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Travel Guide: Kidapawan City, North Cotabato - Tourist Spots and Attractions, How To Get There, Things To Do, Where To Stay, Itinerary and Expenses


Two hours away from Davao City is the City of Kidapawan, North Cotabato. As a city that lies at the foot of the majestic Mt. Apo, it offers adventure seekers with awesome sights, trekking destinations and other man-made and natural wonders. There are a lot of tourist spots and attractions, sights to enjoy and activities to do in Kidapawan City. One could enjoy strolling around the city, trekking to Lake Agco, swimming and nature-tripping, among many others.

This travel guide will provide you with basic information on how to get there, things to do, where to stay, suggested itinerary and estimated budget that will help you plan your visit.


Kuya Marvin - 0906-961-1114

HOW TO GET THERE?


HOW TO GET TO KIDAPAWAN CITY

Kidapawan can be reached by bus or van from Davao or Cotabato City. From Davao City's Ecoland Terminal, there are buses (Weena bus) bound for Kidapawan or to Cotabato City which passes by Kidapawan City. If you want to take the passenger vans, go to NCCC Mall or SM City Davao where you could find the vans bound for Kidapawan City. Estimated travel time from Davao City to Kidapawan is about 2 hours. Fare is around 150 pesos from Davao City.

If you are coming from General Santos City, take a bus to Davao City and drop off at Digos City Terminal and take a bus bound for Cotabato City, which will stop over at Kidapawan City.

HOW TO GET TO LAKE AGCO / MT. APO NATURAL PARK

Take a habal-habal or single motorcycle at KOASA Terminal in Kidapawan City. Travel time is about 45 minutes, fare is around 100 pesos per head. For your habal-habal needs, please contact Kuya Marvin. You can find him at KOASA Terminal or you may call him at 0906-961-1114.


THINGS TO DO?



Other Things to do and tourist spots:
  • Climb Mt. Apo, the hight mountain in the Philippines
  • Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort
  • Lake Venado
  • Marbel Falls
  • Mawig Falls
  • Kansal Falls
  • Paniqui Cave and Waterfalls
  • Mandarangan Geological Site
  • Cotabato Provincial Capitol


AJD Pension House

WHERE TO STAY?


AJD Garden Pads & Pension
Quimco St., Kidapawan City
(064) 278‐4781

Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort
Sitio Agco, Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City
(0906) 3530583

Mt. Apo Inn
Bautista St., Kidapawan City
(064) 288‐5720

SAM's Guesthouse and Apartelle
Villamarzo St., Kidapawan City
(064) 288‐1281

Super Cool Drive Inn and Restaurant
Roxas St., Kidapawan City
(064) 288‐5349

AJ Hi Time Hotel and Restaurant
JP Laurel St., Corner Plaridel St. Kidapawan City
(064) 288-1811 / (064) 288‐14‐75

Silver Spoon Lodge
Old PC Barracks, Kidapawan City
(064) 288‐1299

Apo summit Hostel
Brgy. Kalasuyan, Kidapawan City
(064) 278‐3400

Fajz Cafe and Lodging House
J. Abad Santos St., Kidapawan City
(064) 288‐1609

Grand Ficus Plaza Hotel and Restaurant
Bgry. Lanao,. Kidapawan City (Near City Bus Terminal)
(064) 278‐3192 / (064) 278-3392 or (064) 278-3408

Jayag Pension House
Quirino Drive,. Kidapawan City
(064) 288‐1514

RBM Summit Motor Bay Inn
Daang Maharlika, Kidapawan City
(064) 288-4560

JBL Lodge
Quezon Blvd., Kidapawan City
(064)288-1614

Mang Oming Lodge
National Highway, Kidapawan City

Old Barracks Suites
Bgry. Sudapin, Kidapawan City
(064)288-1299


SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1
  • 9:00 AM - Depart of Kidapawan City from Davao City
  • 12:00 NN - Arrive Kidapawan City Proper, Lunch
  • 01:00 PM - Check-in at the hotel
  • 02:00 PM - Stroll around Kidapawan City
  • 04:00 PM - Snacks at the weekend market/park
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner
  • 08:00 PM - Go back to the hostel
  • 09:00 PM - Sleep

Day 2
  • 05:00 AM - Wake up early for the trip to Lake Agco
  • 06:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 07:00 AM - Depart for Lake Agco
  • 08:00 AM - Ariive at Lake Agco, check out Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort, swim
  • 09:00 AM - Visit Lake Agco
  • 10:00 AM - Visit Lost and Found Prayer Temple
  • 11:00 AM - Depart for Kidapawan City proper
  • 12:00 NN - Arrive at Kidapawan City proper, check out of the hostel
  • 01:00 PM - Lunch
  • 02:00 PM - Depart for Davao City
  • 04:00 PM - Arrive in Davao City

This is my suggested itinerary for a 2-day trip in Kidapawan City. You could adjust it based on how many days you want to explore and the places you want to see and experience.


ESTIMATED EXPENSES / BUDGET

  • Bus/Van (Davao City to Kidapawan) - 150.00 pesos/way
  • Accommodation at AJD Pension House - 350.00 pesos per night
  • Habal-habal (Kidapawan Proper to Lake Agco) - 100.00 pesos each
  • Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort Entrance - 25.00 pesos each
  • Entrance Fee to Lake Agco - 10.00 pesos each
  • Habal-habal (Lake Agco to Kidapawan Proper) - 100.00 pesos each
  • Food (2 days) - 600.00 / person
  • Bus/Van (Kidapawan to Davao City) - 150.00 pesos/way

ESTIMATED TOTAL - PHP 1,310.00 per person

Please note that these are just the basic expenses for a group of 2 persons and depending on the activities you want to do and places you want to visit in Kidapawan City, you may add other expenses for souvenirs and tips.


Enjoy mountain adventures in Kidapawan City!


The trip in Mati City happened on June 8-9, 2012 during my "6-day Davao Region + North Cotabato trip".

Davao Oriental is the 65th province on my list.

COMPOSTELA VALLEY
DAVAO ORIENTAL
NORTH COTABATO
DAVAO DEL SUR

More photos on Pinoy AdvenTurista's Facebook Page, click here.





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