Hagimit Falls, Samal Island in Davao

May 31, 2009
Before we left Samal Island from Chemas by the Sea, we took time out to drop by Hagimit Falls, a place I came across online when i was still researching for places to go in Samal Island. It was the day of the Manny Pacquiao fight with Ricky Hatton, it was hard missing the fight on TV, but I can always watch the replay. Since, we’re in a beautiful island such as Samal, I cannot ditch the chance of visiting Hagimit Falls--not even for a Pac-man fight.

So after a 30 minute “Habal-Habal”  ride from Chemas we arrived at the jump-off place to the waterfalls. After a 7-minute hike, we reached the first series of waterfalls. Eager for news at who won the fight, I checked my phone for SMS updates. There was no signal available from Globe. Hearing the streaming water, my anxiety at who won disappeared and excitement overcome me. 

Zipline @ Camp Sabros – Digos City, Davao Del Sur

May 25, 2009
We arrived at the Davao International Airport from Manila at about 6am Friday Morning. With no time for a brief rest we hailed a cab to Ecoland bus terminal where buses going to other cities like General Santos, Cagayan De Oro, Koronadal and Bukidnon can be found.

We took a bus bound for General Santos City that will pass by Digos City, where Camp Sabros is located. (specifically Kapatagan, Digos City). We got off at the Digos Bus Terminal after an hour and a half then took a trike for 15 minutes to the “Habal Habal” terminal.

“Habal-Habal is a form of transportation (a customized motorcycle that can sit 2-3 passengers) that usually found in mountainous and secluded places in Visayas and Mindanao..It is also known to some as “Skylab”.

White Water Rafting at Davao River

May 07, 2009
I always want to try river rafting, especially the one at Cagayan De Oro, the premier river rafting location in the Philippines (which Lot had already tried before). But since Davao has a 13 kilometer River that also boasts some decent rapids, I was glad to be able to experience it there.

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The river rafting wasn’t really part of our itinerary, on our last day in Davao (Monday) we thought we could just do simple touring and try to stay away from tiring activities we did the previous days. But as we arrived at the Crocodile Park we saw a group of people huddled together being lectured by one of the rafting guides, for us it was an opportunity to add on to our Davao experience.

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We paid the fee, 2k for each person, sounds expensive but after you go through the whole ordeal im pretty sure it’ll be very much worth it. I mean i told myself, these are the reasons why i save money, why i work so i can able to afford these kind of undertakings, it was sort of a reward for living life not grandiosely but in a simple yet exciting way.

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It was really safe, you get to wear a life jacket, learn the proper position so you can easily float along the water current, we get to experience doing that by just letting the river current carry our body and of course riding the raft as it approach numerous rapids, which seems pretty good since it rained in Davao the previous week.

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Anyway the whole river rafting took us more or less 4-5 hours with lunch break in between and photo ops courtesy of one of the guides who was in a single raft, rafting over us and waiting for us to pass some trickery rapids for him to start shooting pictures. Our guide Patrick was game enough to crack jokes in between.

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My arms were weary afterwards, since i was the only male in the raft i had to – you know show them how strong my arms were hehe, but body pains, river water inside my lungs, learning and then panicking a bit while floating along the current, fear of deep water and all, it was a worthwhile experience.

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And this, is one of the reason why I’ll definitely come back to Davao next year, hopefully with more friends in tow to share the experience with.

Around Davao City

May 06, 2009
Day 4 of our Davao Trip

A brief recap:
Day 1: Camp Sabros at Digos City (about 50 kilometers from Davao City)

Day 2 and 3: Samal Island: ( Chemas by the Sea and Hagimit Falls )

Coming from Samal Island we took a bus (that will be ferried by a barge ) to Davao City. We tried checking in at the Ponce Suites as it was recommended by a friend and popular for its art exhibits displayed all over the lobby of the place, but upon arriving there we found out that its already fullybooked so we settled to a nearby cheap hotel.

After having a fine cabin at Camp Sabros with a wonderful view of Mt. Apo and an equally nice accomodation at Samal Island, our room here offers a view of *drum roll* hollow blocks. Yes, the window was blocked by a cement wall, well we can’t complain as we can only afford budget rooms this part of our trip.

Cheap hotel we stayed in at the background
Cheap hotel we stayed in at the background

Upon arriving we had a hearty late lunch at Ahfat (a Chinese Seafood Restaurant), after that we just walked around the vicinity and prepared for our last day in Davao the next day (which we eventually spent River Rafting at the Davao River).

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The next day we went to crocodile Park where the orientation of those who will join the River Rafting takes place.

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Erap and Mike Arroyo
Erap and Mike Arroyo
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During the night we dropped by Aldevinco shopping center, famous for its rows of souvernir, handicraft and antique stores, to buy some “Pasalubongs” and souvernir items.

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Afterward, we went to Jack’s Ridge, a place set up high that offers a view of Davao City. It has many restaurants and kind of reminds you of Antipolo and Tagaytay. We had dinner with Kat (who, i first met online in Multiply) and her friends.

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It was a great 5 days spent at Davao province, seems like there’s more to do but very little time. Hope I can get back soon and try to visit the places i missed next time.