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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.

Top hotels in Davao

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
dusitD2 Davao
dusitD2 Davao
4 out of 5
Stella Hizon Reyes Drive, Barrio Pampang, Davao, Davao
The price is SG$98 per night

This family-friendly Davao hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Damosa Gateway and SMX Convention Center Davao. SM Lanang Premier and Robinsons ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)

"Beautiful and clean. Swimming pool is in the centre of the entire hotel and not much privacy. Overall I’ll recommend this hotel to anyone. We will for sure return there again."…"

Reviewed on 20 Apr,2020

dusitD2 Davao
Seda Abreeza
Seda Abreeza
4 out of 5
J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao, Davao
The price is SG$104 per night

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! (467 reviews)

"across a shopping mall. staff are very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb,2020

Seda Abreeza
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, Samal, Davao del Norte

Nestled on the beach, this Kaputian resort is within 16 mi (25 km) of General Moncado White House, Church of Christ and Monfort Bat Sanctuary. Ramon Magsaysay ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (189 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 18 Feb,2020

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Top things to do in Davao

Davao City Day Tour
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Davao City Day Tour

SG$105
Per adult
Davao City Full Day Tour
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Davao City Full Day Tour

SG$128
Per adult
Davao Crocodile Park Tour [Half Day]
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Davao Crocodile Park Tour [Half Day]

SG$50
Per adult

Reviews of Davao

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

OK city but nothing special. Friendly people but I was here to visit a friend so I didnt explore too much.

3/5 - Okay

Jen

27 Jan 2020

OK but nothing to write home about. friendy people but just a busy city really.

5/5 - Excellent

Totskie

31 Oct 2019

Not much But I love my birthplace

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Aug 2019

Nice place to visit

4/5 - Good

Eulo

3 Apr 2019

Lovely place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2019

I found Davao a very safe place and have no ptoblems whilst I visited.

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