© 2013-2016. Holiday Business Group. All Rights Reserved. Legal Notice. Philippines 07°11’94 N-125°42’ 74 E SEA APPROACH Entering the Gulf of Davao, vessels can approach on either east or west side of Samal Island. The channel between Davao mainland and the west side of Samal island is busy with boat and ferry traffic. The narrowest  area (just over half a nautical mile wide) has a strong tidal current, mostly south-setting.  Sailing closer to the Samal side, the west side is lined with resorts and white sanded beaches. You are permitted to come in the marina first and clear entrance formalities yourself in Davao City. Coming up along the East side of Samal will give you more room to sail and less current and boat traffic. MARINA APPROACH The marina is surrounded by a stone wall (breakwater).  Stay well clear of the breakwater until ready to approach. The 20 meter-wide entrance is on the NW corner, marked with red and green flags. Approach from the north and turn into the marina. Caution: Breakwater walls are lined with rocks on the seabed.  Allow clearance. The entrance has a metal gate to prevent swells and debris from entering the marina. It is left opened when there is a vessel expected to arrive or depart. Otherwise, it remains closed. Inform us in advance of your arrival. The Philippines islands are situated on the crossroad between the South Pacific and SE Asia. Being a big nation with lots of skilled workers, but with low wages, it is a good place for yachtsmen to do boat maintenance and store their vessel while traveling. The South part of Mindanao is also typhoon-free. Despite some political unrest in other parts of Mindanao, Davao City and Samal have a long standing reputation for safety of people. The area enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and there are no wide fluctuations of the barometric air pressure. There are two seasons – the NE monsoons (October to March)  and the SW monsoon (April to September). Davao City boasts of some of the finest beaches and mountain resorts in the country, and proximity to the Philippines’ most captivating diving spots as well as its highest peak, Mount Apo.   07°11’94 N-125°42’ 74 E BY ROAD FROM DAVAO CITY Take the Ferry at the SASA Ferry Wharf leaving Davao City en-route to Samal for a short 10-minute ride. Ferries are running every 15 min during day hours and every hour at night. Upon reaching Samal island, Holiday Oceanview Marina is less than 20 minutes from the Samal Ferry Wharf. Take a left on the circumferential road, going North, via Babak town.