Davao

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Davao

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Poblacion District

4/5(98 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Poblacion District, People's Park and Davao City Hall are top sights worth seeing.

Poblacion District
Overlooking Davao City with many restaurants to choose from.

Talomo District

While visiting Talomo District, you might make a stop by sights like SM City Davao and Crocodile Farm.

Talomo District
Staycation at Waterfront Insular Hotel

Buhangin

If you're spending some time in Buhangin, Damosa Gateway and SM Lanang Premier are top sights worth seeing.

Buhangin
A beautiful resort

Kaputian

5/5(4 area reviews)

Though Kaputian might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Hagimit Falls and Isla Reta Beach.

Kaputian
This is in Selera Restaurant, Davao City that just opened recently. It has many amazing dishes to offer. One of the best dishes are Sinigang na Baboy (a filipino soup that is known for its sour and savory flavor which has meat in it), crispy pata (crispy skins and meat of pig), kinilaw na isda

San Antonio

Though San Antonio might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like SM Lanang Premier and Damosa Gateway.