Butuan City
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Davao City
Dinagat Island
Siargao Island
Zamboanga City


Endowed with a variety of picturesque landscapes, Davao’s topography dazzles: Fruit plantations and orchid farms mantle volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror flat water. And the country’s highest peak magnificently lords over the hinterland.

Just as enchanting is its brilliant tapestry of harmony, woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co-exist in peace with a fairly large expatriate community and numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.

Window to the island of Mindanao, Davao is a province bursting with life and color. A predominantly mountainous region marked with rolling hills and fertile valleys, Davao is home to a fantastic array of flora and fauna from the famous waling-waling orchid to the the endangered Philippine Eagle. The province being virtually typhoon-free contributes to this marvelous blossoming of nature.

Davao is also blessed in the diversity of the peoples which have embraced the province as their home. In the early times, the ethnic tribes of the Manobos, Bagobos, Mandayas, T'bolis and Mansakas lived together side by side. Indeed, it is these people which gave the province its name from the word daba-daba, which means fire. Because of its promising abundance of natural resources and good weather, Davao also attracted peoples from the nearby provinces of Zamboanga, Jolo, and Cotobato. When the Spaniards came, Christian settlers from Cebu and Ilocos also migrated to the province. And despite their seeming differences in culture and religion, these people have managed to live together in peace and harmony. 

It is this rich texture of history, culture and tradition which makes Davao a most enchanting destination. It is here where one can spot Bagobos and Mandayas in full regalia or beautiful Moslem girls in their colorful malongs (fabric) amidst the backdrop of the Christian's San Pedro Cathedral. 

Make no mistake however, Davao is also a city of growth. The 244,000 hectare Davao City, probably the world's biggest city, is bustling with financial activity. The vast resources of Mindanao coupled with advances in technology can easily propel the province to hypergrowth.


CLIMB UP THE APO. At 10,311 feet, Mt. Apo is the tallest in the Philippines. Virtually unexplored, Mt. Apo provides greens and sulfur pillars to majestic waterfalls and untamed rivers. Mt. Apo lies on the borders of Davao, North Cotabato and Bukidnon, and reaches as far as Agusan del Sur and Misamis Oriental. For amateurs, it's best to join organized climbs for the safest trail up the mountain.


Play golf amidst the scenic backdrop of the formidable Mt. Apo. Spread along a vast coconut plantation, the 18- hole Apo Golf and Country Club is a challenge to local and international golfers.One can also play in the 18-hole Lanang Golf and Country, ten minutes from downtown Davao, and the 9-hole New Davao City Golf Club in Matina.

INTO THE DEEP. Explore the marvelous underwater horizons of Davao Gulf's numerous dive sites.Dive deep at Mushroom Rock, Ligid Island, Talicud Island, Pearl Farm or Isla Malipano. These diversities are only 45 minutes to 120 minutes away from the city proper.

WINING AND DININGThe awesome diversity of peoples living in Davao translates into an exciting culinary adventure. Finding a new or exotic type of cuisine is no problem here. Finding a new or exotic type of cuisine is no problem here. For starters, hop on the Luz Kinilaw Place at the Sta. Ana Wharf. Sample the bariles ( tuna) or panga (head of tuna) skewered over hot coals then dipped in toyomansi (soy sauce with lemon). There are also grilled prawns, squid, and other seafood. Or drop by F. Torres Street, Davao's proverbial restaurant row. One can also visit the Madrazo Fruit Center for some durian or rambutan.

PHILIPPINE EAGLE NATURE CENTER. Visit Pag-asa (hope), the first Philippine Eagle to be born and bred in captivity at his home in the foothills of Mt. Apo in Calinan.The center provides shelter to some 19 Philippine Eagles in captivity as well as other birds, animals, and tropical plants. The Center is open daily. Take a jeep from the city to Bankerohan Public Market. Another jeepney ride takes you to Calinan. Better yet, you can take the air-conditioned buses parked near Aldevinco Shopping Center.

DABAW MUSEUM. Located inside the Davao Insular Village, the Museum is a showcase of the province's colorful heritage. On display are tribal arts, crafts, costumes, weapons, musical instruments and other paraphernalia from the highland tribes. Contemporary artists have a place on the second floor's modern gallery.

SAMAL ISLAND. For some fun in the sun, visit Samal Island in Davao del Norte. A pristine island with coves of white sand beaches, Samal Island also offers diving and snorkeling opportunities with its lively underwater menagerie.

ORCHID FARMS AND FRUIT PLANTATIONS. Of course, who can ever forget the mystical beauty of Davao's famed waling-waling orchid (Vanda sanderiana). Davao's great weather is conducive to the cultivation of orchids as well as number of fruit varieties like pomelos, mangosteens, bananas, durian and citrus fruits. Visit any of Davao fruit or flower plantations such as the Yuhico Orchid Gardens in Greenhills, Derling Worldwide Orchid Corporation in Dumoy, Malagos Garden Resort in Calinana or the Puentespina Orchid Gardens along Cabaguio Avenue.

GETTING THERE. 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.

STAYING 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.

GETTING AROUND. 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 hotel concierge.

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 ancestral tribes.

Land of Plenty

"Kadayawan sa Dabaw" is Davao City’s premier festival and showcases the natural and cultural bounty of the land.

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 Davao.

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.

Island Flavors

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 local flavors.

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 at Ecoland.

Island Adventure

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.

Warm Hospitality

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 the others.

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 beauty.

Of late, Davao has become a booming tourist destination as evidenced by the rise of leisure establishments in the region.


  • The 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.

  • Davao 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 1998.

Kadayawan sa Davao Festival
This internationally renowned festival is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest. Kadayawan Festival is being celebrated every 3rd Week of August.
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.
The 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.


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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.

KIDAPAWAN. 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.

DAVAO ORIENTAL. 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 City.

MARAGUSAN. 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:

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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:

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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:

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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 Sea.

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

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