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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Secdea Summer 2013

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It's the middle of summer and it feels like I'm living in an oven most of the time. The heat is sometimes unbearable. I guess this is really the effect of Global Warming. Nevertheless, this does not stop people from going to the beach and enjoying the sun and surf-and so did I.

It was just a few weeks ago when an officemate of mine posted a picture of an unfamiliar resort. It turns out that is is the newest resort in Samal Island. The pictures were so nice that I immediately recommended this place to my mom since our own office has a very limited budget.

The newest resort's name is Secdea. It is located in San Isidro, Island Garden City of Samal. Going there, you need your own wheels. Board the barge from the Sasa Wharf to cross over and then it's a 20-minute bumpy ride from the wharf to Secdea.

The lobby.

Behold another world-class resort.The resort is not yet finished especially the beach-so if you plan to dive into the sea water, going here at the moment would be a disappointment. If you are looking for a quiet place to spend your time and a 4-feet pool would be enough for your swimming excursions, then this place is for you.

I was very impressed with their Villa. The Villa we rented for an overnight stay costs PHP12,000.00 good for 12 people and an additional of PHP500.00 for extra person with extra bed. The Villa was very cosy. It has 4 bathrooms-two of which is as big as my room (really big) , 2 big rooms and 2 smaller rooms at the back. It felt like America's Next Top Model when we checked out the rooms (so similar to those episodes where models check where they are staying during the competition except we're so far from looking like models hehehe)

The picture of the infinity pool was what actually caught my eye on Facebook. It looks so pretty. Despite the fact that it's not deep, it's still picture perfect for me. The mangrove walk -picturesque.

In fact, the resort's ambiance reminded me so much of the setting of my favorite Korean Series, Full House starring Song Hye Kyo and Rain.

It was extremely hot in the afternoon. We arrived at about 3pm. It was too hot to go swimming so we decided to explore the place first and jumped into the pool for night swimming after our early dinner.

I woke up at 5:30 the next day to take some pictures and experiment with my Samsung EX1-which I'm hoping I'm gonna replace soon with a newer SLR or micro 4/3.

Aside from swimming, there are also other activities like rappelling (not sure if it's available already), fishing (not available yet) and riding the golf car.

Trying out their golf car, I don't know how to drive so I have to be guided. It felt like
driving a bump car.

The beach is not yet finished but if you long for a swim then you can
go jump from the jetti.

I took the picture of their rates, since I know a lot of my FB friends would be asking how much, where this place is etc. I was right and indeed received a lot of inquiries and so here goes a picture of their rates.


May said...

The villa looks gorgeous!! Will keep this place in mind next time I go to Davao!

jenkin marbella said...

hi :)

i've been a reader of your blog recently since im planning to visit davao, and i find it very helpful :)

i'd like to ask which among pearl farm, secdea and chema's would you recommend.

your recommendation will be hihgly appreciated.

tnx ^_^

Whizzer's Rose said...

Hi, jenkin. Sorry for the late reply-just didn't have access to internet for the past 2 days. It really depends on what your interests are. I like Chemas because it's exclusive same with Secdea. Chemas is not as big as Pearl Farm and Secdea though. In Chemas, their pool is smaller compared to the other two but it has a canopy so you can swim in it without worrying about sunburns-especially if it's low tide. The swimming pool in Secdea is shallow only 4ft while Chemas' pool is 5ft deep. In Pearl Farm, there are two swimming pools. In terms of beach, Secdea's is not yet available unlike the other two. In terms of accessibility-you can ride a pump boat at the Insular Hotel to go to Chemas which is only a 15-minute ride while going to Pearl Farm is a 45-minute boat ride from the marina and you have to be there at 6:00. It's a bit trickier to go to Secdea since they don't have any available boat ride yet. It's either you have to have your car or ride the bus to go to the sasa wharf but then you have to go on another 30-45 minutes bumpy ride to go there and it's quite dusty- much more convenient if you have a car. You can also try the water taxi however it's a bit expensive starts at PHP700.00.

Depends also on your budget- Pearl Farm is about PHP2000 on weekdays and PHP2500 on weekends for a day tour inclusive of buffet meal and boat ride. Chemas entrance fee is about PHP350 plus boat ride (don't know the updated fee) and food is exclusive of entrance but you cannot bring "baon". Secdea is cheaper, entrance is only PHP250 but food is not inclusive. All three-you have to book in advance.

For me, if you want less hassle I'd go with Chemas. If you can spare more then go to Pearl Farm after all-they have more activities. For Secdea, it's best if you plan to stay overnight and away from the city - also best for teambuilding and honeymooners

jenkin marbella said...

thank you so much ms rose for your reply..i really appreciate it :) im just curious, how come the beach of secdea is not yet available??

Whizzer's Rose said...

they just opened last april and are still trying to clean up the beach and I think they will fill up the beach with additional sand.

Anonymous said...

We're going there tomorrow. Is it true that 650Php is inclusive of a buffet at lunchtime? Thanks!^^

Whizzer's Rose said...

Hi anon, I don't know about the buffet- but when we asked before you have to add 450 to your 200 entrance fee for the buffet but if you are 20 people then buffet and entrance fee is only 500. We booked as a group (20 persons) so I'm not really familiar about smaller groups/individual- try to contact them and verify and also please reserve before you go there coz they don't allow walk-in's or those without reservation.

Anonymous said...

Is it allowed to bring foods there?

Whizzer's Rose said...

I think there's a corkage if they serve the same type of food.