Costa Marina, Samal Island Garden

Just off the east coast of Davao is a quaint beach resort called Costa Marina located at Caliclic, Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal. For about 15 minutes of boat ride at less than Php10 per head, you’re off to the beach with a great view of the city.

Samal Island, Davao

The place is just one of the resorts along the strip of the Samal Island Garden but according to the locals, it is one of the two most frequented beaches by The Davaoeños. Forgot how much the entrance fee was but I think it was around Php20 only.

Costa Marina

Costa Marina Beach Resort

The expansive gray-sand beach is shaded by trees stretching from end to end. You can practically go there, take a quick dip, have lunch and go back home in less than two hours. How’s that for a noon-time office break?

Costa Marina Beach Resort

Oh, and did I mention that the food is also great? Yes, tons of fresh sea foods.

Davao Native Foods

More pictures here at the gallery.

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  • Mansterrr

    @upset costumer, You’re a cheap ass that is why you keep whining. Next time why don’t you swim across from CoaCo ? Or rather stay in the other side so that you can scratch all the itches of being a cheap fuck.

  • Caroline

    Check out
    you can find list of Samal Island resorts that list all their ammenities and room rates.Also you may want to go on your own ways of travelling, like taking the bus at Santa Ana pier and then ask the locals or better yet ask the motor bike driver where they can recommend a better place for you.Locals knows best!!
    My question is; does this place even have a tourist info office if not then they should.

  • Caroline

    I keep hearing about crazy corkage happening inmost places in Samal Island beaches.There are not dozens of places you can find where such craziness don’t exist.Too bad some resorts are now taking advantage to this boomtown Island ;(

  • Upset costumer

    Costa was one of our favorite resorts to visit. The accommodation was good and they had a very friendly and polite manager. When my family came to visit, I was thinking of bringing them there but to our disappointment it was a total rip off when they started to have corkages in everything that you bring there including rice, meat, fishes and even fruits. It was understandable that they had corkages for soft drinks but having corkages on food was a total “opportunista”, in short its REALLY NOT WORTH it.

    They even asked boat fare for my 5 months old nephew. What the freak!?

    And the workers are not polite anymore. They should have been more accommodating.

    For sure, I am never going back there. EVER!!!!!

    Take my advice, better go to Paradise or even pearl farm. Even if you are going to pay more, at least its really worth the price.

    Costa Marina is a suuuucccckkkaaaaa!!!!!

    Rip off!!!!!




  • Marinette

    i want to know the package tour…were only 2,my close fren and want to visit samal island and get a tour… me pls….thanks

  • fate

    costa marina such a nice place.. it so relaxing.. even though they dont have this “””fun fun fun””” amenities you will enjoy chatting with friends…

  • isauros b. gravador

    planning to spend overnight with my family on a rates pls

  • mae

    i would like to know the room rates, and how to go there?

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  • marbe

    may i know your rates for january ? room / packages etc?

  • chrys

    i like samal island hooping……
    what a nyc place…

  • Lani Bowles

    will be there i love the food on the table i miss philippine food yummy i feel hungry now

  • awholelattelove.multiply,com

    As of May 2008 its Php130/head.
    I love costa marina so much.Always go there for day tours.
    Just watch your things specially if u leave them inside ur room. =)

  • Lani Bowles

    how much the entrance fee per head,i want to check the place next vacation

  • jj

    In terms of value for money, Costa Marina is much better than its cousin Paradise Island. It’s less crowded, thus you have a more relaxing atmosphere. Last time I was in CM was April 2007 and I already forgot how much I spent for our stay there. You can however check on their website at for their rates and contact details.

  • malou

    Hi,were planning to visit costa marina this end of december may i know the contact number of costa marina

  • fairy

    Hi, i’ve been to Davao, unfortunately it was raining that time and I had second thoughts on the boat transfer to the island as We brought our 1 year old son with us, we’re planning to visit this December. Kindly advise the rates at costa marina. Many Thanks.

  • malou

    may i know the room rates of costa marinaÉ

  • Suzette

    is it okay to bring my kids, at costa marina…i mean safety and security…tenks

  • mabs

    i plan to bring my friends to costa marina coz they’re so much into beach and seafoods. where can i book a cottage or is it okay to directly go there without reservations?

  • luv

    hello! the place looks enchanting. can you send me contact details? do they have packages for overnight stay, and would you know the rates?

  • Mackay

    Costa Marina is one of the best yet low cost beaches I’ve been to. My friends and I during college days stayed there using tents and it was fun fun fun! We even caught a little octopus. Sadly it died on us. Despite that tragic even, the place is beautiful. It’s a must go place.

  • brigette

    I lived in Talikud Island and to all my kababayans, you need to see this precious little island and I assure you have the best time in your life. Tranquility and friendly people.

  • vince

    I’ve been there in Davao. It’s like a paradise in Samal Island. Abe you should visit Isla Reta as well on your next davao trip.

  • girard

    argh, this post makes me miss davao so much.