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Cebu and Davao travel guide

  1. 1. Cebu andDavao’sPhilippineTravelGuide
  2. 2. By Nonoy Avellanosahttp://cebuanddavao.com/© Copyright 2011 Nonoy AvellanosaALL RIGHTS RESERVED.DISCLAIMER AND/OR LEGAL NOTICES:The information presented herein represents the view of the author as of the date ofpublication. Because of the rate with which conditions change, the author reserves theright to alter and update his opinion based on the new conditions. The report is forinformational purposes only. While every attempt has been made to verify theinformation provided in this report, neither the author nor his affiliates/partnersassume any responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. Any slights of people ororganizations are unintentional. If advice concerning legal or related matters is needed,the services of a fully qualified professional should be sought. This report is notintended for use as a source of legal or accounting advice. You should be aware of anylaws which govern business transactions or other business practices in your country andstate. Any reference to any person or business whether living or dead is purelycoincidental.
  3. 3. How to Reach Cebu From DavaoBy Land“Hi, It would really a big help if you can give me an idea on how to reachCebu from Davao by land. Thanks, Lexy.”This question was asked by one reader named Lexy. It immediately gave mean 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 Davaoby land. These tips are based on research since I haven’t tried traveling toCebu through land transport (only by plane) and I can’t interview anyonewho 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 landand by sea. Here are they:Ride a Vehicle from Davao to Cagayan de Oro
  4. 4. As shown on the map above, you will notice that Davao City is not aseparated island from Cagayan De Oro City because both cities are locatedin Mindanao. You can get to CDO through the Davao-Bukidnon road orDavao-Buda road. The land travel could reach up to seven hours onaverage.If you have your own vehicle, you can use either the Buda or Bukidnonhighway. But if you are just commuting, you can get a bus or a van from SMCity Davao terminal in Quimpo Boulevard Corner Tulip Drive EcolandSubdivision, Barangay Matina, or at the Ecoland terminal. You’ll knowwhat to do when you see those signboards where they will take you.Ride a Ferry Boat From Cagayan de Oro to CebuSince Cebu is in Visayas and an island separated from Mindanao, there isno way to get there through land transport, but only by sea. Cagayan DeOro is the nearest wharf that you can go to from Davao by land to be able toreach Cebu. So you need to ride a ferry boat or a ship from CDO wharf toreach the Queen City of the South.
  5. 5. Once you’ve reached CDO City, specifically at Market City (Agora) BusTerminal by van or bus, you have to get to the Cagayan wharf for the ferryboat ride. You can reach the Cagayan Wharf 10 to 15 minutes by taxi. If youare driving your own car, of course, you can get to Cagayan Wharf directlyand immediately once you’ve reached the CDO boundary.If you are to transport your vehicle from CDO to Cebu, there are availableRORO or Roll-on Roll-off ships or vessels such as the M/V Trans Asia 1 orM/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 cornerOsmeña 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 aferry boat ride from Cagayan wharf to Cebu Pier 5. Service that are offeringferry boats are Carlos A. Gothong Lines, Inc and Cebu Ferries.There are instances and other alternatives on how to get to Cebu by landconveniently. Just click here for your further inquiry. Or you can click onthe recommended websites below for other sources of travel guides fromDavao to CDO to Cebu City.Cagayan and Cebu TravelCagayan TripPhilippine Sea TransportCebu Ferries
  6. 6. How to Buy Cheap Plane Tickets toCebu and DavaoI came up with this because I’ve been seeing quite a number of people frommy blog stats searching for places in the Philippines on how to get here andthere. They are probably tourists or travelers who want to have a vacationor for whatever purpose.The important thing is that I can provide the info for them. And so that’swhy again I am writing this travel tip. This time is about how to save yourmoney on your travel to Cebu or Davao. You can save your money for yourtravel by taking a cheap flight. Here are the tips on how to get a cheap flightto Cebu and Davao.Avail of Airline Promos by SubscribingThere are several airline companies in the Philippines that offer promostickets 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 acertain airline company announces or advertises the promo, the tickets willall be sold out in a matter of hours, if not minutes. You can no longer findcheap flights to Cebu and Davao because the people already bought themall. This happens very quickly through Online transaction.So the best you can do is to be aware with all airline companies’ latestupdates. Subscribe to their websites through their blogs or newsletters. Sowhen you open your email and you find out that Cebu Pacific has opened apromo, then you can immediately go to their website and purchase yourpreferred flight through yourcredit card or PayPal.For Cebu Pacific, go to cebupacificair.com and go to “Seat Sale Alert,” justbelow the airplane icon on the site, and click “subscribe now.” You can alsosubscribe to this site for other promo updates of Cebu Pacific: CebupacificAir
  7. 7. Book Your Ticket Ahead of TimeAnother way to save money for your plane ticket is to book aflight schedule in advance. The earlier the better. Booking a ticket a daybefore or on the same day of your flight schedule is not as practical aspurchasing it a week or two weeks before the flight. It is way much better toplan your flight schedule ahead of time rather than purchasing the ticket onthe same day of your preferred departure. This way you can save moneyand you won’t be cramming at the last minute.Find a Travel Agency Website That Offer PromosNow this tip is based on research since this is for foreign visitors from othercountries and Filipinos in abroad. Also I haven’t traveled to any countrybefore outside the Philippines to give you any firsthand experience.One best idea is to look for a travel agency that offer travel promos. Thereare countless of travel agencies online that offer travel package promos. Youcan log on to a reputable travel agency website that offers discounts onsome occasions. You can inquire directly right on the website.If you’re from New York, for instance, you can enter your origin anddestination with your preferred kind of flight—whether this be economy,business or first class flight. The website will direct you to a list of availableflights from different international airlines . And oh, take note that there isno non-stop flight to Cebu and Davao if you’re from America or Europe, ofcourse, just common sense. You will undergo one, two or three stops beforeyou can get to Cebu or Davao. If you’re from Hongkong, you can fly directlynonstop to Cebu, and 1 stop flight to Davao.Just find a decent travel resource website on the Net. You can find somediscounts from there from time to time. If you’re lucky, then you can availof this discount.
  8. 8. Baggage Items Allowed andProhibited on a FlightI’ve decided to post this because I’ve been searching for information onwhat items allowed to bring inside the baggage when you’re on flight. I’mplanning for my trip back again in Cebu (or perhaps Manila) in a fewmonths.I’ve been curious about this because I had experienced being taken hold offdue to some things found in my carry-ons like scissors, pens, my reservedAsthma rescue inhaler, and in one instance, some quantities of rice stalk or“Kalamay” from Bohol as pasalubong. The security advised me take outthose 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 insidethe plane, and would rather choose not to order food inside the planebecause I already had my “Kalamay” to mess my mouth with. But no.
  9. 9. Airlines are strict about this regulation for understandable reasons. Hereare some things that I’ve found out and realized why there are things thatare allowed on a flight and there are those that are not. Here are the someof 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 exceptfor the items above.Things that you think that are not allowed inside the bags but are allowedby airline security are:Gels, Liquid, Pastes are allowed as long the volume is not more than 100ml. Wonder why these are prohibited if brought a bulk of these items? It’sbecause of what happened in 2006, in which UK authorities revealed analleged plan by terrorists to destroy 10 airlines using gel-based bombs.Since then, all airlinecompanies prohibit gels, liquids, and pastes, only ifthey exceed the 100-ml. limit.
  10. 10. Other items allowed inside your carry-ons and checked baggage:common lighter, safety matches, solid food, pliers, screwdrivers andwrenches 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 shouldbe 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: blankcheckbooks,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. Theairline company can’t be held responsible for the lost and damage for theseitems.I still don’t know why the “Bohol Kalamays” are not permitted inside thecabin. Hehe. Maybe because they fall in the gel category. They mightexplode.Article source: Airsafe-dot-com.Yellow Taxis at MactanInternational AirportI remember one of my followers in Twitter asked me about what Taxi tochoose when arriving at the Mactan International Airport. He is a Japaneseand his name is Shinji Okada.
  11. 11. He told me that he would be arriving the Cebu Island in a week. He said hewas afraid of taking a taxi with chicanery fare; chicanery, yes that was hischoice of word. Meaning, he’s afraid that he would be deceived by thetaxi drivers with the meters.So I replied immediately and told him that all you have to look for whenarriving at the Mactan airport is the yellow cab, not Yellow Cab Pizza, but ataxi that has color yellow on the entire body, taxi that has yellow paint.Actually these yellow taxis are in numbers waiting for tourists outside thearrival area in Mactan airport. Wanna know how I know this? Well, I didn’tresearch on this. It was purely by chance.Last December 2010 when I was waiting for a taxi in Lapu-Lapu to take meto the Mactan airport, a yellow one pulled over. I assumed the taxi was thesame as the ordinary white taxis. Inside the taxi my eyes went wide seeingthe flag down meter under the dashboard showed 90 Pesos. I said, “Ohwhat’s wrong with the meter?” He said that it’s the approved meter by theDepartment of Tourism. I said, “What? No no, you have to pull over. I’llfind another taxi.”He told me then that it’s alright because he was going to less the 90 pesosfrom 60 so it would become 30 on the flag down meter. He was so friendlyand 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 toa hotel before he pulled over for me. He had just taken a tourist from theairport to a hotel in Lapu-Lapu. The taxi was on the way back to the Mactanairport since it was only intended for that exclusive ride.The driver said that yellow cab drivers had undergone seminars andtrainings by the DOT to provide transportation for the tourists. Soanywhere a tourist wishes to go, he can hire the yellow taxi. If he doesn’twant to hire it, then it would only take him to his hotel or to a certaindestination.
  12. 12. The driver said that the taxi has complete equipment such as fireextinguisher, a map, brochures from real estate companies and hotels, andsome 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 emergenciesand travel needs, tourists can be sure about their absolute safetyand convenience. And what’s much better is that the drivers of these yellowcabs can also be a tour guide for the tourists.But I was no tourist. Good thing he only charged me around 60 pesos, as Iremember. To my Twitter friend Shinji Okada, with yellow cabs, you don’thave to worry about chicanery fares.Travel From Butuan to Cebu byLand, Sea and AirYou 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 withyour ownvehicle, you can have your vehicle carried by a RORO or Roll Onand Rolled Off vessels, particularly the RORO cargo barges, then buyyourself a ticket for ferries to Cebu. Or you can also have your vehicle withyou travel through RORO passenger ferries or RORO cruise ferries.The easiest way to get to Cebu from Butuan is through air travel. Youcan purchase plane tickets directly at the Butuan airport or through theticketing offices of airline companies (such as Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines,Zest Air, etc..) in Butuan City. The best idea is to purchase a plane ticketahead of time so you can avail of promos and discounts, also so you can
  13. 13. prepare for your travel items you much need on your trip. Non-stopair 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 30kilometers from west of the city proper. Purchase the ticket directly thereor schedule your trip ahead of time from ticketing offices. Estimatedsea travel from Butuan to Cebu is 5 to 8 hours.
  14. 14. How to Get From Manila toBoracayThe following guide can help those who are from Manila and want to go toBoracay.You can reach from Manila to Boracay by sea, air and land. While airtrip 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 aregoing to enjoy the scenic views while you are on boat hopping on theislands nearby. By land you will also enjoy the picturesque sceneries as yougo off the road with your vehicle.Travel By AirYou can easily reach Boracay through air travel from Manila. Plane ticketsare always available in any ticketing offices of Philippine Airlines, CebuPacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, etc. Your air trip is going to take you toCaticlan since this is the place where the airport is located. Same if you’refrom Cebu and Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Ilo-ilo and othermajor cities. All airline companies offer trips direct flights to Caticlan. Afterreaching Caticlan, you can then take a motor boat ride directly to theBoracay Island.
  15. 15. Travel by SeaIf you to choose to travel by sea, there are several Super Ferries that offer adirect sea trip to the Panay Island, Panay Island is the major point beforereaching Caticlan and then the Boracay Island. Available Ferry companiesthat can take you to Boracay is WG&A, MBRS Lines and some of themajor shipping companies. You can take the boat from the Manila Bay Pieror the Tondo North Harbor. You just have to be very watchful whenchoosing 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.
  16. 16. Land TravelIf you are considering traveling by land with your vehicle, you have to get tothe Batangas Port first if you’re from Manila. Land travel from Manilato Batangas takes about three hours. When you reach the Batangas Port,have your vehicle carried by RORO Ferries to Calapan Pier in OrientalMindoro. RORO travel from Batangas to Calapan takes three hours.After you arrive at the Calapan Pier, drive your car to the Roxas Port, also inOriental Mindoro. Land travel from Calapan pier to Roxas Pier is also threehours. After you reach the Roxas port you can then roll on your car to aRORO directly to Caticlan. The sea travel from Roxas pier to Caticlan takesfour hours.To be able to reach the Boracay Island from Caticlan, you have to ridea 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 fromBoracay.For more inquiry about Manila to Boracay trips, you can click one of therecommended blogs below:Boracay Via Roro Bus FerryTravel to Boracay
  17. 17. What is the Cheaper Route FromDavao to Cebu By Sea?One reader named Girl06 asked me this question in verbatim: “Hi wat is deasiest way/cheaper route to go to cebu from davao? is it via cdo? orbutuan? thank you.”Only after three hours that I was able to answer her question. Theunfortunate thing was that she left this question on the my chatbox withoutleaving her email add or URL that I can reply to.So for the benefit of all readers and travelers who want to knowwhich cheaper or more convenient route going to Cebu from Davao, hereare some information I can give you (this information is based on carefulinquiry and study):Actually the distance from Davao to Cagayan compared to Davao to Butuanhas only a slight difference. Davao to Cagayan is only a bit nearerthan Davao to Butuan. The travel distance from Davao to Cagayan is 117miles 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 toCebu from Butuan to Cebu to be able to know the factors that can lead infiguring out the convenience and the difference in cost.The distance between Cagayan De Oro and Cebu is 136 miles or 219Kilometers, while Butuan and Cebu is 146 miles or 236 kilometers.Now, if you are considering traveling by sea, of course, you will have to takea land trip first to the nearest Pier from Davao to be able to reach Cebu in ashort span of time. Travelling from Davao to Cagayan via Buda road ispractically nearer compared to traveling from Davao to Butuan via Davao-Butuan highway.
  18. 18. So it follows that, since the distance of Davao to Cagayan is shorterthan 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 bysea.However if you choose to travel by air this will not be the case. Cebu Pacificregular flight cost from Cagayan De Oro to Cebu is 1,400 Pesos, whileButuan to Cebu is only 1,000 Pesos.But when it comes to sea travel it is more convenient and cheaper to takethe Cagayan Pier than the Butuan Pier . Although the cost for these bothroutes 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 takeonly 10 hours. Butuan to Cebu by sea can take 18 hours. So you will stillneed 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 toCagayan costs 385 Pesos and 475 for aircon bus. Aircon bus from Davao toButan costs 400 Pesos, while 310 for non-aircon bus.So you might still be asking: which is really the cheaper way to get toCebu by sea if you’re from Davao? Before we answer that, let us calculatethe 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 Cebusea trip is equal to 1,310 Pesos. Travel time from Davao to Cagayan by bustrip using the Buda highway can take 4 hours. Davao to Butuan bus triptakes 8 hours. Sea travel time from Cagayan to Cebu is 10 hours while 18hours for Butuan to Cebu.Practically it is cheaper to take the Cagayan route because of the timefactor, although the figures above show that the Butuan route isbit cheaper. Taking the Butuan route can reach you to Cebu longer thantaking the Cagayan route. To compute the overall time travel sea and landfor Cagayan route is 14 hours, while 26 hours for Butuan route, that’s oneday and two hours. The added expenses when taking the Butuan route isthe food.
  19. 19. 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 fromcagayan to cebu? thank you.” Good thing I was about to publish this postwhen I received her email. So I replied her email and gave her the link ofthis post. I also told her that I would get back to her as soon as I have theanswer to her second question. Perhaps I’ll give that answer on my nextpost.
  20. 20. How to Reach Mt. ApoI know many of you are now planning for a vacation this summer. And Iknow most of your preferred destinations are powdery white sand beachesstretching on a very beautiful island. Well, there are a lot of them here inthe Philippines, especially in Cebu and Davao.
  21. 21. 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 goclimb the highest peak in the Philippines, the Mt. Apo. Oh yes, Mt. Apo, theever royal Mt. Apo of Mindanao, which stood 9692ft, 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 frommy friends combined with research, I can give you the easy ways on how toget 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 SeaYou can take either of these two cities as your point of entries, even thoughthe foot of Mt. Apo is located in Kidapawan City. Since there are no planesand boats for Kidapawan, you need to get to Davao or Cotabato first beforereaching Kidapawan city.Take a Bus to Kidapawan CityThere are several buses that travel from Cotabato to Kidapawan like WeenaExpress, NCTC and Grand Transport. The bus station in Cotabato city is inMagallanes St. While for Davao is in Ecoland Terminal in Matina or at SMTerminal, also in Ecoland. Buses that travel from Davao to Kidapawan areWeena Express, Grand transport, Jing-jing Express, NCTC, and amongothers. There are also available L-300 aircon vans that offer cheaper fares.Trave time From Kidapawan to Davao takes 3 hours. Bus fare costs 52Pesos for the regular and 72 Pesos for aircon. Travel time from Davao toKidapawan takes 2 hours and fifteen minutes. Regular bus fare costs 48Pesos, while 69 Pesos for aircon.Register at Kidapawan City Mayor OfficeWhen you reach Kidapawan, go to the City Mayor Office, specifically in CityTourism Development and Promotions Division for your registration. Theregistration fee costs 20 Pesos for local trekkers and 50 Pesos for foreign
  22. 22. trekkers. The registration will include one certificate for each successfulclimber.Ride a Jeepney to Lake AgcoRide a Jeepney to Lake Agko Campsite, which is 21 kilometers fromKidapawan poblacion. Travel time can take 1 hour and 15 minutes. Jeepneyfare costs 30 Pesos per person.Arrange Services from PortersWhen you reach Lake Agco Campsite, look for the porters and arrange yourprefered servcies. Porters are the ones who will carry your heavy bags andother supplies. The fee for each porter in one whole day is 150 Pesos. Thelimit number of kilos for a porter that one can carry is 15, and an additional7 Pesos for an exceed of 1 Kilo.For more inquiries about other routes for Mt Apo, you can click thislink: Pinoy MountaineerHope this helps. Happy Climbing!Article Source: Fly PhilippinesImage Source: Travel Philippines
  23. 23. Finding Your Ideal Cabin Locationin Cruise Ship by UpgradingIt’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 comfortablesettling on your own spot whether this be for air trip or sea trip. So whenconsidering sea travel you want to make sure that you are on the cabin ofyour choice, not, not just that, but the perfect cabin that suits you.Many people are misinformed or misled into believing the ideal cabin thatsuits them, especially in modern ships. The elevators that bring passengersfrom the lower decks to upper decks and vice versa are seemed to beconvenient. And that lower cabins appear to be almost identical with theones on top. Knowing this, you won’t mind about the distinctness of thesetwo divisions.
  24. 24. Modern cruise vessels are completely stabilized. They even don’t show anydifference on board in motion linking the two decks, especially in ordinaryweather conditions. But many Super Ferries and Cruise Lines have thecapability to ensure comfort for passengers who are sensitive to motion.But in some bad weather conditions, cabins that are near the center of theship can have lesser movement than at the front or back. The principle of apendulum is close to what ships has in relation with deck locations.Paradoxically, cabins in lower decks have cheap rates. They are likely tohave lesser movements regardless of weather conditions compared to theones on the upper decks.While at this, it doesn’t follow that you should pay for higher cost which isthe upper deck cabins because it still boils down to comfort andconvenience. Most cruise ships and super ferries that have restaurants,pools, showrooms, bars, and other entertainment and service spots, aremore 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. Thiswhat makes the upper decks expensive. Your decision to choose which suitsyour convenience, whether this be the relief of the ship’s movement or theaccessibility of the amenities, is totally up to you.One good idea to find what best suits your needs and comfort is to upgradeyourcabin. Upgrading your cabin can make you pay for a lower cost andchoose the one that is included in the higher category. You don’t need topay additional cost. For instance, you can upgrade by choosing the area onthe inside with no view of the sea but is situated in the upper deck, orperhaps a different type of cabin like in and out with an ocean view. Hereare tips on how to choose the right cabin by having a cabin upgrade:Avail of Special PromotionsShipping lines, Cruise Ships and Super Ferries often offer upgradesfor cabinthrough an incentive like a privilege card, credit card payment,group promotion, frequent flier promo, and some other qualifications. Youcan check your travel agent at booking time to verify if these promos areavailable
  25. 25. Secure a Guaranteed TBA (To Be Assigned)Some cruise ships allow booking reservation on a specific groupfor cabinupgrading with the assigned cabin number which is made after thecruise date. Thisprivilege is to ensure that the cabin will be correspondentto the rate being paid by the passenger. The guaranteed TBA needs thepassenger’s flexibility so as such will benefit him/her forhis/her cabin upgrade.Register for Cabin UpgradeThere are cruise ships that require passengers a registrationfor cabin upgrade. This usually offers the passenger a cabin number, so thepassenger has the choice whether or not he/she will accept the availableupgrade. This option is normally given near the date of sailing.More inquiry about your summer cruise by clicking here: Frugal Pinoy
  26. 26. How to Reach Pearl Farm BeachResortThis summertime, there surely are lots of travelers who want to visit PearlFarmBeach Resort. Probably the best attraction in Davao City, Pearl Farmis one of the dream summer destinations for many travelers. But how youcan really get there is the question. The easier and the most detailed routeso you can reach this beautiful resort conveniently.I’ve made a little research on how to get to Pearl Farm the easy or easierway. So wherever you are in the Philippines or in the world, these tips caneventually help you on your travel to Pearl Farm.Go to Davao CityYou need to make Davao as your point of entry, of course, since this is thenearest 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 inDavao; these are the Sta. Ana Wharf, Davao Marina Wharf, and SasaWharf. So wherever you are in Davao just go directly to one of these wharfs.From Sta. Ana WharfYou 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. Theboat ride will take from 30 to 45 minutes. For inquiries you can contactthese numbers: +63 82 300 7914, +63917 705 3917, +63 82 305 3483.Email atinfo@windandwavedavao.com . Or visit theirwebsite:www.windandwavedavao.comFrom Davao Marina WharfMarina Wharf is located in Lizada Drive, Lanang, Davao City. So uponarrival atMarina Wharf proceed to Davao Boat and Leisure Club for themotor boat ride. The ride usually takes 40 minutes. Telephone numbersare: +63 82 234 6987 and +63 82 234 7018.
  27. 27. From Sasa WharfFrom Sasa Wharf you can either take the RORO or motor boat. RORO boatis for those who bring their own vehicles to Samal Island, particularly inPearl Farm. But if you’re traveling by foot, take the motor boat. Ride willtake 45 minutes.So there off you go. Rest assured that you will definitely enjoy your trip. Foradded info, you can drop by or even go straight at Malipano Island orMalipano islets, about 500 meters away west of Pearl Farm. These islets arealso part of Pearl FarmBeach Resort.Happy summertime! Bon Voyage!
  28. 28. Top Ten Summer Destinations inDavaoFor those who haven’t yet decided which destination to go this summer, I’mgoing to give you the top ten most visited attractions in Davao everysummer.Well, I just want to call it summer destination since we’re on the summerseason. The list that I’m going to give you can also be called the topten attractions in Davao regardless whether it’s summertime or not. So hereare they:Pearl Farm Beach ResortAs 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 Ican tell you pearls are of abundance on the seas of Samal Island, the islandwhere Pearl Farm is located.Many tourists and local visitors go to Pearl Farm because apart from thefact that it’s the pride of Davao when it comes to resorts, the place is like a
  29. 29. paradise for many visitors. Here is one review from tripadvisor.com by onetraveler who had visited Pearl Farm:“The most beautiful setting that I have found in my world travels. I felt asthough I was on “Fantasy Island.” Stunning views, comfortable roomsthat fit this beautiful setting. Excellent on sightrestaurant. Friendly staff.The Ultimate getaway!”Pearl farm Beach Resort is managed by Fuego Hotels and Properties. Forinquiries you can contact the Manila office at 632 750 1896, 632 750 1898,and 632 893 2093. Fax number 632 750 1894.Email address: mnl.resa@pearlfarmresort.com. You can go directly to theManila office if you want. The address is 15th floor, 139 Corporate CenterValero 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: PearlFarm Beach Resort.To reach Pearl Farm you need to go to Davao Marina, which is just 2kilometers from the Davao airport. Ride a motor boat from Davao Marinato get you to Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
  30. 30. Japanese TunnelThis is the second best attraction in Davao City, if not the greatest if PearlFarm Resort would have not existed. Here you can see the actual tunnelthat the Japanese settled in World War II. There are many World WarII tourist spots in the Philippines, but if you’re from Davao or you’re inDavao 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 normaltemperature.
  31. 31. Talikud IslandWell, I can’t name a particular resort here on Talikud Island because thisisland and the Samal Island have several resorts. Talikud Island is justadjacent to Samal Island. So picking one can be a sort of a dispute to someresorts here. So, the best thing is just go directly to Talikud Island. There isa 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.
  32. 32. Crocodile ParkThis is the habitat of different kinds of crocodiles. Owned by Philip Dizon,this park also exhibits the sophisticated system of crocodile farming in thePhilippines. You can see here the most modern equipment and facilities forcrocodile farming. You can also see some animals like monkeys, exoticbirds, bearcats, and snakes.You can contact Johnrie Villanueva for inquiries. Phone numbers: 082 2868883 or email at johnrie@davaocrocodilepark.com.
  33. 33. Bat CaveOne of the attractions you can see in the Island Garden City of Samal is theBat Cave, or also called as Monfort Bat Cave. This is the home to nearly2000 bats, the fruit bats. This place is believed to be the largest settlementof fruit bats in the whole world.
  34. 34. Malagos Garden ResortThere is nothing more relaxing place in Davao than Malagos GardenResort. The place is so serene that you would think you’re in a holy place inbiblical times if you visit the place. Malagos Resort has the butterflysanctuary, unique plants, rare animals like ostrich and the PhilippineEagles.
  35. 35. Eden Nature Park and ResortEden Nature Park and Resort is an absolute experience of nature. Here youcan watch the stunning views of pine trees and mountains. A 80-hectareland, Eden Nature Park and Resort is the ultimate adventure of the naturalworld. If Malagos Garden Resort is the seventh heaven, Eden Nature Parkis the Garden of Eden. Goes by the name, eh?You can check out this link to know how to get to Eden Nature Park andResort:How to Reach Eden Nature Park.
  36. 36. Philippine Eagle CenterThe Philippine Eagle Center is home to all species of Philippine Eagle. Youcan find every specie of the Eagle bird family that still exists. Althoughsome are consideredclose to extinction, this center preserves allthe species of these raptors. Philippine Eagle Center is just a 10-minute ridefrom the Malagos Garden Resort.
  37. 37. Mt. ApoGosh. I haven’t gone to this place but I tell you this: almost all mountaintrekkers, tourists, athletes, TV personalities had climbed Mt. Apo whenthey have the chance to get to Davao. Unfortunate for me I still don’t havetime yet to reach the highest peak in the Philippines. You can go to this linkon how get there: How to Reach Mt. Apo.
  38. 38. Malagos WatershedThis place is a forest which is preserved by the DCWD and DENR forreforestration program . The reforestration is open to all volunteers fromschools, NGO’s, and other organizations.So that’s it. Hope you visit all of these tourist attractions in Davao City. BonVoyage! Happy Summertime!Note: With the exception of the Talikud and Malagos photos, the imagesabove are grabbed from the sites below:Adventuresage.comTripadvisor.comhotelsphilippines.orgFlickr.com/allanbarredoDavaodaily.comMarkmaranga.comPhilippinestravelnow.comLibotero.com (Michael Sinjin Pineda)
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