Serving Stoke in Dahican
Dahican has it all. White sand, waves for surfing, the friendliest locals (both humans and marine creatures) and the bluest waters you could ever see.
I’m a bit biased because as long as I’m out surfing, anything will do for me. The last time I brought my parents here, they got hammered by the waves while they were holding hands strolling across the shore. I warned them before they went out but I guess experience is the best teacher.
They also had a hard time finding food. You had to bring food with you and then prepare it island style – grilling over charcoal or having the locals prepare it for you which usually takes an hour or so.
In Dahican Surf Resort, just ask the friendly information ladies, Ate Claire or Ate Sandy if they can arrange to have your meal cooked. You just have to provide the ingredients and they'll labor with love for you.
Honestly, there were little options to get food. You’d either prepare it yourself or find a pop-up carinderia for a decent meal below Php 80. Try the carinderia beside the basketball court in front of the entrance of DSR. Right beside the highway, the Bautista's have a carinderia that sells delicious food that reminds me of my college days. This carinderia is run by the mom of local surfers Eding and Connor (aka Onyot) Bautista. *coming up with a Dahican guide soon*
Despite these challenges, I still love the rawness of Dahican. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Dahican is my forever happy place. I thought it couldn’t get any better than this. I was wrong.
Imagine sipping your favorite cocktail drink, feeling the cool white sand between your toes, hearing the sound of crashing waves and realizing that this ocean ambience is real. You are by the sea having the best gastronomic experience.
Famished from surfing or swimming in the sea the whole day, the best way I know to recuperate is by having great food and cold drinks. If you’re an early riser like me, a hot cup of coffee is perfect company as I watch the sun rise from the sea’s horizon.
Afterwards, a protein-rich breakfast for energy is ideal. I hate feeling hungry all of a sudden when I’m out in the water. I would always choose the waves over food most of the time since it’s quite a long way back to the resort I’m staying at.
It used to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to food choices in Dahican. There’s only one place that serves decent restaurant meals, La-ne’s Kalapyahan which is located further down the Dahican beach stretch. It’s near the fork in the road right before the rough road begins.
Fortunately, the tides have turned in our favor as we celebrated the soft opening of a new bar and grill by the beach. Located in the beach front area inside Dahican Surf Resort (DSR). The Surf Shack is right smack in the middle of Dahican Beach which makes it very easy to find.
When I got the invitation to the soft opening, I underestimated what ‘soft’. I thought it would be just a little get together of the surfing community in Dahican and in Davao as half of Surf Shack’s crew were from Davao City.
The bar was transformed into a dance floor. Complete with dancing lights, a smoke machine (I don’t know who came up with the idea but it was amazing), a DJ who played all the perfect songs and party animals who just wanted to have fun.
I’m not so fond of parties and this was the first party in Dahican that I ever found myself in. It was so fun! You knew almost everybody and if there was somebody you didn’t know, you’d be friends by the night is over.
I can’t wait for more dance parties and chill nights by the sea in Dahican. The rest of 2017 is definitely going to be an exciting one with the addition of the Surf Shack. There are now more options than the regular ‘wine and dine’ and events.
The Surf Shack team is composed of car enthusiast Clayton Sanchez, surfers Windel Wabe, Jek-Jek Ilagan and Gabby Sibala who’s also the guy behind DSR. The Surf Shack serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and everything in between.
For now, the Surf Shack is on soft opening mode and soon, will be on full swing just in time for the summer! Menu and price list will be posted soon. ♥
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