Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island, Davao, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Philippines. Nestled in a quiet side of the island and surrounded by coconut trees, Pearl Farm Beach Resort boasts of sandy white beach, rich marine life, tranquil environment, and world-class service. It is perfect for honeymoon, engagement proposals, weddings, family vacation, and small group of friend’s excursion.
In 2006 after a friend’s wedding, Wendy, Arbie, Grace, Pearl and I traveled for 7 hours by land from Cagayan de Oro City to Davao City just to experience Pearl Farm Beach Resort. We got the Day Tour Package for P1,200 each (that’s the rate 6 yrs ago). Included in the package is the roundtrip 45-minute speedboat ride from Marina Wharf in Davao City to Pearl Farm, welcome drinks, international buffet for lunch, use of the swimming pool, electric cart rides within the resort, towels, trip to Malipano Island and beach huts with lounge chairs.
We could have easily swum with the fishes but we opted to explore the resort first. We went to the Mandaya Weaving Center where we saw tribeswomen expertly weaving “dagmay” to become colorful handbags, mats, table runners, clothes, and other native ornaments. A cart waiting for us outside of the weaving center brought us to the swimming pool near the Aqua Sports Center.
We also had the chance of riding the WaveRunner when our speedboat had an episode. But two of our friends, Wewen and Arbie, were somewhat disappointed when it came into life again and they headed to Pearl Farm Beach Resort right behind us.
The international buffet served at the Maranao Restaurant was heavenly. I had so much fun eating a wide variety of my favorite, Japanese food; fresh seafood cooked the Filipino way; Italian pasta; American sausages; tropical fresh fruits. I was so busy feeding myself that I forgot to take pictures of the food I mentioned above.
After the sumptuous lunch, we had our siesta at the white sand beach. With the clear blue sky above and the intriguing Malipano Island in front of us, we only rested for 30 minutes. Off we went to the Parola Bar to ride the raft to Malipano Island.
Malipano Island is located a few hundred meters from Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island. It offers seven executive villas including the vacation house of the owners of Pearl Farm, a three-hole golf course, a helipad, and a hidden white sand beach facing the west. The beach exudes privacy since it can’t be seen from the main resort.