Sometimes the only way standing between the rustic charms of an unspoiled beach and loud, rowdy tourists is a dirt road. Such a dirt road exists in Brgy. Camudmud, Babak District just a few meters past the main road leading to the Monfort Batcave right across an INC church on the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao.
For some 15 minutes or so, you ride down a small incline and into a community of humble abodes, beach houses, a school for marine science and then into a bit of woody area, bamboo clumps, bananas and coconut trees before finally reaching the end of the road.
As soon as you pass a bamboo and chicken wire gate that has a friendly guard on duty, you know you made the right turn. Past some foliage, a white beach, a hut, a native-inspired beach house, and a couple of cabanas on turquoise waters greet your view.
Beach House La Concha belongs to the family of real estate broker Heiner Fernando Engelbach, born of a German father and Filipino mother. Since most of the time he and his family are either in Metro Manila or in Germany, they decided to open their beach house to friends and their families as a weekend getaway.
Large comfortable sofas and canopied beds made of bamboo are scattered throughout the ground and upper levels for an unobstructed view of the beach and mainland Davao. Airconditioned rooms are available for those who wish to rest indoors.
Shell ornaments hang from the rafters, and found objects are a consistent theme adorning driftwood center tables and side tables. A cogon hut on the beach with several lounge chairs makes for an ideal nap area, while a cabana right on the water promises adventure and time well spent soaking up the sun and saltwater.
Wooden stairs adorned with the natural shape of a tree limb lead right into pristine waters that’s four feet deep during high tide. A couple of hammocks strung between the wooden posts of the cabana right below the flooring is an extra delight that allows one to swing and bathe at the same time.
Sunny afternoons in the hammock, time stands still as the fresh breeze and the gentle lapping of the waves lull you off to sleep.
Guests are encouraged to explore the local market to shop for fresh seafood and cook their meals in the kitchen. Or Mrs. Joanne, wife of Heiner’s cousin who is the caretaker, may be prevailed upon to cook the meals for a minimal fee.
BEACH HOUSE LA CONCHA
Brgy. Camudmud, Island Garden City of Samal
Davao del Norte, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 286-9008
Caretaker: Mrs. Joanne 09073856486