Best Places to Visit in Balut Island in Davao Occidental

Today, I would like to take you to the breathtaking paradise of Balut Island, located in the heart of Sarangani, Davao Occidental. Join us as we embark on an unforgettable adventure through the enchanting world of island hopping. With its diverse landscapes, Balut Island offers a myriad of experiences for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Our journey begins aboard a traditional outrigger boat at the Balangonan port, where the gentle sea breeze carries the promise of discovery. It will take around 1 hour and a half before we could finally reach the Balut island. Depending on the weather condition, sometimes the wave is calm, but sometimes it's so harsh you would think it will turn the boat upside down. But don't panic, this is just normal occurences when you travel to Balut Island. So the only way to go is to relax and enjoy the wave.

Despite the anxiety that the waves are giving me, it was soon replaced by excitement as we we're greeted by panoramic views of Balut Island's rugged coastline, framed by lush greenery and towering cliffs.
After more than an hour of braving the relentless waves of the ocean, we reached The Port of Mabila, the main point of entry to the island. The boat named Bambam will be the vessel to carry us on our island hopping adventure.

1. Isla Pabroses

After around 20 minutes, we have reached our first destination, the Isla Pabroses Beach resort. This is where we will spend the night. It has pristine white sands and crystal-clear blue waters, perfect place if you want to relax. We had our lunch in the island and we rested a little bit.

2. Bolaye Blue Lagoon

As we set sail for our next destination, the Bolaye Blue Lagoon, the journey is just like a leisurely stroll through nature's masterpiece - calm waters and breathtaking scenery at every turn. Upon arrival, I was entranced by the lagoon's untouched beauty, where clear waters embraced by verdant trees created a tranquil sanctuary. For those eager to immerse themselves, the lagoon offered a myriad of experiences, from swimming amidst vibrant corals to the option of lato picking, each moment a testament to the wonders of this natural paradise.

3. Bubu Beach

Our journey continued as we ventured to another hidden gem of Balut Island, the enchanting Bubu Beach. Much like Bolaye, Bubu captivated us with its unique charm and allure, welcoming visitors with open arms to experience its tranquil beauty.

After settling in and taking a moment to unwind, we enjoyed some leisurely conversation while eagerly anticipating the low tide. Our next stop, Tuke Nunsol Cave, beckons, promising an adventure waiting to unfold.

4. Tuke Nunsol Cave

As we arrived at Tuke Nunsol Cave, the sight of kids joyfully leaping off the cliffs welcomed us, but the wonders didn't cease there. As the sun dipped towards the horizon, the cave embraced us with an ethereal glow, as if lit from within by a mystical fire. Eager to explore, we wasted no time immersing ourselves in its depths. Beyond just a cove, it revealed itself as a majestic cave by the water's edge, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs adorned with nature's unique artwork.

5. Olanivan Island


Embarking on our journey to Olanivan Island, we set off smoothly, with the waves gently caressing our boat. Anticipating a 45-minute to 1-hour journey, we braced ourselves for rougher waters ahead. True enough, as we neared the island, the waves grew stronger, testing our resolve.

No matter how hard is the journey, the moment our feet touch the sands of Olanivan Island, a sense of serenity envelops us, making every trial worthwhile. Eager to explore, we venture into the island's hidden nooks and crannies, each corner revealing a scene worthy of a instagram. While the waves crash fiercely against the shore, their power reminds us of the untamed beauty that surrounds us, prompting us to wander along the secluded coastline, where the only footprints are our own.

Situated in close proximity to Balut Island and Sarangani Island, Olanivan stands as a tranquil refuge from bustling tourist spots, boasting a circular sand beach formation that adds to its allure. Here, amidst the untouched wilderness, weary souls find solace, as the island's pristine landscapes beckon them to unwind, reconnect with nature, and rejuvenate their spirits. Olanivan Island isn't just a destination; it's a sanctuary for those seeking solace amidst the splendor of the natural world.

As the day wanes, it's time to bid farewell to our island haven. We've cherished our time here, but with noon approaching and bigger waves imminent, we must depart before it's too late. Though we leave with reluctance, memories linger on and will last forever.