Monday, July 6, 2015

DIY to SECDEA Beach Resort: The New Paradise in Samal Island

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The Island Garden City of Samal is home of finest beach resorts Southern Mindanao region. So if you’re looking for a place somewhere in Davao that is worthy of your time and money, then Samal is the perfect escape for you. There are so many resorts and there are also a lot of options to choose from depending on your needs, budget and adventure preferences.

SECDEA Beach Resort: The New Paradise in Samal Island
SECDEA Beach Resort: The New Paradise in Samal Island

SECDEA Beach Resort is the newest resort that is conveniently located in San Isidro, Babak District. It is easily accessible whether by a private car or the island’s famed habal-habal ride.

From Lon Wah Buddhist Temple, we ride a jeepney to Sta. Ana Wharf. Then we get lost. Haha! They said that we should go to Sasa Wharf if we will going to Babak Wharf. So, we asked the jeepney barkers what jeepney should we ride that passes through Sasa Wharf and they answered different routes such as Panabo, Panacan and Tibungco. My boyfriend said that we will ride which ever comes first. From Magsaysay, we ride on a jeepney signed Panabo. Then we jumped-off in Sasa Wharf. Fare is only Php15 each. 

At Sasa Wharf, we paid Php10 each, registered our names and ride on the barge to Babak.

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Payment area

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Registration

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Sasa Wharf

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Time to ride

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After 10 minutes, Welcome to Samal!

From Babak wharf, there are private vehicles, multicabs and single motorcycle which can take you to Secdea Beach Resort. If you are in a group of 5, better ride on a multicab. But you can also ride a habal-habal (means you will ride at the motorcycle). Habal-habal is good for two person. Either you ride on a multicab or habal-habal, fare is Php75 per head. You may also book Secdea's private van transport for Php1000/way. But we opted to ride a habal-habal and it takes 20 minutes drive from Babak Wharf to Secdea. About 50% of the road leading to the resort is already paved so expect some rough roads ahead.

From the entrance gate of Secdea, we were asked by the guards if we have reservations and then asked for the name. From the gate, we ride on their golf cart to their reception building.

Secdea Beach Resort
Secdea's Reception Building

Secdea Beach Resort
Secdea's Reception Building Entrance

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Open Lobby
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Fish pond

Secdea Beach Resort


We checked-in exactly 4:30PM. The receptionist gave us the key for our cottage. Then we looked for our cottage and we headed this way.

Secdea Beach Resort
Restaurant

Secdea Beach Resort
Buffet

Secdea Beach Resort
Dining area outside the restaurant

From at the dining area outside the restaurant, you will see their swimming pool. Actually, they have two swimming pool, the other one is the infinity pool, but I didn't noticed it while we were walking to our cottage because I was so excited to roam around.

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Infinity pool view from the dining area

Their staffs welcome us with a smile. We asked where was our cottage, and he said that it was the end room near the Mangrove walk. He also told us to call them if we need something.

And this is our room. We chose this room because it's near the pool. Let's take a look inside.

Secdea Beach Resort
Seaside cottage

Secdea Beach Resort
Queen size bed

 Near the queen size bed is the refrigerator. What's inside?

see what's inside

It contains chocolates, softdrinks, and beers. You can eat and drink that and you will pay for it when you checked out. The pricelist was stuck in the refrigerator's door.

Secdea Beach Resort
Side table and chairs

Secdea Beach Resort
32 inch television an a coffee table beside it

Secdea Beach Resort
Coffee Table

Secdea Beach Resort


Let's take a look at the back door...

Secdea Beach Resort
Table and chairs for two

Here, you can have your breakfast. But take note, there is an additional payment of 10% for room service.

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Back door of our cottage

From the back door, you will see the Mangrove Walk, and the pool.

Before we went out of our cottage, we called the restaurant and ordered for our dinner to be served at 7:00PM at the restaurant. Their restaurant is open from 6:00am to 10:00pm for now. Last orders will be taken by their staffs at about 9:00pm.

Now, let's explore the place...

Secdea Beach Resort
Mangrove walk

Secdea Beach Resort
Mangrove walk

Secdea Beach Resort
Mangrove walk to Octagon Bar
You can enjoy the mangrove and the various fish that live among the mangrove roots by strolling on their walkways. The short walkaway is visible from the jetty while the longest one can be accessed from Jet-ski/Kayak station. The longer walkaway leads you to the Fishing Lagoon.


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Inside the Octagon Bar

Secdea Beach Resort
The Octagon Bar

Now let's go swimming...

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swimming pool

Secdea Beach Resort


We had our dinner around 7:00PM. We spent Php475 for our dinner. It's so sulit!

The next morning, we had our breakfast at 7:00AM at the restaurant. Before we roam around the resort.

Secdea Beach Resort
Danggit, Egg and Garlic Rice

Secdea Beach Resort
Chicken Tocino, Egg and Garlic Rice
We had a really heavy breakfast. I liked their rice, whether its plain or garlic rice unlike in other restaurants. It's so heavy in the stomach even I only ate one cup. Haha! And it's the first time I ate chicken tocino. It really tastes good. 

After stomach is full, let's take a walk and continue exploring. There are service golf carts and bicycles available for rent in case you want to explore the 10 hectare property at your leisure. 

From outside the Secdea's Reception building, you will see their Massage and Spa area.

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Massage and Spa Cabin
Whole body massage is worth 750/person which lasts for 1 ½ hour. They have Bamboo Massage, Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Ventosa. Head and Neck Indian Massage with ear candle, Back and Arm Massage, and their Leg and Foot Massage is worth 375/person each which lasts for 45 minutes. They also offer foot scrub with pedicure worth 560/person.

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Villa Secdea 2nd floor is good for 12 person

Secdea Beach Resort
Seashell Room good for 3 person

Secdea Beach Resort
Sea Breeze Lodge good for 4 person

Here are their regular rates as of June 2015.

Accommodation Type
Rate
Talisay Rooms (2pax)
Php 4,000.00
Amakan Rooms (4pax) *non-aircon, use of common T&B
Php 4,000.00
Seaside Rooms (2pax) *Not Hot Shower
Php 4,290.00
Seashell Rooms (3pax)
Php 5,390.00
Sea Breeze Lodge (4pax)
Php 8,140.00
Villa Secdea Two /2nd Floor (12pax)
Php16,500.00
Extra person/bed charge
Php 550.00/pax
Lunch for Overnighters
Php 450.00/pax
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Check in time is at 2:00pm, check out 12:00nn
  • Complimentary breakfast is served for regular overnight guests
  • Complimentary kayak usage of 30 mins. 
  • Free accommodation for maximum of 2 children, 7yrs below per group.
  • Free use of facilities such as Wi-Fi Access, Cable TV, Hot/Cold showers in selected rooms, Swimming Pool, and Volleyball Court.
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Going up to see the view

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Secdea Beach Resort View

One last time, we enjoyed their infinity pool.

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At Infinity pool

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Oh! We have 30 minutes usage of kayak... Awesome!
After swimming, we used our 30 minutes used of kayak. Other amenities such as watersport equipment, bicycles, golf carts, Table Tennis, Badminton, & Basketball are available for a fee.

Secdea Equipment Rates
Secdea Equipment Rates

We started to pack at 11:00am and checked-out by 12:00PM. At the open lobby of reception building, there are lots of people went there for day tour. 

Secdea's Day Tour package is worth Php750/head for adults and Php550/head for 7 years old and below which includes entrance fee, use of swimming pool and beach, 15 minutes usage of kayak and buffet lunch. For overnight guests, they offer buffet lunch worth Php450/head. 

Secdea Beach Resort
Buffet Lunch

Secdea Beach Resort
check-out time 12:00pm

Whether you are here for overnight or day tour, I am sure you will going to love the entire place and wish to come back over and over again. Secdea’s accommodation and entrance fee may be quite pricey, but is nonetheless, worth its value.  

For more information, you may check the details and related information below. 

SECDEA Beach Resort
San Isidro, Babak District
Island Garden City of Samal
Samal no. (082)305-2774 / (082)305-4028
Mobile no. 0923-724-4938
Davao booking office no. (082)295-7912

2 comments:

  1. Wala po bang free bfast for extra person?

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    1. may free breakfast po for two kapag overnight guest ka. Meron silang menu then ikaw yung pipili ng gusto mong breakfast. =)

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