Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island, Davao del Norte is a wonderland that you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Davao City. Its iconic three-layered hut called “Parola” together with the long stretch of its grandiose Maranao themed huts looks spectacular from afar. The resort’s exceptionally artistic theme is a product of the creative mind of the renowned architect Francisco Mañosa. A visit here gives you not just one but seven white sand beaches to enjoy.
Exploring Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort has an exclusive wharf in Davao City with ferries going to their Samal Island resort. This wharf has a reception area which looks like a small hotel which has its own swimming pool and souvenir shop. After getting our laminated tickets and waiting for our ferry to arrive, we had a stroll in the area where we saw a street vendor selling pieces of jewelry. The person doesn’t seem to have any connection with Pearl Farm Beach Resort but it’s clear that the management gave him license to sell within their vicinity.
My wife couldn’t resist asking the street vendor about the price of the necklaces and earrings. Her one question led to several questions until she ended up having a long haggling discussion with the vendor. Their haggling discussion took very long that I was able to go to a far section of the wharf then come back and they’re still not through yet. During that stroll, I found a man climbing up one of the coconut trees within the wharf’s vicinity. The man was very friendly, that he even posed when I took a picture of him. But in reality, he’s a reflection of how friendly the Davaoeños are. After getting back to my wife, she was getting ready to buy the necklace, earrings plus bracelet all for P1,200.00. She had them tested and proved that they’re all genuine before buying which left her a wide grin.
Since we came too early, we were the only visitors in the wharf during that time. By the time the ferry arrived around 8:00 AM, there were lots of other visitors already. During our ferry ride, we’ve seen other resorts in Samal Island. Just by seeing a small side of it, we were able to see already how marvelous this island is, and how it’s rich with white sand beaches and flourishing trees. This is clearly the reason why it’s home to 35 beach resorts.
Arrival at Pearl Farm Beach Resort
When the ferry was starting to get close to the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, we were filled with amazement. The sight of the lush green trees blanketing the island blended together with the Samal Tribe inspired huts and which has a cone-shaped hut at the center really brought us the excitement. It’s a great projection of the natural beauty of the country and the Filipino culture in a classy way. It’s as if there are Maharlika (Royal Blood) people staying there who will welcome us together with their native performers.
After entering the cone-shaped hut called the Parola bar, we were greeted with a smile and were given welcome drinks. Then a lady in front with a Pearl Farm’s map gave us a briefing on how the food stubs and tickets are used, and how we should tour the island. Once we’re done, we explored the whole bar area then took some pictures. The whole place was neat and cozy. When I looked down straight at the edge of the hut, I was amazed at how clean and clear the water is despite the large crowd regularly visiting the resort daily.
After getting into the resort, we were astonished by the way its infinity pool blended with the sea and how its pond shape was smooth to the eye. Their choice of sand-colored rough tiles in the pool was a brilliant way of emulating a sandy beach which made everything look natural and more enticing to swimmers. We were later called to get a boat ride to Malipano Island which is a smaller island nearby.
After a ten minute trip to Malipano Island, we were dazzled by its white sand beach. We roamed around a bit then took some pictures of it while the other tourists walked deeper inside the island. When we realized that we were the last two people left in the beach area, we started exploring the deeper part of the island. After getting to the opposite end of the island, we were stunned by the marvelous Malipano Villas perched wonderfully inside the bunch of trees with some stilted on the side. This setup allowed the visitors to maximize the whole white sand beach area of fun activities.
After resting for a while in the hammocks while enjoying the view of the sea in Malipano Island, we noticed again that we were the only one left on the island. We rushed back to the other end again to catch our ferry but it’s not there anymore. The security personnel directed us to a docking area to wait for a speedboat. It was our first time to ride one and it felt very luxurious. We were very happy to find out that it’s already covered by our day-tour fee and all we spent is the tip to the driver who was very proactive in taking our pictures while heading back to the Samal Island resort. The pictures he took are awesome!
Lunchtime finally came and it was grand. The buffet lunch had a great variety of dishes that was beyond some of the buffet restaurants we’ve been to before. The food tasted great that I overstuffed myself to the point of my tummy getting hurt. I had no choice but to keep on standing up and walking around. This would help all the food to quickly go down. We checked out its two souvenir shops. The first souvenir shop even has a lady dressed in T’boli clothes and was weaving cloth.
Since my wife and I agreed that it was the best time to explore the resort further, we took a free ride to its other section using their electric minicab. When we reached the other section, the driver told us that he is escorting guests back to the Parola every 20-30 minutes. This section of the resort has a wider white sand beach with two large swimming pools. There’s a gaming area as well where you can play billiards and darts. My wife and I had a wonderful time relaxing in the lounge chairs while enjoying a fantastic view of the beach. Our visit here was really unforgettable.
Pearl Farm Beach Resort’s Day-tour Rate
From 9:00AM to 5:00PM