In time for the 7th founding anniversary of the Local Government of Sta. Cruz Adventure Club, the group invaded the orient seas of Dahican, Mati City, Davao Oriental on February 21-22, 2014. This is the first time that LOGSAC had altogether travelled somewhere east, and it was another experience worth-remembering.
“We tried to cook something different for the group, this time we made sure to play with the huge waves of Dahican,” said club Vice President Jonas Florencondia. Indeed, this place deserves to be on top of the list for a must-see beach destination in the entire country. With a long coast line of approximately 7 kilometers, a diverse experience awaits everyone.
Dahican is also known to be Mati City’s prime tourism destination showcasing the world’s famous ocean boarding adventure activities like surfing and skim boarding. With its big waves, it has already produced an international winner named Bayogyog who conquered an event held in Malaysia a couple of years ago.
“It was fitting to have our 7th anniversary being held in one of Mindanao’s popular places,” said club member Danrev Broñola. “As we grow older, I hope we will be able to continue what we have started when we were just a neophyte adventure club”.
The group stayed overnight at Kubo sa Dahican, an isolated resort located at the tip of Barangay Dahican. It is a cheap resort ideal for backpackers and group tours, with accommodation facilities and swimming pool ideal for team-building activities. They also have small close cottages for small group. It is only 15-minute van ride from Mati City center to Kubo sa Dahican and it can also be accessed through a motorcycle ride from downtown.
We tried to maximize all things around the resort to really enjoy the day like swimming, skim boarding, beach frolicking, shooting, shoting (hehe), eating and even inter-group gambling. We also continued the volleyball madness we started a year ago at Gumasa and as usual, it filled us with so much fun and excitement. And up to this writing, though, I still don’t know who was the winner of that match. It must be concluded with a do or die game next year, venue has to be announced later.
The one thing I also personally love about Mati, or Davao Oriental in general, is the variety of sea foods in the area that are not as expensive as in other places we already visited. Our adopted LOGSAC son Jeff Marvy Dean, who was with the trip, was enticed to buy that lobster in the market worth 80 pesos only. “Lobsters are very expensive that’s why I bought this without second thought. When I get to Boracay last year, this same kind costs 800 pesos.” Our dinner and breakfast were then a seafood affair, after all.
With the very nice experience in Dahican, one of our club members Darwin “Eboy” Juntilla even decided not to go home yet the next day. He wanted to stay for another night and continue the bonding, which was however refused by majority of the group due to varying reasons.
This group only gathers once every year and that’s during our anniversary, but when we do, we always make sure that it will leave an indelible mark in our respective memories. Unlike before when we always have instant gatherings almost every week, it is very difficult now to be always in the company of LOGSAC due to varied commitments of each member.
The Mati experience will surely be one of the many experiences that will be missed. Thank you so much to all those who joined the trip. And for those who didn’t make it, there is always next time for us and that next time will surely be a thing in the future.