How to Go to Samal Island From Davao Airport


If you’re heading to Pearl Farm Beach Resort or any of the sun-baked beaches of Island Garden City of Samal, you’ll probably have to pass through Davao City before getting there.

1. Fly to Davao City
For those from outside the Philippines, you should fly directly to Davao, Philippines via Cebu Pacific Airlines or SilkAir from Singapore. If you are entering via Manila, take a domestic flight to Davao city. There are four domestic flights to Davao from Manila from the four major airlines of the country with a combined frequency of fourteen flights daily. It is expected that the frequency of flights would rise as another airline is to open to have a domestic route to Davao City. There are also connecting flights of Davao-Cagayan De Oro, Davao-Puerto Princesa and more.

2. Take a taxi
Samal is not inside the mainland of Davao/Mindanao. It is located outside of the shores of the city therefore you should take a taxi or car from the airport and ask drivers to take you to one of the ports to Samal island. We do not recommend car rental as it is more expensive than taxi fares and the trip is just from the airport to the seaport. Do not agree on a fixed rate and if they insist, you can report them to the LTFRB. Taxi line in the airport is located near the parking area. If you walk to the stairs straight up you will see the line of taxis waiting. Piece or reminder; Davao taxi drivers are normally trust worthy but still, make sure that they start the meter before they start driving.

3. Choose your port to Samal
Sta. Ana Wharf (Near Magsaysay Park, downtown area) – motorboats/water taxis are available going directly to Kaputian and Talikud island.

Sasa, Km 11 wharf – motorboats are available to passengers to Babak wharf however you will have to pass through the wet market of Sasa and have to carry your luggage through. You can ask the taxi driver to bring you to the big ferry boat that also transports the buses and cars.

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Sasa, Km. 11 Ferryboat Landing – this is the best and most used ferry boat going to Samal. It can carry passengers and also cars and buses. In order to get there, you should ride the Island City Express Bus of the satellite terminal from R. Castillo and Cabaguio St. and ride via ferryboat to the Brgy. Kinawitnon, Babak District. You can also go there via taxi and tell the driver to take you to the big ferry boat that also transports’ barge’ (car). Be specific, since there is also another Sasa Km, 11 wharf.