8 Must-Dos & Must-Sees in Mati City
Ida Damo | Apr 24, 2014
1) Ultralight Flying
Wake up at the break of dawn and head to the Mati City Airport in Dahican. Listen to the briefing, check safety measures, and get ready for an adventure like no other. Then soar high on the ultralight plane!
2) Dahican Beach
Soak, dip, swim, skimboard, surf, and relax on the soft white sand of the 7-kilometer long Dahican Beach. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
3) Waniban Island
If you want to laze on an island and get away from the crowd, Waniban offers that serenity. Get yourself surrounded by gentle bluewaters, creamy sand, and blue skies.
4) Carmelite Monastery
When you’re back in the city proper, climb up the Carmelite Monastery and commune with nature. Follow the Stations of the Cross, light a candle, and say a prayer at the church.
5) City Hall and Pylon
Unique to Mati City is its parade of busts of former mayors instead of Philippine heroes. The old gate of the city still stands as well as the Pylon -- a symbol of the people’s faith in a responsive government.
Some of the busts of Mati's former mayors.
The old gate of Mati City.
A huge "I Love Mati Sign" stands on its seawall and is a favorite spot for photo opportunities.
Food establishments here offer varied cuisines. The Mati empanada and lumpia of Seaside is a must-buy pasalubong.
7) Subangan Museum
If you want to get to know Davao Oriental better, the Subangan Museum is the place to be. A huge skeleton of a sperm whale called Davor is the museum’s centerpiece.
This isn't your typical museum. It's interactive and modern, for starters.
Panoramic view of DavOr.
8) Davao Oriental Provincial Capitol
Popularly known as the White house, it exudes a commanding presence and serves as the seat of the provincial government. Another good spot for photo ops!
From experience, you'd tire yourself out in trying to finish visiting these places in just one day. Take it easy; go at your own pace and enjoy each stop.
How to Get There:
Mati City is a 3-hour road trip from Davao City. Take the bus from the Davao Overland Terminal in Ecoland to Mati City. Vans plying the Mati route also have their terminals at Gaisano Mall, Abreeza, NCCC, and SM Ecoland.
Bus rate is Php 200-220, Van rate is Php 230-250.
Contact Mel of the City Mayor’s Office at 0929-3118554.
PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu.