Mati City, Davao Oriental: Dahican – All About Water
In Dahican, Skimboarding is a way of life – for the young guns perhaps.
On this side of Davao Oriental, kids age seven and up can already charge shore breaks and land tricks and turns like a seasoned pro. In fact, some of the local skimboarders have already turned pro and competed against their highly-skilled counterparts from national level to a much bigger stage. In 2012, Mati homegrown rider Sonny Boy Arpobo of the Amihan Team returned home victorious from Hongkong’s Palm Beach Skimboard Competition. Dahican’s beach breeds a new generation of skimboarders, and perhaps, champions in the near future.
Surfing & Other Water Sports
Mati City’s Dahican Beach is endowed with surfs that can swell up to massive overheads, or sometimes even bigger, during the months of October to May. And with waves that big comes surfing. Here in Mati City, surfing is a relatively new sport but, with a rapidly growing enthusiasm from the locals and visitors, it’s definitely on the rise. The calmer months, on the contrary, is a perfect season to work on stand-up paddle boarding prowess. Here, water activities don’t go off-season.
However, each type of watersport depends on different types of sea conditions that come on different times of the year. Surf, skim, and SUP board seasons come and go. The only thing that remains unchanged throughout s is Dahican’s cyan seas, sparkling white sand, and an army of coconut trees standing along its 7-kilometer beach. Its surreal tropical scenery is a dramatic backdrop to any beach and water activity travelers would prefer – that includes doing nothing.
1.Davao Airport is the closest point of entry via air if you’re going to Mati City. From Davao Ecoland Terminal, take a bus to Mati City. Travel time is approximately 3-4 hours. Vans, on the other hand, is a good alternative. From Mati terminal, take a tricycle or habal-habal to reach Dahican Beach. Fare from Davao to Mati City ranges from P300 – P400.
2.There is a public market near the terminal where you could buy supplies before you go to Dahican Beach.
3.I camped at Amihan sa Dahican‘s campsite. I think I paid P100/night during my stay.
4. They offer skimboarding and surfing lessons at Amihan sa Dahican. Boards are also available for rent.
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