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Itinerary & Expenses in Davao

My stay in Davao del Norte and del Sur was fun. The contrast of city life and rural seclusion gave Davao a unique personality. Davao has a lot to offer from beaches, extreme adventures, city life, and secluded beaches there is a lot in store for all kinds of vacationers and adventure seekers alike.

Here's a breakdown of my expenses during my 4-day stay in Davao del Norte and del Sur:
P1,500 - 2 nights in Red Parrot Inn
P750 - Overnight in Northzen Hotel
P900 - Island Hopping in Talicud Island
P10 - Entrance fee to Kaputian Beach Resort
P655 - Food & Water
P10 - DVD rental
P200 - Bus to Clark
P155 - Pasalubong
P418 - Transpo
P10 - Ferry to Samal Island
P120 - Bus to Kaputian, Samal Island and return bus to Davao City
P50 - Japanese Tunnel entrance fee
P200 - Maxima Aqua Fun entrance
P150 - Entrance fee to Crocodile Park
P150 - Clark terminal fee
P200 - Davao terminal fee
P5 - Davao City Water District entrance fee
P50 - Philippine Eagle Center entrance fee
P189 - Bus & shuttle back to Manila                                                       
P5,722 - Total expenses for entire stay in Davao and other fees.

P750 - Airfare round trip from Airasia

P6,472 - Total expenses including airfare for 4 days and 3 nights, and other fees.

You can spend less depending on how you travel, where you stay, where you eat, and what you do.


Day 1
Arrival in Davao
Check-in at Red Parrot Inn

Day 2
Island hopping in Talicud Island
Maxima Aqua Fun Resort 
Day 3
Kaputian Beach Resort
K'Mindanawan Cultural Village
Butterfly House

Crocodile Park
Japanese Tunnel
People's Park
Durian World

Day 4  
Philippine Eagle Center
Arrival in Manila

Read my updated guide here: budget and itinerary for Davao


Since Davao is comprised of Del Norte, Oriental, and Del Sur, I was unable to go around and look for affordable accommodations. There are rooms for less than P500 if you look hard enough I saw signs and adverts that show a lot of rooms for less than P1,000.

Red Parrot Inn

We got a room for P1,500 good for three and had airconditioning, private bathroom, TV, and DVD player.
Contact details: Sir Aries 09071222091

Northzen Hotel 

Northzen Hotel is a brand new hotel in downtown Davao. We got a room for 2 for P1,500 including breakfast.
Contact details: 09477662225


I find it strange that during my stay in Davao I barely found any tour agencies that offered affordable tours. This problem was summed up by a storekeeper on Samal Island "malayo pa po kami sa ganiyan," that was the storekeeper's answer when I asked her about tours for island hopping. Compared to Coron and El Nido, Samal Island is behind in terms of development for tourism. For a province with a lot of potential this is a problem. Unless you are up for an adventure or spending luxuriously, middle-class spenders who want a bit more comfort would end up spending more than they planned on.

Davao is do-it-yourselfable (made that word up) but for those who want to book a tour you can contact Mr. Nelson Bibera (Davao Tours) through 09156513819. They offer tours from P2,500+++ for up to 6 persons. You can visit their Facebook page Davao Tours.


  1. Hello! :D

    First of all, Davao is a huge city, not a province. Even though you're miles away from the downtown, it's still part of the city. And if you're talking about province, there are like 3 provinces that starts with Davao. Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental.

    Therefore, Davao City itself is not a province but a city. Samal Island is part of Davao del Norte but it's accessible to Davao City which is why the beaches are just so near to our city.

    Sorry but I just can't help but to comment about this.

  2. @Jonas: thanks for the heads up :D

  3. had this been available on the net earlier, i would not have problems when we went to Davao. ^^

  4. This is second of my list of places to see in the Philippines---after I do my Batanes trip.

  5. Great job in budgeting P6,500 for a 4 day trip. Davao is one of my favorite places because it's so clean and has a lot of attractions.

  6. Is that a waterslide? It looks very interesting and scary! But I would have loved to try that! :) Davao really makes a wonderful place to visit.

  7. I wanted to go back to Davao, other than seeing their beautiful places I wanna smell fresh durian ha!ha! hoping to secure affordable rates just like what you had e.g. budget airfare.

  8. For a 4D/3N trip with only 6500, its really affordable. ^_^

  9. Wow! Davao is big...
    And writing this would have been an effort, normally I can gather the iti with just the continues photos I have..
    but taking note of expenses is something else.
    Effort nga yung research mo hah..
    They need to do something for this tourism to do the work for them..
    Kung ganun na ang mamahal ng tour fees.

  10. A trip to Davao for only around 6,500? Wow! It's a budget-friendly trip indeed! :)

  11. Wooohh Summer is near to end we will all be missing hopping different places to unwind. .

  12. A sound travel expense itinerary. We do have friends in Davao where they are 'kulitin' us to go visit them. If my scheds is free, we will consider visiting Davao.

  13. Yay that's a very affordable Trip! I can't believe that you only spent 6K for a 4 days and 2 night stay at Davao... Hmmm, I think I'll bookmark this post para may guide ako if we decide to check out this place soon :)

  14. 750 pesos for a roundtrip airfare? Wow, very cheap or I guess you availed the promo. Very cheap travel but you have brought with you a wonderful and priceless Davao experience.

  15. I agree, Davao City is very huge. There are parts of the city which you can relax and unwind too.

  16. Thanks for the tips! I can't wait to visit Davao and for sure, I'll do it DIY. :)

  17. My friend and I are also planning to go to davao this July 29-31. I hope we will have a successful adventure! I'm so excited! Thank you for this!

  18. Can't forget that place. That's the place where my husband had an affair with one the Accounting college student of University of Mindanao.

  19. were going to davao on dec.. we are 11 in the group... any suggestion for 3 days trip? yong pwede masulit at mapuntahan yong the best attraction.

  20. @anonymous: depende po kung ano gusto niyo gawin, marami na po pwede puntahan sa city pero maganda rin po ang samal island, email niyo po ako para madetalyadong sagot salamat po!

  21. Pumunta po kmi ng Davao last year sobrang enjoy namin at sulit ang binayad namin na 10k per pax inclusive airfare roundtrip,bongga ang food at dami naming napuntahan sa 3days dahil may van. Ang luwag ng van dahil anim lng kmi,pwede kmi matulog na nkahiga.sa lahat ng napuntahan namin davao ang best.

  22. possible po ba ung mag-davao del sur (Apo highlands) tapos Davao City at Samal in 4D3N?! or sobrang layo na nun? gusto ko puntahan lahat sa Davao Trip ko hehe..

  23. @mae: masyado na yun malayo, better if you did that on another trip. :D

  24. thanks mr. Joshua Berida for the info and tip. it's a friendly budget trip for me. i go to davao this coming nov. 23-28, 2016..

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