Philippine Resorts

Bluejaz Resort and Waterpark {7}

One of, if not the newest resort on Samal Island is the Bluejaz Resort and Waterpark. As the name implies, some of the main attractions to this resort are the waterslides and water sport activities.

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Camp Holiday Beach Resort Update {3}

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My friend Ellen has  posted a nice article about the recent developments at Camp Holiday Beach Resort. In my previous post, Camp Holiday Beach Resort, I had mentioned that it was mostly a camping destination. That’s certainly changed since then, as they now have cabins and a hotel.

Two things that stand out to me: 1) the rooms are very affordable & 2) the staff was trained by the personnel at Linmarr Apratelle, which gets excellent reviews from everyone that stays there.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort {4}

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Probably the most well known world-wide, and certainly one of the very best of the Samal Island Resorts is the Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

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.

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IGaCoS another Boracay? {4}

It seems every time another resort is announced or further developments are proposed on Samal Island, a comparison to Boracay is made. Depending upon which side you take, and whether this is in regards to tourism or industrial use, it can be a positive or negative comparison.

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Samal Island Resorts Directory {119}


This is my best attempt to list the current and upcoming resorts on Samal Island, aka The Island Garden City of Samal.


There are 50+ known resorts, 3 more under construction, and 4 more that may or may not still exist. Residential only subdivision resorts are not listed.

I’ll attempt to keep it updated, and date it when I do. I encourage any input regarding deletions, additions, corrections and links. Read More

Holiday Oceanview Samal {2}

Another development underway in IGaCoS is Holiday Oceanview Samal. Located at the very Northern tip of the island in Ilihan, Babak District, this 7 hectares development is the pioneer project of Holiday Properties, the real estate arm of Holiday Business Group. After a successful launch November 7, 2007, initial land development is now over 50% done.

The project consists of four parts: Holiday Oceanview Village (residential), Holiday Oceanview Townvillas (condos/townhouses), Holiday Oceanview Resort & Spa, and the Holiday Oceanview Marina.

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First Trip to Samal Island {3}

I was thinking back about my various trips to the Philippines, and most of them have been whirlwind tours. Too many obligations, and people to see. We are promising ourselves that our next trip, though it will be awhile, will not be the same.

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Where’s that confounded bridge? {16}


Note: this is a repeat of an article (comments included) from a year ago. As you can see, despite an occasional mention in a news article, nothing has changed.

Do you think it’s possible Robert Plant was referring to the Samal-Davao bridge, when he uttered those words at the end of The Crunge back in 1973?

Three months to review the already completed study, add in Filipino time (double it) and we’re at about six months since they announced the go ahead. A rash of announced resorts and subdivisions followed (most probably already planned). And here we sit. Well there certainly has been an economic downturn since then, maybe that’s the cause.

Most likely, and this is only speculation on my part, is that the bridge is a long way from seeing anything getting started. Some would say never, or not in our lifetime.

I check the news sites and search google occasionally but I’m not finding anything new at all. Maybe one of the locals there has some insights, but again nothing that I’ve heard about.

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