Davao is located on the Southeastern seaboard of Mindanao, Philippines. It is not only one of the most progressive cities, but also the largest city in Asia in terms of land area.
Davao is known for fruit plantations, orchid farms, volcano-fed hills, valleys and rare wildlife. The city is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, wildlife sanctuary, beaches and the presence of the magnificent Mt. Apo, the tallest mountain in the country.
Malagos Garden Resort
You can skip breakfast at the hotel and leave early for the Malagos Garden Resort and sip coffee at their coffee shop or eat your breakfast at their restaurant. There are 2 restaurants and 1 coffee shop that serve a variety of International and Filipino Cuisine, but don’t forget to taste their home made “goat cheese.”
Philippine Eagle Center
Malagos Garden Resort has the facilities of a full service resort. Take a stroll at their landscaped beautiful garden, bird park, and butterfly sanctuary. It is a home for indigenous birds and Philippine orchid Vanda Sanderiana also known as Walingwaling. You can feed the birds, goose and ducks. Get up close with the ostrich or ride a horse. Don’t forget to watch the bird show. It’s very educational. Try also their “make your own halo-halo station”. It’s time to make your own mixture of halo-halo.
After strolling and watching the show, you can go to Philippine Eagle Center, a 10 minute ride from the Resort. The center is a home to 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which are captive- bred. It also houses 10 other species of birds, 4 species of mammals, and 2 species of reptiles. You will be passing a number of stairs that will lead you to the core area wherein visitors can sip some coffee and eat snacks or buy items at a small souvenir shop.
The center is like a park that shows the visitors a glance of the country’s forest ecosystem. The facility is considered as a major tourist attraction in Davao City, although the exhibits are used primarily to help educate Filipino people on conservation.
Malagos, Calinan, Davao City
After communing with nature, visit The Japanese Tunnel Family Resort for lunch. You can have a choice of foods from vegetables, steak, grilled fish and meat and sea foods. Japanese food is also available. Within the compound of the Japanese Tunnel Family Resort is the Japanese Tunnel, so after a copious meal proceed to this tunnel.
Japanese Tunnel is created during World War II and has been developed as a tourist spot. The tunnel is lighted inside and you will be guided by a local tour guide. You will observe a sudden change of temperature once you reached the middle of the tunnel. A big electric fan is provided as it becomes warmer when you go farther. Inside the tunnel you will find a replica of the Golden Buddha statues of Japanese soldiers, different World War II era weapons, and couple of chapels. The tunnel is about 1,000 ft. long. According to the tour guide, the tunnel were used to transport equipment and shift forces during World War II so that enemy could not keep track of them.
The Japanese Tunnel has become a great tourist attraction for people who love to explore history and heritage.
Hillcrest Subdivision, Balusong, Matina, Davao City
The Venue Party Boat
The Venue Party Boat – Get ready to cruise. It’s Davao’s first and only cruising, dining and party boat. It cruises between Davao City and around Samal Island on weekends but it can be chartered for special activities on weekdays. It’s regular schedule is on weekends, so make sure you stay on weekends when you come to Davao to experience the party boat.It features three floors for dining options. It has a buffet restaurant where you can eat your dinner, a grilling station and a coffee shop.
Enjoy the night while listening to jokes cracked by live comedians and music from live bands and get the chance to make new friends while in disco dancing. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then this is the place. The cruise is around 3 hours till it returns to dock.
Samal Ferry Wharf, Km. 11, SM Davao, Matina, Davao City.