Sunday, July 3, 2011

Island Buenavista

Island Buenavista

Island Buenavista is a privately owned island resort located off the east coast of Davao City, and north of the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS). This luxury island resort is a four-hectare exclusive paradise of lush tropical greenery and tall palm trees surrounded by white powdery sandy beach in the midst of the crystal clear waters of Davao Gulf. The Island is widely known for its rich formation of coral reefs and abundant marine life, and is considered as one of the top snorkeling and diving destinations in Davao. 

View of the island from Samal

The entire Island is available for exclusive use and rental only

The area surrounding the Island is marine protected 
White sand beach is one of the many features of this exclusive paradise

The Island is covered with lush tropical greenery and tall palm trees

The perfect island getaway all for yourself!

It is one of the top snorkeling and diving destinations in Davao

Home to the Hawks Bill Turtles

Island Buenavista is an eco-friendly island, and is home to the Hawks Bill Turtle Sanctuary. The area around the island is declared a marine protected area by the city government of Samal, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to help maintain its pristine state, and ensure the preservation of the habitat of several marine species endemic in the surrounding area. Use of any form of watercraft is strictly prohibited.

Map to the Island Buenavista

The Island Buenavista enjoys a mild, pleasant tropical climate all year round, with no pronounced wet or dry season. The coolest months are from November to February with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F). During the peak summer months, from March to May, temperatures average 28°C (82.4°F) but may occasionally rise as high as 32°C (89.6°F).

What is so awesomely unique about this island getaway is that the whole Island Buenavista is ONLY AVAILABLE FOR EXCLUSIVE USE AND RENTAL for groups and families. Booking arrangements are usually made seven days before the intended stay at the Island.

Signage welcoming guests to the Resort

The Pavilion

Island Amenities

The Pavilion is a wooden nipa hut that opens to the beach. Here, one is served with fresh seafood, and other sumptuous native dishes with some exotic food like sea urchins dipped in vinegar over a newly opened buko juice served with a straw. Food is usually prepared locally by the Island staff according to one's preference and desired schedule. 

Inside the Pavilion

Pathway of the Pavilion

Other amenities include a kidney-shaped swimming pool, where drinks are served by friendly island staff in soft sarongs; kayaking in the crystal-clear shallow waters of the Island; snorkeling and diving with professional divemasters; and a visit to the turtle sanctuary. The island is powered by two large generator sets that light up the entire facilities in the Island during night time.

Kidney-shaped swimming pool

Family Villa

The Family Villa is a beautifully constructed modern beach house designed with a slight touch of tribal theme. It is fully air-conditioned and has a double bed master's bed room that opens to a balcony overlooking the beach and Davao gulf with a panoramic view of Mount Apo - Philippines' highest mountain peak in the backdrop; a guestroom with a double bed and two single beds; a spacious living room, a kitchen complete with cooking appliances, equipment, and utensils; a loft and a basement each designed with a unique rustic and contemporary theme, and which can easily be converted into sleeping quarters to accommodate four more persons. Each of the masters’ bedroom and guestroom has a private bath with hot and cold showers, and a television. There are four Family Villas in the Island and each can comfortably accommodate 18 persons.

Spacious living room

Inside the Family Villa

The Master's Bedroom

The Family Villa's private bath and toilet

The Island Suite

There are two Island Suites, each of which can accommodated three persons. It is fully air-conditioned, furnished with a double bed, a private bath with hot and cold shower facilities. Each Island Suite has its own veranda that opens to the beach.

The Beach Hut

There are six romantic Balinese-inspired open-air Beach Huts in the Island that exit to the beach. Each Hut can accommodate 2 to 3 persons, and has a private bath with charming outdoor hot and cold showers.

Balinese-inspired open Beach Huts

The Bed

View of the beach and nearby islands from the bed

Guests in the Island awake each morning with a sumptuous breakfast waiting at their tables.

How To Get To Island Buenavista 

A private van awaits guests of the Island from the Davao International Airport and services to the Sasa Wharf, where guests are then ferried to Ana Marina Resort in Samal Island. From there, a 10-minute small boat ride across to Buenavista Island Resort. Transfers are included in the packages.

Contact Information

JFM Corporate Center
848 Atis St., Juna Subd., Matina, Davao City
Tel: +6382 299-2992 to 94 local 113 
Fax: +6382 296-0135


  1. I've had the privilege to visit Buenavista a couple of years back and boy, it was quiet, serene and peaceful. I think it's because of the exclusivity of the place but if you have bucks to spare for a great beach hide away this place should be in your list!!!

  2. The unique charm and beauty of Buenavista Island is really one for the books and the memories of it will surely linger for a long time. The place is a bit too pricey on the pocket but I am sure the experience it provides is worth all the penny. Great place!!!

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  3. I tried to book this resort and they gave me a quotation worth Php 135k for overnight with maximum of 20 pax. This resort is a bit pricey but when I look at this pictures, I guess it's worthy. However, one of my friend who have been there discouraged me to go there coz the place is not that good anymore. The pool and the surrounding is not clean compared to the pictures that was posted online. Is that true? and when this pictures was taken?


    1. I agree, the tab is quite pricey. It has been years ago since I last set foot on the resort. It would be a pity if the owners (the Ayalas of Davao) would neglect such a paradise. With such a price, one will surely expect to get their money's worth.


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