When in Davao, Do As The Davaoeños Do
It’s best to mix being touristy with being a local
Located in southeastern Mindanao, Davao offers tourists and locals with clean air, picturesque views and disciplined streets. There are plenty of spots to visit, some touristy and some frequented by the locals themselves. Why not get a little bit of both to get a 360 degree experience of the city?
What To Do: Animal Life, Scenery & Plenty Of Action
1. Davao Crocodile Park & Philippine Eagle Center
The Davao Crocodile Park offers a close look at the misunderstood beasts and the chance to learn more about what they offer to the ecosystem. There’s even a tight rope performance above an enclosure to catch!
Entrance Fee: P150 for adults, P75 for children below 12.
The Philippine Eagle Center provides a safe way to get close to Philippine Eagle. The area simulates a tropical rainforest, and is open to all members of the public.
Entrance Fee: P50 – a steal, really.
2. Davao China Town & Magsaysay Park
This is where to really get your wallet out, as the only China Town in Mindanao features several malls, department stores and several restaurants. Often hailed as the busiest secretion of the city, it is located in the heart of downtown Davao.
At the end of China Town is Magsaysay Park, which will offer a calming reprieve from all the shopping. The park, with its beautiful landscapes, faces Davao Gulf and has Samal Island as its backdrop.
3. Wakeboarding & White Water Rafting
Davao also provides several ways to get your adrenalin racing, if being active is more your thing. Wakeboarding and white water rafting are available at reasonable prices and even offer sunset views.
Pro-tip: Make sure to capture every moment of your adventure with the right gear—a 4k action camera!
Where To Eat: The Options Will Overwhelm You, The Prices Not So
1. Kaonanan sa Tribu K’Mindawan Davao
For something a little more traditional, visit Kaonanan. The restaurant offers tribal inspired meals that are served in bamboo or wooden sungka plates. Dishes start at just P225 and their specialities include maalas na baboy (think pork binagoongan) and tunglad na manok (ginger, garlic and lemongrass chicken).
Huckleberry offers a more contemporary and adventurous dining option. The restaurant mixes Southern American food with a little bit of a Mexican touch. The starters begin from P120 (deviled duck eggs with bacon) and the entrees average P435 (slow roasted pork belly). Huckleberry also offers a range of refreshing drinks that are made from locally sourced fruits.
As the Durian capital of the Philippines, you should muster up the courage to try this arguably misunderstood fruit. Try it in a shake, on a muffin, in a pie or–hold your breath—fresh and as God intended.
Where To Stay: A Place To Call Home
1. Villa Viva Belgica (Ma-a, Davao City)
For a home-away-from home feel that is not heavy on the wallet, try Villa Viva Belgica, which is designed very much like a home. Guests stay in private rooms and can take advantage of the different amenities, which include Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a library, laundry service and daily housekeeping. One night for two adults will roughly cost P1500.
2. Seda Abreeza (Poblacion, Davao City)
For a more no-fuss hotel-feel, guests can opt to stay at Seda Abreeza. The location is very convenient, as it sits right across the Abreeza mall, making last minute or emergencies shopping situations a breeze to handle. The rooms are spacious, and the hotel offers dry cleaning, housekeeping and restaurant and bar services. A room for two adults will cost P5000 per night on average.
3. Pearl Farm Beach Resort (Samal Island, Davao City)
For a more luxurious feel away from the busy streets of Davao, check in at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The area is known for its pristine beaches, spacious suites and stellar service. Added amenities of the resort includes a massage service, a bar, coffee shop, room service and a babysitting service. One night for two adults will average at P8,000.