With June just around the corner, this weekend may be your last chance to make the most of the final days of summer.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun activities only a few hours’ drive away from Davao City. Check out our top picks:
Have a taste of farm living
La Fermette, which means “tiny farm” in French, is an organic farm and café bistro that gives visitors a unique opportunity to experience how a real farm works. When you visit at either 5:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., the staff lets you help milk the cows or harvest fresh produce. A mouthwatering feast of dishes and artisanal dairy products that use farm-fresh ingredients are available daily a la carte.
La Fermette is located in Purok 8, Tacunan, Davao City.
Another venue where families can experience the farm-to-table concept firsthand is Huni Farm in Calinan. Recently opening its gates as an agro-tourism site, the farm’s educational tours give people a behind-the-scenes look at how the food on our table is grown. A healthy buffet lunch await weekend visitors.
Huni Farm is located in Brgy. Wangan, Calinan, Davao City.
Make your own pizza.
Aside from serving some of the best desserts in Davao City, Lara Mia also offers make-your-own-pizza workshops that’ll surely put a big smile on your kids’ faces and tummies. The activity includes a brief lecture on the history of pizza, and the tools and ingredients for making authentic Italian pizza.
Lara Mia is located in University Ave. corner Juna Subd., Matina, Davao City.
Reconnect with nature.
Davao Oriental offers many opportunities for fun and learning. One spot worth visiting is the Mount Hamiguitan Eco Park & Natural Science Museum, Mindanao’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain is home to several unique plant and animal species, including centuries-old bonsai trees and the majestic Philippine Eagle. The adjoining museum also has many interesting displays designed to make kids appreciate the wonders and importance of nature.
Mount Hamiguitan Eco Park & Natural Science Museum is located in San Isidro, Davao Oriental (approximately a 4-hour drive away from Davao City).
In the town of Caraga is Pusan Point Eco Park and Science Discovery Center. Aside from the breathtaking sight of 40-foot-high rock formations, you can also have fun at the Science Discovery Center. Its signature attractions are the planetarium and galaxy walk, which make for an engaging and educational bonding activity with the family.
Pusan Point Eco Park and Science Discovery Center is located in Brgy. Santiago, Caraga, Davao Oriental (approximately a 5-hour drive away from Davao City).
Discover the wonders of the deep.
Samal Island may be famous for its pearl farms, but it’s also home to another hidden gem—the Taklobo Sanctuary! Five species of taklobo or giant clams can be found in the 14-hectare marine reserve. For less than a hundred pesos, you can rent snorkeling gear to see these colossal bivalves in their natural habitat. Just remember: giant clams are considered endangered species, so take care not to disturb or damage them.
Giant Clam Sanctuary is located in Brgy. Acedor, Samal Island (approximately a 45-minute boat ride away from Davao City).
Take one last dip for summer!
Blue Bless Beach Resort has an inflatable water park where you can play to your heart’s content. You can also take your pick from several aqua rides, including a clear kayak, banana boat, and jet ski. If you’d rather unwind, you can always enjoy a relaxing dip in their crystal-clear pool, or stretch out inside their cozy, floating cottages instead.
Blue Bless Beach Resort is located in Sitio Pitugo, Brgy. Bobon, Mati, Davao Oriental (approximately a 4-hour drive away from Davao City).
Get your adrenaline pumping when you visit the Seven Seas Water Park. With over 20 thrilling slides to choose from, your kids are sure to have a fun-filled afternoon. Be sure to try the Cyclone or the Pira-chute slides!
Seven Seas Water Park is located in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental (approximately a 5.5-hour drive away from Davao City).
Make these last few days of summer unforgettable by visiting these destinations. For more tips on Davao living, follow our Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter!
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