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


  1. 2-3 hrs ride from the city is quite bearable. If ever I go to Davao, I'll also try to visit Mati. :) Good there's good choices of resorts too, but I won't mind if I stay in a tent. Do they also have tent rentals?

    I want to go to Mindanao this year, either CDO or Davao! Hopefully! Hehe

    1. Yea! It's beautiful there~ Include Bukidnon when you visit CDO or Davao :D Holla me when you go to CDO, let's dinner.

  2. I'm planning to go to mati alone ngayong weekend. Safe po ba magcamp for a girl. First time to travel alone po kasi ako. Hehe.

    1. Hi Reen! You may camp at Amihan Sa Dahican. They are very friendly and hospitable :) Enjoy, Mati!

  3. Great blog! Looking forward to visit mati davao oriental soon!
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