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Davao Sky Tour

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Davao Sky Tour
Mactan Aviation hangar, Old Airport Road, Sasa
Davao City 8000 Philippines
Phone: (082) 234-8775
Mobile: Call Christian 0921.524.6190 / 0915.723.4658
Facebook: Davao Sky Tour

Aerial Tours
Air Charter
Aerial Photography
Air Ambulance
Air Transfer and Flower Droping
Nominated for :
Best Aerial Tour


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Above is photo of Captain Henry, one of the pilots of the Davao Sky Tour Team with 7 years of flying experience.

Something has taken flight in Davao and is ready to share the skies to any avid flier. Southern Flight Services’ Davao Sky Tour is a new way of experiencing the beauty of Davao City and Samal Island’s beaches. Unlike any other island-hopping tours, people can instead book a flight on a Cessna plane and roam around the different, some uncharted, parts of Samal. Marketing Officer Christian Carrol sat down with us to tell us all about this unique affair.

“A new way of experiencing the beauty of Davao City and Samal Island’s beaches.”

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When they’re thinking of booking a tour with Davao Sky Tours, the first thing that comes to mind is “Is it safe?” What are the safety measures that you follow?

Yes, it is 100% safe since the planes are very well-maintained. Aside from high quality maintenance, our pilots are experienced and well trained. We reserve the right to discontinue a flight should the weather not be suitable or if it were revealed by the passenger in our disclosure forms that he has an existing medical condition that might prove dangerous to him or her in the flight. Even though we make sure our passengers have as much fun as possible we also take their safety very seriously.

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“When they fly with Mactan Aviation, they’re in good hands.” – Christian

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Also, our planes undergo extensive safety checks before every flight. If there’s anything out of the ordinary with the aircraft, we don’t let them fly. When they fly with Mactan Aviation, they’re in good hands.

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What if I’m healthy but then I get motion sickness while still up in the air?

We suggest that we schedule the flight early in the morning, like seven o’clock or earlier, when the wind is still calm. But if the person is really looking for an adrenaline rush then we can go in the afternoon when the wind is gusty for a more thrilling experience.

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Can you give us a background of the Davao Sky Tour?

We formally launched it last March 1st. The only thing we can contribute as Davaoenyos is to invite more tourists. Most of the other existing tours offered here are island-hopping tours, on the water only. We thought, why not let the people of Davao and maybe those who come from other parts of the country visit and get to see this part of the Philippines from a different vantage point, to get a truly unique perspective of Davao.

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“This is our way promoting tourism. Not only with Samal, but also with Davao.” – Christian

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This is our way promoting tourism. Not only with Samal, but also with Davao. And this is also a good way of introducing our school. Over the past few years, not many know of our school, which happen to be the only flying school accredited by CAAP in Mindanao.

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Are you the first in Davao who offers this kind of tour?

In Davao, yes. And as of now, we are the only one. There are already other (sky Tour) in Mindanao.  But our big advantage is the affordability. In others, you get to fly with a pilot and yourself for PHP 2,500 for 15 minutes. With us, for 45 minutes, it’s PHP 5000 per head for a minimum of 3 passengers. And you will enjoy it more if you’re with friends.

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What are the highlights of the ride in those 45 minutes?

We have top 3 destinations. One is the Vanishing Island, the Davao Gulf and Malipano (Pearl Farm).

With those 45 minutes, you get a perspective of Davao City and Samal: you get to see unexplored beaches in parts that you’ve never been before. You’ve never seen crystal-clear water so beautiful. In fact, there are plans of developing Talikud Island as the second Boracay. It’s like giving yourself a taste of how beautiful Davao City can be.

“You’ve never seen crystal-clear water so beautiful. In fact, there are plans of developing Talikud Island as the second Boracay.” – Christian

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They will also get value for their money as the packages include refreshments, souvenirs, pictures, and videos.

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How’s the view from above?

It’s amazing! Particularly the corals, which you still somehow see (from above). We go low enough so you can see them up close. Plus you get to experience being up in the air in a non-commercial flight. Because when using commercial planes, the view becomes limited. But with the Cessna, you will most likely see everything. You get to have a 360° view.

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“When using commercial planes, the view becomes limited. But with the Cessna, you will most likely see everything. You get to have a 360° view.” – Christian

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How many planes are available for booking?

For the sky tours, we currently have one Cessna 172, that’s a 4-seater plane, and one Cessna 206, that’s a 6-seater plane. We have another one that’s coming from Cebu within this year, another 4-seater.Those are what we use for Sky Tours. But we do also have a couple of 2-seater planes.

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What are the payment terms?

Upon reservation, clients must give a 50% down payment. They can pay it either to our school or through me. The remaining 50% will be paid once they decide to avail of the tour. We also give a rain check. In case the flight falls on a bad weather, we can postpone it for free and without any necessary charges.

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Do you offer other services or amenities?

Of course. Actually, the Davao Sky Tour is just one of our services under Southern Air Flight Services. That is one of our services, the Aerial Tour or Sky Tour. And then there’s the sky diving, which we’ll be offering this year. And the package is PHP 20,000 per head, including meals, souvenirs, pictures, videos, and transportation to and from Mati. We have a minimum of 10 jumpers in a day.

We cater to specialty aerial work such as air charter, air ambulance, cloud-seeding, aerial surveying/mapping, and aerial photography.

We also do leaflet and flower dropping, for those who want to propose to someone, or would like to mark a special occasion with some aerial flourish. If it’s aviation related, you can give us a call and we’ll have a solution for you.

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“Aside from the perspective that the experience can give, you will also get the thrill and at the same time self- satisfaction; something to cross-out of your bucket-list.” – Christian

Any final messages to interested clients?

For those of you who have always yearned to be pilots and wanted to start flight training but have been hesitant, we suggest you give our Sky Tour a try and get a feel for what it’s like to fly around in the Cessna.

Why? Well, because we also run a flying school with Cessna training planes similar to the aircraft used in the Sky Tour. If you enjoy your ride why not sign up for some flying lessons and get that Pilot License you’ve always dreamed of having.

To those who are looking for a unique taste of Davao, it’s great to try out the Sky Tours. Aside from the perspective that the experience can give, you will also get the thrill and at the same time self- satisfaction; something to cross-out of your bucket-list.

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