Pearl Farm Beach Resort the best in Davao

Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located on Samal Island in Davao City. On my very first trip to the Philippines back in 1997, this was the first “resort” I had been to in the Philippines. As a result, it holds a special place in my heart.

As the name suggests, this resort was formerly a Pearl Farm. However, it is now privately owned by 1973 Miss Universe winner, Margarita Moran, and has been converted into an all-inclusive resort. The resort has everything you could ever want – swimming pools, restaurants, tennis and badminton courts, and water sports including snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boats, water bikes and some casual hiking trails. There are also several sections of private white beach. This allows you to roll out a towel and sunbake, and also makes a great place for the kids to play.

Unsurpassed natural beauty

The surrounding waters are amazingly beautiful and clear. As you approach the resort from the water, you are welcomed by an awesome pagoda on the pier. You automatically feel like you have hit an Asian paradise. This pagoda is also a popular place to feed the scores of tropical fish swimming below. The water is so clear, you can even see some of the giant clams that still loom in the area.

One of the features of this resort is the cottages that are on stilts in the water. This means that you really get to experience the sounds of the water lapping up on the shore around you. It is so relaxing sitting on the railing seats right at the front of your own private bungalow. You can look straight down into the water and see the fish scurrying around below.

So many choices

The resort is broken up into five sections, with each section inspired by different native themes, which also offer different levels of accommodation and privacy. One of the best things about the various sections means that it isn’t overrun with tourists, so it really is a great place to get away and chill out. Pearl Farm, without doubt, is one of the most unique resorts in the Philippines and remains one of my absolute favorites.

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The pagoda that welcomes you when you arrive at the pier at Pearl Farm Beach Resort. I still remember the first time I arrived and was immediately captivated by this stunning view.

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Samal Suites are a double story villa with their own set of stairs taking you down to the sand and beach below. Although they don’t stand in the water, they have spacious balconies allowing you to sit outside and take in the views.

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Maranao beach is an example of a beautiful, private, white sand beach. More often than not, you will find that you have this exclusive little beach to yourself.

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The infinity pool at the Maranao restaurant, looking back towards the pagoda and towards the rest of Samal Island. The perfect place to sit and relax with a cocktail or five.

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The double tiered Mandaya swimming pool at the Mandaya House section of the resort. The surrounds of this pool are spectacular and a lot more private than the infinity pool at the Maranao restaurant.

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A view of the Samal House cottages that sit in the water. These are the cottages I have stayed in. With such a large drop with the tide, the surrounding water reveals all types of mysteries.

How to get there

Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Davao City from Manila eight times daily and the flight takes approximately one hour and forty five minutes.

To get to Pearl Farm, you need to take a boat from the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Lanang, which is about 7kms from Davao Airport, or about 20mins drive. However, you would most likely be staying in Davao City which is closer again, so the travel time to the Insular would be less and would be manageable via taxi for less than P150.

The boat ride from the Waterfront Insular Hotel to Pearl Farm takes approximately one hour and costs about P1,000 one way. There are four boats per day back and forth.

Dezza´s Tip

Due to its exclusivity, Pearl Farm isn’t on the cheap side but as it is in close proximity to Davao City, you can do day trips for those that are budget conscious or short on time. Either way, Pearl Farm is a must see place if you are ever in Davao City.

 

It is recommended to book ahead for any visits to Pearl Farm. There are a number of travel companies offering packages, so just make sure they are government accredited.