The Millennial Mermaid: The Surf Shack

Now serving stoke in Dahican

The calm before the party. This night shot of Surf Shack’s al fresco dining area is definitely so inviting.
The calm before the party. This night shot of Surf Shack’s al fresco dining area is definitely so inviting.

Imagine sipping your favorite cocktail drink, feeling the cool white sand between your toes, hearing the sound of crashing waves and realizing that this ocean ambience is real. You are by the sea having the best gastronomic experience.

Famished from surfing or swimming in the sea the whole day, the best way I know to recuperate is by having great food and cold drinks. If you’re an early riser like me, a hot cup of coffee is perfect company as I watch the sun rise from the sea’s horizon.

Afterwards, a protein-rich breakfast for energy is ideal. I hate feeling hungry all of a sudden when I’m out in the water. I would always choose the waves over food most of the time since it’s quite a long way back to the resort I’m staying at.

DSR guests, Dahican locals and surfing community get together for dinner prepared by Surf Shack’s Jek-Jek Ilagan
DSR guests, Dahican locals and surfing community get together for dinner prepared by Surf Shack’s Jek-Jek Ilagan

It used to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to food choices in Dahican. There’s only one place that serves decent restaurant meals, La-ne’s Kalapyahan which is located further down the Dahican beach stretch. It’s near the fork in the road right before the rough road begins.

Fortunately, the tides have turned in our favor as we celebrated the soft opening of a new bar and grill by the beach. Located in the beach front area inside Dahican Surf Resort (DSR). The Surf Shack is right smack in the middle of Dahican Beach which makes it very easy to find.

When I got the invitation to the soft opening, I underestimated what ‘soft’. I thought it would be just a little get together of the surfing community in Dahican and in Davao as half of Surf Shack’s crew were from Davao City.

The bar was transformed into a dance floor. Complete with dancing lights, a smoke machine (I don’t know who came up with the idea but it was amazing), a DJ who played all the perfect songs and party animals who just wanted to have fun.

I’m not so fond of parties and this was the first party in Dahican that I ever found myself in. It was so fun! You knew almost everybody and if there was somebody you didn’t know, you’d be friends by the night is over.

During the day, the sandy space in front of DSR is a perfect place to lie down and watch people surfing in the distant beach break.
During the day, the sandy space in front of DSR is a perfect place to lie down and watch people surfing in the distant beach break.

I can’t wait for more dance parties and chill nights by the sea in Dahican. The rest of 2017 is definitely going to be an exciting one with the addition of the Surf Shack. There are now more options than the regular ‘wine and dine’ and events.

The Surf Shack team is composed of car enthusiast Clayton Sanchez, surfers Windel Wabe, Jek-Jek Ilagan and Gabby Sibala who’s also the guy behind DSR. The Surf Shack serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and everything in between. For now, the Surf Shack meals are on soft opening mode and the bar is already on full swing just in time for the summer!

More photos of the soft opening on my blog: www.millennialmermaid.com

 

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