Davao and Samal Island

Davao and Samal Island

Going around Davao and Samal Island.

Davao is the largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area and known as the Durian capital of the Philippines. And we get to visit also one of its tourist destination, Samal Island.

Durian statue in Davao airportThe very huge Durian outside the airport

Joining us in our trip is our friend who went ahead of us. When we arrive at the airport, we rode a taxi to drive us to the port where our boat for Samal Island transfer is docking. We coordinated our boat transfer with Bluewaters Village and Resort.

taxi lane in Davao airportTaxi area outside the airport

After we checked in the room, we hired a motorcycle that can accommodate the three of us to tour us around Samal. I gave the driver instructions where to go. We only paid 300 Php for the whole tour which includes Maxima Aquafun, Monfort Bat Sanctuary and General Moncado White House.

Bluewaters Samal IslandEntrance to Bluewaters Samal

We dropped by a chicken inasal station and bought for our lunch in Maxima. Maxima Aquafun is very famous for their very long tarpaulin slide leading you to a 120 ft deep sea water. The 250 entrance fee includes free use of life jackets, tables and chairs, access to the tarpaulin slide, diving board, canopy walk and the free fall. There are still a lot of activities you can do but for an extra charge like snorkeling, banana boat, kayaking, and scuba diving. And one of their newest attraction is the blob.

Canopy walk in Maxima AquafunCanopy Walk

diving board in Maxima AquafunDiving Board

Tarpaulin slide in maxima aquafunThe famous tarpaulin slide

Next stop is the Monfort Bat Sanctuary. It has an entrance fee of 100 Php. This place records the largest single colony of Rousette fruit bats.

Monfort bat cave Samal IslandJust one of the cave openings where bats are lurking

Monfort bat cave Samal IslandCloser look

Monfort bat cave Samal IslandA Guinness record holder

And our last stop the General Moncado White House which I will always remember. Our driver has really no idea what we meant and where we are heading. We got lost and asked for directions and we went through a lot of rough and muddy roads. It was a very secluded area. Finally we arrived at the white house with another group who had an engagement shoot there. Honestly I don’t have any idea about it’s history and I was very eager to go inside but Jorj stopped me. As we were observing the area, we noticed people in red were inside the house. We then drove off immediately.

General Moncado White HouseGeneral Moncado White House

The next day we were dropped off at the same port to mainland Davao. We took a taxi ride and drove us to the city where we can find somewhere to eat. Then off we go to Eden Nature Park and Resort. We rode a jeepney bound for Toril and we just told the driver to drop us in Mercury Drug store where we can ride a motorcycle going to Eden Nature Park. We then hired a motorcycle for 80 Php each to drive us to the entrance of Eden. Unfortunately, we were unable to catch the shuttle that will tour around the place. So we had to rely on the park’s map. (The shuttle was a way better option for us since we are in a limited time 🙁 )

Eden nature park DavaoEden Nature Park

Eden nature park amphitheaterEden’s Amphitheater

Eden nature park amphitheaterEden’s Amphitheater

eden nature park animalsBirds

eden nature park davaoThe Y road

Body was aching after all the walking around the place. When we arrived back to the city, we just walked our way and asked directions to North Zen Basics where we are staying for a night.

north zen basic spaces davaoFacade of North Zen Basics

north zen basic spaces davaoOur room in North Zen Basics

Then we had our dinner at Taklobo Restaurant in Jack’s Ridge. A perfect way to view Davao’s city lights at night. After we ate dinner, we roam around the place and chilled at their amphitheater. Still early so we ate dessert at Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee and spent the rest of the night there.

jack ridge davaoThis Davao sign will welcome you in Jack Ridge

karlo's gourmet jack ridge davaoChocolate Mousse cake in Karlo’s Gourmet

karlo's gourmet jack ridge davaoKarlo’s Gourmet

On our last day in Davao, we woke up early and roam around the city. We went to Rizal park and chinatown. Just across chinatown is Magsaysay fruit market where we bought our pasalubongs. I love this place because I LOVE fruits! Now, I am wondering if everything will still fit in our hand carry. Hmmmmm.

magsaysay park davaoMagsaysay Park

Chinatown davaoChinatown

Magsaysay Fruit Vendors Association davaoMagsaysay Fruit Vendors Association

Davao pasalubongsPasalubong: Durian cany

Davao pasalubongsMangosteen from Magsaysay fruit vendors

We then ate our lunch at Dencio’s Kamayan at SM City Davao. If you are in Davao, you need to try their Durian and eat at Dencio’s Kamayan. Then we went back to the hotel, packed our things and checked out. We rode a taxi going to Abreeza mall where we ate our early dinner at McDonalds while waiting for the time of our flight.

Abreeza mall DavaoAbreeza Mall

Davao churchChurch visit