BuDa or the Bukidnon-Davao Road is the to-go place for Davaoenos who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. BuDa’s cold weather and lush vegetation are just some of the reasons why people prefer to spend the holidays there. Not to mention, it’s just a 2-hour trip from Davao City.

So what to do in BuDa?

There are quite a lot of things to see and do in BuDa:

Breakfast at Seagull Mountain Resort Restaurant
Start your day right! Leave Davao early and have your hot sikwati (native chocolate drink) and suman (sticky rice cake) at Seagull Mountain Resort Restaurant. It’s a must-try when you visit BuDa. It’s along the road and it’s pretty much accessible whether you are commuting or driving.

Visit Bemwa Farm
After your hearty breakfast, you can go to Bemwa Farm where you can enjoy nature at its best. You can also buy fresh strawberries and vegetables as well as preserved jams. Don’t forget to have OOTDs in the farm.

Lunch at Padre Ninno’s Restaurant
If you are into pasta and pizza, then Padre Ninno’s is the place to go. It’s definitely worth your money. They use fresh ingredients so you’ll be assured of sumptuous and healthy dishes. Aside from pizza and pasta, Padre Ninno’s also offer rabbit dishes. The rabbits are grown by Padre Ninno himself.

Explore Hills View Mountain Villa
Experience cloud gazing at Hills View Mountain Villas located in Marilog District, Davao City, a few minutes away from Padre Ninnos. It’s a nice place to unwind, relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. It’s a great place to do photo shoots because of its breath-taking sceneries.

A view from Hills View Mountain Villa | Photo by Shevy Rubiau

Dinner at Café Binukid
After a tiring day, you can head over to Café Binukid to fill your tummy with sumptuous food. Cafe Binukid is located at Highway 81 in Brgy. Marilog. It’s situated along the highway so it’s easy to locate when you drive along the BuDa road. They offer good food and great ambiance.

A Magic Moment
While you are exploring BuDa, do not forget to bring some light snacks and water to hydrate. It’s always a good idea to bring some crackers to fill your tummy when you get hungry. I always bring some packs of Magic Crackers whenever I travel especially when it involves hiking. 

Where to stay in BuDa?

Finding an accommodation in BuDa is easier now compared to a few years ago. You can either stay in a highland resort or rent a vacation house for some privacy. Here are some options:

Cloud 99
I have stayed in this place with two other friends and I highly recommend it primarily because of its location along the highway. There’s nothing fancy about the place but it’s affordable and is equipped with a kitchen, stove for cooking and refrigerator. This is ideal if you are planning to cook for your own meals. You may contact them at 09209702817.

Highway 81
Another option is Highway 81, located at Brgy. Salumay, Marilog District, Davao City. It’s basically 81 kilometers from the city proper, thus the name Highway 81. Room rate starts at P1,800.00 for their cottage good for two people. You may call them at 0939 924 0760.

Reel Place
Located in Brgy. Lorega, Kitaotao, Bukidnon, Reel Place is a scenic place to stay in BuDa. It offers affordable accommodation as well as recreational facilities that guests can enjoy. It has a hanging bridge that connects the main building to the cottages and a great spot for photo ops and OOTDs. You may contact them at 09156033951.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to BuDa to cool off this summer season.

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