Paradise Island is very proud of its humble beginnings. What started out as a weekend picnic destination back in the seventies, catering mostly to friends and their families has become what it is today as not only the preferred island getaway for families but is also the byword for those growing impulsive groups who are so busy and yet wise enough to squeeze – in leisure in their hectic schedules at the spur of the moment.
Having a shoreline of almost eight hundred meters (800m), it is the only place in this part of Samal Island that has maintained its shores by feeding the fishes, clean them with having periodic “Scubasurero Activities”, and has placed a “safety net” to ward off jelly fish and rubbish, discouraging anglers from poaching the area and encouraging its visitors to enjoy the marine life and leave the same so that others may also enjoy them. Its white sand beach as well as its surroundings are combed and cleaned throughout the day giving a pure and clean ambiance for its visitors and workers alike.
The swimming area is adequately manned by lifeguards all day which makes swimming more enjoyable and worry free even for young kids and a few strokes farther leads you to an area perfect for snorkeling or even diving. Surely, a wet experience beyond compare to a man made swimming pool.
Only seven (7) minutes away and traffic-free from Davao City, Paradise Island is very near and visitors are ferried by a fleet of ten (10) colorful boats efficiently operated by the management of the resort from 5:00 AM up to 5:00 PM. After 5:00 PM, those who wish to go to Samal Island may ride the Ferry Boat (see Travel Map for directions) and guests are allowed entry at the resort only until 9:30 PM. Guests staying at Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao may arrange a boat trip to Paradise Island and back at the reception. This is the shortest route from Davao City which only takes five (5) minutes.
Car owners need not worry where to park their cars when going to Paradise. Our dock has a wide, fenced and canopied parking area that can accommodate a sizeable number of vehicles and is secured 24/7. If you wish not to part with your cars and plan to bring them to the island, we also have an equally secured place to park your cars inside the resort.
More than 300m of white sand.
The best venue for casual gatherings like family picnics, reunions, school activities, corporate gatherings, etc. The Beach is perfect for groups who brought their own food and tableware. Day tourists are graciously led by receptionists to a table and chairs set up and briefed with the amenities like toilet and bath, grilling area, game tables, and the rest of the resort’s conveniences to make the visit in Paradise Island worthwhile.
Feel the knead!
A visit in Paradise is never complete without a cool and relaxing massage either at the “Baybay Masaje” at the beach or “Ba’ay Masaje” inside the comforts of our fully air-conditioned Massage Room. Open at 10:00 am and last call for massage is at 8:00 pm.
Next to the park is the aviary, a must see side trip when you are in Paradise Island. It boasts of a collection of pheasants, pigeons, parrots, eagles, lories, lovebirds, doves, hornbills and the list goes on and on as it grows bigger and bigger.
This is your convenience store in Paradise, where beers and soft drinks are sold including healthy snack foods.
A Kalagan word for “a place to eat” is located at the beach that spills out into the sea with panoramic views to Davao Gulf, Davao City and the famous Mount Apo. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here as well as snacks and refreshments with live entertainment during lunch and dinner courtesy of the in house string bands. Its menu includes a wide array of Filipino cuisine and International favorites. Its specialty is the Paella, the owners’ choice and probably the best in the Island.
Playground & Park
Aside from the white sand beach and azure blue waters, Paradise Island also welcomes everybody to its park where you can spend a quiet afternoon and engage in a tète-Ã-tète with a friend while your kids help themselves in the playground.
Paradise Island boasts of seventy five (75) well appointed rooms, each room with its own private veranda overlooking a manicured and fenced lawn while carefully scattered within an eight (8) hectare complex with private paths that lead through lush gardens down to the white sand beach and the sea.
Couples who wish to have more privacy can stay at the solo cottages and for those who are with their families can have duplex bungalows that can house a big family of six (6). Group bookings can also be accommodated in our single – storey clustered rooms.
For over twenty years of hosting picnics, family reunions and outings, a la â€œSurvivorâ€ challenges, beach sports activities to big convention side trips, Paradise Island has kept up with the times and can now serve other meeting requirements as well as your banquet needs.
It has five venues to choose from that can hold a small group of twelve (12) up to a thousand, surely, the only place in Samal Island that can accommodate a wide range of visitors.
The shortest way to get here in Paradise Island is by airplane from Manila and Cebu to Davao.The preferred airlines have more than one flight everyday, please check their schedules below. From Davao City International Airport, you can hail a taxi or ask the officer in charge of the cueing taxies for help and give you a taxi that will take you to Paradise Island Dock at Sasa. Do not forget to get your taxi note from the officer for your reference in case of taxi driver abuse. As you enter our private road leading to our dock, you will be met by our Receptionists and help you board our colorful boats.
The first regular boat trip leaves the dock at 5:00 am and last trip is at 5:00 pm. Special trips may be arranged with the Management.
The most convenient way is to inform us by e-mail or call us and arrange for an airport pick – up at a very reasonable fee. All you need to tell us is your name, ETA, and the airline. A pre â€“ payment for this type of service is required.
Again, make sure that your arrival is before 5:00 pm.
AFTER 5:00 PM ARRIVAL
There is a public ferry that serves those who want to cross the channel, however, guests are allowed entry at the resort only until 9:30 PM. You may inform us of your intention to come here via this route so we can make arrangements.