July 15, 2018

Monticillo Lorenzo Review

I've been too busy with the opening of classes so I was not able to book a hotel for our Davao trip early.  John and I decided to book Monticillo Lorenzo right after landing Davao International Airport. We chose Monticillo Lorenzo based the rates (almost P1,760) and the photos provided by booking.com.

What we like about Monticillo Lorenzo:

1.The staff, Jenny, was very kind. 
2. The pool is nice. 
3.  Siopao and hot choco's delicious. 
4. Located near 911 and Yellow Fin Resto. 
5. Plenty of trees and plants. 
6. Near public transport.

What we didn't like about Monticillo Lorenzo:
1. There was a cat poop near our room. 
2.  No intercom and telephone so we had to go down several times to aske for things we need.
3.  There's no comforter in the room. When I told the receptionist about it, she said, they provide comforter upon the request of the guest. They should have told us that upon our arrival, not when we are about to leave.
4.  Booking.com's published rate for the room we got was P1,440. It was what they sent me via email. as well. When we got to Monticillo, they're charging us  P1,760. I hope next time booking,com will  be transparent to publish the rate + whatever taxes included so that the guests and hotel owners won't have miscommunication issues at all about rates.

Address: 113 Camia, Juna subdivision, Matina, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Phone: (082) 296 2505

July 14, 2018

La Vida Orchard Bed and Breakfast Review

Our trip to Samal Island is impromptu so I booked for an overnight stay at La Vida Orchard Bed and Breakfast in less than 3 hours. I based my booking because I like the photo provided by booking.com. Plus, La Vida had the  cheapest rate at the time of booking.

I made the right choice because the owners, Mrs. Deborah and Mr. Alberto, were very nice. Ma'am Deb even made mango smoothie for us because they have plenty of mangoes while we were there. Their breakfast starts at 630am but Ma'am Deb made sure we had breakfast at 530am before heading to our Samal adventure. 

What I didn't like? One, the water coming from the shower is too weak. It took us longer time to rinse off. No tv and wifi in the room. Wifi and tv is only available in the lobby and adjacent dining area so I was not able to finish my work at night. No soap and toothbrush provided in the room. They only have 2 small sachets of shampoo- with-conditioner.

Overall, our stay in La Vida is fairly nice because of the friendly reception from the owners, especially Ma'am Deb. Nino, the manager and son of the owners, even connected us with the best tour guide and service vehicle, Kuya Joseph. Hire Kuya Joseph if you plan to tour Samal Island.

Address: Barangay Catagman, Samal District, Island Garden City of Samal, 8119 Davao del Norte
Phone: 0917 770 0330

July 13, 2018

Hagimit Falls

More than the beach, I enjoy waterfalls so I made sure that Hagimit Falls is our last stop in Samal Island before heading back to Manila. Hagimit Falls is about 2 km from Penaplata proper. John and I went their via the help of tour guide Kuya Joseph. You may opt to ride from Penaplata proper with car or jeepney, it will only take you five minutes ride to experience its mystique.

There' a P50 entrance fee, plus P5 environmental fee per person. Before reaching the falls facade, there's a  cemented trail going down. Upon getting there you can just sit and be amazed by the magnificence of the falls. The Hagimit Water Falls is quite small, but its’ running water will give you a relief from the tiring travel you had.

There are some cottages for the visitors to rent but John and I decided not to rent since we stayed only for a quick dip and took lots of photos and videos.  

Address: Samal, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Phone: 0999 705 5330

July 11, 2018

Giant Clam Sanctuary in Samal

Taklobo is a local term for Giant Clams. I learned this from Nino of La Vida Orchard Bed and Breakfast as he encouraged as to visit Giant Clam Sanctuary. Taklobos are one of the most endangered clam species and these clams can be seen in Samal and under the protection of Davao del Norte State College.

If you are planning to explore Samal Island, you should not miss the Giant Clam Sanctuary. It's located at the white sand islet across from Barangay Adecor, the fishing village beside Pearl Farm Resort. John and I had a good look at Pearl Farm on the way to Giant Clam Sanctuary in Samal.

They collect a P100.00 per head entrance fee to sustain the project of taking care of the taklobos. Bring mask and snorkel (and life vest if you're not a good swimmer). If you don't have these, a rental fee of Php 100.00 per head for mask and snorkel. I forgot the rate for rash guard. They also have a GoPro rental for 300. Price per boat is Php 500.00 with a maximum capacity of 5 people.

July 10, 2018

Giant Slide at Maxima Aqua Fun

The first time I watched the giant slide at Maxima Aqua Fun was at Kris TV, where Darla bravely tried this slide made of tarpaulin. from then on I knew that this experience will be part of my to do list in Davao.

If you want an activity that offers adventure and fun, visit Maxima Aqua Fun. They have several facilities which any visitor can enjoy, namely, Two Giant Tarpaulin Water Slide, Water Blob, Diving Board, Snorkeling, and Diving

Entrance fee (Day-tour Package) : Adult -200 per Person | Child -150 per Person
Entrance fee (Overnight package) : Adult -250 per Person | Child -300 per Person

Included in the entrance fees are as follows:
-Unlimited use of two Tarpaulin Giant Slides
-Unlimited use of Diving board
-Free use of Life vest
-Free use of Tables and chairs / Open cottages
-Free use of Water Blob
-Canopy Walk (every Saturdays and Sundays)

Address: Barangay Cawag, PeƱaplata, Island Garden City of Samal
Phone: (082) 286 1054
Mobile Numbers: +639399307804 | +639175181371
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