Mati city is located in Davao Oriental on the eastern coast of Mindanao. This stunning little gem of a city is in its prime stages of becoming a great tourist destination. The closest airport is in Davao City. If taking a bus from Davao the trip will take just over 3 hours. An airport is located in Mati and the city has plans to redevelop it and have it opened sometime in the next year or so.
On the way to Mati in the region known as Dawin tell the bus driver you want to stop to see the island called Sleeping Dinosaur. Badas Point is the perfect photo opportunity to take a picture of the entire bay area. It is also the vantage point to see this little island sitting in the sea and looks just like a dinosaur sleeping on the water.
From Dawan the city is near. Once in the city proper the options for motel and hotels are abound but the hidden treasures are not far away. In town find a motorcycle transport to Dahican Beach. Dahican has 17 kilometers of stunning white sand beaches and many resort options. Dahican is the famous surf and skim board area of Mati and every year there is a competition dedicated to this sport every January.
Dahican and Masao have yearly celebrations that bring the peninsula to life. The biggest of these is the Sambuokan Festival which happens every October. This attraction has gained thousands of attendees to come to the area and is a must see for those who love the festivities. The Pujada Bay festival in June is not as large but the bay walk area and the peninsula turn into a day and nighttime playground.
The stunning bay in Mati is known as Pujada Bay and is magnificent against the mountains. Pujada bay boast over 15,000 species of sea life and has been noted as one of the best and richest bays in all of south South East Asia. Here you will find the gentle Sea Cow, bottle-nose dolphins, large manta rays and sea turtles of various kinds. Scuba diving in this district is the best around with stunning coral formations. Pujada Island is a deserted land mass but is spectacular none the less. This 320 hectare land mass has powder white sand beaches and undiscovered areas for all to venture through.
A popular nightlife hangout is a small club known as Puget, Puget means in Visayan, “nest” or birds nest to be more exact. This popular hangout becomes a full venue on the weekends and many party well into the night as there is no limitation to closing time.
Those looking for a different kind of adventure can find it all in Mati City. This area is a haven to be discovered with many places spread throughout the provincial capital area. From tent living at 50 peso a night to 4000 peso a night resort rooms, Mati has it all for every budget and every age group. Come discover the Philippines and what it has to offer on your next vacation, come to Mati City and discover the possibilities all yourself.