When you’re travelling in the Philippines, you may get the impression that most locales are best visited only with adult companions. This may be true of such cities as Manila or Cebu, where heavy traffic, pollution and street crime come with the colourful and enriching experience that Philippine travel has to offer. However, Davao City is an exception. While Davao is the third most important city in the country, it’s also relatively safe even for young tourists – the crime rate is low, and there are many things to see and do for school-aged children in the city.
Before you fly to Davao, it’s a good idea to book accommodations in a nice Davao hotel. This way, you can be sure that your family will have a comfortable place to stay. There are many cheap hotels in Davao City, with some of them even offering transportation services to popular tourist destinations. You can find the names of cheap hotels in Davao City on the Internet and secure your Davao hotel room in advance.
Once you’ve arrived in Davao, check into your Davao hotel before you embark on any adventures with your kids. Your little ones may even have a nap in your room in one of the cheap hotels in Davao City before you set out for the day’s activities.
Since kids these days spend so much time on computers or in front of the TV, your objective on your Davao vacation should be to bring them outdoors and let them see as many unusual sights as possible. If you don’t want to go far from your Davao hotel at first, you can simply bring them to the Museo Dabawenyo to look at the artefacts from the indigenous tribes of Davao. Your kids will marvel over the musical instruments, weapons, cooking implements and colourful costumes from Davao’s past. If you visit during the Kadayawan Festival, our children may see some of these tribal clothies and accessories still in use during the street dancing and cultural showcases.
Of course, you’ll also want to get the kids outdoors. Don’t let them stay put in your Davao hotel room, and don’t just take them to the mall either. Let them get an adrenaline rush and appreciate the beauty of nature by encouraging them to try the zip line at Camp Sabros or the longest zip line in Asia at the Outland Adventure Camp. You should also bring them to the Crocodile Farm and the Philippine Eagle Centre for a face-to-face encounter with two of the most amazing and awe-inspiring creatures on Earth. Visiting the beach is also a good idea.
Before you go back to your accommodations at one of the cheap hotels in Davao City, don’t forget to let the young people try some fresh durian or pomelo and fresh seafood to give their taste buds a treat. Just don’t bring fresh durian into one of the cheap hotels in Davao City, or your room will end up smelling strongly for the rest of your stay.