PHOTOBLOG: Exploring Mati, Davao Oriental

If you haven’t been outside of Davao City, you haven’t really discovered the true beauty of this incredible province. Davao is one of those destinations that many of our tourists (and locals) should go out of their way to explore. Many will be pleasantly surprised to find out that there is much more to the Philippines than just the usual popular destinations we grown accustomed to visiting such as Boracay, Palawan and Siargao.

One such place is Mati in Davao Oriental. I had a wonderful time flying to Davao via AirAsia and visiting Mati with a couple of friends just a few weeks ago where we spent about two days taking in all its beauty and splendor. I had fun vlogging about my short trip there which I hope you will watch out for very soon on my YouTube channel and Facebook Page. Ahead of that, I’d like to share with you this quick photoblog, hoping it might tease you enough to encourage you and your friends (and maybe family) to see the place yourselves.

Let’s begin…

A quick visit to Mati, Davao Oriental

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

At Clark International Airport with my wife, waiting for our flight to Davao via AirAsia. First time to actually fly out via Clark. Check out my wife’s face. LOL!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Boarding our plane. Davao, here we come!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

A sea of clouds! What a beautiful sight!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

An absolutely smooth flight all the way to Davao via AirAsia. Just how smooth? Well, my wife seemed to have slept like a baby all the entire trip. LOL!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Touchdown Davao! Thanks AirAsia!

During the first part of our trip. I attended the launch of AirAsia’s newest (and very delicious) in-flight meal at the Malagos Garden Resort. The name of their latest offering is called Roasted Dalandan Chicken with Pimiento Sauce and Malagos Chocolates. This gastronomic creation was a collaboration between AirAsia and celebrity Chef JP Anglo. You can know more about it on a separate blog post I made.

AirAsia and Chef JP Anglo introduces the Roasted Dalandan Chicken with Pimiento Sauce using Malagos chocolate!

AirAsia Roasted Dalandan Chicken with Pimiento Sauce and Malagos Chocolate - Chef JP Anglo

A quick look at AirAsia’s newest in-flight meal – Roasted Dalandan Chicken with Pimiento Sauce and Malagos Chocolates

After that tummy-filling event, we made our way to Mati the following morning.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

G’morning, guys! Ready for the long road trip to Mati, Davao Oriental. Let’s ride!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

We stopped over for breakfast at Punong Restaurant in Tagum City where they had this beautiful wooden walkway over a fishing area.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Hello, Davao Oriental! Of course we couldn’t resist to take a photo here. Spot me in the picture!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

On the way, we stopped by Mount Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum to check out this incredible heritage site. This place is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Lots of animals and beautiful fauna!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Hello, Mount Hamiguitan!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Hamiguitan

Taking photos and getting ready to tour Mount Hamiguitan with our guide. Spot meeee!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Posing for a quick photo inside one of the rooms in the museum of Mount Hamaguitan.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

A beautiful hanging bridge located in one of the areas of Mount Hamiguitan.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Sleeping Dinosaur

On our way to Mati, we also stopped by a very popular area that overlooks what they call is the “Sleeping Dinosaur”. Why is it called such? Well, the figure of the island behind me looks exactly like a (you guessed it!) Sleeping Dinosaur. Can you make out the figure?

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Sleeping Dinosaur

Check out Christian… being the best Instagram boyfriend he could be to Chelsea. Hahaha!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Palmas Rojas

Palmas Rojas – the beautiful resort we stayed in during our quick getaway in Mati.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Palmas Rojas

The opposite view of Palmas Rojas, facing the beach. What a view right?

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Palmas Rojas

My wife… looking for mobile signal at Palmas Rojas. Haha! But, yeah… mobile signal is pretty spotty here. That was the only challenge.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Palmas Rojas

Another view of Palmas Rojas. Love this place!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Palmas Rojas

Our living room here in Palmas Rojas. This place is perfect for families and barkadas!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia Palmas Rojas

Our beautiful room in Palmas Rojas.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Dinner in Mati was spectacular! The star of our feast was naturally this sumptuous lechon! OMG. Let’s eat!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Post dinner group photo. Look how happy and busog everyone is. Hahaha! *burp!* (Excuse me!)

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Next morning, I took advantage of better sunlight and snapped a quick photo the beach from Palmas Rojas.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Later in the day, we headed out to the beach to watch local kids showcase their skimboarding skills.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

These skimboarders are pretty awesome! Whoa!

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia skimboard

One of the local skimboarders, pausing for a quick photo.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia skimboard

Local skimboarders patiently waiting for the next good wave to ride.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia skimboard

Vlogging some of the local skimboarders. Watch out for this on my video.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

A quick group photo with some of the local skimboarders before heading back to Davao City to catch our flight to Manila.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Hangin’ with (L-R) Chito, Chelsea, Christian, Christian, Gerry and misis before heading back to Davao City.

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Back at Davao International Airport. Checking-in at the AirAsia counter and saying our goodbyes. *sniff!*

Mati Davao Oriental AirAsia

Still vlogging while heading to the boarding area.

Well, that’s it for now. I’d like to thank Miguel, Ken and Brian of the Provincial Tourism Officers of Mati for taking care of us during our visit.

Watch out for my vlog post

I hope this photoblog excites you enough to eagerly wait up for my upcoming vlog post which shows so much more fun and kulitan! Don’t forget to watch out for it! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and LIKE my Facebook Page to stay updated. Please follow me on Instagram as well (@chuckiedreyfus).

Thank you, AirAsia!

Thank you very much to AirAsia for making this Davao trip possible. If you’re planning on your own trip to Davao or anywhere else in the Philippines and abroad, make sure to check out AirAsia’s website to know more about their other routes and take advantage of their promo fares. Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotion and activities via Twitter (@AirAsiaFilipino), Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPH) and on Instagram (@AirAsiaFilipino).

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PHOTOBLOG: Exploring Mati, Davao Oriental was last modified: May 9th, 2018 by Chuckie Dreyfus