Just like the Butuan to Bislig route, Davao can be reached from Bislig either by bus or by van. This time around, I insisted taking the van to avoid too much stops along the way. The downside however, it took more than an hour to fill the van plus there was someone with durian. I can’t imagine being confined with durian smell for six hours. I love durian but I can’t bear long its smell. Anyways, with complaints from other passengers, the driver hung it outside.
I initially expected a paved road like the Surigao highway. Well for Bislig-Davao, the first 2 hours was a bumpy ride but road works are already on-going. Passing by the ridges of Compostela Valley reminded me of the Baguio Mines View Park but the sight of an impending downpour was so bizarre, I just couldn’t explain.
It took us 6-1/2 hours to reach Davao. Rain started to drop and we haven’t decided where to stay until we’ve settled at Crown Regency. Crown has been a blind witness to several memories of our Mt Apo climb. The ambiance of the hotel amidst the rise of modern ones makes Crown Regency still a preferred one. For best rates, check out this link.
After checking-in, we went out for dinner and a night tour. The rain stopped but it left a gloomy atmosphere. We decided to have Luz Kinilaw for dinner. Hubby ordered kinilaw while I had inihaw na buntot tuna. Everything was emptied in swoosh...
To lighten our heavy tummies, we started our stroll around the night market of San Pedro St. We passed by the San Pedro Catheral, Peace and Unity Monument, City Council Building, Museo Dabawenyo, Davao City Hall, and the Rizal Park. We also got a chance to listen to a “balagtasan” at the park.
After the San Pedro St. walk, we proceeded to Sea Wall Times Beach that houses the controversial David statue and the little mermaid by the sea. There were plenty of visitors at the park, mostly locals. For me, the park needs some cleaning and rehabilitation to attract more recurring and new tourists. By 10pm, we were back at the hotel to rest and recharge for the long day ahead.
Davao City Map:
|Davao City Map|