Summer in Davao calls for Samal island hopping tour

Cruise the Davao Gulf and go island hopping this summer

From islands to highlands Davao has it. But perhaps the most alluring is the call of the crystal blue cool waters on a hot summer day. The beach and the exploration of the Davao Gulf’s treasures can be fun (and educational) while getting the perfect shade of tan. 

Teaming up with Samal Island Tour operators are the Davao Hotels / Resorts Sales and Marketing Association, Inc. (Davao HRSMA, Inc.). 

“The objective of this tour is to foster partnerships and promote collaboration between Davao City Hotels and Samal Island Hopping, a summer activity provided by local tour operators on the island. Davaoenos often choose Samal Island as a quick getaway for beach time due to its close proximity to the city, stunning beaches, and attractions,” said Liza Gamo, president of the Davao HRSMA, Inc. 

In a recent Samal Island familiarization tour hosted by the Davao HRSMA, Inc. in partnership with Jiver Trans Tour, a Department of Tourism-accredited operator, the members of the organization with the media, visited the popular Samal Island attractions on board the MBCA Waling-Waling. 

MBCA Waling-waling of Jiver Trans Tour has a capacity of 48 passengers plus four crew members.

Lunch on board. Catering can be arranged.

What to expect? “Samal Island offers a range of exciting activities like island hopping, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, encountering underwater creatures, diving, and more,” Liza Gamo said. 

Hit the (Babu Santa) beach...

Swim and snorkel...

...and ride the "dragon boat"

“Jiver Trans Tour is not only a boat operator but has ventured into advocating local tourism as a tour operator in Island Garden City of Samal. We aim to connect each element in the tourism industry to work together in promoting and showcasing the beauty and exquisite nature of Region XI,” shared Anna Belle Verga, manager for Jiver Trans Tour. 

A premium day tour package by Jiver Trans Tour includes these destinations: Talikod Island’s Coral Garden and Angel’s Cove; Samal Island’s Little Vanishing Island, Wishing Islet, Taklobo Farm and Sabang Cliff; a sightseeing tour of the Pearl Farm Beach Resort and the Malipano Island. Traveling with the team is an experienced crew and a licensed tour guide. All government fees are covered with the cost as well. 

Angel's Cove

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Taklobo Farm

A snorkeling guided tour across the protected area of Taklobo Farm

Wishing Islet

Expect to meet these people along the way...

Selling freshly caught sea urchin

Pearl jewelry & accessories

Homemade ice cream

Summer is here and when in Davao, an island hopping tour is in order. 

The Davao HRMSA, Inc. team with media guests

Your favorite DOT accredited hotel can connect you to a fellow DOT accredited Samal Island tour operator. Jiver Trans Tour is one. Give them a call at +63 917-637-7701 or send an email at