Davao

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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
Marco Polo Davao
Marco Polo Davao
4 out of 5
Free Cancellation
P4,015
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

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! (962 reviews)

"The courtesy of all the staff."…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Marco Polo Davao
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
5 out of 5
P12,623
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Nestled on the beach, this Kaputian resort is 10.9 mi (17.6 km) from General Moncado White House and 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from Church of Christ. Monfort Bat Sanctuary ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (172 reviews)
Paradise

"Best vacation ever. A Tropical paradise. Good service and incredible food."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Seda Abreeza
Seda Abreeza
4 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao, Davao
Free Cancellation
P4,116
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

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! (453 reviews)

"The moment we walked into the premises we immediately got helping hand and support from their staff. Hotel staff are very helpful and had shown willingness to help at all times. Improvement however is needed on their ability to respond to their guests service request. Our room was very cold so we ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Seda Abreeza

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]

P1,782
Per adult
Eden Nature Park Day Tour
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Eden Nature Park Day Tour

P2,800
Per adult
Davao City Full Day Tour
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Davao City Full Day Tour

P2,542
Per adult
Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour
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Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour

P3,050
Per adult
Davao City Tour
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Davao City Tour

P2,542
Per adult

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