The motorcycle ride was hot and as we were just coming from Hagimit Falls in Samal City, it didn’t take us long to reach Kaputian’s poblacion. I wasn’t expecting much but the driver insisted that the beach there is beautiful with a stretch of white sand. Coming from a local, we just had to believe him despite not having checked it online.
Kaputian Beach Park is just near the small wharf where motorized outrigger boats from Davao City dock and within the poblacion or town center. When we arrived at the fenced in property, we paid an environmental user’s fee that is collected in tourist spots in Samal.
But just before we proceeded to the beach, we just had to ogle at the big stuffed dugong displayed under an open air pavilion. These mammals thrive in this part of Mindanao due to the abundance of sea grass and are also found in Davao Occidental.
The property has a wide open space surrounded by trees and beach huts that only a peek of a stretch of white sand can be seen. But as we moved closer to the water, lo and behold, a wondrous white sand beach with a short bend where the waves of water make an interesting site.
The sand is not at all powdery with some pebbles and broken off shell but the water? Crystal clear, sparkling, if you may. It’s great beach to swim! The water is cool, once you get to hip level, it’s mostly sand already. As it has a gradual incline, it can get deep a few meters from the shoreline.
Kaputian Beach Park is quite popular with locals and to some extent, people from Davao City. But even on a Sunday, there were not much people to swim elbow to elbow with.
GETTING THERE: From Davao City, take a Samal bound bus near Magsaysay Park. Fare is P50. No need to go down the vehicle once you board the ferry crossing to Samal Island. If you happened to ride a Penaplata bound bus, you have to alight at the Warehouse Terminal and hire a habalhabal to Kaputian Beach Park, the drivers know this place. But no need for a motorcycle if you happened to ride a Kaputian bound bus.