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.

Acacia Hotel Davao
Acacia Hotel Davao
3.5 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang, Davao, Davao del Sur
The price is P2,557 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Situated in Davao, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinsons Cybergate Davao, SM Lanang Premier, and Mindanao Taoist Temple. SMX Convention Center Davao ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
"We were charged a substantial deposit when we checked in. None of this was refunded and we couldn't find on our paperwork that it was charged. We had laundry done through an outside service that the hotel arranged. It was a small load just a few items and it cost us $60 us. We could have purchased ..."

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Acacia Hotel 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
The price is P2,700 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
This family-friendly Davao hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of SM Lanang Premier and SMX Convention Center Davao. Mindanao Taoist Temple ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (436 reviews)
"Staff arw very nice and accomodating"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Park Inn By Radisson Davao
Malagos Garden Resort
Malagos Garden Resort
3.5 out of 5
Brgy. Malagos, Baguio District, Davao, Davao del Sur
The price is P2,996 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in Davao, this family-friendly hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Philippine Eagle Center, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Davao Crocodile Park and SM City Davao. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
"It was amazing the staff is so friendly & well they deserve a more than a thumbs up for their services….Well done!Can’t wait to bring my whole family here next year.Finger crossed"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Malagos Garden 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.
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
Located in the heart of Davao, this spa condo building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from SM City Davao and within 3 mi (5 km) of San Pedro Cathedral and People's Park. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (21 reviews)
"The property was exactly as advertised and in a great location. The pool and bbq area were very well maintained and staff were very friendly jovial. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2019

1 Bedroom Deluxe Condo at Apartelle D' Oasis
OYO 165 Circle-B Apartelle & Suites
OYO 165 Circle-B Apartelle & Suites
2 out of 5
225 Circle B Street, Phase 1, Ecoland Subdivision, Taloma, Davao
Situated in Davao, this condo building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from SM City Davao and within 3 mi (5 km) of Davao Museum and Gaisano Mall. Victoria Plaza and Crocodile ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (21 reviews)
friendly hotel
"nice and friendly and helpful staff"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

OYO 165 Circle-B Apartelle & Suites
Avida Towers Davao Condo
Avida Towers Davao Condo
2.5 out of 5
Avida Towers Davao, CM Recto Avenue., Davao, Davao Del Sur
Located in Poblacion District, this condo building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from People's Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from SM City Davao. Ateneo de Davao University and ...
3.5/5 Good! (18 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
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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