Cruising Around Samal Island in Style

The Island Garden City of Samal has always provided a quick respite for weary urbanites to kick back on the beach for a few hours or overnight and recharge for another frenzied work week. Only 15 minutes away from the Sasa wharf, the usual routine for most Dabawenyos is to take a banca of the resort of your choice to take you directly to the resort. Another option is to take the barge if you’re bringing your own vehicle and just drive around the whole island until you decide on which resort to go.

Explore Samal Island in the Luxe way

If you want to try a different way of exploring Samal Island and its neighboring isles, why not try it the Luxe way? Imagine cruising along the coastline of Samal in your flowing silk caftan and wide-brimmed hat as you flop down lazily on a bean bag across a wide sundeck, listening to music and regularly updating your Facebook status to make your absentee friends drool with envy.

Is that even possible without owning your own yacht? Now, everyone can experience a truly luxurious island-hopping experience as Islands Banca Cruises has finally arrived in Davao. Launched last September 20, Islands Banca Cruises-Davao is a franchise of IBC-Cebu and is operated locally by Sea-T leisure Group, Inc.

Discover Samal Island near Davao City with a banca

Islands Banca Cruises experience in Davao
Islands Banca Cruises was started by the people behind Island Souvenirs. Their tours have become very popular in Cebu that a very enterprising Dabawenyo decided to franchise it and bring the Islands Banca Cruises experience in Davao. And what an experience it is! Their signature white and orange boats are outfitted with large sun decks that evoke a Mediterranean vibe.

There is also a music dock in case you want to have party on board or just play soothing sounds that complement the scenic view. The bancas also come with comfy seats and bean bags, clean restrooms, bath towels, cold towels, life jackets, and wifi access. There are currently two Butanding bancas in operation that can comfortably sit 20 guests.

From the Captain, tour guides down to its crew members, everyone is a trained lifeguard. The uniformed staff and crew are friendly, knowledgeable, and can readily answer your tour and travel concerns. The crew takes service very seriously as they are even prepared to carry you and lift you up the banca incase you are not prepared to get wet.

Islands Banca Cruises-Davao has specially designed tours that take from as short as a half-day tour to a full day of cruising along the Davao Gulf. They are now having introductory promo rates starting at P4,999 for every cruise. Add a little extra, and they can prepare a sumptuous lunch for you, making your island cruise truly hassle-free. Aside from their existing packages, they can accommodate special tours for special occasions. Every Davao tourist needs to add Islands Banca Cruises-Davao to its To-Do list when visiting the city. It is definitely an experience worth remembering!

The Pearl Farm Marina Jetty in Lanang serves as Islands Banca Cruises-Davao’s jump off point. For inquiries, you may email them at or visit