Mt. Puting Bato was my 2nd peak. It is the highest peak of the Island Garden City of Samal or IGACOS. There are two popular trails to get there: the Tayapoc Trail and the Guilon Trail. I opted to take the Tayapoc trail in going up then the Guilon trail for the exit passing the Tagbitinao Camp.
As to the route, I took a barge from Davao City to Samal Island and paid Php 10.00.
I then took a bus going to Penaplata and paid Php 40.00. I then took a single motorcycle or "habal-habal" going to the starting point of Tayapoc trail and paid Php 120.00 for 2 pax.
Tayapoc trail is an easy hike but is steeper than Guilon trail. It took me an hour to get on top as I commune with nature while climbing.
If you are faster, you can make it for just about 30 minutes. Along the hike, I was embraced by the amazing views. Indeed, Mt. Puting Bato is a good trail for starters. Try it!