Davao

Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Davao

Park Inn By Radisson Davao
Park Inn By Radisson Davao
4 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Next to SM Lanang Premier Mall, Davao, Davao, 8000
The price is P2,994 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (453 reviews)
"Very quiet property."

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Park Inn By Radisson Davao
Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
3.5 out of 5
Lanang, Davao, 8000
The price is P4,063 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (557 reviews)
"Property is getting old and needs a refresh. Still a favorite, being right there by the beach."

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, Samal, Davao del Norte, 8119
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Samal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (190 reviews)
One of the best in the Philippines
"One of the best resorts in the Philippines, PF has an amazing beach and a warm and professional staff to match. All guests were treated like VIPs. No distinction as to type of accommodation. The food was great. The amenities were well-maintained. Simply amazing. I will go back."

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Avida Towers Davao Condo
Avida Towers Davao Condo
2.5 out of 5
Avida Towers Davao, CM Recto Avenue., Davao, Davao Del Sur, 8000
The price is P1,338 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly condo in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. Popular attractions SM City Davao and Aldevinco Shopping ...
3.5/5 Good! (19 reviews)
Hmmm
"Nice place, convenient location. Staff was friendly. But I don't like extra charge for late check-in, which I was not notified until hours before check-in via e-mail. I really don't like their security policy that upon entrance of the building they demand you to surrender a photo id in exchange for ..."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Avida Towers Davao Condo
Abreeza Place Apartments
Abreeza Place Apartments
3.5 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Ave, Davao, Davao Region, 8000
The price is P2,812 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (7 reviews)
"Close to the mall"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Abreeza Place Apartments
1 Bedroom Deluxe Condo at Apartelle D' Oasis
1 Bedroom Deluxe Condo at Apartelle D' Oasis
3 out of 5
One Oasis Condominum, Bldg 6, Ecoland West, Davao, Davao Region, 8000
Stay at this 3-star spa condo in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (22 reviews)
"WiFi problem, no cable tv Took three hours to establish And hook up network cables Security never issued us pass and we where challenged multiple timef"

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2021

1 Bedroom Deluxe Condo at Apartelle D' Oasis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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