The period from August to November in the Philippines are typically wet months. Worst, typhoons from the Pacific make landfall in the country right around these months; otherwise people have to contend with heavy rains brought in by the southwest monsoon. This is the reason we often do not travel locally during that time. A recent trip to the two Southern Luzon provinces of Laguna and Quezon, however, revealed that we might be missing a lot by neglecting to travel during these wet months.
While we found Isla Reta at Talicud Island a delightful destination, we were anxious to visit the opposite side of the island where two secluded beaches are located. Dayang Beach Resort and Babu Santa Beach at Talicud’s western side, facing Davao City and the Mindanao mainland, are accessible via a 20-minute habal-habal or passenger motorcycle bike ride. We simply walked outside Isla Reta Beach Resort and arranged with a habal-habal driver to take us there.
It’s a Filipino word meaning “back” and the name so befits a small island that has languished in the shadows of its bigger brother. Talicud Island lies just off the southwestern tip of bigger Samal Island – both islands belonging to the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS). Samal Island itself has seen its share of development in recent years and having gone there almost every time we visited Davao City in the past, we were definitely looking for a place more laidback and tranquil. That was when we began to set our eyes on Talicud.