4D/3N Davao: Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

Day1: Oct.14 Activities Expenses per head
5am-6:45am MNL to DAVAO
6:45am-7:15am Davao to Sasa wharf taxi to wharf (Php100) 33
7:15am-7:45am Sasa Wharf to Babak ferry 10
7:45am-10 Babak to Kaputian tricycle (Php250) 83
10:00 Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn accommodation 534
10-11:30 lunch 205
11:30-1:30pm Talicud Island Hopping package tour (1800/boat) 600
1:30-3pm Kaputian Beach Resort Kaputian Beach Resort Entrance Fee 15
3pm onwards FREE TIME dinner at nearby carienderia 40
Subtotal 1520
Day2: Oct.15 Activities Expenses per head
7:30am Check out Captain Hook’s Inn breakfast 0
9am-1:30pm Pearl Farm ride to Pearl Farm (Php1k for the day) 334
Day Tour + Lunch 1800
1:30-2:30pm Giant Clam Kuya Robert (1k/boat) 334
Environmental fee 75
2:30-3pm Samal Island Huts (SIH) accommodation w/bfast 767
4pm FREE TIME early dinner 85
Subtotal 3395
Day3: Oct.16 Activities Expenses per head
8am Breakfast at Samal island Huts
9:30am check out SIH trike to Babak wharf 20
9:45-10am Babak Wharf to Sasa Wharf ferry 10
10-10:45am Sasa Wharf to Domicilio/Lachi’s cab from wharf to Lachi’s (Php160) 53
10:45am Lachi’s lunch 210
trike from Lachi’s to Blugre Café (Php30) 10
12noon  Blugre Coffee durian coffee 150
Aldevinco jeep from Blugre to Aldevinco 8
Bangkerohan jeep fromAldevinco to Bangkerohan 8
souvenirs 390
3pm Domicilio Lorenzo cab from Bangkerohan to Domicilio (Php70) 23
accommodation 600
dinner 125
Subtotal 1607
Day4: Oct.17 Activities Expenses per head
 9am Breakfast at TAPS breakfast 90
10am leave for airport fare to airport via bus 15
11am DVO – MNL 1:20pm lunch 80
3:00 PM MNL terminal fee at Davao 200
Subtotal 385

Grand Total: Php6,907 + airfare Php1,603.8 = Php8,510.8 (inclusive of all fares, meals, and souvenirs/pasalubong)

TIPS to make your Davao adventure cheaper AKA lessons from the trip:

1. Make use of Pearl Farm’s package tour. We didn’t, so we had to rent out the trike. Pearl Farm’s package tour includes a roundtrip ferry to and from Sta. Ana wharf.

2. There are few food choices in Kaputian. You may opt to bring your own food and have the staff where you’re staying cook it for you at minimal fee or scout for nearby carinderias. We were too tired and hungry when we arrived at Red Parrot Inn so we ended up having a meal worth more than Php600!

3. I thought staying in different hotels would’ve saved us travel time. Maybe it did but it also cost us. A  better itinerary would’ve been:

Day1: Davao City Tour (find an accommodation near the wharfs)

Day2: Pearl Farm, GIant Clams (after arriving at Pearl Farm, have your contact for the Giant Clam meet you at the back door of Pearl Farm; go to the Giant Clams first so it is still low tide then just get back to Pearl Farm and enjoy it the rest of the day)

Day3: Samal island Tour (from farthest to nearest from Babak wharf) – Talicud Island, Kaputian Beach, Hagimit, Monfort Bat Cave, Vanishing Island


Contact numbers:

tricycle driver, Kuya Jason – 09129276559

Giant Clam, Kuya Robert – 09496579661


Other Davao Posts:

Davao Planned itinerary

Day 1: Talicud Tour at Samal

Day 2: Pearl Farm and Giant Clams

Day 3: Food Trip

Day 4: Back to MNL

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Davao Day 4: Back to MNL

We left Domicilio Lorenzo around 8am so we could have enough time to have our breakfast at TAPS then travel to the airport.


Taps seem to be quite a common resto in Davao much like Blugre Cafe. Good thing there was a Taps (and Blugre Cafe) near Domicilio Lorenzo. We just walked going there upon checking out. Taps has different combinations of food with tapa as main viand.


Nothing special about their food except that they are quite affordable.

We walked for a few minutes from Taps then took a bus to the airport. That’s cheaper than taking a cab. The bus ride was around an hour. We had plenty of time to spare so it was fine. We waited for our flight then were back to MNL!

TIP: Durian fruit has to be checked-in. So if you plan on bringing home a durian fruit, might as well take a check-in service in your return flight from Davao when you buy your plane tickets. It’s cheaper than having I checked in on the day of your flight. Also, might as well bring more than 1kilo of durian.



Other Davao Posts:

Davao Planned itinerary

Day 1: Talicud Tour at Samal

Day 2: Pearl Farm and Giant Clams

Day 3: Food Trip

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

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Davao Day 3: Food Trip

We dropped all our planned activities for today and went straight to the city after our free breakfast at Samal Island Huts.

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How to go to Davao city from Samal island:

1. take a trike to Babak wharf

2. Ride a ferry from Babak wharf to Sasa wharf

3. take a cab from Sasa wharf to anywhere you need to be at Davao city


In our case, we went straight to Lachi’s for our delicious lunch. We tried their durian cheesecake and durian sansrival (Php75). Prices are affordable and food was delicious!

Then we took a trike from Lachi’s to Blugre Cafe and drank our durian coffee (Php150).

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Aldevinco and Bangkerohan

Then we went to Aldevinco and Bangkerohan for our pasalubong shopping. We took a jeep from Blugre Cafe to Aldevinco. We didn’t like to buy shawls or malongs so we decided to go to Bangkerohan instead. We rode a jeep to Bangkerohan from Aldevinco. Bangkerohan is like a market so stuff are cheap. We brought all our pasalubongs (durian – Php40/kilo; durian candies – Php100/6packs) there.

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Accommodation: Domicilio Lorenzo

We were all sweaty and tired after buying pasalubong from Bangkerohan. We took a cab from there to Domicilio Lorenzo. It was creepily quiet there. The place looks too homey but was like a museum too. We enjoyed the pool there too. It was raining quite hard so we asked the staff to order our dinner from Jollibee and ate in our room. We prepared our stuff for tomorrow’s check out then went to sleep.

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Other Davao Posts:

Davao Planned itinerary

Day 1: Talicud Tour at Samal

Day 2: Pearl Farm and Giant Clams

Day 4: Back to MNL

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

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Davao Day2: Pearl Farm and Giant Clams

This was the highlight of our trip. Pearl Farm is really a must-see when you go to Davao.

We were picked up by Kuya Jason, the tricycle driver from yesterday, at 7am. We rented his services for the whole day for Php1000. Plan was to check out from Red Parrot, go to Pearl farm then Giant Clams at Adecor then Hagimit Falls and if we still have time, go to Monfort Bat Cave then check in at Samal Island Huts at Babak. Sounds like a good plan, right? But as the title of this post goes, we got to see only 2 of our planned itinerary for the day.

Activity1: Pearl Farm

We traveled to Pearl Farm from Red Parrot Inn through a tricycle — bad idea. Now I understand why part of the package tour (Php1800/person –discounted probably due to off season) from Pearl Farm is the boat ride to and from Sta. Ana wharf. It was kind of unthinkable to go to Pearl Farm by land – even via habal-habal. The road was rough and a bit dangerous. Probably because the road near Pearl Farm was made for habal-habals not tricycles. But even for a habal-habal, the trip would be terrible especially if you have your things with you. After around 1 hour and a half, we were able to reach Pearl Farm tired from the tricycle ride. But seeing the beauty of Pearl Farm, we (almost) forgot about our tricycle (mis)adventure.

Pictures aren’t enough to describe how wonderful the place was. Upon arrival, we were given our welcome drinks while one of the staff explains to us where the pool is and that there’s a boat that could bring us to the other Pearl Farm which they call Malipano Island. Our bags were put in a locker provided by Pearl Farm then we explored the place! We stayed there til around 2pm. The lunch buffet, included in the package tour, was really sumptuous!

Activity2: Giant Clams

While Kuya Jason was waiting for us at Pearl Farm, we were surprised to find out that Kuya Robert, the boatman we rented (Php1000/boat) for our Giant clam trip, was already there at the gates of Pearl Farm ready with his boat to take us to the Giant Clams. That saved us a trip to Adecor, which was quite near from Pearl Farm. We were taken by suprise when we found out that the Giant Clams were far from the shore! I apologize for our ignorance but the pictures I saw from travelingkit seemed like they were just near the shores. It was due to the lowtide. Since we went there after lunch, the tide was high already so we had to snorkel just to see the clams. I wanted to back out but I thought, my bf wanted to swim with the whale sharks in one of our future trips, and if I can’t snorkel with these clams how will I be able to swim with the whale sharks too? So snorkel with the clams I went. We were provided with life vests (for free) so we were safe to snorkel. Snorkeling gears are also available for Php100 but we brought our own goggles so we didn’t have to rent those.

After the snorkeling and tricycle adventures, we felt tired. And just thinking about the 800+ steps at Hagimit Falls made us want to just check in at Samal Island Huts. We thought of pushing through the Monfort Bat cave but the staff from Samal Island Huts told us that they don’t let people in after 5pm. It was already past four then so we decided not to go. We thought of going there the following day just like we planned together with the Vanishing Island tour but hiring Kuya Jason again (he asks for Php600! but we were able to negotiate for Php400) plus the boat ride for Vanishing Island tour (Php500/boat) plus the thought of us bringing our things for the whole trip made us just say “nah, nevermind; let’s just visit Davao again.”

Accommodation: Samal Island Huts

So we went straight to Samal Island Huts. The place was not quite how we expected it to be. It was kind of private but very cozy and homey. I think they only have 4 rooms and 1 small pool (you couldn’t even do a lap). The staff were all men but they were very accommodating. We had our dinner outside because their food were pricey. The place was also far from the main road so it was difficult to get a ride from there but it’s easy to go there from the main streets. We spent the rest of the night at the warm pool.

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The staff at Samal island Huts can arrange tours for you. Just let them know beforehand so they can make arrangements. Here’s their website: http://www.samalislandhuts.ph

Other Davao Posts:

Davao Planned itinerary

Day 1: Talicud Tour at Samal

Day 3: Food Trip

Day 4: Back to MNL

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

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Davao Day 1: Talicud Tour at Samal Island

Just wanted to share a wonderful discovery during our trip to Davao. Gelo, my sister’s friend, taught us about the bus from MRT/LRT Taft that goes to NAIA. The ride costs Php20 only! That saved us a lot! We usually take a cab from Taft to the airport or from our house to the airport.

Anyway, we decided to spend Sunday night at the airport since our flight to Davao is at 5am, Monday. We didn’t get much sleep. We slept during the plane ride.

Here’s how we reached Red Parrot Inn from Davao airport (Francisco Bangoy International airport):

1. Cab from airport to Sasa wharf

2. Ferry from Sasa wharf to Babak, Samal Island (trips to Samal Island are more frequent here than Sta. Ana wharf which has trips to Kaputian)

3. took a tricycle from Babak to Red Parrot Inn (the tricycle driver agreed to take us to Kaputian for Php250 only. The tourist price is Php600. This caused some kind of commotion when the other trike drivers found out about our arrangement with Kuya Jason)

Alternative 1: From Sasa wharf, you may opt to wait for a bus that goes around Samal Island. In our case, we could have waited for a bus with a sign board that says “Kaputian” or “Penaplata”. The bus gets on the ferry and gets off at Babak then travels to Kaputian/Penaplata. Ride a tricycle or habal-habal in Penaplata going to Kaputian. If you have plenty of time, you may go for this route. But we were on a hurry to reach Red Parrot Inn for our Talicud Island Tour.

Alternative 2: From Babak, hire a habal-habal. They charge more than Php300 per person. As much as we’d like to experience riding on a habal-habal, our heavy stuff and lack of sleep prevented us to do so.

You may find a map of Samal Island here.

Accommodation: Red Parrot Inn

We had to pass by rough roads going to Red Parrot Inn. We were starving when we got there so we had no choice but to order food from them. Our bill was more than Php600 for 3 viands that were for sharing. We knew better come dinner time. We ate at a carinderia nearby. Our dinner cost was Php120 for 3 persons. 🙂

Kuya Aries, the staff there, was very very accommodating. He upgraded our room probably because it was still lean season. We had the best good night sleep here! Well, maybe because we were really tired and lacked sleep.

Activity 1: Talicud Island Tour

After having our lunch, we prepared for our Talicud Island Tour. Much to our dismay, this was not an island hopping tour. We were brought to different places where one can dive or snorkel — not our thing. We just took pictures then went back to Red Parrot Inn. The trip was around 2 hours only.

Talicud Island map

Talicud Island map

Cost: Php1800/boat

Activity2: Kaputian Beach Resort

Good thing Kaputian Beach Resort was just a few steps away from Red Parrot Inn. What’s great was the Entrance Fee’s only Php15! The beach quenched our thirst for sand and quietness. We enjoyed a few good hours here just before we had our dinner and hit the sack.


Other Davao Posts:

Davao Planned itinerary

Day 2: Pearl Farm and Giant Clams

Day 3: Food Trip

Day 4: Back to MNL

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

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4D/3N Davao: Planned Itinerary

After scouring through different travel blogs* on how to go do-it-yourself in Davao, I finally came up with the Itinerary below:

Day1: Oct.14 Activities Expenses per head
5am MNL to DAVAO    
6:45am Davao    
7-7:15am Sta. Ana Wharf taxi to wharf  
  Breakfast; buy lunch                                                                 A.First trip 9am ” PALBROS2 ” then back to Davao at 3pm.B. Second trip 12noon ” BIG PALBROS ” then back to Davao at 7am following day

C. Third Trip 3pm ” GRACE” then back to Davao 8am following day.

D. Fourth Trip 4pm ” HOFF GORIE” then back to Davao 8:30am following day.

9:00am Sta. Ana Wharf to Kaputian ferry


10:00 Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn accommodation


10-2 or 3pm Talicud Island Hopping package tour


3pm onwards FREE TIME dinner  


Day2: Oct.15 Activities Expenses per head
  Check out Captain Hook’s Inn breakfast  
8am-1pm Pearl Farm ride to Pearl Farm  
    Day Tour + Lunch


1-3pm Giant Clam Kuya Robert

334 (1k/boat)

    EF+snorkel etc


3-5pm Hagimit Falls habalhabal fr Adecor to Babak Wharf


    EF+environmental fee


5pm onwards Samal Island Huts (SIH) ride fr Hagimit to Babak/SIH (bus/habalhabal)  
  FREE TIME accommodation w/bfast




Day3: Oct.16 Activities Expenses per head
6am Breakfast at SIH    
7-7:15 Walk to Monfort Bat Colony    
7:15-8:15 Monfort Bat Colony Entrance


8:15-8:30 Walk back to SIH    
8:30-10:30 Vanishing Island RT ferry to and fromVanishing Is

167 (500/boat)

10:30-10:45 ferry back to SIH    
10:45-11am check out SIH    
  Babak Wharf to Sasa Wharf ferry


1pm Sasa Wharf to Domicilio/Lachi’s lunch  
  Lachi’s fare from wharf to Lachi’s


   Blugre Coffee from Abreeza durian coffee


    fare from Lachi’s to Phil. Eagle  
  Phil. Eagle EF+environmental fee




  Back to Domicilio dinner  




Day4: Oct.17 Activities Expenses per head
  Breakfast at TAPS breakfast  
  Bangkerohan Shopping souvenirs  
  Aldevinco Shopping    


leave for airport fare to airport  


DVO – MNL lunch  

3:00 PM


Estimated Grand Total: Php6,307 (exclusive of food, fare, and pasalubong)

We planned to start with the farthest destination first, Talicud, Samal Island, then spend the last day in the city. We were to check in at 3 different hotels/inns to facilitate our activities in Samal Island and to be able to explore the island as well.

But, of course, things didn’t turn out the way we planned. A few days before our trip, we decided to take the Sasa wharf route instead of Sta. Ana wharf so we could start with our Talicud Island tour early. The boat ride from Sta. Ana wharf starts at around 9am or 10am which means that we’ll be at the Red Parrot Inn by 10am or 11am – too late for the tour according to our contact at Red Parrot who helped book our tour.

We also had to drop some activities because we were too tired from our tricycle (mis)adventures to and from Pearl Farm. This carried on til our last night in Davao thus, no city tour for us. -_-

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses on my succeeding posts.









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Pearl Farm

Excited to blog about this!


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