From Manila, you can take direct flights of Philippine Airlines,
Cebu Pacific, Grand Air or Air Philippines. Flying time approximately
takes one hour and 35 minutes. From Cebu, Davao is even nearer-
a mere 55 minutes away. One can also fly to Davao from Cagayan
de Oro and Zamboanga. One can also take the longer but infinitely
more exciting inland route via the Pan Philippine Highway from
Manila to Davao. Likewise, numerous passenger ships dock at Davao
from other ports around the country.
IN.It's not hard to find comfortable
lodgings in the country's biggest city. There's the 153-room
Davao Insular Intercontinental Inn with its marvelous view of
Samal Island; the 205-room Apo View Hotel sits at the heart of
the city; the multi-terraced Durian Hotel; and the Hotel Maguindanao
which is strategically located at the city's financial center.
Smaller, more homely accommodations, are plentiful as well.
Davao being virtually typhoon-free, lightweight clothing is a
must. Apart from the fabled jeepney, taxicabs are plenty as well.
One can also avail of the numerous rent-a cars. Just ask the
A City that Straddles Two Worlds
It is the hub of commerce and industry in the
Southern Mindanao region. Yet, to this day, Davao City
continues to straddle two worlds - the new and the old.
Part of it is a flourishing metropolis of business
districts, mechanized farms and cosmopolitan villages
where "instant millionaires" live. And the other part is
a rural landscape of hills that roll down into fertile
valleys, dominated by the 2,954-meter-high Mount Apo,
the grandfather of all Philippine mountains, and peopled
by the Bagobo, Manobo, Mandaya, Bilaan and other
Land of Plenty
"Kadayawan sa Dabaw" is Davao City’s premier festival
and showcases the natural and cultural bounty of the
A movable feast in August, the week-long merrymaking
highlights the manifold tribal cultures of the region
which are vividly expressed in traditional songs,
dances, games and crafts. It is also on this occasion
when a lively trade fair, capped by a flower-and-fruit
float parade, takes place. Street dancing and popular
entertainment complete the celebration.
Agriculture-based industries thrive in the Davao
region. A major exporter of bananas, citrus, mangosteen
and other tropical fruits, it is also the biggest
producer of cultured flowers in the country. Its
surrounding waters are rich sources for commercial
fishing. The world’s largest city in terms of land area,
Davao covers all of 244,000 hectares.
King of the Heavens
The Philippine Eagle has the countenance of regal
majesty - snowy white plumes dappled with gray, a
distinct crested head matched with a pair of sharp eyes
and strong curved beak, a powerful eight-foot wingspan,
and lethal preying claws. An endangered species, the
world’s largest eagle has found refuge at the Philippine
Eagle Research and Nature Center in the Malagos
rainforest in Calinan, 45 minutes away from downtown
It was here where the first ever Philippine Eagle was
born in captivity. Aptly named Pag-asa (Hope), she is
testament to how seriously Davao protects its
environmental heritage. To this day, more eaglets are
bred and nurtured at the sanctuary.
Only too soon, the Philippine Eagle will take its
rightful place in the sky. Soaring proud and unafraid as
King of the Heavens.
Queen of the Rainforest
On the slopes of Mount Apo was discovered the
waling-waling, an orchid of exceptional attributes -
with full, velvety petals tinged in royal colors of
purple, red and yellow.
So delicate is this stunning bloom that it can only
thrive on fresh and balmy air. The waling-waling (Vanda
sanderiana) has since been successfully transplanted
from its natural environment and cultivated in many of
Davao’s flower farms. Retailing at several hundred
dollars a plant, the Queen of the Rainforest has become
an attractive business proposition.
Davao’s claim to culinary fame is grilled "bariles"
(tuna) jaw dipped in soy sauce and "kalamansi" (native
lemon). The marketplace, abundant with seafoods, meats
and fresh tropical fruits, is the best place to savor
At the Sta. Ana Wharf, Luz Kinilaw Place is famous
for its local version of the Japanese sashimi -
bite-size chunks of raw fish marinated in vinegar, chili
pepper and other spices. For more gustatory experiences,
drop by the restaurant row along F. Torres St. and
Magsaysay Park. Also check out Fiesta Dabaw and Zugba
Restaurant at Apo View Hotel and Yellow Fin Restaurant
One simply does not get bored in Davao. There are
just so many options for a pleasurable stay. Try
cultural immersion. Or farm visit. Or golf. Or trek. Or
scuba dive. Or shop. Or simply laze around the islands
and watch the world go by. The possibilities just go on
and on… At the T’boli Weaving Center, watch the colorful
tribe of bola women as they handloom the intricate
tinalak fabric. More tribal art and material culture can
be gleaned at the nearby Davao Museum.
Brassware, ethnic trinkets and shellcraft make great
souvenirs. Splurge and indulge at the Aldevinco Shopping
Center on CM Recto Street, Nieva’s Arts and Crafts in
Lanang, Precy’s Creation and Handicrafts in Bajada, and
Handmade Treasures at Gaisano Mall.
Orchids, whether cut or potted, are also good buys.
Check out the Mindanao Flower Market (Minflo Mart) in
Barangay Pampanga. For more farm visits, go to the Bago
Oshiro Experimental Station in Mintal, Derling Worldwide
Orchid Corporation in Buhangin, Greenhills Orchid Farm
in Catalunan Pequeño, Puentespina Orchid Garden in
Agdao, or the Malagos Garden Resort (Orchid Farm) at the
Baguio district in Calinan. At the Gap Fruit Farm, one
can gorge on Davao’s famous sweet pomelos and oranges.
Two of the country’s most popular 18-hole golf
courses are found in Davao. Lanang Golf and Country Club
has its fairways laid out in an estate lush with
tropical fruits while Apo Golf and Country Club in Dumoy
is set on a vast coconut plantation with natural
hazards. For those with less time to fore, the 9-hole
New Davao City Golf Club in Matina fits the tee.
Nightlife entertainment is provided by music bars,
discotheques and the casino, which also serves good food
and offers live musical performances.
Filipinos do not simply provide the guest with a
place to rest or park their luggage, they also share the
best of what they have. This warm, effusive brand of
hospitality is what distinguishes Philippine hotels from
Davao City is one of the
most alluring gateways to the Philippines. There are two reasons which
make Davao unique: its people and its warm hospitality. Within bucolic
highlands, migrants from all over the country live in harmony with
indigenous tribal folk.
Close to Davao City is Mt. Apo, the
country's highest peak and home to the monkey-eating Philippine Eagle, an
endangered species, and the waling-waling, a rare ochid of exceptional
Of late, Davao has become a booming tourist destination as
evidenced by the rise of leisure establishments in the region.
most popular festival in Davao City the Kadayawan Festival celebrated in
August. On this occassion, Davao showcases the vibrant and colorful
traditions of its indigenous tribes, expressed in song, dance, and crafts.
- Davao is also the biggest cutflower producer in the country and a
major exporter of tropical fruits.
- A tour of the city and its
outskirts will bring the visitor to Dabaw Etnica, a tiny settlement of the
Mandaya Tribe; Dabaw Museum whose diaplay includes tribal artifacts and
costumes; and the Taoist and Lon Wa Buddhist Temples.
- Davao is
also known for its exquisite beaches, there is even an old Pearl Farm that
has been converted into a world-class resort. These beaches are all easily
accessible by banca (out-rigger boat) or land travel.
- The Marco
Polo, Davao is located in the heart of the city at the junction of Claro
M. Recto Street and Manuel Roxas Avenue. The 6,687sqm lot on which the 18
storey, 5 Star, City Hotel is developed commands an excellent location
with prime views from all rooms and a favourable exposure from point of
view Of visibility and accessibility. The hotel is approximately 14kms Or
20 minutes from the airport.
- Davao Madrazo Fruit Center situated
at the Downtown area, walking distance from the hotel, it offers tropical
fruits grown in Davao.
- Etnika Davao Weaving Center showcases typical
Mandaya Tribe lifestyle.
- Yuhico Orchid Farm, an 11 hectare farm of
native and hybrid orchids, Mt Apo lends a fascinating backdrop to its
already picturesque scenery.
- Philippine Eagle Sanctuary,this center
provides shelter to 10 eagles, numberous birds, animals and tropical
plants and home of the Philippine Eagle, world*S tallest Eagle.
Museum, just a stone throw away from the International airport. It houses
interesting and colorful display of the various Paraphernalias of the many
highland tribes of Mindanao.
- Malagos Orchid Garden nestled 1000ft above
sea level of Davao, it offers a pictureque vista of flowers, lush greens
and breathtaking landscape. This property was built in
Kadayawan sa Davao Festival
renowned festival is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s
bountiful harvest. Kadayawan Festival is being celebrated every 3rd Week
A celebration of the bountiful harvests of fruits and
orchids during the season. Activities include fruit and flower show, trade
fair, tribal/civic/military parade, traditional sports activities,
horsefight, Search for B'yaneng Kadayawan and street dancing.
activity coincides with the harvest time of Davao’s exotic fruits and the
blooming of the waling-waling (vanda sanderana). The festival culminates
with its most famous and much-awaited grand floral parade (where one can
see countless and breathtaking mobile floats full of real and fresh
flowers) and the dancing in the streets.
In Davao, one can easily find comfortable
lodgings to suit one's budget and needs.
HOTELS, INNS & PENSIONS
MARCO POLO HOTEL (De Luxe)
Telephone (6382) 2216081
APO VIEW HOTEL (First Class)
Telephone (6382) 2216430
ROYAL MANDAYA HOTEL (First Class)
Telephone (6382) 2213030
MERCURE GRAND HOTEL (First Class)
Telephone (6382) 2350888
DURIAN HOTEL (Standard)
Telephone (6382) 2220600
HOTEL MAGUINDANAO (Standard)
Telephone (6382) 2222894
EVERGREEN HOTEL (Standard)
Telephone (6382) 2213860
GALLERIA HOTEL (Standard)
Telephone (6382) 2218162
SYCHAR HOTEL (Standard)
Telephone (6382) 2240603
GRAND MEN SENG HOTEL (Standard)
Telephone (6382) 2219040
D'FABULOUS VENEES HOTEL (Economy)
Telephone (6382) 297322241
VILLA MARGARITA (Tourist Inn)
Telephone (6382) 2215674
ALICIA MANSION TRAVELLER'S INN (Tourist Inn)
Telephone (6382) 2242001
PARK SQUARE INN (Tourist Inn)
Telephone (6382) 2980258
ALTA PENSIONNE (Pension)
Telephone (6382) 2211843
D'COUNTER PENSION (Pension)
Telephone (6382) 2213664
DOWNTOWN HOME (Pension)
Telephone (6382) 2240067
CORAL REEF RESORT
Telephone (6382) 76269
PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT
Telephone (6382) 2343050/2219970
KADAYAWAN RESORT COMPLEX
Telephone (6382) 2218599
FELIS RESORT COMPLEX
Telephone (6382) 2970719
MALAGOS GARDEN RESORT
Telephone (6382) 2950393
MARINA AZUL RESORT HOTEL
Telephone (6382) 2971682
MOUNTAIN BREEZE RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER
Telephone (6382) 2962053
OCEAN VIEW BEACH
Telephone (6382) 2961749
PARADISE ISLAND BEACH RESORT
Telephone (6382) 728227
PETER LOU MOUNTAIN RANGE RESORT
Telephone (6382) 2342376
VALENZUELA GARDEN RESORT
Telephone (6382) 2972719
VALES BEACH RESORT
Telephone (6382) 2910474
VICTORIO'S BEACH RESORT & SEMINAR HOUSE
Telephone (6382) 2279487
VILLA VICTORIA BEACH RESORT
Telephone (6382) 2981775
7,000 Times More Attractions
Discover 7,000 times more
attractions that await beyond Davao
ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL. The Island Garden City of Samal is actually
a group of islands in the Davao Gulf. The largest, also called
Samal, has a number of excellent resorts, including one that
was once a pearl farm. There are also many fine beaches, with
good opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Dolphin and
whale watching expeditions are popular pursuits. Within the islands
are trails for trekking and mountain biking. Samal is accessible
by a 30-minute boat ride from Davao City's Sta. Ana Wharf, Sasa
Pier, Km. 11 Wharf.
The provincial capital of North Cotabato, Kidapawan City is two
hours by bus west from Davao City. It is the main gateway to
the ascent to Mount Apo. In early August, it hosts the 10-day
Kalibongan, a festival that showcases the old ethnic rituals,
songs, dances and sports of the Manobo and other Mindanao tribes.
The province of Davao Oriental is a peninsula that separates
the Davao Gulf from the Pacific Ocean and has at least 40 places
of tourist interest. At its southeastern tip is Cape San Agustin
from where a lighthouse marks the spot where St. Francis Xavier
was said to have celebrated Holy Mass. In the town of San Isidro
can be found the mysterious lake Tinagong Dagat, or Hidden Sea,
which is nestled at the rainforest slopes of Mount Hamaguitan,
300 meters above sea level. The highest waterfalls in the country
can be found in Cateel - the 338-meter-high Aliwagwag Falls.
The cascade has 13 rapids and looks like a stairway with 84 steps
of varying heights. It plunges off a high plateau covered with
luxuriant foliage. The old town of Caraga has a moss-covered
17th century church. Some 14 kilometers away from the town proper
is Saukegue Cave, where pre-Hispanic porcelain jars and artifacts
have been excavated. Banaybanay is the "Rice Bowl of the
East Coast." Its Chinese Cemetery with multicolored tombs,
along the highway from Davao City, is a tourist attraction. The
capital town of Mati can be reached by a 3-hour drive from Davao
With its cool mountain weather, the town of Maragusan in the
province of Compostela Valley is Davao's traditional Summer Capital.
The ethnic Mansaka community live in the coffee-growing Maragusan
Valley whose tributaries are fed by numerous waterfalls and cold
springs. Swathed with virgin forests, Maragusan is where the
Agusan River begins its journey north to the Agusan Marsh Wildlife
Sanctuary, the country's largest wetland covering 19,000 hectares.
Maragusan is a town bordering Davao Oriental.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY. GenSan, or General Santos City, cuts the province
of Sarangani in half at the head of Sarangani Bay where as many
as 2,400 species of marine life have been found. These include
yellow fin tuna, skipjack and mackerel which are caught in commercial
quantities. GenSan is the jump-off point for explorations to
nearby Mount Parker and Mount Matutum, and their many caves.
The province is bounded on the north and east by Davao del Sur
and can be reached by a 3-hour bus ride from Davao City.
Planning Your Trip
Davao City can be reached by air,
sea and land travel from Manila, the country's main international
gateway. It can also be reached by regular flights from Manado
in Indonesia and Singapore.
Air travel from Manila to Davao is 90 minutes, with the domestic
route serviced by:
Telephone (632) 8559999
Telephone (632) 8437770
Telephone (632) 6364938
There are several calls at island-provinces before one can reach
Davao Port by ship. Travel time takes three days from the Manila
North Harbor. The sea route is serviced by:
WG & A SUPERFERRY
Telephone (632) 2453142
Telephone (632) 2452919
Telephone (632) 2450616
Although it takes 42 hours (some 4 days) to travel from Manila
to Davao by land, this is a scenic route that passes through
the Pan-Philippine or Maharlika Highway. Now being developed
into a Tourism Highway, it links the country's three major islands
of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The route is serviced by:
Telephone (632) 8331369
Davao City is located in Davao del Sur Province which is bounded
on the north by Davao Province, on the east by Davao Gulf, on
the west by Cotabato Province, and on the south by the Mindanao
The Philippines is accessible from
the travel capitals of the world. Traveling time to Manila from
Hong Kong is an hour and 50 minutes; from Singapore, 3 hours
and 10 minutes; from Bangkok, 3 hours and 50 minutes; Tokyo,
4 hours and 15 minutes; Sydney, 10 hours and 20 minutes; London,
20 hours and 45 minutes; Paris, 21 hours and 15 minutes; Frankfurt,
19 hours and 40 minutes; San Francisco, 16 hours and 15 minutes;
Los Angeles, 15 hours and 20 minutes; and New York, 25 hours
and 20 minutes.
Article from: http://www.dotpcvc.gov.ph/davao.htm