Considered "Samal" by the Davao locals, Talikud island is actually another island at the back of Samal Island. You can get there by boat from the Sta. Ana wharf. You can park your car at that wharf for free and there is a guard there. The boat ride is about 45 minutes long, and once you reach Santa Cruz on Talikud you head left until you get to Isla Reta. It is about a 5 minute walk. You can also get here by boat from Kaputian on Samal island for around 300p or so. It has the most beautiful white sand beach and blue water that I have yet to see on Samal island. They maintain the beach really well with daily coral cleanups. There is a coral reef nearby that you can hire a boat to get to. Grass huts are around 700p for the night, and there are concrete cottages available also. You can tent as well for a small fee, and it's nice to bring a hammock so you can lie in the shade of the trees on the beach. Running water is all salt so you must bring your own to drink although there is some available from the nearby stores on the island. There is a seafood wet market right next door and you can pick something and the ladies at the resort will fry or grill it to your liking and serve you rice. They can also give you a flask of hot water for your coffee. I think they also sell soft drinks. There are charcoal grills there as well, and you can buy charcoal in one of the corner stores. They have a videoke machine as well.
This is a nice place to relax, snorkel, catch crabs or baby octopus, or play in the sand! It is so peaceful. In fact, a year ago when we were there we saw Noli Di Castro and his entourage having kinilaw on the beach!
- Also Known As:
- Isla Reta Beach Hotel Samal Island
- Isla Reta Beach Resort Davao/Samal Island, Philippines