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Discover Davao

Ready to commune with nature after the daily hustle and bustle of the city? Find your solace in Davao.

Summer is upon us and that entails doing three things: tossing your work wear aside, throwing on a bikini, and hitting the beach for some sun, sand, and relaxation. If you're looking for a vacation spot that doesn't make you feel like you've stepped into the noise and crowd congestion of a seaside Manila, or if you're just tired of going to Boracay every year, the Philippines is blessed with hundreds of beautiful beaches. Now's your chance to try one you haven't been to yet.

Davao has always been a go-to city, with its nearby Samal Island in Davao del Norte being a popular but not overcrowded destination. The island is tranquil and lush with life. The surrounding oceans are blessed with an abundance of colorful marine life.

Samal's white sand beaches are perfect for getting that tan (without being harassed by vendors or strangers, mind you). Its atmosphere is one of peace, rest, and quiet contemplation. If you've ever wanted to feel close to nature, Samal Island, with its greenery and the sound of the sea, is what you're looking for.

And if you start to miss the noise of the city when you're on your island escape, Davao City itself is a short boat ride away. They have all sorts of activities you can try, like white water rafting, zip lines, and less adventurous stuff like tourist spots and zoos.

The Cosmopolitan magazine team recently visited Chema's By The Sea, a quaint resort on Samal Island that's just perfect for a private trip with your special someone, or an extended bonding session with some of your very best friends. Check out the March issue of Cosmopolitan Philippines to read all about it, and click on the gallery button below to see some lovely photos of the place.

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