Jack's Ridge is perhaps one of the most popular tourist spots in Davao City along with Eden Nature Park and Philippine Eagle Center. But after an in-depth research (naks), I concluded that Jack's Ridge is just like Eden Nature x Tagaytay (why do I sound so thesis-ish). Yeah it's great because it offers a good view of the city skyline and blah blah blah. But on that day we just decided to ditch the one-with-nature kinda place in favor of an all-you-can-eat-crab adventure (everyone loves crabs!! <3).
A month before our trip to Davao, Two2Travel blogged about Glamour Restaurant & Cafe's crab buffet and that definitely gave us an idea on where to satisfy our seafood cravings. So after freshening up (because we sure as hell were stinky after spending eight hours around the city), we asked Court View Inn's receptionist for directions to Glamour Restaurant. She gave me a puzzled look because apparently the restaurant wasn't as famous as I thought it was. After five minutes of listening to ate receptionist debate with the other hotel staff, we left with no definite directions *facepalm*.
As if it weren't a big enough problem that we had to choose only a few tourist spots from the numerous places in Davao, we now had to decide where to try zipline. Huh. I thought going on a vacation meant being relaxed and worrying about nothing??
Eden Nature Park has its own zipline facilities but I read somewhere that it's too short you can't even say "it's more fun in the Philippines" in one ride. Then there's Camp Zabros, which seemed perfect because it offers an amazing view of Mt. Apo. I was definitely rooting for Camp Zabros until I discovered that it's two hours away from the city proper. That means going there just for the zipline is an absolutely ridiculous idea. Kuya Joey, our taxi driver (09206954333), also advised against it because who goes to a far flung place that requires a total of 4 hours of travel time just to try zipline that probably doesn't even last for ten minutes? Yep, so we had to boot Camp Zabros out of our itinerary and look for a better alternative to Eden Nature Park. This, my friend, was where Outland Adventure entered the scene.
Preparing for our Davao trip proved to be more than just a simple task. In just under a month, I had debates with myself thrice as much as I had all throughout my life. Okay, that's pushing it a little bit. But with all the hundreds of things to do in Davao and with only four days to spend, it seriously made me crazier than I already was.
As always, I referred to PinoyExchange for itineraries, real-life stories, pieces of advice, and do's and don't's. It's my go-to site for everything related to travel and career stuff. But for some odd reason, reading the Davao thread made me confused more than ever. So I sought the help of AdventuRoj, who lives there, and she was kind enough to answer all my queries.
To be quite honest there's nothing special about Puka Beach. It would have probably been a perfect spot to beach bum and get away from hordes of people in White Beach if not for its rocky-nakakasakit-ka-na-sa-paa shores. Guess there's a reason why White Beach is much more popular (tons of reasons, actually).
We spent P250 (100 to and 150 from) in transportation alone. And a thousand for eating at Puka Grande. A few hundred bucks for pasalubong. Thank goodness they have souvenir stalls in Puka where we bought cellphone charmers and other trinkets because we didn't have time to go to D'Mall anymore to shop for pasalubong.
Save for an hour of water activities and a few quick trips to D'Mall to grab some food, we practically glued ourselves to Sur Boracay's beach chairs and cabanas. Why wouldn't we? It was the best way to make the most out of the P14k we paid them! :))
It took me months of reading reviews and browsing travel sites to look for the best hotel in Boracay, and when I said best I meant value for money. I wouldn't mind paying a little more than the usual as long as the area is not too crowded. And I reckon Boracay and "not crowded" can't be used in one sentence so I really had a hard time choosing among the countless of hotels, inns, and guesthouses on the island. I guess it just all came down to personal preferences.
Okay, let's say it all together now..."Awful blog title!!" K, whatever. But I just wanted to write something other than "Boracay Day 2." Hihi.
So anyway, we didn't exactly find Nemo but we sure did get some water action during our second day in Boracay. We got Kuya Ron's number from PinoyExchange and an urban legend states that he gives the lowest rates for all types of activities in Boracay. Well, I kind of believed that until I heard my gay officemates' story about how they got to experience parasailing (with free helmet diving!!!) for only P700/person by just flirting with the Caticlan Jetty's police officer of the day, who's got some connections and stuff. In their own words, "Kinembutan lang ni (insert sexy gay friend's name here)." Well, I'm not gay (not that there's something wrong about it) and certainly not flirtatious and remotely congenial so we're good with Kuya Ron's rates. Besides, we definitely had a blast rolling off some speedboat-driven airbed, a.k.a the mighty Flying Fish! :D
If there's anything about Boracay that we love more than the hot chicks and tanned dudes, it has got to be the food. Although we weren't able to walk past through station 2 (heck, we barely even made it to station 2!), station 1 has its own food heaven for the tourists to enjoy.