Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TRAVEL GUIDE : Davao City and Davao del Norte


Everything you need to know about Davao City and Davao del Norte : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to Do and How to Get There

Lanikai, Hijo Plantation
Davao is blessed with picturesque landscapes, pristine white and gray sand beaches, fruit plantations, abundant natural resources, wildlife sanctuary and diverse culture. So whether you are looking for an adrenaline pumping adventure, beach bumming and nature or food tripping, Davao has all got it for you.

Where to Stay in Davao City:

Davao has a lot of cheap accommodations to stay. Below are some of the affordable places to stay in the City.

1. My Hotel
Conveniently located in the heart of Davao city. It offers comfortable accommodations at a very reasonable price. Rate starts at P250 for non-airconditioned room and P800 for air-conditioned room. It is located in San Pedro St., Davao City

2. Hotel Uno
Located at CM Recto St., Davao City, Hotel Uno is ideal for business and leisure travellers who are on a budget. Room rates start at P250 for non-airconditioned room and P650 for air-conditioned room.
Check room rates and book.

Photo credit to Hotel Uno's FB Page
3. D' Morvie
Yes, D' Morvie Suites has just opened a new branch in the heart of Davao City. It is located in CM Recto (Claveria) St., Davao City. Rate starts at P250 for 12 hours. This hostel is ideal for backpackers who travel light.
Contact Number: +639228658431

4. Sampaguita Inn
Located at Mt. Apo St., corner Quirino Avenue Davao City. Sampaguita Tourist Inn is one of the most affordable place to stay in the city. See below for their room rates.
Contact Number: +63 82 227 2958

Where to Eat in Davao City and Davao del Norte

1. Majid's Kebab
Located at Rizal St., Davao City, Majid's Kebab offers a taste of Persia in Davao City. A must-try here is their Beef Kebab, Cholo Kebab and Chicken Biryani. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant  (non-airconditioned).

Beef Kebab
2. Blue Carabao Diner
Located at 146 Monteverde St, corner Alverez St, Davao City (across Davao Central Fire Station). It offers very affordable and tasty food that will satisfy your gastronomic cravings.
Photo Credit to Blue Carabao website
3. Lachi's
Lachi's restaurant is located at Ruby St., Marfori Heights Davao City. A visit to Davao City is not complete without tasting their famous Sans Rival and other pastries and desserts.

4. Punong Restaurant
Punong restaurant is one of the most famous restaurant in Bincungan, Tagum City. It is located along the Maharlika highway and is about 1.5 hours away from the Davao City Airport. It offers a variety of food and drinks that you will surely enjoy.
Photo credit to Puno's official blog site 
Things to Do in Davao City and Davao del Norte

1. Visit the Philippine Eagle Center and the Malagos Garden Resort
A visit to the city is not complete without seeing the Philippine's national bird - the Philippine Eagle. It is located in Calinan, Davao City. Click here to know how to get there. 

Close to the Philippine Eagle Center is the Malagos Garden Resort where you can find a variety of orchids grown in the resort.

2. Get closer to Nature at Eden Nature Park
Eden Nature Park is a mountain resort located in Toril, Davao City. It is 95% man-made and an ideal place to relax, refresh and be closer to Narure.

Photo credit to Eden's Website
3. Do a City Tour of Davao City
Davao city has one of the largest Chinatown in the country. Visit the four arches of the City's Chinatown ( The arch of Peace, Prosperity, Friendship and Unity). Also pay a visit to Lon Wa Buddhist Temple, People's Park and Davao Museum.
The Arch of Unity
4. Visit the Crocodile Park

The Crododile Park is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. It showcases a state of the art crocodile farming system in the country. It also boasts of its exotic animal species such as raptors, monkeys, bear cats, snakes and other reptiles.

5. Water Rafting at Davao River
Davao Wildwater Adventure offers an opportunity for tourists to experience the fun ride into the mighty Davao River. 
Photo credit to my travel blogger friend Mervz of Pinoy Adventurista
6. Explore the Island Garden City of Samal
There are a lot of fun activities to do in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS). Pristine white sand beaches are scattered all over the city like the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Bluejaz, Isla Reta and a lot more. It is also home to the Monfort Bat Cave, the Hagimit Falls and the Vanishing Island. 

Samal - near the port
7. Have a relaxing vacation at the Banana Beach Davao
Banana Beach Resort is one of Hijo Plantations signature property. It offers a wide variety of both land and water activities for guests to enjoy. Check rates and availability.
The Spot at the Banana Beach Resort Davao
The Davao region has a lot of tourist destinations to explore. Above just covered Davao City and the nearby  and my hometown province of Davao del Norte. Here's the official video of DOT Region XI to give you a glimpse of what Davao Region can offer in terms of tourism. From "Islands to Highlands".

How to get to Davao City

By Air
The Davao International Airport is the principal link of the city to the other major cities in the Philippines. Daily flights from and to Cebu and Manila are available on Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. Limited flights on the same arline to some other destinations like Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa and Kalibo.

By Land
Philtranco buses have daily schedule to and from Manila passing through the Maharlika Highway.

Getting Around the City and Nearby Towns and Cities
Jeepneys and taxis are the most common transportation while in the City. Buses have regular trips to the rest of Mindanao.The Davao City Integrated Terminal is located in Ecoland near SM City Davao. If you are going Northbound, you can opt to go to NCCC Mall to catch the buses going north (Mati, Butuan, Tagum, Surigao). For Southbound, it is advisable to go to the Ecoland Bus terminal. Van Terminals to other points in Mindanao are also available in most shopping malls.

Hot Tip: If you are using a smart SIM you can call another Smart number nationwide for only P1 per minute. Just dial *1000 + the 10 digit mobile number. This offer from Smart Communications is only valid in Mindanao.

Basic Phrases in Bisaya/Cebuano
Good Morning / Afternoon / Evening : Maayong buntag / hapon /gabii.
Can you help me: Pwede mangayo ug tabang?
How much? : Tagpila
Can I get a discount? : Pwede makahangyo?
Excuse me. : Excuse me.
Thank you. : Daghang salamat.
What is this / that? : Unsa ni / na?
How do I get to (name of place)? : Unsaon ag adto sa? (name of place)?
How far is (name of place) : Unsa kalayo ang (name of place)?
This is delicious! : Lami ni!
I love you. : Gihigugma ta ka.
Bye, see you soon. : Adto sa ko, hangtod sa sunod.
I don't understand : Wala ko kasabot.

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