MEET MATI- THE NEXT BORACAY OF THE PHILIPPINES

Between the sand and the sky was a man whose mind, body and soul have reached the highest alert level. Thinking about some Final Destination scenes before the take off, I couldn’t believe I was finally doing it! There’s something about flying that brings on my adrenaline rush and, surprisingly, calmness.

So, we were first briefed on safety measures of the plane which is the top priority of the club. Waivers are to be read and signed before takeoff. All the pilots are seasoned and licensed for this sport.

I prepared myself and my GoPro for taking the aerial photos. I had my GoPro strapped on right side of the wing. No untied cell phones for selfies, and only DSLRs with straps are allowed.  It’s also required to wear the full helmet and to strap on the seat belt.

Mindanao Saga Flying Club gave us an exhilarating and surprisingly relaxing ride with their ultralight planes for only Php 2,500 ($50)

The take-off was very smooth and the wind rushed in. Everything felt right. The clear blue sky and the calm blue waters were a sight to behold. Lush and blues blended so beautifully in the landscape of Mati City.

it was calming and relaxing just taking in the fresh air and the silence.

Flying makes you most alive where all all your senses seems to be on alert! You just have to trust your pilot to keep you both safe.

The best time to fly is between 5:30am to 8:30am. The sight of the sun is simply breathtaking. Note that they don’t fly when the winds are too strong, so they usually recommend flying during mornings only.

GETTING THERE

Book a flight to Davao City. Major airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have direct flights to Davao City.

Head over to Gaisano Mall. The first Mati-bound van leaves at 6:00 AM. Travel time is around 3-4 hours.

When we arrived at the terminal, I called my contact person, Inaki Sievert to pick us up. He’s very welcoming and kind. It was nice that we didn’t have to take the single motorcycle or habal-habal to get to the place.

If you’re traveling solo, ride a habal-habal to Mati Airport. You can also ride a tricycle good for 4-5 people. Travel time is only 20 minutes.

Get the contact details of your habal-habal or tricycle driver so he can pick you up after flying. Go to Dahican Beach after your ultralight aircraft flight.

ITINERARY

  • 06:00 Van departs en route to Mati City, Davao Oriental
  • 09:00 Arrival at terminal. Go to the Mati airport.
  • 09:30 Ride the plane over Mati City
  • 10:30 Call your driver and head over to Dahican Beach
  • 11:00 Arrive in Dahican Beach. Have lunch, swim, chill, get lost.
  • 15:00 Wait for Davao City bound van
  • 19:00 Arrive in Davao City

BUDGET

  • Van- Php 600 Roundtrip ($12)
  • Habal-Habal- Php 50 / person ($1)
  • Plane- Php 2500 / person ($50)
  • Food- Php 250 ($5)
  • Beach Entrance fee: P50/ person ($1)
  • Total: Php 3, 450 ($69)
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