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Davao

Enjoy the safe,  friendly atmosphere of Davao City and use it as a base to explore the wildlife parks, nature reserves and tropical islands in the surrounding area.

Famous for its fruit farms and laid-back ambiance, Davao City is surrounded by a scenic harbor, lush forests and the highest mountain in the country. Base yourself in Davao and enjoy the wealth of natural attractions on its doorstep.

Many visitors stop here on their way to climb Mount Apo. At nearly 10,000 feet (2,954 meters) above sea level, this is the tallest mountain in the Philippines. It takes between two to four days to climb, with the views from the top across Mindanao well worth the effort. For those feeling less energetic, you can visit the surrounding national park and marvel at thunderous waterfalls, lively geysers and lush dense forest.

Animal lovers won’t want to miss the two excellent sanctuaries just outside the city. You can feed fearsome Philippine crocodiles at the Crocodile Park or see the largest species of eagle in the world at the Philippine Eagle Center. This also contains several other birds, mammals and reptiles in a realistic forest environment.

Escape to the idyllic Samal Island for a day or two to enjoy diving in the clear warm waters and explore the network of bat caves. Back in the city, you can find out about the area’s complex cultural heritage in the Museo Dabawenyo, which also has a small art collection alongside informative exhibits.

Internal flights from Manila and Cebu run regularly and buses connect Davao with most other major centers in the country. Once in the city, taxis are the easiest and quickest way to get around. Try traveling like a local and hail one of the many jeepneys.

The climate is tropical and humid year-round with the most rainfall in the summer, so any time is good to visit. And make sure you try the area’s most famous fruit, the durian. It can be an acquired taste, but is a must when staying in this relaxed and beautiful city.

Top hotels in Davao

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Seda Abreeza
Seda Abreeza
4 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao, Davao
P4,116
per night
18 Apr - 19 Apr

Located in Poblacion District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Abreeza Mall and Victoria Plaza. Mindanao Taoist Temple and Gaisano Mall are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (463 reviews)

"across a shopping mall. staff are very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Seda Abreeza
dusitD2 Davao
dusitD2 Davao
4 out of 5
P3,500
per night
29 Mar - 30 Mar

This family-friendly Davao hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Damosa Gateway and SMX Convention Center Davao. SM Lanang Premier and Robinsons ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)

"Concierge staff KC went above and beyond in her Job. Clean, spacious, great amenities! We will be booking dusit again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

dusitD2 Davao
Marco Polo Davao
Marco Polo Davao
4 out of 5
P3,605
per night
18 Apr - 19 Apr

Located in the heart of Davao, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Davao Doctors' Hospital and 1.8 mi (3 km) from SM City Davao. Davao City Hall and Davao ...

4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Loved the staff at the bar lounge and Eagles. They knew exactly how to make the perfect margaritas and sangria!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Marco Polo Davao

Top activities in Davao

Davao City Day Tour
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Davao City Day Tour

P3,756
Per adult
Davao Crocodile Park Tour [Half Day]
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Davao Crocodile Park Tour [Half Day]

P1,781
Per adult
Eden Nature Park Day Tour
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Eden Nature Park Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
P2,803
Per adult
Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour
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Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour

P3,053
Per adult
Davao City Full Day Tour
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Davao City Full Day Tour

P2,545
Per adult
Davao FOOD TRIP
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Davao FOOD TRIP

P2,545
Per adult

Reviews of Davao

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
65
5 - Excellent 50.78125%
4 - Good
44
4 - Good 34.375%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 10.15625%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 2.34375%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 2.34375%

5/5 - Excellent

ImeldaSantos

27 Feb 2020

many places to explore like the Pearl Farm

4/5 - Good

WL

25 Feb 2020

They say Davao is safe but the public transportation drivers don't drive safely. They won't even allow pedestrians to cross.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

20 Feb 2020

Safest place there is..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

22 Jan 2020

I just love Davao.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

17 Jan 2020

Terrible traffic

4/5 - Good

ET

16 Jan 2020

People were generally nice and accommodating.

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