D Squad in Davao

by - December 15, 2016

A year won't be complete without traveling with my dearest D squad.

I had to skip our Boracay trip because I had to work in Japan so we planned another one (ooh, that rhymed).  We thought why not see a new city, explore a new place we haven't been to before.  We were thinking of going out of the country but we needed more time so we've lined that up for next year.

Here's a short video I put together that sums up our whole trip.  If Davao is also in your where-to-go-next list, make sure to check the places I mentioned.

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We checked in at Seda Hotel, which is just beside Abreeza mall.  Now, spell convenient!

All of us had zero sleep so after a quick lunch, we all passed out.  The only plan for our first day was to hang out by the pool.  We took a quick dip and headed to the mall again for dinner.

On our second day, we went to Samal Island.  

From our hotel, we rode a cab then a boat at Sta. Ana Wharf.  We got there before noon and we're told that the boat won't leave until 1 in the afternoon.  Ugh.  Time wasted.

The fare was below 100 php and the whole ride took about 40 minutes.

The plan was to stay at Kaputian Beach but we wanted to check out other places and resorts so we rode the habal-habal.

We paid 3000 php for 2 motorcycles.  It's kind of a package deal already.  

They took us to 3 spots - this one, Maxima Aqua Fun resort and Paradise Island & Garden resort.  We stayed in the island until 5:00 PM because we had to catch the boat ride back to Davao.

We paid for 300 for the entrance fee and that included unlimited use of their crazy, extra long slide. I wanted to try but I was feeling a bit uneasy with the other tourists there. 

For our last stop, we just quickly checked out the place, grabbed a snack and went back to the city.

We paid for 100++ php for the day trip fee and around 20 php for the boat ride.

On our third day, we spent the whole afternoon at Eden Nature Park.  

Note that taxi drivers might charge you for a fixed rate and would offer to wait for your group for the ride back.  That's because the exact location is not too accessible and there's no public vehicles around.

There's ton of fun activities to do there but just a heads up, prepare your feet for walking.  Lots of it.

We first checked out the butterfly garden.

Then, took more photos.

We also enjoyed hanging out at the playground.  #goodtofeellikekidsagain

There's a nice area there full of flowers.  It's a long walk from the entrance but it's worth it (we had to walk around because there's no more tour package available).

First time to see a sunflower in person!

We also saw this rainbow thing!

The agenda for the last day was to visit Jack's Ridge and buy pasalubong in Aldevinco.

We also dropped by Luo Wan Buddhist temple for a quick photo.

We tried the durian cake at Karlo's Gourmet and Cafe.  How was it, you asked?  Hmmm.  I didn't like the strong flavor and scent.  Haha!  

That's it!  I think we've maximized our time well enough but I still regret not planning the Samal Island tour.  If you really want to see a breathtaking beach, try other resorts like Pearl Farm.  Too bad, they don't offer day trips anymore.  We also should have went earlier to Eden Park so we could try the famous bike zipline thing.  Anyway, we still had fun!

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your sweetest drug,

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