February 03, 2016

Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

One summer in 2015 I went on an impromptu trip to Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. I was already in Davao City for three days for my passport renewal when I decided on a whim that I wanted to see the gorgeous loooooong beach strip of Dahican. Around 5am or was it 6am (?) wandered the streets of Bangkerohan to look for a jeepney. I had hard time looking for a cab so off I hailed a cab and went to Gaisano Mall. I rode the van to Mati. The trip is around two to three hours. 

I was welcomed with a heavy rain. With hunger and heavy backpack, I ferret around town and looked for "Jollibee"! I had lunch and went to a grocery store to buy my three day essentials. 3 liter of water, some cans of soda, biscuits, noodles, canned goods, some chips, and yes, beer. 

Peaceful Dahican on a Monday

I arrived on a Sunday which means the beach is packed with group of families and friends. I just slept the whole afternoon and woke up to loud cheers, so I sat infront of my tent and watched the amazing Amihan sa Dahican girls and boys ride the waves like a pro. 

Hours went by so fast and I'm armed with a good book and beers. Slept a little early on my tent and woke up to a beautiful sunrise the next day. Sunrise is marvelous here. Ah! Dahican!

During weekdays, the beach is a beaut. Lesser crowd, in fact, I was alone at the beach! 

on my last day in Dahican, I also made sure to try skimboarding. It was a lot of fun and the Amihan sa Dahican girls and boys are really fun to be with. I stumbled a lot of times but heck who cares. Skimboarding is fun.

A BIG BIG THANK YOU to the Plaza brothers (Hi Winston and kuya!) and the Amihan sa Dahican team for the warm welcome and letting me join you during dinners! You are all so so awesome. 

Suggested  Activities

  • Skimboarding
  • Surfing 
  • Island Hopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach bumming!!!!
  • Beach beach beach beach beach!

Suggested Hotels

  • Botona Beach Resort
  • Surf Village Hostel
  • Dahican Surf Resort
  • Tropical Kanakbai

I truly had a great time and ultimately " I love Mati". Dahican is currently on my top 5 beaches in the Philippines. I love everything about Dahican.

What are you waiting for? Include Mati in your travel bucketlist now!!!


  • I took the Van from Gaisano Mall to Mati Terminal, fare is Php220
  • Tent Rental @ Amihan sa Dahican -PHP 200
  • Tricycle from Mati proper to Dahican - Php60 (Manong driver wanted to charge me Php120, I told him my boyfriend is from Mati then I get to haggle the price down to Php60. Sweet!)
  • If you plan to stay overnight, might as well buy your foods at the town proper as it is much cheaper. Also, in Dahican, stores are far from the beach. 
  • Anything above Php100 one way tricycle ride is a rip off. HAGGLE!

Wish you were here,

Wander Shugah

January 21, 2016

VIDEO: Tinago Falls for the nth time

Just a quick update! Here's a video of me and my friends when we went to Iligan City last week.

I love Iligan City and I love love love Tinago falls. It's without a doubt my favorite waterfall in the Philippines. I've written about it a long time ago and you can read it here. (I've been to more than 30 waterfalls so yea I can proudly say that. ) Every visit is such a sweet one. We really had a great time and spent most of our time jumping, swimming and enjoying the lovely turquoise water of Tinago falls.

Lately, I am  into group travels as it is fun and hellavuh crazy especially when you're with a good bunch. I am so glad I was able to join my friends on an adventure to Iligan City! Here's to more travels together!


Wish you were here, 
Wander Shugah


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