Not too many people know about Camp Holiday Resort in Samal. For one, there is no heavy advertising about the place. Once in a while I will put some article about the area, like swimming here with my dog. I love it because I do not have to deal with wearing feet protection against stepping on corals. The beach has been swept clean of rocks and white sand from Talikud were transported over to replace them. Secondly, it is enclosed and it feels like swimming in a huge swimming pool. It is not very deep where the steps are and kids love playing around in the sand, especially during low tides. (To check tides, just click on my link to the Davao tide tables in my home page).
During weekends and holidays, it is quite common to see campers who come in late in the day, stay overnight and swim very early in the morning before the sun comes out.
They have tents for rent here. P150 for a 3 person tent and P250 for a 5 person tent. The entry fee is P50 per person per day. You are allowed to bring your food in and barbeque them here. BBQ grills are available for you to use. No drinks are allowed otherwise corkage will be charged. The pavillion sells drinks, ice cream and grilled food, plus a videoke for your singing pleasure. Judging from what we hear here all the time, I do not think any of the singers will qualify for being the next Philippine Idol. But all in good fun, Filipinos being a happy bunch of people.
During the last few months, there were improvements being done. 12 airconditioned cabins were erected, and a 2 storey hotel building is in the plans. Camp Holiday is geared towards conventions and seminars, hence the hotel and cabins are necessary.
Be sure to come and say hi to us when you visit. We are staying at the white house within the compound.
PS - The cabins are good for the cruisers to rent if they decide to haul out their yachts. The boatyard is just right across the street.
Addendum: The cabins officially open on May 25th and the rental price is Php 1,800 per cabin per night.
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