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    Davao: Pearl Farm Beach Resort Day Tour

    With Pearl Farm Beach resort's famous Parola already reaching iconic status identified with Davao City, a recent visit by Tutubi to the peaceful and most liveable city of Mindanao, his third actually, was accentuated by an unplanned side trip and day tour of Pearl Farm Beach Resort actually located on the Island Garden City of Samal.

    Tutubi initially intended to visit Davao Ethnic Museum during the last day of his 2D/1N Davao trip but his companions insisted to do a day tour of the former pearl farm turned resort to which he obliged even if he did not want to at first.

    Photos of Pearl Farm Beach Resort:

    davao pearl farm resorton the wharf of Pearl Farm resort, popularly called Parola, with the houses on stilts on the background.

    the six Samal Houses of Pearl farm resort with azure skies as backdrop. wasn't able to see interiors of the houses though

    the beach near the houses on stilts and Mandaya houses are not as good as the one near the wharf. it's full of pebbles and may hurt your feet if you intend to swim

    infinity poolPearl Farm's infinity pool beckons if not to the searing summer heat of the mid-day sun guaranteed to tan your skin (that Caucasians covet yet avoided like hell by most brown-skinned Filipinos

    an enviable father and son enjoying the beach with the two-year old boy diving to his father's waiting arms on one of Pearl Farm's swimming pools.

    pearl farm beach resort davao
    it would've been a romantic dinner on the beach front at Pearl farm if only time permits and with the right companion...may be next time

    (Honest) Comments and Review of Pearl Farm Beach Resort:

    at a price of PhP1500.00/head comes inclusive of welcome drinks and buffet lunch (showcasing davao's dishes and exotic fruits. Tutubi had a blast with lots of pomelo fruits and watermelons but didn't see durian)

    service was nice, staff courteous, complimentary use of lockers, beach towels nad boat trips to Malipano Island but no free use of snorkeling gears and at laest trips to snorkeling sites or dive spots.

    beach: the only recommended white sand beach is the one near Parola wharf, not the one near Mandaya houses, and those two beaches on Malipano Island.

    Swimming pools: as mentioned and posted on pictures above, the infinity pool and swimming pool (near Mandaya Houses). Note that shower rooms for day tourists are available only near the Mandaya houses and really limited. You may get in long queue just to change if you're not checked in.

    Price: Resort room rates for overnight accommodations are not for budget travelers like Tutubi. The mentioned day trip price of PhP1500.00 also comes with the round-trip boat transfers from Davao City wharf marina to Pearl Farm Resort. There's no such thing as cheap package tours to Pearl Farm Beach Resort even if you just intend to stay there 2D/1N or 3D/2N.

    Facilities: nice but beyond the usual activities (swimming, billiards, sleeping, playpen for kids/toddlers) are wanting except if you're with a special someone like a romantic honeymoon, the place almost doesn't matter :P

    Souvenir items are available at Butik (boutique) where you can buy souvenir t-shirts at PhP280.00 each, flip-flops (havaianas at PhP800.00 and el cheapo beach sandals at PhP80.00) and other usual items.

    Overnight Accommodations: the cheapest rates are available at the Hilltop houses, quite a trek or a ride on electric golf carts. Tutubi wasn't able to see the interiors but from the outside the place needs upgrading. The best rooms are on Malipano Island. Probably the most cost-effective room are the houses on stilts.

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    Pearl Farm Beach Resort Dday Tour Rate: PhP1,500.00/person (yeah, cheaper that the day tour rate of Dos Palmas Island Resort posted earlier.
    Please contact Pearl Farm Beach resort's contact number or make your bookings through authorized travel agents. you can try a walk-in tour or pearl farm but it depends on boat availability. get in touch directly for group tours, resort promos, peak and off-peak rates, massage spa rates et al.

    How to get to Pearl Farm Beach Resort:
    Book your day tour by calling their hotline then show up at the Pearl Farm Marina, just 15 minutes travel time from Davao International Airport via taxi then another 45 minutes boat ride to the resort on Samal Island.

    Coming soon: Malipano Island, Tutubi's first Cebu Pacific Delayed Flight experience and the story of Tutubi's havaianas :P


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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:32 PM,

    19 Comments:

    At May 16, 2011, 6:57:00 AM, Anonymous Thunderbird Resorts and Casino said...

    This is another awesome place where you can refresh and relax and amazed with beautiful spots around the island and inside the sea water.

     
    At May 20, 2011, 5:00:00 AM, Anonymous Bohol Beach Resort said...

    I love the photo with the boy jumping toward his father. Really nice.

     
    At Jun 4, 2011, 9:15:00 PM, Anonymous Bing from Iligan City said...

    All these photos are taken in Davao. They look splendid! Hmm.. ganda rin siguro ng cam na gamit, (",

     
    At Jun 4, 2011, 9:16:00 PM, Anonymous Bing from Iligan City said...

    All these photos are taken in Davao? Ganda ng kuha!

     
    At Jul 5, 2011, 1:42:00 AM, Anonymous cecil said...

    day tour rate is already 2,500, who is your contact for the 1,500 only? pls let me know coz we will going to visit davao this coming july 14. tanx.

    cez1064@yahoo.com

     
    At Sep 4, 2011, 8:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi! i just want to know where to book the pearl farm day tour? the day tour rates are not available in their site. Thanks!

     
    At Sep 12, 2011, 5:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Been searching at Pearl farm website re day tours too but to no avail.

     
    At Sep 13, 2011, 5:46:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, how come no info on pearl farm official website? found the info there too. how to booy pearl farm day tour? read my post :(

     
    At Nov 20, 2011, 7:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how much if for 2 adults and 2 children ages 4 and 10. thanks

     
    At Mar 3, 2012, 3:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    kelan yung travel date mo? until now bah 1500php pa din?

     
    At Apr 30, 2012, 10:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The rates have already increased. U better co
    ntact them directly re: day tour rates

     
    At Jun 8, 2012, 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Ji eun said...

    can we know the rates of the ride ?

     
    At Jun 8, 2012, 10:30:00 AM, Blogger Ji eun said...

    can we know the rates of the ride ?

     
    At Aug 9, 2012, 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tumaas na ang day tour rate ng pearl farm ngayon, i think 2,000+ for peak season, weekends and holidays, and 1800 for weekdays on off peak season.

    Marami na ring aqua sports sa Pearl Farm ngayon, they have wake boarding facilities, scuba diving, jet ski, banana boat, kayaking, etc.

    for those inquiring about the day tour rates of pearl farm and other info you can contact them at these numbers:

    Manila sales office: (02)893-2093 / 750-1898 / 750-1896
    Davao office: (082) 221-9970 to 73

     
    At Sep 6, 2012, 5:00:00 PM, Blogger Krizzhie said...

    Inquire q lang sana if where we can find more affordable city tours po..or if they have 1 day or 2 days tour lang po..

     
    At Sep 6, 2012, 5:00:00 PM, Blogger Krizzhie said...

    Inquire q lang sana if where we can find more affordable city tours po..or if they have 1 day or 2 days tour lang po..

     
    At Sep 6, 2012, 5:00:00 PM, Blogger Krizzhie said...

    Inquire q lang sana if where we can find more affordable city tours po..or if they have 1 day or 2 days tour lang po..

     
    At Oct 16, 2012, 9:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i've been to pearl farm many many times, for almost 10 years there is no improvement/s, only thing that has improved is the use of electric car compare to before there are using multicab, other than that NO MORE. and the food is TOOO..oo salty, my balikbayan guest even jokingly said maybe the cooked dropped a handful of salt by mistake. no worth my $700 room accommodation.

     
    At Feb 12, 2013, 2:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Been at Pearl Farm just few days ago. natama kasi sa Chinese New Year kaya bongga ang food . superb . great job chef(s), infinity pool . no dice it is under construction. the bamboo houses especially where we are booked for 1 night the one facing the sea is i think not worth the price. No water in your cr just tissue. yakiiii. got to bring plastic bottle with water to do my things. paki presyohan nyo naman yang mga unit nyo ng tama dahil its not at all comparable even to s 3rd class hotel . Except for the food and scenic beauty i thinl the place is for honeymooners only. No nxt time for me at Pearl Farm

     

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