Leisurely Explore Davao in Two Days

September 8, 2012

Leisurely Explore Davao in Two Days

This is a leisurely itinerary for exploring Davao in two days so the pace is slower. The sightseeing is confined to Davao City. The itinerary allows rest and relaxation but still includes experiencing a little bit of Davao culture and tasting the must-eat local food. This is not a hectic and action-packed two days that attempts to include everything that Davao has to offer. This itinerary attempts to balance the leisurely place with important things that the tourist must experience.

DAY 1. Magsaysay Fruit Market, Davao Museum, T’boli Weaving Center, Marina Tuna Restaurant

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 A   Magsaysay Fruit Market

 B   Davao Museum

 C   T'boli Weaving Center

 D   Marina Tuna Restaurant

10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM:
Magsaysay fruit market / Magsaysay fruit vendor’s association market
Why visit the Magsaysay fruit market? Davao is famous for its durian and suha (pomelo). This is where you should buy durian and suha.

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM:

1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM:
Take a taxi to Davao Museum
Distance from Magsaysay Fruit Market to the Davao Museum is 5km.

2:00 PM  - 5:00 PM:
DAVAO MUSEUM (this is different from Museo Dabawenyo)
Address: Zonta Building, 113 Agusan Circle, Insular Village Phase I,  Lanang, Davao (near the Waterfront Insular Hotel) 
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sundays: by appointment 
Entrance fee: P100
Contact no. :(082) 233-1734 (082) 233-1734 
Address: Lizarda Drive,  Insular Village Phase I,  Lanang, Davao  (across the Davao Museum)

5:30 PM  - 6:00 PM:
Take a taxi to the Marina Tuna Restaurant

Distance from the Davao Museum to Marian Tuna Restaurant: 1.5 km

6:00 PM
Dinner at Marina Tuna Restaurant

Marina Tuna Restaurant: Home of the Best Tuna and Seafoods
Km. 8, Bo. PampangaSasa, Davao City
Tel: (63 82) 233-2666
Open: 10am-930pm, no break
Better reserve because it’s always full

Highly recommended!! 
Seafood is guaranteed fresh, especially the yellowfin tuna. 
For the superb quality of fresh tuna and seafood, price is cheap.
It's easy to order because the menu is shown in pictures on the wall of the restaurant. 
What to order: tuna sashimi, crispy buntot ng tuna, kilawing tuna, fish eye soup

DAY 2. Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine, Jack’s Ridge, Lola Abon’s Durian Candy Factory, People’s Park, San Pedro Cathedral, Harana Restaurant

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 A   Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague

 B   Jack's Ridge

 C   Lola Abon's Durian Candy Factory

 D   People's Park

 E   San Pedro Cathedral

 F   Harana Restaurant


The Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, Jack’s Ridge and Lola Abon are in the same area of Matina.

People’s Park, San Pedro Cathedral and Harana Restaurant are in downtown Davao and near each other

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM:
Ride the taxi to Holy infant Jesus of Prague Shrine

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM:

My tip: If you’re taking a taxi, try to ask the taxi driver to wait for you as you explore this shrine. It’s hard to get another  taxi to go to Jack’s Ridge, although Jack’s Ridge is walkable at half a kilometer.

You get a good view of the city.
It's a favorite retreat center. You can pray before replicas of the Infant Jesus of Prague and Our Lady of Fatima 
It's a resort that used to be the headquarters of the Japanese Army during World War II 
It has the best view of Davao City because it overlooks the whole Davao City and Davao Gulf.
It has Japanese war crash sites and prehistoric clam shells.
It's a dining destination because of the view. 

11:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch at Taklobo Restaurant, Jack’s Ridge

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Take a taxi from Shrine Hills to Lola Abon’s. Lola Abon’s is also in Matina and near Shrine Hills
Distance from Jack's Ridge to Lola Abon's Candy Factory: 2.5 km

2:00PM – 3:00 PM
LOLA ABON’S Durian Candy Factory

23 San Miguel Village
Davao City, Davao Del Sur,
(082) 297-2391

My tip:

1. Buy Lola Abon's durian yema (it has a strong durian flavor and durian bits) and durian pastillas (it has a mild durian flavor)

2. Make sure to taste Lola Abon's homemade durian ice cream. It’s the best that we've tasted.
In case you're unable to try Lola Abon's homemade durian ice cream, check out D' Madayaw durian ice cream at the supermarket. It’s also good.
Another famous durian candy factory is Linda’s but Linda’s is sweeter. We prefer Lola Abon’s.

3:00PM – 3:30 PM
Take a taxi to People’s Park.
Distance from Lola Abon's to People's Park: 4.7 km

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM:
People’s Park
Address: Palma Gil Street

4:30 PM  - 5:30 PM:
You can walk from People’s Park to San Pedro Cathedral area. It’s just 800m away.
You can explore other sites as well such as the City Hall, University of Mindanao, or Museo Dabawenyo

5:30 PM  - 6:30 PM:
Saturday anticipated Mass at San Pedro Cathedral (in Cebuano)

Check out San Pedro Cathedral mass schedules here

Why see the San Pedro Cathedral? It's the oldest church in Davao.

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM:
Ride the taxi to Harana restaurant

7:00 PM:
Dinner at  Harana Restaurant
Address: F Torres Street
Tel no: (082)227-3937, (082)227-3937
Hours: 11:00 AM - 2: 00 PM,  5:00 PM -10:00 PM
Note: They close from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Why dine at Harana Restaurant? It's one of the oldest restaurants in Davao serving great Filipino food.