Just off the coast of Davao, the Capital city of Mindanao, the Southernmost island of the Philippines archipeligo lies a beautiful little island called Samal.
It was named after the first people to inhabit the island, the Sama-Bajau people, who are the dominant ethnic group on Tawi- Tawi an island province in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Known as the Island Garden City of Samal, and you can see why.
Beautiful beaches and a lovely clear sea surround much of the island, you can find many beautiful places to swim, sunbathe and eat some of the delicious seafood on offer.
I visited for a day with some friends, and what a lovely little island. Very relaxed and far away from the busy city of Davao.
Further inland, you have forests, lovely green lush vegetation and an array of fruit trees and plants. If you love nature, then it is definitely a place you should visit.