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Visit Samal Island 2012 Launched

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Island Garden City of Samal Government recently launched “Visit Samal Island 2012”. This is the second time the island unveils such marketing campaign. This year’s event is expected to be bigger and grander with the active participation of the private sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Fun in the Sun: The Caracoles Festival 2010

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Category: Davao Tourism Posted: Monday, April 26th, 2010
Caracoles Festival

Caracoles Festival

The Davao Region is celebrating four festivals annually with the extensive promotion of the Department of Tourism. The festivals are Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Bulawanon Festival in Compostela Valley, Musikahan Festival in Tagum City and the Caracoles Festival in the places surrounding Davao Gulf.

Caracol is a Spanish term that literally means a conch, snail or shell. Samal Island is a perfect place for Caracoles Festival since a lot of marine lives inhabit the place.

The “Fun in the Sun” program was officially opened and presented the 2010 Caracoles Festival with dances that are inspired by creative marine life costumes and accessories. After being held at the Sta. Ana Wharf last year, the Caracoles Festival is now back at the Island Garden City of Samal which will be held at Peñaplata Central Elementary School. This is the third “Fun in the Sun” summer program in Region XI which usually fall during the last Saturday of April. This is indeed one of the most awaited events in the island that the people of Samal and visitors are waiting for.

Visitors can plan their summer getaway and experience the sundown to sunrise non-stop party. All tourist destinations of the island are now all set to provide an unforgettable experience for the guests. Amidst the scorching heat of the sun, one can still relax and enjoy with Samal’s white sand beaches, beautiful resorts, cool swimming pools and hanging out at Hagimit Falls.

The event includes a five-day Gulf Dive program. You can check-in and choose among the best resorts with perfect amenities at an affordable price. During the event proper, witness the different dances with colorful costumes inspired with marine life presentation.

Caracoles Festival is definitely an auspicious occasion for all party lovers and for those who want to spend their summer holiday with a bundle of unique experience.

Caracoles 2010 Update
The Caracoles Festival was moved on May 22, 2010.

Samal Casino Resort to Resume Operation This Year

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Category: Davao News Posted: Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Samal Island

Samal Island


Ekran Berhard, the owner of Samal Casino Resort is planning to reopen the resort this year with an additional investment of $100 million for the hotel renovation. This resort is located in Kaputian District, Island Garden City of Samal. It was operational in 1997 as a hotel and casino with 300 rooms and a ballroom that could cater 3,000 people. In the early 1990’s, this Island Resort gained a cost of more than $250 million. However, due to Asian financial crisis, it was closed and left idle for almost nine years now.

Ekran Berhard plans to renovate the hotel and expected to reopen by December this year. Some officials of the Island Garden City of Samal had personally met Pek Khiing Ting and his son Michael Ting in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and talked about the plans of the company for the said resort. Accordingly, Ekran Berhard has an idea to link the $300 million Samal Island Resort with other hotels in the region particularly the one in Kuching, Malaysia.

The Samal Casino Resort is a 250 hectare area composed of complete amenities for guests and visitors. It is accessible via a 30-minute pump boat or ferry ride from Davao City.

Once fully operational again, the hotel is expected to infuse at least 50 million pesos various taxes and will give job opportunities for employment and boosts the tourism industry of the Samal Island.

The realization of the resort was under the BIMP-EAGA initiative in the early 1990’s which was agreed between the Philippines and Malaysia.