Davao's Pioneer Water Taxi Service

Island Getaway! (as published in The Mindanao Daily Mirror)

Another long break  is looming ahead and Davao Express Water Taxi is once again ready to take you to Samal Island’s awesome beaches.

Other than the usual point to point destinations, Davao Express Water Taxi also has Island Hopping tours to offer to its clientele.

Package A takes you around the island’s 118.5 kilometer coastline minus the drag of waiting to get to the usual stops. Normally it would take 5 hours for an ordinary boat to circle the island, but with their 150 HP engines, an hour and a half is all it takes. Meaning, there’s more time to spare and enjoy the cool sea waters and the majestic scenery that the Island has to offer.

First stop is Vanishing island, an Island that has never ceased to amaze its visitors with its powder-like white sand, and the fact that it literally vanishes during hightide makes it more exciting for first timers. They will then take you east to Canibad beach in Brgy. Aundanao. Laid back and easy, it’s one of the best places on earth to experience nature and community. Bring your cameras and you won’t be disappointed.

As you go around, there are more places to see and who knows, you might get lucky to see dolphins swimming with the boat once you reach the southernmost tip of the Island. The captains will then ask you to tap on the boat’s tubes to get these wonderful creatures more excited!

Package B takes you around Talicud Island whose name is taken from the Visayan word “likod” which means “back”, as it is located at the back of mainland Samal.   First stop is Corral Garden, a 150 hectare marine park located on the island’s western part. Also known as Samal’s little version of Scarborough shoal, the clear blue waters makes it seem like one big aquarium filled with different species of fish and corrals.

Next stop is the famous Babusanta beach. Well known among divers and backpackers, it is a perfect stop-over point to relax, unwind and get some time off the sun’s heat. Ask the boat captains to call the resort’s caretaker in advance and order fresh seafood from the nearby fishing villages.

After a well deserved rest, Angel’s cove follows. Angels Cove is a popular snorkeling and diving site located at Talicud’s southwest side. Its calm and chilly waters, generally characterize this attractive dive site’s angelic nature. Just like Corral garden, it will really be regretful not to bring snorkels.

Last stop, is Isla Reta. The beach line of Isla Reta holds a potent lure for sun worshippers. Pitch a tent, put up a hammock or just lay your towels on the sand, whichever way is perfect enough to experience the resort’s beauty.

So what are you waiting for? Experience island-hopping like you’ve never done before. Taking the Water Taxi, is a cost efficient, enjoyable and exciting way to treat your family to holiday get-away. They will take you there faster and safer, the Davao Express Water Taxi way.

For bookings and reservation drop them an email at ritchelle@davaowatertaxi.com or call 082.295.7488 or 0923.230.5829. You can also visit their website at www.davaowatertaxi.com or like their Facebook page and check out their latest promos.



Package D

Destinations:  Babusanta-Angel’s Cove-Isla Reta-Maxima


Marvel at the beauty of one of Talicud Island’s best white sand beaches, Babusanta. Babu Santa boasts of its well preserved marine life and exquisite scenery. It's a perfect place for beach lovers to experience the best that nature can offer.  

Next stop, Angel’s Cove. The cove is one of Talicud’s secret treasures. Go snorkelling, and find our why it is a favourite among divers,

For the lesser adventurous types, Isla Reta is a perfect place to unwind. The simple, yet alluring resort, boasts of its white sand beach comparable to that of Boracay without the commercialized atmosphere.

Before heading back, get an adrenaline rush with the 20-meter tarpaulin slide that drops you directly to the sea, only at Maxima Aquafun. The package includes free entrance to the resort  and a boodle-fight type meal good for 6 persons.

Sign up now! Call us at +6382.295.7488 for your booking.

Package Price: PhP 10,000 (US$ 230)

Inclusions: Entrance fee to Maxima and Food (good for 6 persons)


*We can also customize our packages to suit your preferences:


A 20 minute ride by Water Taxi, Babusanta is one of the island's top destinations. Babu Santa boasts of its well preserved marine life and exquisite scenery. It's a perfect place for beach lovers to experience the best that nature can offer. 

Tips: Drop by Agdao Market and buy your choice of the freshest seafood and bring it with you. Locals will offer to cook them for you for only PhP100. 

Coral Garden

This 150-hectare Coral Garden and Marine Reservation Park is located in Talicud Island, Samal. Here you can see the richness of marine life. From different kinds of corals to different species of fish, this place is "heaven" for snorklers and Scuba divers alike. 20 minutes is all it takes for us to bring you there.

Angel's Cove

Also in Talicud Island, Angel's Cove is one the best dive spots in the country, down in the azure seas of Samal. 20 minutes by Water Taxi for a lifetime of memories.

Vanishing Island

Once the water recedes, a jewel emerges. This is what locals say about the fascinating islet. 15 minutes by DEWT, this site has never ceased to amaze its visitors with its pristine white sand and waters as clear as crystal. Need we say more? Book now!