It is my second visit to Mati, and I came back to surf. There were some waves this time (as compared to my first visit) but still not as great. Nevertheless, as I say, Dahican beach is not like baler or la union where, if you don't or can't surf, then there's nothing. Dahican prides itself with it's long stretch of brown sand and crystal waters. In fact, the water is a better and sure reason for going to Mati, more than surfing or skim boarding.
In Dahican, I haven't really tried the rest of the other resorts. There are in fact a number of them, but I must say Amihan sa Dahican is probably just the kind of experience cool, young, and independent travellers would want.
The place is being looked after by te amihan boys who, while looking so loose and rugged, are rather timid, humble and are environmental ambassadors of their own.
Salute to the workmanship and dedication of these people to the sustainability of the place.
Amihan sa Dahican is one of the reasons you'd love Mati. More to that, they seem to have a share of everything. There is a mall, perhaps not ad high end as Ayala, but enough for those times when you just want to window shop or time bus. There are enough restaurants. Transport is convenient, there's a clean and organized public park, everything to keep you sane and hold on to life ;-)
How to go to (Amihan sa) Dahican:
From Davao City, take van to Mati. Vans may be found in Victoria Plaza and Gaisano Mall. Trip via van takes about 2-3 hours and fare is P220. First trip would leave probably between 7-8am though they will have to fill the van before leaving.
Upon arrival in Mati City, you can take a habal rught from there. Drivers normally may ask around P100 per ride. Alternatively, you may take a trike to 'Poblacion' for P10 and in poblacion, get a habal for P25.
You may contact Dodo for habal service: