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Samal Island being very close to Davao City is a place often visited by tourists and locals alike, but many visitors never get beyond the popular coastal resorts such as Paradise Island. This is unfortunate because there is more to Samal Island than that, much more.

Follow the links on this website and let me take you the mysterious Camp 23 site where believers prostrate themselves before a statue of a war time general, and still follow the religion he founded, The Moncadistas. In their church is both The Bible and The Kabbalah. A little further on is The White House, the shell of what was once was The General's palatial residence. This area is riddled with caves where people have searched for the fabled wealth of Yamashita's gold.

For the fit and active there is the descent into The Great Depression at Bito, a place little known even by locals with it's high canyon walls and cave at the end where the river plunges underground only to re-emerge some 5 km away at Hagamit.

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