Sunday, October 7, 2007

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

"Located in the southern part of the Philippines is the Samal group of Islands, an archipelago consisting of nine islands which stretch out over a land area of 28,000 hectares. Samal is a beautiful, tranquil and exotic island with a coastline adorned with white sand beaches, abundant marine life, rock formations, mangroves, and landscape elements of coconut palms, flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees."

"The area is blessed with various natural attractions and flourishing flora and fauna. Nestled on the quiet side of Samal Island, The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a mere 45-minute boat ride from the wharf. This fourteen (14) hectare spread was once a pearl farm, where thousands of white-lipped oysters transported from the Sulu Sea, were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls. Today, the resort beckons with the promise of a relaxing, private retreat, under the care of its friendly and charming staff." -link
I've been to Pearl Farm Beach Resort three times already. For my first and second trips, the jump off point for the boat to Pearl Farm used to be at the Waterfront Insular Hotel which is right beside the airport. Now they've created their own jump off point complete with a lobby, sofas, chairs and a swimming pool. The boat ride will take you 45 minutes.

Snorkeling Area

Infinity Pool

the other pool

white sand beach
Pearl Farm is a high-end beach resort where everything you'll ever need is there. There's also a watersports facility for kayaking, jet skiing and scuba diving. However, their prices are too high.

Furthermore, Pearl Farm is finally showing its age and it doesn't seem to be maintained well. I don't remember Pearl Farm ever looking so old in my previous trips. It's a good thing I only decided to go on a day trip because there are far more fun and interesting things to do in the city.

poor fishing village beside Pearl Farm

Pearl Farm
Pearl Farm is a very exclusive and luxurious beach resort. Unfortunately, it's sandwiched between two fishing communities where houses are built over the water using stilts. It reminds of Manila where the high-end homes and buildings are side-by-side with the poor Filipino communities.

For anyone going to Pearl Farm for the first time, I recommend just going there for the day and staying in Davao City.

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