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Dahican: The Ultimate De-stress Destination in Davao Region

Dahican: The Ultimate De-stress Destination in Davao Region

I have probably said it plenty of times that seawater heals everything.

A bad case of sniffles, a little wound or maybe you’re tired of seeing the same concrete slabs day after day – whatever that is stressing you out, I’d recommend ocean therapy the soonest.

My personal quick fix is a trip down to my favorite respite to the turquoise waters of Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. Easily accessible by land from Davao City, it only takes three hours to get to Mati City by private car or commuter van. If you prefer the comforts of riding a bus, it takes around 5 hours to get there since the bus stops at every terminal along the way.

The iconic stopover on the way to Mati City, the Sleeping Dinosaur, which during the year changes color (from green or brown) depending on the rainfall of the season

The iconic stopover on the way to Mati City, the Sleeping Dinosaur, which during the year changes color (from green or brown) depending on the rainfall of the season

Driving out of the city can be a rewarding sight. Seeing the views along Pantukan in Compostela Valley and most especially the coastal roads in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental immediately calms you down and gets you into vacation mode. The roads are considerably well maintained and there isn’t much traffic too.

Once you’ve passed through Mati City and followed the signage that says ‘Dahican’, you’ll notice further up a few resort signs on the left side of the road. The first noticeable signage is from Tropical Kanakbai, a high-end exclusive resort that’s located at the left most side of the Dahican shore stretch. 

Further as you move into the center of Dahican’s shore, you’ll see numerous signs like from Menzi Beach Park and Campsite which is a developing joint project by the city government of Mati and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 

If these signs aren’t inviting you to come and check out the laidback resort behind this then maybe you aren’t that stressed enough yet. Surf and skim lessons are also offered in other resorts around the area but I’ve only tried it in Dahican Surf Resort.

If these signs aren’t inviting you to come and check out the laidback resort behind this then maybe you aren’t that stressed enough yet. Surf and skim lessons are also offered in other resorts around the area but I’ve only tried it in Dahican Surf Resort.

My personal favorite is the lone artsy signage that says “Surf, Skim, Drinks” from Dahican Surf Resort. You’ll immediately want to stop and check it out. I know I did when I first visited Dahican in May 2014. Totally no regrets stopping by to check out this place and true enough to their promise of Dahican being the ultimate place to chill and flee from stress, I’ve always kept coming back.

Thoughtfully designed to stimulate guests to chill, the laidback and basic amenities all point to enjoy the sand, the sea, sun and the company you have. Head out to the shore and you’ll see different shades of blue of Dahican’s inviting waters. 

From Menzi Beach Park up to Amihan sa Dahican has the finest sand around. Go further out from the center of Dahican’s shore, you can notice the reefs and stones. These places are usually great for surfing when in season. If the waves aren’t that optimal for surfing, there’s always skimboarding to try to get stoked with. 

Coming out with a few more stories about my happy place. Don't swim away!❤❤❤

With more signs like this along the entrance of the resort, it’s quite taken an attraction for Instagram-worthy photos. 

With more signs like this along the entrance of the resort, it’s quite taken an attraction for Instagram-worthy photos. 

I think this sign says it all. Welcome to the stress-free side of Davao Oriental.

I think this sign says it all. Welcome to the stress-free side of Davao Oriental.

Dahican’s shore still has its own captivating beauty even on a gloomy day.

Dahican’s shore still has its own captivating beauty even on a gloomy day.

 

*A shorter version of this story was originally published in my column in EdgeDavao.

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