SAMAL ISLAND...and to the world's largest bat sanctuary at Monfort.
Davao City Travel Blog› entry 19 of 33 › view all entries
December 6th, 2008 – by: ted332
I woke up at 6:00 am and was glad that I was able to sleep inspite of some slight inconveniences at the room in the lodging house. I was feeling some slight headache and I thought it would be relieved with a nice brewed coffee later. The dominant smell of the days old fresh paint of the room walls must have caused the headache but I didn't mind the paint odor as it somehow masked the other unpleasant scents of the room specially the one coming from the bathroom. The paint smell tranquilized me though, and thankfully on a very low toxic level giving me this slight headache, otherwise I wouldn't have woke up from my sleep. After taking a shower, I went to the veranda to order breakfast. Surprisingly, the Ponce Suite served brewed coffee and it was a treat for me because most lodging houses serve instant coffee powder .
From Bajada, I boarded a jeepney going to Sasa which was on the northern part of Davao City, going towards the direction of the airport and the sea port. In fifteen minutes, I was already at Sasa but before I got off the jeepney, I asked the driver where I should get off to board the ferry to Samal Island and I was dropped off at Santa Ana wharf which was walking distance from the main road. When i got off, I saw a small crowd of passengers waiting for the boat and I approached a guy and asked in the Bisaya dialect if the boat from Santa Ana wharf would take me near the Monfort Bat caves. I was told told to go to the next wharf at Onse(Quay 11) where the boats are docking nearer to Monfort. Luckily, Quay 11 was just less than 5 minutes jeepney ride from Santa Ana. After getting down from the jeepney, I walked through the alley at a fish market leading to the quay. Upon reaching the jetty, I was one among a few passengers who arrived early to board the boat waiting. I paid the P30.00(60 US cents) boat fare, and boarded the 30 seater boat, third row from the front. As I sat, I saw some boys fishing at the jetty, and noticed the long line of shanties on stilts at the edge of the bay.....
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