Things to do in DAVAOWednesday, March 27, 2013
Davao City is located in Mindanao and is considered to be the most crime-free area in the Philippines. It is also where the highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo is located.
|Davao is famous for their unique smelling Durian fruit|
I've been hearing Davao ever since I was young. Our family, my father's side, is from/in Davao. My father even studied in Ateneo De Davao University but it's not until I worked that I got to visit this city. It's my third time here, the first two visits were because of our show's auditions and now my third because of Cebu Pacific Seat Sale :)
Here is our itinerary that could help first-time Davao travelers on the things to do around the city.
Day 1 & 2
1. Go to Samal Island and bask in Davao's sun at PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT
I've been seeing pictures of this peaceful resort from friends that lured me to experience this pristine paradise.
|Pearl Farm Beach Resort|
2. Check in at MICROTEL HOTEL
My second time in this hotel. If you're looking for comfy and inexpensive place to spend your nights in Davao I recommend you to stay here.
|Microtel facade and lobby|
The place is just a 10-minute ride away from the airport with variety of restaurants around the vicinity like McDonalds, Yellow Cab plus other local restaurants to try.
Their chiropractor-approved mattresses are quite big, four people can fit in a double room for P3,700 per night.
Each room is equipped with:
2 queen sized beds (2 can fit each)
Toilet and Bath with hot and cold shower
TV with cable
Water can be fetch outside the room
Toiletries- shampoo and conditioner, soap & toothbrush
|Double room and its amenities|
They have complimentary breakfast for two.
|Breakfast buffet- eggs, longganisa, ham, sardines, cereals, fruits & breads|
Van rental- P3,000 the whole day around the city plus 500 if you wish to go to Eden Nature Park or Philippine Eagle Center.
Airport transfers- P100 per person
For more info visit their website at www.microtel-davao.com
3. Eat at RANCHERO
One of the few restaurants I know in Davao is Ranchero because I've already tried it the last time we were at Abreeza Mall. They serve Filipino ranch dishes and their best seller is the very tasty baby back ribs. All our orders were scrumptious! :)
|Ranchero with Mike's cousin, Marianne :)|
Baby back ribs- P475 (good for 3 persons)
Davao pomelo salad- P175
Adobong puso ng saging- P150
Lumpiang hubad- P 225
|Adobong Puso ng Saging, Davao Pomelo Salad, Lumpiang Hubad and Baby Back Ribs|
4. Get in touch with nature at EDEN NATURE PARK
At first we thought that this was just a simple park, but we were wrong. Eden Nature Park makes you become one with nature and gives a soothing ambiance when you visit. It also offers activities like zipline, horse back riding, mountain trail and endless picture taking.
|Eden Nature Park|
5. Buy pasalubong and souvenirs
Tip: If you are looking for fresh and really cheap mangosteen buy it along the road from Eden Nature Park going to the city. The prices of their fruits are half the price compared to those in the city.
|Ron at a fruit stand near Eden Nature Park|
You can also buy pasalubong at Aldevinco's Shopping Center where you can see tons of arts & crafts souvenirs like durian key-chains, malongs, sarongs, colorful bags, shirts that are uniquely Mindanaoan. I even bought a paisley dress for P350 and summer hats for P150 each.
Buy pomelo at Golden Fruits Davao, their prices are a bit higher than the prices at local fruit stands but certainly taste better than the other local brands.
6. Indulge on a dessert at Blugre Cafe
One of my most favorite desserts can be found in Blugre Cafe. It's a cafe famous for their desserts and is located in numerous areas around the city.
Their Choco Torte with Creams Sauce Cake is to die for! :) I ordered one whole cake for pasalubong.
We also tried their Choco Warm Cup Ala Mode, it was good but the best pa rin ang Warm Brownie Cup from La Marea.
Check out: Pigging out in Cebu City
7. Sound trip at Matina Town Square or go clubbing at STARR
Matina Town Square offers a laid back al fresco drinking experience with alternative live band playing as your background music.
If you are looking for a place to go clubbing, Starr is the most high end hang out place in the area.
Entrance fee: Non Vip P150 | Vip P250 | comes with free 2 drinks (either San Mig Light or Tanduay Ice)
|Ron, Mike & me at Starr|
We even saw Georgina Wilson partying with friends :)
Take note that it's prohibited to smoke in most of the areas in Davao & they have a curfew of until 3 am.
|no SMOKING pls!|
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