|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$38.72|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||$6.26|
|Loaf of white bread||$1.01|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$15.38|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$3.42|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$307.52|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$256.26|
With more than 7,107 inhabited and uninhabited islands, the Philippines undoubtedly provides a range of travel escapades. Davao City, in particular, is one of the most-visited metropolis in the country. Located in the vast Mindanao Island, Davao City is home to the Mt. Apo, the country's highest mountain.
Aside from its famous mountain, the city also houses the Philippine Eagle Nature Center which takes care of more than 30 endangered and endemic Philippine Eagles. The Crocodile Park is also a must-visit in Davao City. The breeding center has crocodile shows during selected days. There are also crocodile feeding sessions. Be even closer to nature at the Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort. The attraction has springs, short waterfalls. The area also has historic World War II caves and bunkers that the Japanese Imperial Army once used.
Many local airlines offer cheap flights to Davao especially during the off-peak season. There are also direct international flights to the city via Singapore. You can ask your local travel agency for a good package that already includes cheap flights to Davao.
Once in the city, you can get around tourist spots via a taxi. However, those who are game for an ultimate Philippines travel experience should take the jeepney instead. It is still the cheapest mode of transportation which makes it a good option for budget travelers.
Accommodations are never a problem in Davao. Since the city is frequented by both local and international visitors, it already has a wide array of hotels in Davao. You might want to check in at resort hotels so you could have access to the wonderful beaches of the Philippines. There are also small hotels, inns, bed and breakfast for the more practical tourists. You might also want to try staying in a bahay kubo or nipa hut available for rent at the Samal Bahay Kubo.
What's best about visiting Davao is that it is one of most crime-free cities in the country. Locals are very hospitable especially to foreign tourists. You'll find that getting around the place wouldn't be such a struggle even for first-timers. A few hours of stay in the country would give you one observation: Filipinos always have a ready smile for everyone.