Cebu and Davao’s Philippine Travel Guide By Nonoy Avellanosa http://cebudavao.com/ © Copyright 2011 Nonoy Avellanosa ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISCLAIMER AND/OR LEGAL NOTICES: The information presented herein represents the view of the author as of the date of publication. Because of the rate with which conditions change, the author reserves the right to alter and update his opinion based on the new conditions. The report is for informational purposes only. While every attempt has been made to verify the information provided in this report, neither the author nor his affiliates/partners assume any responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. Any slights of people or organizations are unintentional. If advice concerning legal or related matters is needed, the services of a fully qualified professional should be sought. This report is not intended for use as a source of legal or accounting advice. You should be aware of any laws which govern business transactions or other business practices in your country and state. Any reference to any person or business whether living or dead is purely coincidental. How to Reach Cebu From Davao By Land “Hi, It would really a big help if you can give me an idea on how to reach Cebu from Davao by land. Thanks, Lexy.” This question was asked by one reader named Lexy. It immediately gave me an idea of a topic about how to reach Cebu from Davao by land. I give Lexy and you some steps to follow on how to get to Cebu from Davao by land. These tips are based on research since I haven’t tried traveling to Cebu through land transport (only by plane) and I can’t interview anyone who has first-hand experience traveling from Davao to Cebu by land. Actually there are only two ways on how to get to Cebu from Davao by land and by sea. Here are they: Ride a Vehicle from Davao to Cagayan de Oro As shown on the map above, you will notice that Davao City is not a separated island from Cagayan De Oro City because both cities are located in Mindanao. You can get to CDO through the Davao-Bukidnon road or Davao-Buda road. The land travel could reach up to seven hours on average. If you have your own vehicle, you can use either the Buda or Bukidnon highway. But if you are just commuting, you can get a bus or a van from SM City Davao terminal in Quimpo Boulevard Corner Tulip Drive Ecoland Subdivision, Barangay Matina, or at the Ecoland terminal. You’ll know what to do when you see those signboards where they will take you. Ride a Ferry Boat From Cagayan de Oro to Cebu Since Cebu is in Visayas and an island separated from Mindanao, there is no way to get there through land transport, but only by sea. Cagayan De Oro is the nearest wharf that you can go to from Davao by land to be able to reach Cebu. So you need to ride a ferry boat or a ship from CDO wharf to reach the Queen City of the South. Once you’ve reached CDO City, specifically at Market City (Agora) Bus Terminal by van or bus, you have to get to the Cagayan wharf for the ferry boat ride. You can reach the Cagayan Wharf 10 to 15 minutes by taxi. If you are driving your own car, of course, you can get to Cagayan Wharf directly and immediately once you’ve reached the CDO boundary. If you are to transport your vehicle from CDO to Cebu, there are available RORO or Roll-on Roll-off ships or vessels such as the M/V Trans Asia 1 or M/V Asia Philippines. Trips are available only at night, 7pm and 8pm daily. These ships will take your automobile right at the Pier 5, MJ Cuenco corner Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City, then roll off your way to the city streets of Cebu. But if you are going to Cebu without a vehicle then you just have to take a ferry boat ride from Cagayan wharf to Cebu Pier 5. Service that are offering ferry boats are Carlos A. Gothong Lines, Inc and Cebu Ferries. There are instances and other alternatives on how to get to Cebu by land conveniently. Just click here for your further inquiry. Or you can click on the recommended websites below for other sources of travel guides from Davao to CDO to Cebu City. Cagayan and Cebu Travel Cagayan Trip Philippine Sea Transport Cebu Ferries How to Buy Cheap Plane Tickets to Cebu and Davao I came up with this because I’ve been seeing quite a number of people from my blog stats searching for places in the Philippines on how to get here and there. They are probably tourists or travelers who want to have a vacation or for whatever purpose. The important thing is that I can provide the info for them. And so that’s why again I am writing this travel tip. This time is about how to save your money on your travel to Cebu or Davao. You can save your money for your travel by taking a cheap flight. Here are the tips on how to get a cheap flight to Cebu and Davao. Avail of Airline Promos by Subscribing There are several airline companies in the Philippines that offer promos tickets such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Airline, Air Philippines, 2GO, Spirit ofManila, Trans Global Airways, Zest Air, etc.. In my experience I haven’t availed any of the promos because when a certain airline company announces or advertises the promo, the tickets will all be sold out in a matter of hours, if not minutes. You can no longer find cheap flights to Cebu and Davao because the people already bought them all. This happens very quickly through Online transaction. So the best you can do is to be aware with all airline companies’ latest updates. Subscribe to their websites through their blogs or newsletters. So when you open your email and you find out that Cebu Pacific has opened a promo, then you can immediately go to their website and purchase your preferred flight through yourcredit card or PayPal. For Cebu Pacific, go to cebupacificair.com and go to “Seat Sale Alert,” just below the airplane icon on the site, and click “subscribe now.” You can also subscribe to this site for other promo updates of Cebu Pacific: Cebupacific Air Book Your Ticket Ahead of Time Another way to save money for your plane ticket is to book a flight schedule in advance. The earlier the better. Booking a ticket a day before or on the same day of your flight schedule is not as practical as purchasing it a week or two weeks before the flight. It is way much better to plan your flight schedule ahead of time rather than purchasing the ticket on the same day of your preferred departure. This way you can save money and you won’t be cramming at the last minute. Find a Travel Agency Website That Offer Promos Now this tip is based on research since this is for foreign visitors from other countries and Filipinos in abroad. Also I haven’t traveled to any country before outside the Philippines to give you any firsthand experience. One best idea is to look for a travel agency that offer travel promos. There are countless of travel agencies online that offer travel package promos. You can log on to a reputable travel agency website that offers discounts on some occasions. You can inquire directly right on the website. If you’re from New York, for instance, you can enter your origin and destination with your preferred kind of flight—whether this be economy, business or first class flight. The website will direct you to a list of available flights from different international airlines . And oh, take note that there is no non-stop flight to Cebu and Davao if you’re from America or Europe, of course, just common sense. You will undergo one, two or three stops before you can get to Cebu or Davao. If you’re from Hongkong, you can fly directly nonstop to Cebu, and 1 stop flight to Davao. Just find a decent travel resource website on the Net. You can find some discounts from there from time to time. If you’re lucky, then you can avail of this discount. Baggage Items Allowed and Prohibited on a Flight I’ve decided to post this because I’ve been searching for information on what items allowed to bring inside the baggage when you’re on flight. I’m planning for my trip back again in Cebu (or perhaps Manila) in a few months. I’ve been curious about this because I had experienced being taken hold off due to some things found in my carry-ons like scissors, pens, my reserved Asthma rescue inhaler, and in one instance, some quantities of rice stalk or “Kalamay” from Bohol as pasalubong. The security advised me take out those things and transfer them to my checked bags. I wonder why those things are not allowed, particularly the “Kalamay.” Perhaps the terminal security thought I might be eating the Kalamay inside the plane, and would rather choose not to order food inside the plane because I already had my “Kalamay” to mess my mouth with. But no. Airlines are strict about this regulation for understandable reasons. Here are some things that I’ve found out and realized why there are things that are allowed on a flight and there are those that are not. Here are the some of the airline restrictions about baggage items. Banned Items in Local and International Flight: 1. Flammable items like: gasoline, lighter fluid, matches that are strike- anywhere (are never allowed inside checked bags, only safety matches allowed in your pocket or carry-ons), gas torch, liquid fuel, paint, paint thinner, aerosols, turpentine, spray paint, torch lighters, tear gas, etc.. 2. Explosive Materials: dynamite, gunpowder, firecrackers and fireworks, flares, blasting caps, grenades, fake flammable devices, and fake plastic explosives. 3. Poison, Oxidizers and Peroxides like Acid, Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, Chemicals, fertilizers, Fiberglass maintenance kits, cyanides, weed eradicators, arsenic, rodent poison. 4. Contagious Materials: medical specimens, bacterial cultures, viral organisms. 5. Corrosives, Magnetic and Radio Active Materials 6. Tear gas, spray paint, torch lighters, pool or spa chlorine. All Items are allowed inside your carry-on bags and checked-in bags except for the items above. Things that you think that are not allowed inside the bags but are allowed by airline security are: Gels, Liquid, Pastes are allowed as long the volume is not more than 100 ml. Wonder why these are prohibited if brought a bulk of these items? It’s because of what happened in 2006, in which UK authorities revealed an alleged plan by terrorists to destroy 10 airlines using gel-based bombs. Since then, all airlinecompanies prohibit gels, liquids, and pastes, only if they exceed the 100-ml. limit. Other items allowed inside your carry-ons and checked baggage: common lighter, safety matches, solid food, pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches that are not longer than 18 cm. Allowed in Checked-In Baggage Only: Knives (except for rounded blade kitchen knives), swords, karate weapons, machetes, bats, box cutters, razors, ice picks, scissors (small scissors should be inside the cabin), pistols, rifles, bb guns, paintball guns, ammunition, dry ice ( not more than 4 pounds), etc.. Things You Must Not Put inside Checked Baggage: blank checkbooks,credit cards, cash, traveler’s checks, jewelry, gold, silver, expensive watches,cellphones, laptops, prescription medication, passports, driver’s license, I.D, and other very valuable and important items. The airline company can’t be held responsible for the lost and damage for these items. I still don’t know why the “Bohol Kalamays” are not permitted inside the cabin. Hehe. Maybe because they fall in the gel category. They might explode. Article source: Airsafe-dot-com. Yellow Taxis at Mactan International Airport I remember one of my followers in Twitter asked me about what Taxi to choose when arriving at the Mactan International Airport. He is a Japanese and his name is Shinji Okada. He told me that he would be arriving the Cebu Island in a week. He said he was afraid of taking a taxi with chicanery fare; chicanery, yes that was his choice of word. Meaning, he’s afraid that he would be deceived by the taxi drivers with the meters. So I replied immediately and told him that all you have to look for when arriving at the Mactan airport is the yellow cab, not Yellow Cab Pizza, but a taxi that has color yellow on the entire body, taxi that has yellow paint. Actually these yellow taxis are in numbers waiting for tourists outside the arrival area in Mactan airport. Wanna know how I know this? Well, I didn’t research on this. It was purely by chance. Last December 2010 when I was waiting for a taxi in Lapu-Lapu to take me to the Mactan airport, a yellow one pulled over. I assumed the taxi was the same as the ordinary white taxis. Inside the taxi my eyes went wide seeing the flag down meter under the dashboard showed 90 Pesos. I said, “Oh what’s wrong with the meter?” He said that it’s the approved meter by the Department of Tourism. I said, “What? No no, you have to pull over. I’ll find another taxi.” He told me then that it’s alright because he was going to less the 90 pesos from 60 so it would become 30 on the flag down meter. He was so friendly and even said further that I can even pay him any amount I wish. I realized it was no ordinary taxi when the driver told me that it had gone to a hotel before he pulled over for me. He had just taken a tourist from the airport to a hotel in Lapu-Lapu. The taxi was on the way back to the Mactan airport since it was only intended for that exclusive ride. The driver said that yellow cab drivers had undergone seminars and trainings by the DOT to provide transportation for the tourists. So anywhere a tourist wishes to go, he can hire the yellow taxi. If he doesn’t want to hire it, then it would only take him to his hotel or to a certain destination. The driver said that the taxi has complete equipment such as fire extinguisher, a map, brochures from real estate companies and hotels, and some other stuff that concerns travel. So that was it. Although the succeeding charge for every meter is 5 Pesos, with all the complete equipment and tools needed in case of emergencies and travel needs, tourists can be sure about their absolute safety and convenience. And what’s much better is that the drivers of these yellow cabs can also be a tour guide for the tourists. But I was no tourist. Good thing he only charged me around 60 pesos, as I remember. To my Twitter friend Shinji Okada, with yellow cabs, you don’t have to worry about chicanery fares. Travel From Butuan to Cebu by Land, Sea and Air You can get to Cebu from Butuan through land, sea, and air trip. If you are planning for a land travel to Cebu from Butuan City proper with your ownvehicle, you can have your vehicle carried by a RORO or Roll On and Rolled Off vessels, particularly the RORO cargo barges, then buy yourself a ticket for ferries to Cebu. Or you can also have your vehicle with you travel through RORO passenger ferries or RORO cruise ferries. The easiest way to get to Cebu from Butuan is through air travel. You can purchase plane tickets directly at the Butuan airport or through the ticketing offices of airline companies (such as Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Zest Air, etc..) in Butuan City. The best idea is to purchase a plane ticket ahead of time so you can avail of promos and discounts, also so you can prepare for your travel items you much need on your trip. Non-stop air travel from Butuan to Cebu is 45 minutes. If you’re considering a sea trip, you can buy a boat ticket from Cebu Ferries, which has three trips a week. Just go to the Butuan Pier in Nasipit about 30 kilometers from west of the city proper. Purchase the ticket directly there or schedule your trip ahead of time from ticketing offices. Estimated sea travel from Butuan to Cebu is 5 to 8 hours. How to Get From Manila to Boracay The following guide can help those who are from Manila and want to go to Boracay. You can reach from Manila to Boracay by sea, air and land. While air trip is the easiest and the most enjoyable way to reach the Boracay island, sea and land travel is also sure to be fun. When you travel by sea you are going to enjoy the scenic views while you are on boat hopping on the islands nearby. By land you will also enjoy the picturesque sceneries as you go off the road with your vehicle. Travel By Air You can easily reach Boracay through air travel from Manila. Plane tickets are always available in any ticketing offices of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, etc. Your air trip is going to take you to Caticlan since this is the place where the airport is located. Same if you’re from Cebu and Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Ilo-ilo and other major cities. All airline companies offer trips direct flights to Caticlan. After reaching Caticlan, you can then take a motor boat ride directly to the Boracay Island. Travel by Sea If you to choose to travel by sea, there are several Super Ferries that offer a direct sea trip to the Panay Island, Panay Island is the major point before reaching Caticlan and then the Boracay Island. Available Ferry companies that can take you to Boracay is WG&A, MBRS Lines and some of the major shipping companies. You can take the boat from the Manila Bay Pier or the Tondo North Harbor. You just have to be very watchful when choosing the Tondo Pier, for being known as not a safe area for travelers. The best you can do is to take the ferry ride from the Batangas Pier. Land Travel If you are considering traveling by land with your vehicle, you have to get to the Batangas Port first if you’re from Manila. Land travel from Manila to Batangas takes about three hours. When you reach the Batangas Port, have your vehicle carried by RORO Ferries to Calapan Pier in Oriental Mindoro. RORO travel from Batangas to Calapan takes three hours. After you arrive at the Calapan Pier, drive your car to the Roxas Port, also in Oriental Mindoro. Land travel from Calapan pier to Roxas Pier is also three hours. After you reach the Roxas port you can then roll on your car to a RORO directly to Caticlan. The sea travel from Roxas pier to Caticlan takes four hours. To be able to reach the Boracay Island from Caticlan, you have to ride a motor boat. There are no RORO barges going from Caticlan to Boracay. So you just have to leave your car on the nearest location in Caticlan from Boracay. For more inquiry about Manila to Boracay trips, you can click one of the recommended blogs below: Boracay Via Roro Bus Ferry Travel to Boracay What is the Cheaper Route From Davao to Cebu By Sea? One reader named Girl06 asked me this question in verbatim: “Hi wat is d easiest way/cheaper route to go to cebu from davao? is it via cdo? or butuan? thank you.” Only after three hours that I was able to answer her question. The unfortunate thing was that she left this question on the my chatbox without leaving her email add or URL that I can reply to. So for the benefit of all readers and travelers who want to know which cheaper or more convenient route going to Cebu from Davao, here are some information I can give you (this information is based on careful inquiry and study): Actually the distance from Davao to Cagayan compared to Davao to Butuan has only a slight difference. Davao to Cagayan is only a bit nearer than Davao to Butuan. The travel distance from Davao to Cagayan is 117 miles or 189 Kilometers.Davao to Butuan is 129 Miles or 208 Kilometers. So having said this, we have to calculate too the distance of Cagayan to Cebu from Butuan to Cebu to be able to know the factors that can lead in figuring out the convenience and the difference in cost. The distance between Cagayan De Oro and Cebu is 136 miles or 219 Kilometers, while Butuan and Cebu is 146 miles or 236 kilometers. Now, if you are considering traveling by sea, of course, you will have to take a land trip first to the nearest Pier from Davao to be able to reach Cebu in a short span of time. Travelling from Davao to Cagayan via Buda road is practically nearer compared to traveling from Davao to Butuan via Davao-Butuan highway. So it follows that, since the distance of Davao to Cagayan is shorter than Davao to Butuan, and Cagayan to Cebu compared to Butuan to Cebu, it is cheaper and convenient to take the Cagayan de Oro Route to Cebu by sea. However if you choose to travel by air this will not be the case. Cebu Pacific regular flight cost from Cagayan De Oro to Cebu is 1,400 Pesos, while Butuan to Cebu is only 1,000 Pesos. But when it comes to sea travel it is more convenient and cheaper to take the Cagayan Pier than the Butuan Pier . Although the cost for these both routes can go as low as 1,000 pesos for the Super Value and Tourist Class, the main factor here is the time. Time travel from Cagayan to Cebu can take only 10 hours. Butuan to Cebu by sea can take 18 hours. So you will still need to spend more for your food when taking the Butuan route by sea. With regard to land trip from Davao, the non-aircon Bus from Davao to Cagayan costs 385 Pesos and 475 for aircon bus. Aircon bus from Davao to Butan costs 400 Pesos, while 310 for non- aircon bus. So you might still be asking: which is really the cheaper way to get to Cebu by sea if you’re from Davao? Before we answer that, let us calculate the overall cost first, in average. Davao to Cagayan bus trip costs 385 + Cagayan to Cebu sea trip 1000 Pesos is equal to 1,385 Pesos. While Davao to Butuan bus trip which is 310 + 1000 Pesos Butuan to Cebu sea trip is equal to 1,310 Pesos. Travel time from Davao to Cagayan by bus trip using the Buda highway can take 4 hours. Davao to Butuan bus trip takes 8 hours. Sea travel time from Cagayan to Cebu is 10 hours while 18 hours for Butuan to Cebu. Practically it is cheaper to take the Cagayan route because of the time factor, although the figures above show that the Butuan route is bit cheaper. Taking the Butuan route can reach you to Cebu longer than taking the Cagayan route. To compute the overall time travel sea and land for Cagayan route is 14 hours, while 26 hours for Butuan route, that’s one day and two hours. The added expenses when taking the Butuan route is the food. Hope this helps for Girl06. Cheers! Update: Girl06 sent me an email and asked me another question: “magkano po ba yung babayaran sa roro if mei dalang sasakyan from cagayan to cebu? thank you.” Good thing I was about to publish this post when I received her email. So I replied her email and gave her the link of this post. I also told her that I would get back to her as soon as I have the answer to her second question. Perhaps I’ll give that answer on my next post. How to Reach Mt. Apo I know many of you are now planning for a vacation this summer. And I know most of your preferred destinations are powdery white sand beaches stretching on a very beautiful island. Well, there are a lot of them here in the Philippines, especially in Cebu and Davao. But I know that many of you also want to have a different kind of vacation, an adventure, a more challenging adventure. For that I can suggest to go climb the highest peak in the Philippines, the Mt. Apo. Oh yes, Mt. Apo, the ever royal Mt. Apo of Mindanao, which stood 9692 ft, according to Wikipedia. So in order for you to know how to get there (no, not the peak but the foot), I’ll give you some step by step procedures. I’ve never climbed to Mt. Apo, but my friends have. So based on all the gathered information I got from my friends combined with research, I can give you the easy ways on how to get to the foot of Mt. Apo so you can begin your trek. Here are they: Travel to Davao City or Cotabato City By Air or Sea You can take either of these two cities as your point of entries, even though the foot of Mt. Apo is located in Kidapawan City. Since there are no planes and boats for Kidapawan, you need to get to Davao or Cotabato first before reaching Kidapawan city. Take a Bus to Kidapawan City There are several buses that travel from Cotabato to Kidapawan like Weena Express, NCTC and Grand Transport. The bus station in Cotabato city is in Magallanes St. While for Davao is in Ecoland Terminal in Matina or at SM Terminal, also in Ecoland. Buses that travel from Davao to Kidapawan are Weena Express, Grand transport, Jing-jing Express, NCTC, and among others. There are also available L-300 aircon vans that offer cheaper fares. Trave time From Kidapawan to Davao takes 3 hours. Bus fare costs 52 Pesos for the regular and 72 Pesos for aircon. Travel time from Davao to Kidapawan takes 2 hours and fifteen minutes. Regular bus fare costs 48 Pesos, while 69 Pesos for aircon. Register at Kidapawan City Mayor Office When you reach Kidapawan, go to the City Mayor Office, specifically in City Tourism Development and Promotions Division for your registration. The registration fee costs 20 Pesos for local trekkers and 50 Pesos for foreign trekkers. The registration will include one certificate for each successful climber. Ride a Jeepney to Lake Agco Ride a Jeepney to Lake Agko Campsite, which is 21 kilometers from Kidapawan poblacion. Travel time can take 1 hour and 15 minutes. Jeepney fare costs 30 Pesos per person. Arrange Services from Porters When you reach Lake Agco Campsite, look for the porters and arrange your prefered servcies. Porters are the ones who will carry your heavy bags and other supplies. The fee for each porter in one whole day is 150 Pesos. The limit number of kilos for a porter that one can carry is 15, and an additional 7 Pesos for an exceed of 1 Kilo. For more inquiries about other routes for Mt Apo, you can click this link: Pinoy Mountaineer Hope this helps. Happy Climbing! Article Source: Fly Philippines Image Source: Travel Philippines Finding Your Ideal Cabin Location in Cruise Ship by Upgrading It’s summertime and most people now are in high spirits for travel. Wherever that might be, you want to see to it that you’re comfortable settling on your own spot whether this be for air trip or sea trip. So when considering sea travel you want to make sure that you are on the cabin of your choice, not, not just that, but the perfect cabin that suits you. Many people are misinformed or misled into believing the ideal cabin that suits them, especially in modern ships. The elevators that bring passengers from the lower decks to upper decks and vice versa are seemed to be convenient. And that lower cabins appear to be almost identical with the ones on top. Knowing this, you won’t mind about the distinctness of these two divisions. Modern cruise vessels are completely stabilized. They even don’t show any difference on board in motion linking the two decks, especially in ordinary weather conditions. But many Super Ferries and Cruise Lines have the capability to ensure comfort for passengers who are sensitive to motion. But in some bad weather conditions, cabins that are near the center of the ship can have lesser movement than at the front or back. The principle of a pendulum is close to what ships has in relation with deck locations. Paradoxically, cabins in lower decks have cheap rates. They are likely to have lesser movements regardless of weather conditions compared to the ones on the upper decks. While at this, it doesn’t follow that you should pay for higher cost which is the upper deck cabins because it still boils down to comfort and convenience. Most cruise ships and super ferries that have restaurants, pools, showrooms, bars, and other entertainment and service spots, are more likely located on the upper areas and at the middle spot of the ships. These amenities are more accessible on cabins on the upper decks. This what makes the upper decks expensive. Your decision to choose which suits your convenience, whether this be the relief of the ship’s movement or the accessibility of the amenities, is totally up to you. One good idea to find what best suits your needs and comfort is to upgrade yourcabin. Upgrading your cabin can make you pay for a lower cost and choose the one that is included in the higher category. You don’t need to pay additional cost. For instance, you can upgrade by choosing the area on the inside with no view of the sea but is situated in the upper deck, or perhaps a different type of cabin like in and out with an ocean view. Here are tips on how to choose the right cabin by having a cabin upgrade: Avail of Special Promotions Shipping lines, Cruise Ships and Super Ferries often offer upgrades for cabinthrough an incentive like a privilege card, credit card payment, group promotion, frequent flier promo, and some other qualifications. You can check your travel agent at booking time to verify if these promos are available Secure a Guaranteed TBA (To Be Assigned) Some cruise ships allow booking reservation on a specific group for cabinupgrading with the assigned cabin number which is made after the cruise date. Thisprivilege is to ensure that the cabin will be correspondent to the rate being paid by the passenger. The guaranteed TBA needs the passenger’s flexibility so as such will benefit him/her for his/her cabin upgrade. Register for Cabin Upgrade There are cruise ships that require passengers a registration for cabin upgrade. This usually offers the passenger a cabin number, so the passenger has the choice whether or not he/she will accept the available upgrade. This option is normally given near the date of sailing. More inquiry about your summer cruise by clicking here: Frugal Pinoy How to Reach Pearl Farm Beach Resort This summertime, there surely are lots of travelers who want to visit Pearl FarmBeach Resort. Probably the best attraction in Davao City, Pearl Farm is one of the dream summer destinations for many travelers. But how you can really get there is the question. The easier and the most detailed route so you can reach this beautiful resort conveniently. I’ve made a little research on how to get to Pearl Farm the easy or easier way. So wherever you are in the Philippines or in the world, these tips can eventually help you on your travel to Pearl Farm. Go to Davao City You need to make Davao as your point of entry, of course, since this is the nearest location going to the Samal Island, where Pearl Farm is located. And there are three locations where you can get to Pearl Farm by boat in Davao; these are the Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao Marina Wharf, and Sasa Wharf. So wherever you are in Davao just go directly to one of these wharfs. From Sta. Ana Wharf You can inquire at Wind and Wave Davao, a diving shop in Sta. Ana Wharf, to book you for their motor boat schedules to Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The boat ride will take from 30 to 45 minutes. For inquiries you can contact these numbers: +63 82 300 7914, +63917 705 3917, +63 82 305 3483. Email email@example.com . Or visit their website:www.windandwavedavao.com From Davao Marina Wharf Marina Wharf is located in Lizada Drive, Lanang, Davao City. So upon arrival atMarina Wharf proceed to Davao Boat and Leisure Club for the motor boat ride. The ride usually takes 40 minutes. Telephone numbers are: +63 82 234 6987 and +63 82 234 7018. From Sasa Wharf From Sasa Wharf you can either take the RORO or motor boat. RORO boat is for those who bring their own vehicles to Samal Island, particularly in Pearl Farm. But if you’re traveling by foot, take the motor boat. Ride will take 45 minutes. So there off you go. Rest assured that you will definitely enjoy your trip. For added info, you can drop by or even go straight at Malipano Island or Malipano islets, about 500 meters away west of Pearl Farm. These islets are also part of Pearl FarmBeach Resort. Happy summertime! Bon Voyage! Top Ten Summer Destinations in Davao For those who haven’t yet decided which destination to go this summer, I’m going to give you the top ten most visited attractions in Davao every summer. Well, I just want to call it summer destination since we’re on the summer season. The list that I’m going to give you can also be called the top ten attractions in Davao regardless whether it’s summertime or not. So here are they: Pearl Farm Beach Resort As the name itself, Pearl Farm Beach Resort is the home of natural pearls. Well’ I’m not sure if they still have a farm of pearls here on this resort. But I can tell you pearls are of abundance on the seas of Samal Island, the island where Pearl Farm is located. Many tourists and local visitors go to Pearl Farm because apart from the fact that it’s the pride of Davao when it comes to resorts, the place is like a paradise for many visitors. Here is one review from tripadvisor.com by one traveler who had visited Pearl Farm: “The most beautiful setting that I have found in my world travels. I felt as though I was on “Fantasy Island.” Stunning views, comfortable rooms that fit this beautiful setting. Excellent on sightrestaurant. Friendly staff. The Ultimate getaway!” Pearl farm Beach Resort is managed by Fuego Hotels and Properties. For inquiries you can contact the Manila office at 632 750 1896, 632 750 1898, and 632 893 2093. Fax number 632 750 1894. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can go directly to the Manila office if you want. The address is 15th floor, 139 Corporate Center Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Davao office is at Ground floor Alflocor Corporate Center, Damosa Bldg, Lanang Davao City. Phone numbers are: 6382 2350876, 6382 2340601. Fax number: 6382 2350873. Or go to their website directly here: Pearl Farm Beach Resort. To reach Pearl Farm you need to go to Davao Marina, which is just 2 kilometers from the Davao airport. Ride a motor boat from Davao Marina to get you to Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Japanese Tunnel This is the second best attraction in Davao City, if not the greatest if Pearl Farm Resort would have not existed. Here you can see the actual tunnel that the Japanese settled in World War II. There are many World War II tourist spots in the Philippines, but if you’re from Davao or you’re in Davao it is a totally different experience. You can also see structural replicas of the Japanese soldiers inside the cave. Temperature inside the Japanese tunnel is colder than the normal temperature. Talikud Island Well, I can’t name a particular resort here on Talikud Island because this island and the Samal Island have several resorts. Talikud Island is just adjacent to Samal Island. So picking one can be a sort of a dispute to some resorts here. So, the best thing is just go directly to Talikud Island. There is a boat that will tour you on the resorts surrounding the Talikud Island. Go to Sta. Ana Wharf for an island hopping to Talikud and Samal. Crocodile Park This is the habitat of different kinds of crocodiles. Owned by Philip Dizon, this park also exhibits the sophisticated system of crocodile farming in the Philippines. You can see here the most modern equipment and facilities for crocodile farming. You can also see some animals like monkeys, exotic birds, bearcats, and snakes. You can contact Johnrie Villanueva for inquiries. Phone numbers: 082 286 8883 or email at email@example.com. Bat Cave One of the attractions you can see in the Island Garden City of Samal is the Bat Cave, or also called as Monfort Bat Cave. This is the home to nearly 2000 bats, the fruit bats. This place is believed to be the largest settlement of fruit bats in the whole world. Malagos Garden Resort There is nothing more relaxing place in Davao than Malagos Garden Resort. The place is so serene that you would think you’re in a holy place in biblical times if you visit the place. Malagos Resort has the butterfly sanctuary, unique plants, rare animals like ostrich and the Philippine Eagles. Eden Nature Park and Resort Eden Nature Park and Resort is an absolute experience of nature. Here you can watch the stunning views of pine trees and mountains. A 80-hectare land, Eden Nature Park and Resort is the ultimate adventure of the natural world. If Malagos Garden Resort is the seventh heaven, Eden Nature Park is the Garden of Eden. Goes by the name, eh? You can check out this link to know how to get to Eden Nature Park and Resort:How to Reach Eden Nature Park. Philippine Eagle Center The Philippine Eagle Center is home to all species of Philippine Eagle. You can find every specie of the Eagle bird family that still exists. Although some are consideredclose to extinction, this center preserves all the species of these raptors. Philippine Eagle Center is just a 10-minute ride from the Malagos Garden Resort. Mt. Apo Gosh. I haven’t gone to this place but I tell you this: almost all mountain trekkers, tourists, athletes, TV personalities had climbed Mt. Apo when they have the chance to get to Davao. Unfortunate for me I still don’t have time yet to reach the highest peak in the Philippines. You can go to this link on how get there: How to Reach Mt. Apo. Malagos Watershed This place is a forest which is preserved by the DCWD and DENR for reforestration program . The reforestration is open to all volunteers from schools, NGO’s, and other organizations. So that’s it. Hope you visit all of these tourist attractions in Davao City. Bon Voyage! Happy Summertime! Note: With the exception of the Talikud and Malagos photos, the images above are grabbed from the sites below: Adventuresage.com Tripadvisor.com hotelsphilippines.org Flickr.com/allanbarredo Davaodaily.com Markmaranga.com Philippinestravelnow.com Libotero.com (Michael Sinjin Pineda) © Copyright 2011 Nonoy Avellanosa ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.