Yes, people. This was where we spent CNY – away from the HK drones, cold weather, and wankers!
Davao, Philippines. My first time here. For those of you who don’t know, it’s at the bottom of the southernmost main island group of the country (Mindanao):
Why we chose Davao:
- Flights to Myanmar were thrice the price due to the CNY holiday flight inflation
- Davao prices were reasonable : HKD2,500 per person for 2 connecting flights.
- It’s warm. It’s sunny.
- We’ve never been there.
- My sister said the pearl farm was amazing.
Getting to Davao:
- Hong Kong to Manila : 2 hr flight
- Manila to Davao : 1 hr 45 min flight
Getting to the Pearl Farm:
- Resort shuttle will pick you up from the airport and take you to the Pearl Farm marina (5-10 minute drive, very close)
- Ferry from marina to the Pearl Farm – 45min
- Beautiful resort. Well planned and designed, amazing staff.
- Talk to people – everyone speaks English and is friendly, so take advantage!
- 5-star luxury, but not at 5-star prices.
- There is no nightlife at this resort, expect more of an escape from civilisation than a fun/party beach
- Architecture (Maranao) resembles Malaysian/Indonesian style more than anything else, due to its history, heritage, and proximity to the Malay/Indo island groups
- People from Southern Philippines are darker, with bigger eyes and jaws than northerners
- People in Davao speak Visayan, a dialect spoken in most of Central/Southern Philippines. When you look at it geographically, more people should speak Visayan than Tagalog/Filipino (the national language)
- The water was not fantastic (compared to Palawan), and neither was the beach but that’s because I’m extremely fussy. There was a really good beach with crystal-clear water at Malipano Island, though (a smaller island across the main resort in Samal Island)
- You can kayak, dive, wakeboard, etc.
Davao City Tour
- Try not to rush through everything like we did, and choose only 2-3 main spots to enjoy. I recommend just doing the Crocodile Park for a whole day because there they have the river rafting, restaurant (serving ostrich and crocodile), entertainment, zoo, zip-lining, etc.
- Eden Nature Park – here we did the zipline and skycycle, as well as the tour. I advise against the lunch buffet (you have to purchase food with the tour) – not worth it. Just go with the snack pack.
- I’d probably suggest you skip the Philippine Eagle Centre, although I did love seeing the Philippine monkey-eating Eagle (one of the biggest in the world).
And that’s it! I believe the photos speak enough for themselves.