Beaches

Dahican Beach

Written by Patrick

Dahican Beach offers a tranquil and captivating coastal getaway, combining natural beauty, thrilling watersports, and a welcoming community.

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OVERVIEW

Dahican Beach

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Facing the Pacific Ocean, Dahican Beach is a 7-kilometer beach boasting of powerful waves thus attracting surfers and skimboarders, especially the beginners.  Tourists can take surfing lessons, practice their skills, or do other water activities such as paddleboarding and kayaking.

On top of challenging water activities, the combination of crystal clear water, white sand, and shore lined with palm trees provide a scenic view and tropical paradise vibe.  

The beach is also a sea turtle sanctuary and even got its name from the local word “dahik” which refers to the act of these animals coming to the shore at night to nest.  Aside from sea turtles, sea cows, locally referred to as dugong, can also be sighted in the area.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Dahican Beach
Address:
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Hours:
Always open
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
October to March (for surfing)
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
$15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Entrance to the beach is free.
P100-P200 ($2-$4 USD) – Entrance fee to the resorts
P400-P500 ($8-$10 USD) – Surf lesson per hour (Includes the use of board)
P250-P350 ($5-$7 USD) – Skim lesson per hour (Includes the use of board)
P300 ($6 USD) – Paddle board and kayak rental
Notes:
– Dispose your trash properly so they don’t end up in the water and damage the reef or get eaten by marine life.

– Watch out for the weather forecast and obey authorities when they suspend any water activity due to bad weather conditions.

MAP

This attraction  is located on Mindanao Island in Mati City.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Dahican Beach?

By Air

Step 1
Fly to Davao Airport via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or AirAsia.

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have multiple direct flights everyday to Davao from Manila and Cebu while only one direct flight from Iloilo via Cebu Pacific.

Step 2
From the airport, you can walk a short distance from the airport to the main road where you can catch a bus going to Mati via Tagum City.  Travel time is about three hours and the fare should be around P250 ($5 USD).

Alternatively, you can proceed to Ecoland Bus Terminal via taxi or bus passing though the main road outside the airport.  The fare from the airport to Ecoland Bus Terminal should be about P300 ($6 USD).  From the terminal, you can take a bus to Mati.  You can also take a van to Mati at the Gaisano Mall of Davao or Victoria Plaza.

Step 3
Get off at Mati City Bus Terminal and proceed to Dahican Beach through tricycle or habal-habal.

By Sea

Traveling by sea may not be the fastest way to get to Mati City but if you prefer this mode of transportation, here’s how to do it.

Step 1
You can sail from Manila to Cagayan de Oro via 2Go Travel.  The shipping company has four trips weekly – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The time of departure varies each day yet arrives 32 hours after departure.  Fare ranges from P2,200 ($44 USD) to P7,400 ($148 USD) depending on the type of accommodation.

Step 2
From Cagayan de Oro City, take a bus to Davao City.  A bus leaves CDO every 30 minutes from 1:15 AM to 11:45 PM.  Travel time is around seven hours and the fare ranges from P700 ($14 USD) to P900 ($20 USD).

Step 3
At Ecoland Bus Terminal, you can take a bus to Mati.  Travel time is about three hours and the fare should be around P250 ($5 USD).

Step 4
Get off at Mati City Bus Terminal and proceed to Dahican Beach through tricycle or habal-habal.

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The airport closest to Dahican Beach?

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (IATA: DVO), also known as Davao International Airport, is the airport closest to Dahican Beach.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning, usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This beach is always open

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction.

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the beach are allowed.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are NOT allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near Dahican Beach:

  • Dahican Surf Resort
  • Tropical Kanakbai
  • Lane’s Kalapyahan Beach Resort
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TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

CamelPack

I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

As a long-time enthusiast of GoPro cameras, I can attest to their user-friendly nature, excellent image stabilization, and impressive footage quality. Waterproof and rugged, the GoPro is my reliable companion for capturing adventures in any environment.

Aqua Shoes

When it comes to beach footwear, aqua shoes offer exceptional support, breathability, and overall comfort. Well-crafted and sturdy, it provides effective protection against rocky terrain, quick drying for added convenience, and easy maintenance. A must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.

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Photos

The following are some photos of this beach.

Dahican Beach

Cover Photo by Carol R.

Videos

The following is a video of this beach.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Subangan Museum 
  • Buso Hot Spring
  • Sleeping Dinosaur Island 
  • Mount Tagubud 
  • Mt. Mambutig Peak

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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