Two adventurous Chinese visitors to Samal Bahay Kubo wanted to go diving. We called around and visited a resort offering dive trips, but the cost was much higher than anticipated (when compared to their recent dives elsewhere in SE Asia). So, we provided them with a great value alternative water-themed day.
First stop was Hagimit Falls near Penaplata. Being a Monday morning (rather than the weekend), it was fairly quiet but not empty. We spent an hour enjoying the waterfalls and the beautiful clear water gushing out of the limestone rock upstream.
Next, we drove to Adecor, a small fishing settlement very close to the famous Pearl Farm resort. This was the first time I have traveled so far down this unmade road. Previously, the surface was so bad that I gave up and turned back. Although the road is still unpaved, it is mostly acceptable (by island standards!).
The purpose of traveling to Adecor was to see the Giant Clams cultivated there as part of a German/Davao del Norte academic and conservation joint venture. Adecor is also very close to Wishbone Island where I recently snorkeled over the coral.
The barangay of Adecor organises the short boat trip to the study centre and from there you follow a snorkeling guide to swim with the Giant Clams. For me, this is the best tourist attraction I’ve seen in the Davao Gulf area. Very impressive. The guides in the study centre were hugely knowledgeable and answered all my questions. I’ll be making sure all my visitors put this on their itinerary in future.