Welcome to Samal Island


The island's idyll and reputation were rocked by the 2015 kidnapping of four tourists from a resort by Abu Sayyaf militants. The two Canadians were later killed, a Norwegian man freed after a large ransom was paid, and the Filipino woman released. Security has since been tightened, but foreign tourist numbers have yet to rebound.


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Samal Island in detail