Just last month, we were snorkeling with giant clams and soaking up the heat in Davao City with 8 of our Bloggeratis, exploring the eco-adventure side of Philippines.
Our squad onboard the trip – Mongchin, Juli, Clara, Limaran, Shenny, Keline, Charlene and Jason – will be sharing their traventure (travel + adventure) over the next few days, so be sure to stay tuned for more on each of their blogs.
As for us, we will be sharing the things you might not know about Cebu Pacific and Davao City, so read on!
- Be sure not to miss out on the quizzes onboard Cebu Pacific!
Did you know, Cebu Pacific is Philippines’ largest airline that entered the aviation industry in March 1996 and pioneered the “low fare, great value” strategy?
We thoroughly enjoyed our flight on Cebu Pacific Air! We love how the airline embraces the Filipino’s culture of fun through their tongue-in-cheek advertisements, their interesting in-flight games (yes, more about that in a bit) and their pre-flight safety demo – dances that easily capture the attention of everyone on board.
Have you seen their punny advertisements?
(Image: Cebu Pacific Air)
The in-flight games are random quizzes that the crew conducts after the take-off. The questions are usually simple trivia related to Philippines or the airline (e.g. how many emergency exits does this aircraft have?), or sing along contests.
These contests are usually held on international and domestic flights (with the exception of late night flights), so be sure to catch out the quizzes to stand a chance to win exclusive CEB merchandises. It’s always nice to join in the fun to minimize any flight jitters you have!
Our bloggerati bloggers together with the friendliest crews and the hospitable pilots that flew with us.
We even had the opportunity to take small peek into the cockpit, which was an eye-opener!
CEB currently flies to 5 direct Philippines destinations from Singapore including Manila, Clark, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.
Cebu Pacific Air flies from Singapore to the eco-adventure capital of Davao thrice weekly. Lowest year-round fares start from SGD 182. For bookings and promos, check HERE or call +65-315-80808.
2. Designated smoking corners
As a city with strong focus on eco-tourism, Davao prides itself in keeping the city a clean and eco-friendly place by limiting the smoking areas to small designated smoking areas outside public spaces.
Sometimes these small areas are cordoned off using bamboo sticks and ropes, which was an interesting sight indeed.
A common question asked is why is such an extreme measure taken to prevent smoking? The anti-smoking ordinance was made, to protect public health and ensure that clean air is provided for the citizens of Davao.
Their studies show that many Filipinos have been affected by health problems caused by tobacco, and this number can be decreased by an immediate action of reducing smoking areas.
3. The paradise is VERY AFFORDABLE land & sea activities – 2 days of fun for under $100!
If you’re on a budget but still want to have a go with land & sea activities, look no further! We had so much fun overcoming our fears up in the air as well as deep in the sea in Davao, all at a very affordable price.
Here are some activities you can consider when you’re there:
a) Eden Nature Park
Eden Nature Park is a place for one to enjoy the flora & fauna in the Philippines – butterfly garden, flower garden and spice garden. But the highlight for us was the sky activities they offer – think sky cycling, ziplining and sky swing!
Eden Nature Park – prices per pax
Guided shuttle tour- PHP 120
Sky Rider- PHP 150
Sky Cycle- PHP 200
Total “damage”: PHP 470 (approx SGD 14!)
Everyone has their individual fears – of heights or water – and this trip enabled us to set our personal challenges and goals through overcoming our fears.
You too can challenge yourself and we guarantee you’ll not regret the sky experience at Eden!
b) “Taklobo” Giant Clams Tour
After our exhilarating sky activities, we had a go with the sea activities.
Home to the marine life, the Giant Clam Sanctuary on Samal Island is an ongoing conservation Eco-Tourism Project which aims to promote biodiversity preservation, education, tourism & livelihood.
“Taklobo” Giant Clams Tour – prices per pax
Entrance fee- PHP 100
Rental of snorkel gear- PHP 100
Rental of rash guard- PHP 100
Boat rental (up to 12 guests)- PHP 500
Total “damage”: PHP 360 (approx SGD 11!)
It’s a view not to be missed ;)
c) Maxima Aquafun & Canopy Tours
If you’re up for something more exciting, how does a 40m slide into the water sound? Yes you heard it right, the adrenaline rush down the 40m giant slide at Maxima Aquafun is certainly not for the faint-hearted!
Maxima Aquafun & Canopy Tours
Day tour (Adults)- PHP 300
Day tour (Kids)- PHP 200
*includes lifebelt, tram ride, unlimited use of waterslide, water blob, jumping board and canopy walk on weekends
Total “damage”: PHP 300 (approx SGD 9!)
d) Davao Wildwater Adventure
Our last adventure of the trip was white water rafting along the Davao River – a 13 kilometres journey of being tossed around in the raft at rapids and swimming in the calm river.
Words can’t explain how amazing the experience was.
Midway through the rafting route, with the majestic sight of Mother Nature before us, we stopped over
at a pit stop for lunch and enjoyed the peace & serenity it brought us.
Davao Wildwater Adventure
Package rate of PHP 1700 per pax (minimum of 5 per group)
*includes transportation (From Crocodile Park to Rafting Area and back), lunch and refreshments, use of paddle and boat as well as Raft Guide
Total “damage”: PHP 1700 (approx SGD 50!)
e. Pressure Points Spa
If you ask us what is the best way to end our bloggerati traventure?
Nothing better than a pampering massage of course. At Pressure Points Spa, we were warmly greeted by their hospitable service of the therapists and were also spoilt for choices on the array of services they offer.
Pressure Points Spa
Holistic Body Massage- prices start from PHP 500
Foot massage- prices start from PHP 400
*Other treatments including foot detoxification, ear candling, manicures and pedicures start from PHP 200
Average “damage”: PHP 500 (approx SGD 15!)
All in all, the land, sea as well as the relaxation activities will only cost one less than SGD100. Where else can you get such a fun-filled activities at such an affordable price?! Need we say more?
For accommodations, we were treated with great hospitality at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Davao and Seda Abreeza Hotel Davao, which were both located right next to convenient huge malls.
Our bloggers are having a giveaway where you can stand a chance to win yourself a pair of air tickets to Davao. Stay tuned to their Instagram accounts to find out how to participate in this contest!
Good luck and MABUHAY!
For more visual updates of the bloggerati traventure, do hop over to #nuffnangsgxcebupacific as well as here for the official photos. Special thanks to Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Department of Tourism Region (11)- Davao for making this trip possible!