When you’re in Davao and have enough time to bask in the sun, sea, and sand, make a quick trip to Samal Island and ask locals about Villa Amparo. It’s arguably one of the most scenic and tranquil beach resorts on the island.
It’s about 20 minutes away from Babak Wharf, which means a quiet refuge from the more-populated beaches in Samal. If you don’t have a private vehicle, you get there by a motorcycle or a tricycle once you reach Babak Wharf.
It’s going to be a bumpy ride so brace yourself. The road going there is not yet fully developed.
The first time I went there with friends some two years ago, we thought we were being kidnapped because the road was getting narrower and farther from civilization, lol! We could see more trees and hills than the coastline. And when the driver finally said we have reached our destination, we were welcomed by the resort’s security guard with a gun visibly hoisted to his side.
But seriously, there was nothing to fear there. In fact, Samal Island as a whole boasts of a low crime rate and is arguably one of the safest places to visit and live in the Philippines.
All of Villa Amparo’s staff from the guard to the kitchen and office personnel were very accommodating. Since it was a lean season, we had the place to ourselves! Serenity.
We rented a nipa hut that could accommodate 3-4 people for only P750. In the morning, we had our breakfast served at the Islet Gazebo without additional charges. Guests would have to pay P600 for a day at the Islet Gazebo but then again, we had the resort to ourselves and were given excellent perks fit for queens.
Their food was delicious yet inexpensive.
Their common shower rooms and restrooms were clean and well-maintained, and that was of primary importance to me.
Overall, Villa Amparo is worth checking out when you’re in Samal.
Tip: Don’t go there after a night of heavy rain because the sea’s current would wash loads of trash from Davao to this side of Samal. Go there on sunny days and enjoy the clear waters of Villa Amparo throughout your stay!
How to get there from Davao City:
1. Ride the Island City Express bus from the Magsaysay Park in Uyanguren. This will get you to Sasa Wharf and ferry you to Babak. Get off at Babak Wharf, not in Caliclic. (Around 15 minutes sea travel from Sasa Wharf)
2. Ride a tricycle or a motorcycle just a few steps away from Babak Wharf. About 20-30 minutes ride from there to Villa Amparo.
Fare: P75-P100 per head on motorcycle or P375-P500 for a tricycle depending on your bargaining skills;
Some habal-habal (motorcycle) drivers may offer P200 per ride, but able to accommodate three passengers at a time. Jaw drop 😉
By private vehicle or taxi:
1. Pay P270 at Sasa Wharf (not sure if rate has changed).
From the Babak Wharf, turn left and be on the lookout for small billboards and road signs along the way that will help you get to Villa Amparo. If all else fails, stop and ask locals.
Address: Sitio Dasag, Barangay Camudmud, Island Garden City of Samal.
The resort is pretty secluded from the other beaches in Babak Samal but when you get there, the breath-taking views, good food and customer service will let you know it’s all worth it.
Our stay there was so relaxing and fun, and yet we didn’t break the bank. That’s the reason I went back last year and looking forward to going there again with more friends to tag along.