They always say that Davao is 10 times bigger than the whole Metro Manila. Although this may be true, I just took this lightly as I don’t quite believe it. Well, not until I got to see it.
As an illustration, it took us 45 minutes to get to Phil. Eagle Sanctuary. And get this, this was with minimal traffic. A whole day is needed in order to travel around this massive province.
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From Manila, the fastest way to get to Davao is by plane. Cebu Pacific flies directly to Davao and it will only take less than 2 hours to get there.
From the airport, we then took a cab to get to our accommodation. Travel time will depend upon your hotel’s location.
WHAT WE DID
Started our day early so we can cover most of the tourist spots in Davao City.
Likewise, we were blessed with a nice weather knowing that it was raining non-stop in Manila at the time of our visit.
Then again, Luzon is very distant from Mindanao so why am I even comparing?! Anywho, here’s what we did while we were there.
Spots to visit:
Philippine Eagle Sanctuary
Our driver told us it will be better to start with the farthest spot. As I told earlier, it took us 45 minutes to get there from our city hotel. That’s with minimal traffic so you can really say na ganun talaga kalayo.
I will honestly say that I am not that fascinated with birds but I couldn’t say the same with my other half. Ay, enjoy talaga si kuya!
He kept observing the behavior of the eagles and even tried to explain what he saw. Me, on the other hand, was thinking about how kawawa the cute bunnies when they were served as lunch to the eagles. Di ako makatingin!
Next is the Malagos Farm where renovations were being done at the time of our visit (for the Kadayawan Festival).
The only sights open then were the Butterfly Garden and Bird Sanctuary. I do believe that the farm can be a venue for prenup or wedding shoots. The place looks elegant talaga.
This is also where we bought the award-winning dark chocolate as a pasalubong. When you tried it, you’ll know bakit may award yung chocolate.
Eden Nature Park
It was already lunch time when we got to Eden. Good thing that the entrance fee comes with a free snack (in our case pasta meal with drinks) to fill our hungry stomachs.
After such, we continued our Eden experience by joining a guided shuttle tour (for an additional cost) just because such is an 80-hectare nature park which is too big for anyone to explore by foot.
Pres. Duterte’s Residence
But of course, I have to visit the President’s humble residence! Though he was in Maguindanao at the time of our visit, it was just nice to see where he lives and see his non-extravagant lifestyle.
And oh, I just posed with a cardboard. Hindi po siya yan.
Davao Crocodile Park
We asked our driver to have us at the Crocodile Park by 4pm. I was previously advised by a Davao local to watch the interactive animal show.
I will not tell you what happens in there but have your feet ready for running. Rest assured, this park will unleash the child in you.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at Jade Dragon Suites for 2 nights. The cost per night is P950 for an AC twin room.
It’s very near the Roxas Night Market, the reason why we chose it. See contact details below for more information.
>> Cereal Prawns – From the famous Boiling Crabs Resto and when we tried it, we suddenly knew why. For its price, ang dame niya and sobrang sarap papapakin! Rice is optional for this meal.
>> Crocodile Sisig – We tried this one while we were in Crocodile Park. I was anticipating that the croc’s meat will be malansa and chewy but it wasn’t! But will I try it again? Hard NO. Wawa yung crocodile eh.
>> Roxas Night Market – There was no bomb explosion the first time we went there so we had the chance to check out this night market.
We ate Davao’s famous dirty ice cream, proven and even the P20 lemonade. But guess what we forgot to try…yes, their durian. Labo di ba?
• We rented a van to tour us around. It is an 18-seater van and there were just two of us so our hatian spiked by almost 50%. You can prevent this by bringing more of your friends when you go to Davao.
• It’s equally important that you hydrate yourself at all times. Don’t forget to bring water.
• Similarly, always put on some sunscreen.
• If you are to visit Crocodile Park, make sure to be there by 4pm. Di ka magsisisi.
• Despite the blast, food tripping in Roxas Night Market is fun. Dameng masarap na pagkain, swear!
TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY
|Expenses||Subtotal||÷ by 2|
|Jade Dragon Suites (2N)||1,900||950|
|City tour van rental||3,500||1,750|
|Phil Eagle entrance fee||300||150|
|Malagos entrance fee||100||50|
|Eden Nature Park fee||440||220|
|Crocodile Farm fee||600||300|
|TOTAL||P 7,090||P 3,545|
Kuya Arnel served as our tour driver in Davao City. You may contact him at 0932-380-6333. If you happen to avail his services, please say hi for me!
By the same token, we chose to have our overnight stay at Jade Dragon Suites. You may contact them at 0916-944-4897.