Also called Vanishing Island, half of the 80-hectare shoal emerges as sand bar during low tide but vanishes during high tide creating the illusion of vacationing in the midst of the open seas.
Considered as Mindanao’s First Mangrovetum, it serves as a laboratory for dendrological, educational, eco-tourism and phonological and other scientific studies on the mangrove ecosystem. The project is located in Bgy. San Isidro in IGACOS’s Babak District. It takes only 10 minutes from Davao City by ferryboat; the mangrovetum is at least another 45 minutes overland from the Babak pier.
An indication of IGaCoS’ sound ecological system, the bat cave hosts gazillions of fruit bats, located at Barangay Tambo, Babak District. The cave is home to more than 2 million fruit bats of Geoffrey Rousette species. It is adjudged by the Guinness Book of World records as the largest concentration of fruit bats in the world. The bats are said to play a very important part of the ecosystem. they help pollinate and limit the population of harmful insects. To date, nobody has claimed to have surpassed this record. It is one of the most frequent tourist attraction in the island.
Bandera Nature’s Park and Botanical Garden
A tribute to Mother Nature, this 11.5-hectare government-owned park at barangay Bandera is envisioned to be the sanctuary of nature lovers with over a hundred species of trees, flower gardens and several eco-theme park amenities.
AUNDANAO FISH SANCTUARY
Barangay Aundanao is located on the eastern coast of the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS). Like most coastal areas, Aundanao’s fish and marine resources were heavily depleted due illegal practices of fishing and other destructive means of catching and extracting marine resources. In response to the situation, the barangay and the city government declare the coastal waters of Aundanao as a fish sanctuary. To date, Barangay Aundanao can now serve as a role model for other coastal communities, as well as a tourism destination.
Located in the storm-sheltered waters of IGaCoS, this 224-hectare facility has a similar concept with the establishment of an industrial estate in land areas. A showcase of new fisheries development strategy that puts premium on transforming coastal communities into centers of growth and prosperity, it has been acclaimed as champion in the 2002 nationwide competition for Best Practices in Good Governance sponsored by the League of Cities of the Philippines. The international community through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has also taken cognizance of the park as one of the best three Urban Governance Innovations Facilities in Asia.