In addition to the main island, IGaCoS also has 7 islets that surround it. The largest islet, known as Talikud Island, is about 2,500 meters from Poblacion, Kaputian. The other six (6) islets are Big Liguid (28,092 has.), Small Liguid (4.5 has.), Arboles Shoal, otherwise known as Sanipaan (3.125 has.), Small Malipano (.1595 has.), Dela Paz (1.378 has.), Big Malipano (8.2858 has.) and Wishing Islet (700 sq.m.), respectively.

There are four baranguays on Talikud: Linosutan (pop. 1,177), Dadatan (pop. 1,244), Cogon (pop. 1,982) and the largest Sta. Cruz (pop. 3,924) all belonging to the Kaputian District. Sta. Cruz is also the where the wharf is located.

Though just a small island, Talikud is very popular as a scuba diving destination. Two of which sites are Mansud Wall and Coral Gardens. There are also several small resorts lining the exterior, including Isla Reta and Bali Hai.

Talikud Island has a wide variety of soft and hard coral gardens that are home to numerous exotic small tropical fishes. Not only small tropical fish, larger marine life can also be found in here like barracuda, tuna and jacks. Divers can also see fusiliers, sea horse, morays, sea urchins, garden eels, wrasse and parrotfish.

Boats for Talikud leave every morning at 6am, 7am and 9am (P50) from Santa Ana wharf in Davao. While it only takes a ten-minute boat ride to get to Samal Island, the trip to Talikud Island takes around 30-45 minutes, but it is well worth the trip.

References for this article include: eTravelPilipinas and samalcity.gov.ph

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