If you’re staying in Davao City for only 36 hours, it is best that you plan your activities properly so you make the most out of your trip.
Traveling around the city is relatively easy since traffic is most of the time manageable and public transport is readily available.
Here’s a suggested hour-by-hour itinerary to experience Davao in the most ideal way without compromising your schedule.
Hour 1: Go to Magsaysay Park along Quimpo Boulevard for a stroll. The park is located on the seaside sou get to see Samal Island across the shore. Also try the famous durian in one of the many fruit stalls in front of the park.
Hour 2: Have lunch at Luz Kinilaw. Just a few meters away from Magsaysay Park is this old restaurant that serves great seafood, like grilled tuna and marlin. You can try the
fresh kinilaw and grilled tuna panga. For most people from outside Davao, a city tour will never be complete without a visit to this eatery.
Hour 4: Visit People’s Park on Legaspi Street to find some of the architectural and landscaping works of revered local artists. Depending on the season and day, you might witness special performances.
Hour 5: Shop at Aldevinco, Roxas Avenue. You will find some of the best locally made products, like accessories, ethnic cloth, trinkets and pearl jewelry. The several stalls in the area also offer native food delicacies and snacks.
Hour 7: Visit City Hall and San Pedro Park along San Pedro Street, which is just around 5 minutes away from Aldevinco by public transport. Walk along Old Davao and try some of the street food and snacks. You can also shop in some of the arcades and retail stores located in the area.
Hour 9: Have dinner at Jack’s Ridge in Matina. The place offers a spectacular view of the city from Shrine Hills. You can try a number of Filipino dishes in the restaurant while enjoying conversations with friends. On some occasions, a live band will be performing.
Hour 11: Have tea at Karl’s Coffee Shop at Jack’s Ridge. Situated just beside the restaurant, you can try some great-tasting desserts and a hot cup of gourmet coffee while enjoying the view.
Hour 12-19: Call it a night at the Marco Polo Hotel. If you wish to sleep in style or enjoy a massage or hot tub before resting, the hotel is your number one option.
Hour 20-21: Have breakfast at Taps. There are several branches around town, such as Damosa, Ecoland and Bolton Street. Try the tapsilog or hulongsilog with a cup of coffee to start your day.
Hour 22: Visit Eden Nature Park in Toril. This exclusive paradise will let you appreciate nature more. Take a hike along the mountain trails, try the Indiana Jones ride and take photos with exotic animals and plants. Also learn more about Dabawenyo culture and history by visiting the Tinubdan section of the park. Catch some live tilapia from the fishing village then have the park staff cook them for you for lunch.
Hour 26: Eat your afternoon snacks at Dencia’s along General Luna Street. The place is famous for its tokwa’t baboy or tofu and pork and noodles.
Hour 27-28: Try the Davao mall experience by visiting Abreeza Mall in Bajada.
Hour 29: Have dinner at Penong’s. The restaurant is one of the most popular in the city, serving its delicious chicken barbecue and unlimited rice.
Hour 31: Try dessert at Lachi’s in Marfori. Lachi’s is a homegrown pastry shop that also serves great-tasting Filipino dishes. Try their delectable cheesecake or sans rival.
Hour 33: Have a cocktail or beer at Matina Town Square while listening to live acoustic performances. Some of Davao’s homegrown performers, like Joey Ayala, perform here regularly.
Hour 36: Before you head to the airport, you might want to buy some fresh pomelo at the Madrazo fruit stands along Ponciano Street. You might also want to throw in some tuna chicharon while you’re at it.
Of course, Davao City is best enjoyed on an extended trip so you can maximize all that the city has to offer. Once you’ve experienced Davao in 36 hours, you will certainly want to come back for more — and for longer.