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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.

Top Hotels in Davao

The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases
The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases
3 out of 5
Porras Street, Bo. Obrero, Davao, Davao
The price is CA $36 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

This family-friendly Davao hotel is located in Poblacion District, within 1 mi (2 km) of Victoria Plaza and Gaisano Mall. People's Park and SM Lanang Premier ...

3.5/5Good! (115 reviews)

"Dirty and stinky even for free I don’t want to stay!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019

The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases
Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort
Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort
4 out of 5
Barangay Pindasan, Davao de Oro, Mabini, Batangas
The price is CA $398 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located on the beach, this family-friendly hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Tagum City Hall, Gaisano Grand Mall, and New Christ the King Cathedral.

Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort
The Bourke Hotel
The Bourke Hotel
3.5 out of 5
115 P. Pelayo St., Davao, Davao del sur
The price is CA $77 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Poblacion District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of People's Park and San Pedro Cathedral. Ateneo de Davao University and Gaisano Mall are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"Great pillows. Feels like I am sleeping on clouds."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2020

The Bourke Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Davao

Arezzo Place Davao 1 BR Condominium Unit
Arezzo Place Davao 1 BR Condominium Unit
Davao, Davao Region
The price is CA $59 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Sasa, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Damosa Gateway, SM Lanang Premier, and SMX Convention Center Davao. Robinsons Cybergate Davao is ...

Arezzo Place Davao 1 BR Condominium Unit
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
The price is CA $51 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (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
Davao Boutique Condos - Abreeza
Davao Boutique Condos - Abreeza
3 out of 5
Abreeza Place, JP Laurel Avenue, Davao

Located in Poblacion District, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Abreeza Mall and Gaisano Mall. SM Lanang Premier and SMX Convention Center Davao ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"Location is perfect. Abreeza mall and other convenience stores are just beside. Place is clean, safe and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2019

Davao Boutique Condos - Abreeza
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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