This year’s Kadayawan Festival will culminate on August 17-19. So for those who plan on coming to Davao to experience our thanksgiving festival, book your trip as early as now.
Clark – Davao Air Asia (www.airasia.com) P 274.40
Manila – Davao Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com) P1,049.00
Calling all the other airlines, please give us more promos for the month of August! 🙂
CHEAP HOTELS IN DAVAO:
If you want to be within walking distance from where the action is, my recommendations are:
Single Double Superior Deluxe
My Hotel – San Pedro St. Davao City P 997 P1,237.00
Marco Polo – C. M. Recto St., Dvo City P3,082.00 P3,493.00
Apo View Hotel – Camus St., Dvo City P2,673.00
The Royal Mandaya Hotel P2,293.00
Grand Menseng Hotel – Magallanes St., Dvo City P2,429.00
Humberto’s – Cor. Palma Gil and P. Gomez St. P1,507.00
OTHER CHEAP OPTIONS:
North Zen Hotel – Sobrecarey St. P643.00 P1,071.00
Regency Inn – Villa Abrille St. P1,161.00 P1,306.00
We R Inn – J.P. Laurel Ave. P 967.00 with breakfast
The prices above are booked through www.agoda.com starting August 17 to 19.
For the fan rooms of Sampaguita Inn – the price ranges from P300-400 per night.
WHERE TO EAT:
There are so many restaurants you can choose from in Davao. If you like chicken bbq – options would be: Mang Inasal, Banok’s , Patok Sa Manok and Kulasa’s (walking distance from where the parade ends. It’s just at the back of the Sangguniang Panlungsod in San Pedro St.)
If you like pasta and pizza, I know for sure that Boyd’s (Palma Gil St., Bo. Obrero) will have an eat all you can buffet during this time at Php199.00 per head. I asked because I have nephews who will be celebrating Kadayawan sa Dabaw there. LOL
Speaking of an Eat All You Can buffet, the food at Grand Menseng Hotel is good. You might want to check that out. Across the street, there’s Kuya Ed’s which offers a cheaper option. Near Apo View Hotel, there’s Greenhills Restaurant . They also offer an eat all you can buffet. For those who prefer a high end buffet, then I would recommend Marco Polo. Their chef is good. With the many options on the buffet table, you won’t get hungry. hehe
If you like chinese food, then Dencia’s would be the best option since it’s just walking distance from the floral float parade.
Dinner time, I would head towards Times Beach. The sea breeze is cooler and the food is great at FM Eatery. I love their Tinolang Isda (tuna). They also have Tuna Panga. Grilled Pork Chop and Chicken BBQ. Our family usually go there after visiting the Agri Trade Fair at the back of SM. 🙂
MUST VISIT PLACES:
If you have 2 to 3 days to spare, try visiting the following:
Jack’s Ridge (night time) – you’ll love the fresh air and the panoramic view of Davao City
Eden Nature Park – https://leawalkerblog.com/2011/09/03/a-place-called-eden/
Samal Island – never miss Samal while you’re in Davao. It’s just a 15min ride by ferry. Places to go include: white sand beaches, monfort bat cave, Hagimit falls, Maxima Aqua Fun, Pearl Farm. There are buses from Davao to Samal so it’s very convenient to go there these days.
Buda – short for “Bukidnon-Davao” , has a lot of things to offer. You can visit Epol Water Falls or dip at the pool of Seagull Mountain Resort. You can also buy fresh strawberries in Buda. If you want to commune with nature , that’s where I would go. I’d be happily sitting beside the road, munching on fruits while smelling the fresh, cold air… 🙂
Zipline – Outlaud Extreme Adventure – Diversion Road, Davao City
White Water Rafting – do your bookings at the crocodile farm in Maa
For pasalubongs, go to Aldevinco Shopping Center along C.M. Recto St. It’s just across Marco Polo Hotel so it’s not difficult to find it. If you need money exchange too, this is the place to go for a higher rate.
If you have more questions, just feel free to drop me a line or two. 🙂 I’ll try to help.
Davao is a non-smoking city. So please do not smoke in public. 🙂
Lea C. Walker