A Pearl Farm Welcome

May 25, 2013 by

Pearl Farm Resort is on a small island just off the coast of Davao City ~  Davao has a slower, more peaceful pace similar to what we’ve come to know and love in Mexico. The morning of our fourth day, we were up and out bright and early. We caught a ferry from Davao City across the channel to Samal Island, to the Pearl Farm resort ~ a delight beyond expectation! Samal Island wasn’t on our radar as a must-see destination… but it sure is now! I would go back in a heartbeat. 🙂

The country is beautiful and the people are friendly beyond compare.  This is one of the really cool places that – until now – I had only ever seen in travel magazines! Cabins on stilts over the water, blue blue waters, coral reefs filled with tons of fish. A dream come true – and a trip of a lifetime to be sure.

The resort hosted a Summer Fun fair with face painting, sporting events (relay races, volleyball etc), a market of local offerings and more followed by a buffet dinner (dive in or be trampled – I have never seen people attack a buffet table like they did tonight!), evening entertainment including awards, fire dancers and fireworks!

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a spectacular sunrise from our hotel window

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I am rarely up for sunrise, so I had to take a picture! lol

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Yeah! We have arrived.

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this little guy was diving for coins – it was a fun diversion while we waited for our water taxi to depart

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island waterslide fun out in the middle of the channel!

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James & Shilo at the Pearl Farm resort on one of the “lookout” hills.

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my crazy friend Tim who I learned A LOT from over the week. 🙂

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our cabins were on stilts over the water – in the morning, the water laps at the top just below the deck. In the afternoon, the water level is 5 feet lower! where does all of that water go?!

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the coral reef right off our deck – so cool!

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face painting at the summer fun fair – our welcome party at the resort!

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these two are Trouble with a capital “T”!!! 🙂

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after dinner at the summer fun fair – fire dancers. Wow!

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after dinner at the summer fun fair – fire dancers. Wow!

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fireworks to cap the end of a great first day at Pearl Farm resort on Samal Island, Philippines