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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Davao City

TRAVEL DATES: September 2 - 5, 2012

Backpacking around a certain city has been a long dream of mine. It was in Davao City that I made this dream come true!

Traveler and Backpacker:

Davao City is located at the southern part of the Philippines and is dubbed as the business central district of the whole Mindanao provinces. It is also Philippines' biggest city and I can attest to that because it's not that easy to tour around Davao in just a day.

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First flight via Cebu Pacific Airlines and there I went off to Davao City. I landed at 8:30AM and the flight took around 2 hours. Upon exiting the Francisco Bangoy Terminal, I grabbed the chance to get a picture of myself with the giant Durian. Durian by the way is their famous fruit here!

I traveled to many places in Davao, and unfortunately I did it all (well almost) by taxi to avoid inconvenience. Well, the places to go were quite far from each other so I made the right choice. Pictures, pictures, and pictures again to delight your eyes and below are the various places I've visited:

Davao Crocodile Park_01

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Crocodile Park Davao
Davao Butterfly GardenPonce Suites Davao City
                                    Butterfly Garden                                     Ponce Suites

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Outland Adventure's "Xcelerator"! (1.1km)

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Jack's Ridge's overlooking view of Davao City
After a tiring day of going here and there, a perfect way to end the day is to stay in a comfy, safe and affordable hotel / pension house accommodation and the new "North Zen Inn" was the perfect place to stay. The hotel accommodation was only cheap and you can check its updated rates through

The next day, Samal Island was the next stop. How to get there? Hmmm, easy! Go to Ramon Magsaysay Park, along the fruit stands, then find the "Island Express City Bus" going to Samal Island and the fare is only PHP 25

TRAVEL TIP: Traveling by local bus is way cheaper than riding a taxi which will cost you around PHP 300 for land trip alone.

Ferry Boat to Samal Island Davao
Ferry Ride to Samal Island!

Upon arriving to Samal Island, the hotel accommodation was just beside the pier. Camp Holiday Inn was the place to stay and it was huge and has a lot of rooms of different types. Since it was not peak season, there were only few tourists in there.

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 Camp Holiday Inn Davao

What a better way to end the day! San Miguel Light Beer was a perfect match. Tomorrow's another day so I grabbed as much as I could!

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As what they say, "Tomorrow's another day for a brighter future", and it was literally bright and hot in Samal Island. First stop was the Bluejaz Beach Resort! The place was very nice and very accommodating. They had some giant slides but too bad it was not operational and under scheduled maintenance. The pool I may note, was the highlight of the place!

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Bluejaz Giant Slides

More destinations to come but they were located on the other side of Samal Island. Riding a habal-habal or a single motorcycle was the right transportation to choose. The fare's around PHP 250 per person and the ride takes about 30 - 45 minutes. Some of the places I've visited were the Hagimit Falls and of course the inevitable Maxima Aqua Fun!

Hagimit Falls Davao
 Hagimit Falls & Nature Park

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Maxima Aqua Fun's giant heart-pounding and mind-breaking slide

Of course if there were places to visit, there were also various foods to satisfy our stomach's desire. This is always my favorite part of the trip and I don't feel any pressure when it comes to this part!
Warning again, pictures below may cause your stomach to grumble...

Chikaan DavaoBanok's Manok Davao City
Camp Holiday Samal MenuBluejaz Resort Samal Menu
Tacos at Jack's RidgeSamal eat by the beach
 Different Restaurants with various dishes to offer

Bluejaz SisgCamp Holiday Tuna Pineapple pizza
Bluejaz bagoong riceBluejaz sizzling gambas
 Pork Sisig, Tuna Pineapple Pizza, Binagoongang Rice, and Sizzling Gambas

All-in-all, my Davao escapade was a fun trip, but I guess I just expected more. Given the opportunity, YES, I will still go back to Davao and I want to visit the Outland Adventure Training Camp next time!

Travel Budget: PHP 8, 200.00 all in including air-fare! View my itinerary from HERE!

Leave a comment and I would highly appreciate it!


  1. Good Job!

    1. Thanks Bryan!

      I viewed your travel site and it looks good too. Keep traveling for the both of us!

  2. davao is my hometown... did u visit all of it in just 1 day and alone?

    1. Davao's nice but I guess it's too big for me to backpack and try commuting. Most of the times I rode taxis because the tourist spots are far from each other.

      Well I stayed 2 days in Davao City and another 2 days in Samal Island. Samal's great by the way.

      Keep traveling!




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