Known for its ultra-friendly, law-abiding locals, Davao City has a no-smoking-in-public policy, which makes travelling with kids that much easier.
From a nature theme park to food streets for a taste of all things local, here’s why this alternative travel destination is worth the visit with your family.
The Malagos Garden Resort, a 12-hectare nature theme park, has a bird park, moonlight theatre, butterfly sanctuary and waling-waling orchid sanctuary. Make sure to sample its artisanal chocolate, cheese and wine.
NEXT: Cycle in the sky →
One of the coolest (literally) places in Davao: Eden Nature Park & Resort, which is 3,000 feet above sea level – hence its lower daily temps. Here, you can ride a SkyCycle in mid-air or zoom along a 200-metre zipline. Also go fishing, horseback riding and join a forest trek.
NEXT: Get a dose of vitamin Sea →
Take a 20-minute ferry ride from the Santa Ana Pier to Samal Island. Soak in the crystal clear waters at the natural swimming pools in Hagimit Falls; go spelunking, scuba diving or biking; ride the 130-metre water slides at Bluejaz Beach Resort and Water Park; and scale Mount Puting Bato, which has an insane limestone wall that sits 1,362 feet above sea level.
NEXT: Eat and shop (and eat and shop and eat and shop…) →
Cheap hawkerstall dining is the highlight of Roxas Avenue. Enjoy grilled pork and chicken, or order your fish grilled, deep-fried or as a soup. Another section sells different types of takoyaki (wheat flour balls), chicken dumplings, crab nuggets and kikiam, a sausage-like dish. Pair your food with fresh fruit juices. After that, walk over to the other side of the road to browse through stalls selling dirt cheap handbags, clothes and shoes.
NEXT: Visit the eagles →
Located an hour away from the city, the Philippine Eagle Centre is home to the same-named endangered bird. There are 36 eagles alongside other species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
NEXT: Enjoy nature in a theme park →
Pro tip: Plan your vacay here between December and February, the coolest (around 24 degrees C) and driest time of the year. (The city gets lots of rain year-round, while on its warmest days, temperatures can rise to 31 degrees Celsius!)
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, December 2016
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