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

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
3.5 out of 5
Lanang, Davao, 8000
The price is P4,063 per night from 28 Dec to 29 Dec
P4,063
per night
28 Dec - 29 Dec
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 Good! (590 reviews)
Still a Gem of a Hotel!
"Going in, we knew the property has seen better days. This hotel was THE place to be during its prime. However, despite signs of aging and less than optimal maintenance in the rooms, this is still the Grand Dame of Davao City. Customer Service is outstanding, the grounds are truly fantastic and its ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Dusit Thani Residence Davao
Dusit Thani Residence Davao
4.5 out of 5
Stella Hizon Reyes Drive, Barrio Pampanga, Davao, 8000
The price is P4,364 per night from 9 Jan to 10 Jan
P4,364
per night
9 Jan - 10 Jan
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Davao Museum and Maxima Aqua Fun are located ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (17 reviews)
"The property’s location was great. It offers an unobstructed view of the neighboring Samal Island. It’s also in the outer edges of town, so it was quiet. Cabs were also easy to get. Security was very visible and the perimeter of the property was well fenced. There’s a piano lounge that provides nightly ..."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Dusit Thani Residence Davao
dusitD2 Davao
dusitD2 Davao
4 out of 5
Stella Hizon Reyes Drive, Barrio Pampang, Davao, Davao, 800
The price is P4,960 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
P4,960
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (122 reviews)
"well maintained and secure. the open bar music is a bit over the top if you want to sleep early"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2022

dusitD2 Davao
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
Stay at this business-friendly condo in Davao. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Aldevinco Shopping Center and People's ...
3.5/5 Good! (24 reviews)
"The internet was really bad"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Avida Towers Davao Condo
Abreeza Place Apartments
Abreeza Place Apartments
3.5 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Ave, Davao, Davao Region, 8000
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. ...
3.8/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"Caters the purpose of my family travel."

Reviewed on Jun 25, 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 Very Good! (24 reviews)
"Location and communication.they inform client everything."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

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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