*Note: No detailed itinerary since this trip was impromptu and we had no itinerary ourselves. #NoRegrets*
Got up before the sun even rose; headed over to the infamous NAIA Terminal 4, got in the plane and then it’s “Hello Davao!”.
A well known province located in southeastern Mindanao, Philippines. You’ve probably heard that the province is famous for its Durian and Pomelos, or how it is home to the endangered Philippine Eagle.
Davao is packed with wonderful islands and pristine beaches; Samal Island is one of them. Just a 10 minute ferry ride from Davao City, you can reach Samal Island. *Some resorts in Samal offer sea transfers*
We checked in at Island French Resort, not too far from the port.
The resort had a relaxing vibe and was quite photogenic; although if you’re looking for a nice beach front, this place isn’t for you.
Maxima Aqua Fun has always been in my bucket list and let me just say, it did not disappoint.
The slide is 40 meters of pure adrenaline and the water drop is 120ft deep.
Hagimit Falls is worth a visit as well. Fortunately, and for a small extra “entrance fee”, the locals directed us to a much more “private” part of the falls. The more popular side of the falls was congested during our visit.
Vanishing Island is just a 2 minute boat ride from our resort. It only appears during low tide and disappears during high tide, hence its name.
After all the island experience, we headed back to the city. I felt like I escaped from a deserted island even though Samal is quite developed already. (idek why lol)
We checked in at Marco Polo Davao and immediately felt luxury.
Marco Polo is a trusted hotel brand, hence it’s not a surprise that the overall experience was beyond amazing. Marco Polo Davao is also the first 5 star hotel in Mindanao. Our room was so comfy that we actually cancelled a tour just so we could lounge in it.
Was fortunate enough to be given a club suite wherein we had access to the executive lounge. (hooray for overflowing drinks and cocktails)
The facilities are well maintained, and you can see it in their pool.
Marco Polo Hotel Davao
Address: C.M. Recto Street corner M. Roxas Avenue, 8000 Davao City, Philippines
Olive Leaf Spa is the place to be after all the swimming and walking. The place was clean and relaxing. I zoned off in the middle of my ventosa.
Olive Leaf Wellness Spa
Address: #603, Unit 2, Macopa Street, Juna Subd, Davao City
Contact Number: 09222181088
To finish the day, head over to Roxas Night Market; wherein you can try the local street food and shop for pasalubong. Lucky for us, it was just across Marco Polo. A trip to Davao is not complete without lining up for Mang Danny’s Ice-cream. (Not a fan of Durian, but this Durian ice-cream was the bomb.)
Davao overall was amazing and I was only able to witness a piece of it. I sure will be back and discover what Davao has yet to offer.
Special thanks to Marco Polo Davao and Olive Leaf spa. 🙂