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Vanishing Island in Samal Island

This is a part of our second day DIY tour in Davao City last May 2016.
Check main blog post for my Davao del Sur & Samal Island adventure.

• There are no accommodations nor stores in this island.
• It is named for – an island that vanishes. When the tide is low, the island is visible and easy to access.
• You have to start heading back before the high tide arrives. By then, the whole island with be covered by sea water and not a speck of sand will be seen.


The Vanishing Island is just a small strip of white sand located just minutes away from the coast of Tambo, Babak in Samal.

Me and my friends – Andrea & Alarice ♥

There’s not much to do when at the island. You can do some swimming and wander around the mangroves. The waters there are very clean and fresh. Of course, taking hundreds of pictures ain’t bad either.


If you want to visit Samal’s Vanishing Island, you first need to travel to Samal Island from Davao City.

  • From Santa Ana Wharf near the Magsaysay Park, you can take a motorboat which will directly take you to Talikud and Kaputian Island.
  • From Sasa Wharf Ferryboat Landing, you can take the Island City Express Bus from Cabaguio St. (Satellite terminal) and R. Castillo and be transported by a ferry to Brgy. Caliclic, Babak district.
  • From Brgy. Tambo, you can rent a boat to reach the island.
  • From Waterfront Wharf, you can hire a boat to reach the island.

We rented a habal habal for the whole day to tour us around. He knows someone who owns a pump boat that we can rent – we paid 900php (300php/head – roundtrip).

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3 thoughts on “Vanishing Island in Samal Island

  1. Nice to meet you Jois, I like alot of your own “likes” that I read on your about page. Many thanks for the follow on my own site, really appreciated and i hope to see some more of you and your islands..MM🍀


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