Must-C’s of Davao : A Designed Visit to Davao City by Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours

Here is something interesting to do on your Davao visit this summer.
Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours has recently launched its creatively designed Davao “Must-C’s” Tour Package.  The “Must-C’s” (Must See’s) is a brainchild of tour operators Darriel and Catherine Quiogue, which is essentially a bundle of Davao specialties and attractions that coincidentally start with the letter C — chocolate, cheese, coffee, clams and coral garden for example.

Apart from the catchy tour banner, what made “Must-C’s” tour distinct is that it does not conclude on mainstream stops and activities, to which any visitor could have expected. Rather, the tour introduces the city with focus on cuisine, culture, and conservation, the three things that define and distinguish the Davao experience; Interesting enough even for Davao locals.

I was fortunate to experience first hand what Tide and Tribe had to offer. The trip turned out smooth and hassle free with a bundle of activities carefully arranged to keep up the adventure cravings of the guests. Here are the highlights of my awesome weekend getaway, as part of the Two Day Davao “Must-C’s” Tour Package.

Day 1

The Tour started off with a hearty cheese-tasting session at Malagos Farmhouse, A local chocolate, wine and cheese producer, where visitors will hear from the artisan cheese-maker herself, Olive Puentespina, how she makes her cheeses and how best to enjoy them.

The Ricotta Cheese, one of the three kinds of cheese served by Malagos Farmhouse for the tour. Ricotta curds are creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, and contain less fat.

The Ricotta Cheese, one of the three kinds of cheese served by Malagos Farmhouse for the tour. Ricotta curds are creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, and contain less fat.

My Plate full of different kinds of cheeses , locally made in Davao by Olive Puentespina

My Plate full of different kinds of cheeses , locally made in Davao by Olive Puentespina

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Chitchat with Malagos Farmhouse’s cheese makers during the cheese tasting Session, arranged by Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours

The tour hies off to the Philippine Eagle sanctuary in Calinan (some country side in Davao) to get up close—really close–and personal with the magnificent national bird, the Philippine Eagle, and other birds of the sanctuary, with a Keeper’s Talk.

A Portrait of a Female Philippine Eagle ; Such a fierce beauty.

A Portrait of an Adult Female Philippine Eagle ; Such a fierce beauty.

The Brahminy Kite  is a specie of sea eagle found in the Philippines

The Brahminy Kites are among the exotic birds protected by the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary

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Striking a pose with the Majestic Philippine Eagle

After the visit to the conservation center, lunch of catfish (hito) and barbeque awaits in a countryside setting in one of the many hitoan restaurants that line up this stretch of the road. Catfish(hito) farming is also a lucrative and sustainable industry here in Davao.

Heavy Lunch with Darriel and Catherine Quiogue and other bloggers  at a catfish (Hito) farm, not very far from the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary

Heavy Lunch with Darriel and Catherine Quiogue and other bloggers at a catfish (Hito) farm, not very far from the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary

The House Specialty, Deep Fried Catfish, a personal Fave.

The House Specialty, Deep Fried Catfish, a personal Fave.

Next up is a visit to Rosit Cacao Farm, where visitors will learn more about Davao’s growing reputation in the chocolate world from the owner himself, Mr. Grover Rosit, who has trained many a cacao farmer here and abroad.  We top off this tour with an interactive experience at tablea-making and hot chocolate tasting.

The Process of Producing Pure Cocao (Cocoa), locally known as Tableya

The Process of Producing Pure Cocao (Cocoa), locally known as Tableya

Sampling the Native Hot Chocolate drink . Freshly grounded and brewed in the Rosit Cacao Farm

Sampling the Native Hot Chocolate drink . Freshly grounded and brewed in the Rosit Cacao Farm

Day 1 ends with a privately hosted dinner of home-cooked, spicy Kagan food, prepared women of the Kagan tribe, who will also share their dance and music with you. Kagan is one of the eleven indigenous tribes of Davao.  And to cool down the fiery heat of the Kagan dishes, we give you Davao’s signature fruits and a surprise dessert, capped with fragrant, freshly roasted and brewed Kagan-style coffee.

Sampling a traditional dish from the Kagan Tribe of Davao. The Tininuan is an Indigenous spicy chicken dish sauteed in shredded/roasted coconut flesh.  On the side is a Kagikit, a mildly spiced shedded fish dish. The Yellow rice prepared in coconut milk and turmeric.

Sampling a traditional meal from the Kagan Tribe of Davao.
The Tininuan is an Indigenous spicy chicken dish sauteed in shredded/roasted coconut flesh.
On the side is a Kagikit, a mildly spiced shedded fish dish.
The Yellow rice prepared in coconut milk and turmeric.

Day 2

Day 2 is beach day! The tour will take an exclusive boat ride to the Malipano islands where you will spend the morning snorkeling at the protected marine habitat of our ‘taklobos’ or giant clams and its smaller relatives, with the help of the official snorkeling guides of this eco-tourism project of the Davao del Norte State College, the AdeCor United Fisherfolk Organization and the local government. There are 3500++ number of living clams in this sanctuary, for conservation. The Clam sanctuary is limitedly open to the public, and the best way to visit is through an organised tour. More pictures and details of this on my next post =)

A closer look at the Clams. Photo taken by Darriel and Cathy Quiogue

A closer look at the Clams. Photo taken by Darriel and Cathy Quiogue

The shadows on the water are actually living clams, around 12 to 18 inches in width. Some even grow bigger on deeper water.  There are 3500++ number of living clams in this sanctuary,for conservation.

The shadows on the water are actually living clams, around 12 to 18 inches in width. Some are even bigger, which can be found in deeper water. There are 3500++ number of living clams in this sanctuary,for conservation.

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The Must-C Team =)

Sumptuous BBQ and seafood lunch is served after the snorkling session at the Clam Sanctuary, Samal Island.

A Heavy BBQ lunch at the beach is served after the snorkling session at the Clam Sanctuary.

A Heavy BBQ lunch at the beach is served after the snorkling session at the Clam Sanctuary.

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Comfi boat to take you around the best snorkling and diving spots in Samal Island, as arranged by Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours

A relaxing boat ride along the coast of Samal is provided by Tides and Tribe Travel and Tours. The boat has a comfort room, a Kayak and snorkelling sets to use

A relaxing boat ride along the coast of Samal is provided by Tides and Tribe Travel and Tours. The boat has a comfort room, a Kayak and snorkelling sets to use.

The highlight of Day 2 on the afternoon when visitors get to experience Intro Scuba Diving, as part of the tour package. Scuba diving is forbidden at the Giant Clam Sanctuary but it is certainly a must-do at the shallow reefs of Samal islands. Visitors will be in the capable hands of dive masters who will guide you and carry you along on an intro dive.  More of this diving experience on my near future posts.

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The First Time Diver

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The first time diver enjoying the Lush Coral Garden of Samal Island , under the good hands of Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours

First time Scuba Divers. More of this diving experience on my near future posts.

First time Scuba Divers. More of this diving experience on my near future posts.

All that activity will surely make one hungry. The tour concludes on a gastronomic high with an eat-all-you-can dinner at a crab and seafood buffet, which is Davao is also famous for. =)

A Sumptuous feast of Crab and Shrimp, served buffet style, concludes the

A Sumptuous feast of Crab and Shrimp, served buffet style, concludes the “Must-C’s” of Davao Tour package.

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A Sumptuous feast of Crab and Shrimp, served buffet style, concludes the “Must-C’s” of Davao Tour package.

This amazing experience has been creatively designed and arranged by Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours.

Apart from the two day package, the operator also offers a Three day package for broader Davao experience. They can also design special tours upon client’s requests. Get to know the operators by reaching through the following links below.

Tide and Tribe Travel and Tours

Garcia Heights, Davao City, 8000,  Philippines

Email : info@tideandtribe.com

Telephone Number : (6382) 222-0193

Mobile Number : (63927) 572 4638 / (63927) 572 4683

http://tideandtribe.com/

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