Amazing Davao!One of the best destinations in the country is also the hardest place to tour since you cannot get enough of the place in one day. Somehow, a 3-day adventure won’t even suffice but here’s REACH’s recommendation on how to have a satisfying tour of Davao City.
Enjoy Davao City in 3 Days
Best to take the first flight to Davao City to get the most of the 3-day getaway
First Day – Relaxation Day
Since the early flight may get you drowsy, the first day may not be the time for exciting adventures! Instead, after check-in and a little bit of rest, enjoy a stroll around the 4-hectare People’s Park. The park is the center of recreational activities among the locals. It is usually busy during the 2nd week of March (Araw ng Dabaw), summer and Christmas season and August (Kadayawan Festival).
After a little stretching, you can go to the famous Davao Crocodile Park and see Pangil, the second largest crocodile in the Philippines (Lolong remains to be the largest). You can even try to feed a baby crocodile yourself, but be careful as the experience may be cut short since these starving little ones snap and jump too quickly.
Around noon, you can enjoy a peaceful lunch at Kaonanan sa Tribu K’ Mindanawan, a tribal-inspired restaurant just a few steps away from the park. You can opt to try the Crocodile Sisig or just go for the conventional Filipino favorites.
In the afternoon, it is nice to walk around the famous malls in the city to unwind – Abreeza Mall and SM City. And as the night takes over, be sure to enjoy Davao’s night life. Some of the locals and tourists favorites are Bistro Cellar de oboza 1929, Habana Compound and Paseo de Legaspi, among others.
Second Day – Wild Adventures
Just 10 minutes away from the center of the city, lies a port where you can take a ferry ride to Samal Island, also known as the Island Garden City of Samal. Samal Island is known for its pristine beaches untapped by modernization and rich terrain which trekkers and mountain bikers alike truly enjoy. While on the island, don’t miss out Mamacao Spring and the infamous Samal bats, which are known to successfully aid in the durian pollination. Choose a day tour or spend the night, it’s easy to stay overnight since there are resorts within the island – just make sure to book in advance.
But if you do choose to spend just half of the day in Samal, then once you get back to the city. Be sure to spend a little time appreciating arts and history. Check out Davao Museum, Museo Dabawenyo and D’ Bone Collector Museum, Inc.
Third Day – Eagle Appreciation Day
Since the second day thrills may have got the best of you, on the last day, make sure you give time to check out one of Davao City’s icons, the Philippine Eagle.
Just an hour away from the city proper, the Philippine Eagle Center is home to 36 Philippine Eagles, along with other species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Here, you can enjoy watching the birds in a safe wildlife preserve where they are kept for a whiel before being released into their natural habitat: the Mindanao forest. A keeper’s seminar is also available for learning more about the endangered birds, its biological and ecological makeup and how to protect these endangered species.
And since it’s your last day, try to enjoy it with this national icon. It’s not every day you get to meet and experience their majestic presence, especially since their population has been decreasing. Learn a bit on how to aid in their conservation and spread the news so this won’t be the last day you’ll get to spend with them.