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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.

Where to stay in Davao

Nice place for shopping or merely to enjoy the sights in this city. #roadtrip

Poblacion District

4/5Very Good!(62 area reviews)

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

Poblacion District
A beautiful resort

Kaputian

5/5Exceptional!(8 area reviews)

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

Kaputian
Stunning view just outside the airport. #roadtrip

Sasa

Though Sasa might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like SM Lanang Premier and Gaisano Mall.

Sasa
Chilling and Relaxing with friends @ this cool wine bar somewhere in Legaspi Street, Davao City. 

Relaxing ambiance, top it up with a glass of wine, while munching on some breadsticks and different sorts of cheese...

This is the place to be if you want to "Chillax".

Calinan Poblacion

Plan a visit to nearby attractions like Philippine Eagle Center while you're exploring Calinan Poblacion and the larger area.

Calinan Poblacion
Beautiful sunset from the 4th flr building in school 👌

Barangay 32

Barangay 32 might not have many top sights, but People's Park and Gaisano Mall are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Barangay 32

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 ¥7,013 per night

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (74 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 Apr 20, 2020

dusitD2 Davao
RedDoorz @ General Luna Davao
RedDoorz @ General Luna Davao
3 out of 5
17-A General Luna St, Poblacion District, Davao
The price is ¥1,927 per night

Located in Poblacion District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Davao Doctors' Hospital and People's Park. SM City Davao and Gaisano Mall are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Smile

"Need improvement sa bed its too hard and we ask for extra pillow they do have but they ask for extra payment. Front desk lady not smiling at all i dont even kbow kung galit sya or shes just having a bad day. Overall im happy po sa stat ko sa red doorz. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

RedDoorz @ General Luna Davao
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
5 out of 5
Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, Samal, Davao del Norte

This Kaputian resort is on the beach, 9.3 mi (14.9 km) from General Moncado White House, and within 16 mi (25 km) of SM Lanang Premier and SMX Convention Center ...

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 Feb 18, 2020

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in Davao

Gaisano Mall
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Gaisano Mall

4/5(50 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Gaisano Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Davao. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Eden Nature Park
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Eden Nature Park

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Eden Nature Park, a lovely green space in Toril. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Isla Reta Beach
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Isla Reta Beach

3/5(2 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Isla Reta Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Samal. Find time to visit the theme park in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Davao

Davao City Day Tour
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Davao City Day Tour

¥8,137
Per adult
Davao City Full Day Tour
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Davao City Full Day Tour

¥9,615
Per adult
Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour
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Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour

¥6,410
Per adult
Davao Crocodile Park Tour [Half Day]
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Davao Crocodile Park Tour [Half Day]

¥3,739
Per adult
Eden Nature Park Day Tour
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Eden Nature Park Day Tour

¥5,876
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Davao FOOD TRIP
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Davao FOOD TRIP

¥8,761
Per adult

Reviews of Davao

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
83
5 - Excellent 49.404761904761905%
4 - Good
64
4 - Good 38.095238095238095%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 10.714285714285714%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5952380952380952%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.1904761904761905%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

Plenty of walking, shopping, site seeing. The people are extremely nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Eric

Feb 12, 2020

Very affordable and super nice people.

5/5 - Excellent

GB

Feb 7, 2020

Lots beautiful beaches and waterfalls.

4/5 - Good

UStraveler

Jan 22, 2020

Davao is a great place to visit, safe, great people, food and plenty to see and do based on your interest!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Very hospitable and friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

safety place