Some of the ferries between Paradise Island Resort on Samal & Paradise Terminal in Davao.
I had set my alarm for 8 AM but woke before it went off. A light breakfast @ Coffee Mood, the coffee shop in the hotel lobby started my day. A quick phone call to Aqua Sports Wind & Wave confirmed that they were open today and I was off. On my 1st trip to Davao
, I found a dive shop and was given instructions which were easy enough to follow. Doing so took me to Paradise Island Resort for the dive. The short version follows: 1. Taxi to Paradise Terminal; 2. Boat Ferry to Paradise Island resort; 3. Walk down the beach, looking for Aqua Sports Wind & Wave. That's it. The taxi ride was about 100 pesos. The ferry was 15 pesos. Admission to the resort was 100 pesos. The dive itself, including all the gear was about 1200 pesos. Including the return trip (ferry & taxi), the total cost was less than 1550 Pesos. The dive itself was wonderful but the current was fairly strong. Thankfully, the reef parallels the beach and is only about 30 meters out. It was an easy drift dive. Lots of starfish, urchins and soft corals are the mainstay of this dive. There are also some hard corals, plenty of fish, a few eels, what I think was a sea snake, and other miscellaneous sea life.