If you find the typical trip from Davao City to any beach resort in the Island Garden City of Samal too long and laborous, an express alternative that doesn’t cost a fortune has been available for a few years already.
Making things more mobile in Davao does not cover terrestrial modes of transport. While taxi often connotes land-based means of transport, in Davao City, it extends to the sea — particularly in Davao Gulf which separates the city from the enchanting beaches of Samal island.
Davao Express Water Taxi, accredited by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), is the first of its kind in the Philippines from 6am to 6pm daily. It operates out of its base at Davao City’s Sta. Ana Wharf and accommodates passengers to anywhere in Samal and Talicud island.
Manned by licensed boat captains trained to handle emergencies, Davao Water Taxi doubles as rescue vessels during emergencies. Each of its taxis is equipped with life jackets, buoys, emergency lights, fire extinguishers. As its name implies, taxis are chartered for by one to four passengers at P700 for the first five kilometers and additional P50 per passenger per kilometer. However it can also be hired for island hopping tour packages.
Stranded in Samal or Talicud islands and wish to avail of Davao’s water taxi, call +63 82 295-7488 or +63 923 230 5829 for inquiries and bookings.
Photo credit: www.davaowatertaxi.com