Friday, February 12, 2016

A guide to La Isla Bonita, Talicud Island, Samal

Is it too early to plan for upcoming summer escapade with family or friends? I guess not! We all love the beach, and in the Philippines, any day could be a beach day. Do you agree with me?

Morning at La Isla Bonita
So I and my friends learned about this beach resort located in Barangay Cogon, Talicud Island, Samal and we decided to go just in time for a long weekend in celebration of the Chinese New Year. We had a total of 3 days and 2 nights in Talicud Island but stayed the first day and night at La Isla Bonita (LIB) and just after breakfast of the following day, we transferred to another beach resort (Isla Reta). Imagine how much “vitamin sea” we got during those times.

Sunrise at La Isla Bonita
What I like about LIB is that the place was calm and quiet, it has fine white sand on and the nearby shore and the crystal clear sea water enticing for swimming and snorkeling activity. Though there were only a few fishes, you’ll get to see big and many different types of starfishes. The sunset on the nearby shore is superb! And in the morning, the view of fishermen approaching the shore as they row their boats is nostalgic, it keeps coming back to my mind and I don’t know why (see the video  I created below). 

On that day, one fisherman got lucky to have caught a big yellowfin tuna weighing 65 kilos. Just look at the picture below, it almost didn’t fit on his boat.

Fisherman's BIG catch
Bringing your own foods are allowed, cooking area is also available if you brought your own kitchen utensils. There are kiosk, private and shared rooms available for an overnight stay but need to book and pay 50% in advance for reservations. In our case, we were prepared we brought tents and hammock wherein no corkage were collected and it’s very economical.

Row of tents
The only negative thing I can think about LIB is that I expected too much from the place because I saw pictures on their facebook page and it looks so perfect. Sands are whiter and finer on the shore not fronting the main resort but it’s not too far to walk your way there. Also, I and my friends brought goggles and snorkeling gears with expectations of rich underwater life but we were disappointed we only saw grasses and starfishes. It’s like the phrase “expectation versus reality” hits us. Foods and beverages are quite pricey too, it could be because they are the only resort operating in the area.

All in all, despite our expectations -which I think our fault, the whole experience was amazing. It’s best to visit new places every once in a while, so if you haven’t been there yet, go and have fun.

How to go to La Isla Bonita

From Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City, ride a boat bound to Sta. Cruz port in Talicud Island, Samal. At Sta. Cruz port, look for the girl who lists the names of those who are going to LIB, she will arrange a motorbike (habal-habal) to take you to the resort. You can ask the drivers at the port area and they will lead you to her because every LIB visitors has to register to her first. Habal-habal ride costs 70 pesos per person, one way.

Going back to Sta. Cruz wharf, you have to inform the resort management and they will contact their partner drivers to bring you back to Sta. Cruz port.

Resort Fees

They collect 70 pesos/person for day tour and 140 pesos/person for those who’ll stay overnight. No corkage are collected if you bring tents, foods, and drinks.


Open cottage/kiosk- 200 pesos on Day Tour and 400 pesos on overnight use.
Dormitory- 250 pesos per person per night with a room capacity of 20 persons.
Standard rooms- Capacity of 2 persons for 1,000 pesos per night.
Beach house- Capacity of 4 persons for 2,500 pesos per night.

Contact details


So, if you are planning for a beach holiday or early summer treat, try and experience La Isla Bonita. I hope the details I provided could help you. Let me hear your thoughts or questions by dropping a comment below and don't forget to share this article with your friends.

1 comment:

  1. We've been wanting to visit the resort with my family. Thanks for this blog, we're able to manage our expectation. ��


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