Davao City is considered to be one of the most progressive cities in the country. But beyond its clean streets and trustworthy cabbies, the city has an interesting mix of different cultures, personalities, and influences that make it a must-visit for any traveller. If you’re planning a visit to the Durian Capital, here are a few things to add to your itinerary.
The Davao Crocodile Park is more a leisure park than a zoo. With its state of the art crocodile farming systems and modern facilities, animals are surely well taken cared of. Aside from Crocodiles, the park also features other wildlife such as bearcats, tigers, orangutans, and more. Here, guests get to see the animals in action through shows and activities like the Koi Feeding Frenzy and the Tiger Climb.
With over 30 Philippine Eagles, rare birds, reptiles, and other animal species, the Philippine Eagle Center was opened to the public to educate the Filipino people on wildlife conservation. The Center simulates a tropical rainforest environment where you can watch the majestic birds spread their wings, while learning more about ways to save them.
Located in the “basin” of Davao del Norte and a 2 hour drive from the city, Panas Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall with bright turquoise water. The falls is tucked within a forest and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills making it the ideal spot for nature lovers. Visitors can easily waste a day taking a dip in the cool water, and enjoying a picnic under one of the shaded cottages.
Standing a staggering 2956 meters above sea level, Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines. The mountain is considered as one of the top-of-the-bucket-list destinations in the country. It’s famous for its panoramic views, presence in local mythology, and rich culture present in the surrounding areas. For those looking for a full experience, local groups offer a 3 day and 2 night hike up the easiest Kidapawan trail.
Unlike other resorts in Samal Island, Maxima Aquafun does not have the soft stretch of white sand dotted with relaxing tourists. Instead, it is a place where you can rough it out and awaken your adventurous side. Along with the regular beach activities, the resort has a giant slide, diving boards, zorb balls and other fun activities to keep you entertained for hours.
After a whole day of activities, you can choose to take a nap in one of the resort’s cabanas.
Travels are never complete without sampling something exotic and out of your comfort zone — that’s where Riverwalk Grill comes in. If you’re up for the challenge, the main stars of this restaurant are the crocodile and ostrich meat dishes. With twists on the familiar such as the Crocodile Sisig, and Ostrich Omelette, the Riverwalk Grill is a favorite stopover for fearless foodies.
You can’t leave Davao without trying this exotic fruit. Durian has almost become synonymous to the city as it’s more abundant here than anywhere else in the Philippines. Infamous for its distinct smell, Davaoeños have become creative in coming up with ways of serving the fruit. If you’re not brave enough to have it plain, you can find durian in candies, ice-cream, coffee, cookies, and in other forms all over the city.
Roxas Avenue is a colorful and busy part of the city, and one of the best places for cheap and delicious local delicacies. Walk down the whole stretch and expect stall after stall of fresh fruits, grilled meats, seafood, and multiple variations of your favorite dishes. Small tables are scattered around the area for groups with full meals, while vendors selling small trinkets and t-shirts roam the area. After eating, multiple ukay-ukays (thrift-shops) surround the area, so take your pick and bargain away!
Built in the ‘60’s Aldevinco is one of the longest running shopping centers in Davao City. The 8,000 plus square meter complex houses an art gallery and over a hundred shops that showcase the Mindanaoan heritage. This is the best place to find uniquely Davao products such as locally crafted antiques and handmade items.
If you need to escape from the noise of urban life, The Pearl Farm is exactly your place. The luxurious island getaway is the only 5-star resort in the province. It has 70 rooms that seamlessly combine traditional Mindanaoan colors with modern design, as well as an iconic parola where guest are treated to a 360 degree view of paradise. Other activities you can enjoy include Mandaya Weaving, gym access, spa services, and more.
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