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.