Davao is a progressive commercial and tourist hub in the beautiful island of Mindanao. It boasts of unique, natural resources that are well-preserved for the next generations to enjoy. There is something appealing for every tourist in Davao- from the famous Mount Apo, tasty durian, historical places, and spectacular beaches. [Check out our comprehensive Davao Travel Guide]
If you are eyeing for this place as your next trip destination, here is a cool guide on how to spend 24 hours in Davao:
Early Visit to the Philippine Eagle Center
It was built in 2007 for the preservation and protection of the endangered monkey-eating eagles which are endemic in the country. The 4-hectare area is home to about 36 Philippine Eagle as well as a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and plants. Don’t miss the opportunity to get close and personal with these amazing creatures. It is located in Barangay Malagos, Calinan District, Davao City. The entrance fee is Php150 (roughly USD3).
Lunch at Malagos Garden Resort
For only P550.00, you get a buffet lunch and a day tour package in this nature park and resort. Their Coral Pavilion offers isaw BBQ, tuna skewers, shrimp okoy, tablea cupcakes, blue lemonade, and a lot more.
Prior to or after lunch, you can go around the 12-hectare place and take advantage of the Instagram-worthy attractions of the Malagos Garden Resort. Its stunning park features science-related information, while you will enjoy its gaming zone, Chocolate Museum, and Chocolate Laboratory. Get a chance to prepare your own chocolate treat for a P450 fee and go home with 2 boxes of the masterpieces you create.
Merienda at Lachi’s Sans Rival
Take a break and enjoy the heavenly taste of Sans Rival of Lachi, which can be found in Ruby St. Poblacion District of the metropolis. This bestselling pastry is an all-time favorite of the locals and tourists when in Davao. If you are more adventurous, you can try their durian cheesecake for an ultimate Davao experience. They are open from Monday to Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Explore People’s Park
Include this urban park in your list of how to spend 24 hours in Davao to enjoy some fresh air and commune with nature. This 4-acre durian-shaped outdoor attraction has over a thousand plant and tree species, tropical rainforests, waterfalls, ponds, pigeons, wild eagles, and over a thousand plant species. Tourists are welcomed by amazing Bagobo Children sculptures of Mindanao art icon Kublai Millan.
People’s Park was a brainchild of President Rodrigo Duterte way back 2006 during his mayoralty regime. You can find it along Palma Gil Street, Poblacion.
Dinner at Roxas Night Market
At around 5:00 PM, stroll along the Roxas Avenue for a sumptuous dinner of freshly cooked dishes. The Roxas Night Market is a food and shopping haven for many visiting tourists. Mingle with the vibrant locals, try their delicacies, and shop local products until you have enough “pasalubongs”!
Night Out And Have a Drink at Huckleberry
After a gastronomic tummy treat, time to chill out and enjoy some drinks. A popular place to kick off the night is the Huckleberry Southern Kitchen and Bar. This watering hole is housed in the antique Obosa House in Rizal Street. It is a rustic-style bar with an impressive list of specialties and of course, top-notch drink selection/cocktail menu. Must-try is their infused rum, made with mangosteen, santol, chili, chocolate and more.
Breakfast at Probinsya
Before heading out to the airport or ferry station, conclude your 1-day tour by dropping by at the Probinsya Buffet at the Victoria Plaza Compound, JP Laurel St. Bajada, Davao for a hearty breakfast. Breakfast Buffet is P165 only, exclusive of drinks. Pay P45 for a bottomless Sikwati (Hot Chocolate) and P35 for bottomless fruit juice. Breakfast time is from 7:00-10:30 A.M.
Now, you have an idea on how to spend 24 hours in Davao, letting you maximize a short visit in the city and enjoying the taste of sweet Durian. Ayo-ayo (take care)!
If you have more time in Davao, check out our list of 9 FREE tourist spots to explore in Davao City.