After booking yourself a nice accommodation in Davao, it would be a waste not to explore the bustling city designated as the “Most Livable City” by the Department of Tourism. Davao City has emerged as the tourism, business, and investment hub for the entire Southern Philippines. To help you make your vacation truly memorable, here are some activities in Davao City you can keep in mind when building your itinerary.
Indulge in the many restaurants of Davao
The capital city is a great place to explore new dishes because of the wide variety of dining places available-chic bars, roadside cafés and inns, and plush eating joints. However, the place to try authentic Davao food is at the eateries, where simple cooking produces great-tasting dishes. Try the kinilaw, which is a very popular seafood dish in the area. It is typically made from fresh, raw tuna or swordfish marinated in lemon, lime, or vinegar, spiced with chili peppers, and seasoned with ginger, onion, and salt. Another must-try is the tasty sizzling bulalo (bone marrow) and the best-selling baby back ribs.
Head up to Malagos Garden Resort
Malagos Garden Resort is a 12-hectare inland nature theme resort located in Bgy. Malagos, Calinan. It is the habitat of the Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle, as well as other birds and animals such as crocodiles and snakes. You will also enjoy planting waling-waling (the rarest and most beautiful orchid in the Philippines), bird feeding, horseback riding, kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) riding, playing billiards, table tennis, badminton, basketball, and volleyball. It is a place where you can unwind and be close to nature-aside from your hotel in Davao.
Get to know different ethnic tribes
Davao is home to a host of ethnic groups whose way of life and culture has been preserved. These are the Bagobos, Atas, Mandayas, Kalagans, Mansakas, Tagakaolos, and Mangguangans. Their works are on display in museums and shops. Visit the Tribu Tribal Village, which showcases various tribal dances and other customs through colorful performances.
Party at the Kadayawan Festival
The Kadayawan Festival is a week-long celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest. The term “kadayawan” is derived from the prehistoric word “madayaw,” a friendly greeting used to explain a thing that is valuable, beautiful, superior, good, or profitable. Celebrated in the month of August, Davao comes alive with floats of fresh flowers and fruits, street dancing in colorful costumes, and a variety of tribes parading the streets with their tribal costumes and jewelry.
Have some quiet time in San Pedro Cathedral
This historic cathedral will bring you back to the conquistador era, when the Philippines was under the rule of Spain. Built around 1847, it is considered the oldest church in the city. The Cathedral along with its Pieta statues and sculptures signify the impact of Christianity in Davao.
Whether you’ve been to Davao several times, or it’s your first time to explore it, the city is truly a remarkable place to discover. So, while booked in a cozy hotel Davao City, such as the Bourke Hotel, keep this Davao itinerary in mind for a vacation that is truly unforgettable.