. The guys, as usual, gathered dried leaves to get a campfire starting. We slept past midnight with the soft glowing embers of the fading fire.
We went to check out the beach at the break of dawn and waited for the sun to rise. The view was enchanting with the sun slowly peeking out from our far left while lightining and heavy clouds are visible to our far right over a calm sea.
The sun seem to have risen so fast that at around 0615am we felt it was already 9am back home.
Nonetheless we frolicked in the waters and tried our skills with skim boarding, one of the favorite past times of the people in the area. And usually early in the year we’ve heard that it’s the surfing season however we were contented with the small waves we encountered. Skim boarding was kind of tough stuff for me that I was happy swimming along, simply watching my friends
skimming the waves on the board. We left with our inner kid satisfied with playing along the shore, dancing with the waves and got sun kissed.