Amazing Davao City Tour

Davao is one of the beautiful cities in the Philippines having the modern touch of urban life and nurtured natural wonders. It has a well-preserved repository of rich culture and history with the bonus of well-disciplined people. For any travelers, the place is a spot for a wide array of things to do. 

Smoke-Free Davao

A smoke-free city welcomed us upon our arrival in Davao with the strict implementation of the anti-smoking ordinance since 2002. Davao is actually proud to be recognized as the first 100% smoke-free city in Southeast Asia by the Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on July 7, 2013.

Speed Limit in Davao

Driving around the city with gorgeous friends, we noticed another thing firmly mandated in Davao – speed limit. My friend who’s driving got a little confused with all these speed limit signs indicating 30 KPH, 40KPH and sometimes 60KPH. We were able to talk with one taxi driver and he told us that speed limit varies depending on the location – 30KPH for downtown areas and 60KPH for major highways. The purpose of their speed limit is to minimize road accidents making traveling safer.

City Tour

I salute the authorities and the Dabawenyos for being able to rigidly enforce and follow regulations. It feels good to travel around a place that’s clean and safe.

Staying four days in Davao, we were able to visit the following attractions: Crocodile Park, Japanese Tunnel and San Pedro Cathedral. We dropped by two museums, Museo Dabawenyo and D’ Bone Collector Museum (Reviews Coming Soon!!!). For foodie escape, we were able to try Tiny Kitchen, Taklobo at Jack’s Ridge, Let’s Crab Eat and Marina Tuna (Reviews Coming Soon!!!). Lastly for pasalubong, we visited Aldevinco and Pasalubong Center.

Davao Crocodile Park

Employing advance crocodile farming system, Davao Crocodile Park takes pride in its homegrown freshwater and saltwater crocodiles. The place is not that huge but we were amazed with the variety of animals they have aside from crocodiles, many of which are exotic species.

We enjoyed roaming around and spent a few minutes taking a look at each group of animals.

Exiting the park, we found a Crocodile Ice Cream Store where ice cream made from crocodile and ostrich eggs is being sold. We tried their vanilla ostrich ice cream for PHP 80 per scoop which according to the vendor is one of their bestsellers. It definitely tastes as good as the popular ice cream brands we have!

Contact Details and Other Info

Entrance Fee: PHP 200
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun, 8AM – 5PM
Contact Nos. : (082) 286 8883 or 286 1054
Address:  Davao Crocodile Park Complex
Riverfront, Corporate City, Diversion Highway
Ma-a, Davao City 8000 Philippines

Japanese Tunnel

D’ Japanese Tunnel Family Resort is not just the ordinary resort where you can spend a relaxing getaway. As its name implies, the place maintains a 300-meter deep tunnel made during World War II utilized by the Japanese as a hiding place. The tunnel was just accidentally discovered by the owners when the resort is being established.

A tour guide led us inside the tunnel. Walking through it, we found life-size statues of Japanese soldiers, prisoner’s dungeon, replica of golden Buddha, soldier’s office and some remains of ammunition and bullets.

Contact Details and Other Info

Entrance Fee: PHP 50
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun, 8AM – 8PM
Contact Nos. : +6382 299 0975 | +6382 298 3705
Address: Hillcrest Subdivision
Diversion Road, Matina Balusong, Davao City
8000 Philippines

San Pedro Cathedral

Named after San Pedro, the patron saint of Davao, San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City. Originally built with nipa and bamboo, the church today is made of concrete with a design reflecting the Christians and Muslims in Davao. Its architecture is a combination of a traditional Catholic Church and Islamic Mosque.

Contact Details and Other Info
Contact No. : (082) 226-4740
Address: San Pedro Street, Davao City
Aldevinco Shopping Center and Pasalubong Center

For pasalubong, we visited Aldevinco Shopping Center and Pasalubong Center. We found a number of handicraft and jewelry shops at Aldevinco Shopping Center. The stores have a wide variety of local Mindanao products and souvenir items like bags, clothes, jewelries and accessories and house ornaments. Souvenir shirts can be bought from PHP 100 – PHP 150.

Like Aldevinco, Pasalubong Center also sells souvenir items that are locally made. It’s definitely quite smaller than Aldevinco but you can find special Davao food products here like Durian pie and Durian yema.

Contact Details

Aldevinco Shopping Center
Address: Claro M. Recto Ave, Dabaw

Pasalubong Center
Address: Palma Gil St., Davao City

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