Secdea 8th year Anniversary Escaped!

Secdea is one of my favorite resort in Samal. It is been a long time I been dreaming to come here but my boyfriend doesn't want to go to this place because the road going to this resort was not yet cemented. Alas! The road now going to Secdea is fully cemented. Easy breezy ride!

We usually go to resorts that has room worth 3,000 pesos and below, more than 3,000 pesos is quite expensive for us. The cheapest room in Secdea is 4,000 pesos but we still give it a try since it looks good in the pictures and I received my commission from selling houses and we will be celebrating our 8th year anniversary.  I tell you I did not regret going to this place!

What I love about this resort?

1. Smooth Transaction. They will reply to your inquiries in their facebook page and will immediately confirm receipt once you email them your 50% down payment.

2. The place is spacious and awesome! They have two big pools, big restaurants and nice seashore. There are lots of things you can do here in Secdea. You can do Kayaking, Banana Boat Ride, Jet Ski, Archery, Wake Boarding, Island Hopping, Coral Tours, ATV Off road adventure and many more.

3. Their room was good and comfy. Even though we rented the cheapest room it doesn't look cheap. It was very cozy and spacious for 2 person.

4. Great service. When we arrived at the main gate they transported us to the reception area with their golf cart, from reception area to our room they take us with their golf cart. We only have to do one call and the golf cart will come to our room and take us wherever we want. 

5. I love their food. I enjoyed our dinner in their restaurant. The food taste great with a reasonable price. In the morning, we have our complimentary buffet breakfast. I must say this is the best buffet breakfast I ever had. There are lots of dish, desserts and foods to choose from.

6. Lots of Freebies! Aside from a good complimentary breakfast, we also had a free Kayak and archery.

The only problem we encounter when we stayed there was when we were sleeping, the lights were suddenly turn off and on. There was a time we can't enter our room because the door was not working but they have phone outside the room and we just called them and they fixed it immediately. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here. We had fun celebrating our 8th year anniversary. This place is really good for spending time with your love one, friends and family. I really recommend this place.

Secdea Day Tour and Room Rates:

Day Use 8am – 5pm (inclusive of Entrance, Lunch, Pool, and Beach use)
*Adult rate Php1,000.00/pax
*7 yrs and younger Php 650.00/child

Room Rates:
Amakan Room - Php4,000/night - good for 4 pax (non-aircon & use of common Toilet & Bath)
Talisay Room - Php4,000/night - good for 2 pax (150-meters away from the Restaurant, Pool, & Beach)
Sea Shell Room - Php5,890/night - good for 3 pax
Sea Breeze Lodge - Php8,140/night - good for 4 pax
Villa Secdea - Php18,500/night - good for 12 pax
Eastview Room - Php7,890/night - good for 4 pax
Family Room - Php15,000/night - good for 12 pax
Extra Person/ Bed Charge is Php1,200/person/night

*Check in time is at 2:00pm; Check out time is at 12:00nn
*Complimentary breakfast is served for overnight guests
*Complimentary Paddler Boat or Kayak usage of 30 mins. for overnight guests and 15 mins. for day tourer guests (with minimum group of 10 pax)
*Free room accommodation for maximum of 2 children, 7 yrs. below per group.
*Overnight guests enjoy free use of facilities such as Wi-fi Access, Cable TV, Hot/Cold showers, Swimming Pool and Beach
*Other amenities such as watersport equipment, ATV & UTV rides, fishing, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, & Basketball are available for a fee.
*Only proper swimwear is allowed in the pool.

How to go to Secdea:

In getting to Secdea, most of the guests prefer to come with their own vehicles. Ferry Boat is 24 hours operational. They do not have their own boat heading directly to the resort for now. You can also take a motorcycle for a more adventurous ride, they're everywhere around Samal barge area.

They also offer Van service for PhP1,000/way, maximum for 10 pax and Coaster Bus for PhP4,000/way, maximum of 35 pax. Pick up area is around Samal Pier, beside Camp Holiday (Phoenix Gasoline Station).


If you wish to bring some items, they charge the following corkage accordingly on top of their meal rates: \

PhP500/lechon baboy/karnero of any size
PhP1,000/lechon baka of any size
PhP1,5000/fresh tuna whole of any size
PhP300/viand of any size
PhP300/bottle of softdrink of any size
Php600/bottle of liquor of any size
Php50/piece of Chips

Secdea Contact Info:

(Samal Booking Office)
(082)305-2774 or (082)305-4028

(Davao Booking Office
(082)295-7912 or 0925-892-6072). .

Hof Gorei - A Peaceful Scenery

Island Garden City of Samal is a home of beautiful beaches. There are so many beaches resort in Samal and we always go to resorts which are accessible in Sasa Barge but this time we choose a different path. Hof Gorei is located in Kaputian which is accessible  through Sta. Ana Wharf.

Hof Gorei is known for their quiet and peaceful scenery. They have also a unique way of delivering their good service. Hof Gorei is a great place to unwind and escape from a busy city life. A good place to have your own little paradise.

Here's a list of reasons why you will fall in love with Hof Gorei.

1. Easy booking and transportation.

Hof Gorei is very quick to response to inquiry and bookings. They have their own boat that goes to Sta Ana to pick up their customer and it is free. Pick up time 11:00 am and 2:30 pm.

2. Free breakfast and welcome drink

The moment you arrive in the resort. The butlers will be waiting for their guest and will be serving welcome drinks. I did not like it though. It was not cold and sweet. I really like resorts with free breakfast because you will be saving money for breakfast.

3. Personal Butler.

Each room has their own personal butler. This is the unique thing that Hof Gorei has that you can't find in other resorts. Your personal butler will be the one to deliver your food to your room and will be assisting you whatever you need.

4. Food is awesome!

The food taste like from a five star hotel. It was really really good.

5. Unique room design

The exterior design of the room is unique. In the upper part is your room with veranda which will give you a very nice view of the resort and the beach. The lower part is like a veranda also but it is where you will eat your food. You will be having your meal with a beautiful scenery.

6. Lots of plants, flowers and animals

This place will give you a vibe that you are in your own rest house in the province. It is like a private resort with few people/and guest. It is full of trees and plants. The sounds of the birds and winds will surely makes you feel relax.

We enjoyed our stay here but I have to be transparent because we were not really 100% satisfied and here's why..

1. The food was very expensive

The average price would be 350 pesos good for 1 person, 58 pesos for 1 cup of rice. The food is only good for 1 person and not shareable except for soup and noodles such as pancit. The prices written in the menu is exclusive of 12% VAT so if it is written 350 pesos it means you are paying more than that. The quantity is small. It feels like you are on a diet that is why after we check out and went back to Davao City, we go straight to S&R to order pizza and burger xD

2. The don't sell junk food

There is a corkage for drinks and food but they are not selling any drinks and junk foods at that time. I don't see the point. 

3. No restaurant and reception area.

You can only eat in your room or anywhere you want like beach front and pool area. Well I like eating in the veranda in our room but of course I would love it if they have restaurant and reception area. 

They have only bar area with only beers at that time.

4. Interior Room needs update

The room is not spacious. The TV is not flat screen and I am not sure if it is working. No Wifi. No design. I wish they will put paintings at least.

5. Pool

The pool is big but the chlorine is strong and for some reason the water is not cold. I expected it to be cold because we were surrounded by trees.

6. Jacuzzi is not working

We hike for 217 steps early in the morning to go to the top of the resorts because our butler said we should check out the view and their jacuzzi but to our dismay the jacuzzi is not working. The view is awesome though.

7. Not good for children and old people.

If you are travelling with old people or children better choose room that is fronting the beach because other rooms are located above and you need to climb the stairs. It feels like hiking because it is rough and steep. 

How to go Hof Gorei:

Just go to Sta. Ana Wharf and wait for the Hof Gorei boat to arrive. If you can't see the boat just be attentive someone will be shouting or bringing sign Hof Gorei!

Hof Gorei Contact Information:

PLDT: +63 82 286 0238
SUN: +63 922 864 6814
SMART: +63 920 966 7564
GLOBE: +63 917 711 3868

Hof Gorei Room Rates:

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