For the longest time Davao has been one of the many places I’ve always been fascinated with the dream of traveling to. I guess, it was initially due to the news of how strict the law was imposed and followed in the City. I was always curious how different Davao could be if it’s as disciplined as I imagined it. Plus, the tourist spots just sounded really wonderful.
The instant the opportunity presented itself, I pounced at it. Yes, pounced. That’s how much I’ve since wanted to get there. Gail was our host and planner for this trip as she is a homegrown Dabawenya herself.
Because I find it difficult to put into words our Davao experience, please allow the photos to speak the thousand words I am not able to write.
ITINERARY AND EXPENSES (4 days-3 nights)
Please note that in this trip, Gail’s family generously lent us the use of their car. Maybe you can do the same for a more convenient city tour.
Crocodile Farm: (Rafting Php2000.00/head inclusive of packed lunch, a souvenir t-shirt and a cd of your photos with a video; durian ice cream PhP50.00ea, butterfly Garden, fire dance)
Zip City: Short zipline
Jack’s Ridge: Area for dining and relaxing with a view overlooking the city of Davao
Eden Nature Park (PhP280.00 tour; suggestion – try fishing village)
Pearl Farm (PhP2200.00 overnight accommodation/pax with buffet breakfast on agoda discount, PhP750.00 buffet dinner)
Bat Cave (Guiness World Record PhP40.00 entrance fee , habal-habal PhP300/pax)
Hagimit Falls (PhP40.00 entrance)
Pearl Farm (suggestion, try out maxima – you will need to ride habal-habal style and negotiate for price)
Lachi’s Lunch (aprrox 150++)
Seagull Mountain Resort (PhP3000 for a room for 5)
Seagull mountain Resort breakfast (approx 250+)
Malagos Garden (PhP100 entrance fee)
Personally, the best pasalubong from Davao are their fruits: durian (although some people might not like it), marang and pomelo. For the pomelo, we opted to buy the Vic Premium one. I know Golden Fruits is the more popular one found in malls, but I think it’s overrated already. Vic and Nenita pomelos appealed to my taste more. But just to be sure, most stalls allow you to taste the fruits. The boxes of pomelo pretty much sells at the same price whether you are in a mall or a pasalubong store along the road.
If you have a longer vacation trip, I suggest you stay overnight or at least the entire day and at Eden Nature park and Malagos garden if nature’s your thing and stay for longer at Pearl Farm. If budget’s not a constraint, try staying for 2 nights and try out Maxima which is a habal-habal ride away.