I had a date yesterday. Not with John. 🙂
But with mama…
It all started when she mentioned that she wanted to check my sister’s farm in Samal. I told her ,” I’ll go with you Ma”. I didn’t even give her the chance to agree or decline at all. haha…
The past two months have been toxic. And hazardous. To my health, that is… 🙂 So I welcomed each chance to unwind, in whatever way possible.
So off we went to Samal. Since it was just the two of us, we decided to commute. I am glad that we did because I can now tell you how much it costs when you go there without bringing a vehicle.
At the ferry port in Sasa, we paid P10.00 each for the fare. I found out that it can be done. You don’t have to wait for the bus, specially if you have a transportation means when you reach Samal. In our case, we had. Manong Marcelo was waiting for us on the other side.
The passenger entrance at the ferry boat port in Km. 11, Sasa.
Kids less than 5 years old are free. 🙂 More than that, it’s P10.00 per head to ride the ferry.
The view from the deck.
We sat on the 2nd floor of the ferry boat, so I was able to get several photos with unobstructed view.
The beach resort of Camp Holiday.
Ten minutes later, we arrived in Samal. The sea was calm. The sun shone brightly. It was a perfectly good trip for us.
After seeing Manong Marcelo, we then proceeded to the farm. My sister, Daisy , bought it in 2004. So the mangoes we planted then, are all grown up now. 🙂 What I love about it is that it’s on top, so we get a beautiful view of the sea and the mountains. The air is so fresh, I could sleep in a hammock , if we had more time. I find it also amazing because even if it’s on top, we have a flowing water coming from an underground spring. 🙂
This is the view from Daisy’s farm.
Mama’s trying to relax. 🙂
After taking care of business at the farm, we went to Penaplata for lunch. Since we finished early, I thought that we had time to visit Hagimit Falls. The old photos I took a long time ago was lost when John’s hard drive crashed.
You know, I am glad that I thought of checking it, because Hagimit Falls is now very different from what it used to be. The local government developed huts and cottages around the mini cascades and the river, giving the people a nice swimming area and a cool, refreshing resting place . They also put a stair which made it a lot easier going up and down the waterfalls.
Random Photos of Hagimit Falls:
The Entrance to Hagimit Falls.
Going down the stairs.
If you’re wondering why mama is wearing a jacket, that’s because we were riding in a motorcycle. We had to cover ourselves from the scorching heat of the sun. I am glad I brought a scarf, big enough to cover myself too. With the scarf and the sunblock, my skin didn’t burn from our trip yesterday. 🙂
This is what greeted me when I reached the bottom of the stairs. Beautiful and so relaxing…
I stopped, sat on a rock and waded my feet in its very cool water. I thought that this is a perfect location for a family outing.
I found these kids frolicking in the pool-like basin… Check the diving boy. 🙂
I love this bridge… 🙂 Specially with the bamboo tree beside it!
The entrance fee is Php40.00 per head for adults. While P20.00 per head for kids ages 2-6 .
If you want a souvenir of your Hagimit experience, worry not because they now have stores/shops outside the entrance. I was so happy to see those. Samal is now starting to become like Camiguin or Bohol… 🙂
Going home, we asked Manong Marcelo to take us to Penaplata Bus Station. Since we asked Dandan to pick us up at the ferry port, we paid P30.00 only for the bus fare. That’s from Penaplata to Davao port.
So for those who want to relax in a cool way (literally) 🙂 , head towards Hagimit Falls in Samal Island now.
PS. Manong Marcelo has been working for us for more than a decade now. If you need a motorcycle driver in Samal, email me so I can give you his contact info.
Lea C. Walker