Isla Reta: How to Avoid Our Mistakes with Tips & Guide

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Isla Reta Beach Resort, at Talicud Island

This post only has pictures and selfies I didn’t cover the amenities, foods, and prices, etc. I just want to share some of the views and a little travel guide in going to Isla Reta at Talicud Island.

First I just want to show some of the beautiful scenes of Isla Reta. It’s like a paradise and the air is very clean, white sand, not to mention the clear coast and the mesmerizing blue sea that will make you say “This is life”.

clean sea shore and a clear blue sea.
Some rock formation and mangroves beside the sea shore
crystal clear swimming area.
Everywhere is a beautiful spot for picture taking

The Mistakes & Guide

Destination is Isla Reta a beach resort found in Talicud Island next to Samal Island, together with my wife and a friend we commute and board a Jeep from Davao City Hotel to Samal Ferry Port also known as “Sasa Wharf”. Then from there we take the ferry to Samal.
Fare from Davao City proper to Sasa Wharf:

  • Jeep: P10.00 to P15.00
  • Taxi: P150.00 to P200.00
  • Ferry: P10.00 to P20.00
Passenger seats of Ferry, the ground floor are for vehicles.

From Samal Ferry Port it takes almost an hour again before we arrived at Samal Port Terminal.

Arrival to Samal Port Terminal

The Samal Port Terminal, from here we got the revelation that we made a big mistake from the motor drivers. They’ve explained to us that we should have to take the Santa Ana Pier to Talicud Island which is the fastest way to our destination the Isla Reta Beach Resort.

Santa Ana Pier to Isla Reta

At first, we felt very disappointed with the people we asked and the information we gathered from the internet. But, we don’t want to ruin our day, so we ask the motor drivers on how to go to Isla Reta.

At first, they’re hesitating because the path is a very long way so they suggested trying other tourist spots. Because we are still determined they agreed later on to take us from Samal Port Terminal to Kaputian Port.

Samal Port Terminal to Kaputian Port and to Isla Reta
Snack time!!!
Selfie with my wife!

From here we waited for almost an hour because the banka will not go until the passengers seat is full.

Welcome to Isla Reta!!!


Find the Nearest Hotel at Isla Reta


We should have taken the trip from Santa Ana Port to Talicud Island instead of Samal Ferry Port. Still, we didn’t regret it the views along the way is superb and very beautiful we still enjoy it and make fun out of it.

The point here is we should have gathered more information and a reliable one. Also, whatever happens, don’t let your mistakes ruin your day and instead make fun out of it. If only I’ve taken pictures and recorded our laugh on those moments I could say that it’s one of the funniest and happiest moments of our travel.

  1. Jerlene

    I’ve never heard of this place before but it’s very beautiful. Looks really rough though, but very beautiful. I love how to tree is basically in the ocean. But first thing’s first! Booking your flight. Try booking.com or tripadvisor.com before checking sites like Kayak, Priceline, etc. Trip Advisor is surprisingly usually very cheap, a lot cheaper than everywhere else. You can even try Groupon if you’re going there for at least 5-7 days. Happy travels!

  2. Lämmchen

    Your mistake will help others learn from it and I can see how I would have probably made the same mistake because it looked like an efficient way to get to the island. The views you posted are absolutely amazing and it looks like you used a selfie stick for some of the shots? I haven’t gotten one of those yet but you got everyone in the shot along with the background which really counts because for your memories you want to see it all, not just the smiles.

    1. MrDangem

      Thanks! I really feel sad when I remember it. The information we got on the internet and friends is not accurate and updated.

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