What’s the one thing that Dabawenyos always boast about to their out-of-town visitors? The city’s proximity to beach resorts, for sure. The coastlines of Samal Island are dotted with various beach resorts now, but when it comes to having a range of activities on offer, very few stand out like the Maxima Beach House and Maxima Aqua Fun.
Whether you’re staying overnight or just for the day, you’ll find something to amuse yourself at Maxima. Or you can just chill out and enjoy the sun. If you love the world under the sea, take a look at some of the wonders to be seen underwater:
If you’re not a certified diver, you can instead do “intro dives” at Maxima for less than a thousand bucks. They have a full-service dive shop with four dive masters and dive guides and a complete complement of equipment. Incidentally, you can also get yourself scuba certified (SDI, PADI, or NAUI) through the Carabao Dive Center and do your check-out dives at Maxima.
Love the water but not into scuba diving? Maxima’s got a jetski and a banana boat that’ll get your hearts racing! There are also two water slides that both get you landing in the ocean! The guys at Maxima will even capture your thrilling moments on digital video for you.
Would you believe they also have a canopy walk? Above the trees, you can test your mettle by walking a rope bridge from end to end. The view of the gulf of Davao is fantastic!
But it’s not just all fun at Maxima. Environmentally-oriented businessman Sonny Dizon, who operates Maxima Beach, has embarked on several marine conservation efforts, in order to contribute to the development of Samal as a true eco-tourism destination. The transplantation (or re-seeding) of giant clam, which is endemic to the waters of Samal but has all but gone extinct due to overfishing, is one commendable endeavor by the Dizons. Diving recently at Maxima, my dive buddy took this video of a patch of transplanted Tridacna gigas, thriving at a depth of about 15 feet:
You can tell that the Dizons are focused on protecting the marine environment because they do their best to educate their patrons on the value of preserving coral colonies and other marine life. Sonny Dizon is also working on getting coastline communities (in Samal and in Davao) to stop dumping plastics into the sea.
Maxima Beach, which is located in Peñaplata district, is about 45 minutes away by motorized banca from Davao City’s Sta. Ana Pier (the old wharf beside Magsaysay Park). They have their own boat, which leaves the pier everyday at 9:00am. For more information, please call (82)300-8636, 286-8883. Click here for Maxima’s website.