Waniban Island is one of the three small islands located within the Pujada Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental. The Island covers an area of about 4 hectares in Barangay Tamisan, and can be explored on foot in 30 to 45 minutes only. It is owned by the family of 2nd District Board Member of Davao Oriental, Ruben Linsag.
The Island is covered with lush landscape of greenery that sits on powdery white sand beach on its shoreline amid the crystal clear turquoise waters of Pujada Bay. The northern part of the island is a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are also mangroves in the island.
|View of Waniban Island|
|Closer view of the Island|
|White sand beach|
For overnight stay in the island, there are a few open cottages made of Nipa available for a fee. As there are no stores in the Island, it is best for visitors to bring their own food and water. Pitching of tents (free of charge) is allowed.
|More of Waniban Beach Sand|
How to get to Waniban Island
The Island is approximately 20 to 25 kilometers from downtown Mati, and is only a 30 to 40 minute boat ride from Mati Wharf, or 15 to 20 minutes motorized banca ride from the nearby Cinco Masao Beach Resort also in Mati, Davao Oriental. There are also motorized bancas for hire for island-hopping which can easily accommodate five to ten persons. The waves are usually moderate to calm on a sunny day but may go a bit rough at times. Boat reservations are encouraged.